The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump poses for controversial photo op at DC church amid protests

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump poses for controversial photo op at DC church amid protests | White House protesters teargassed | Sights and sounds from last night’s protests | Helicopters hover over DC | Blackout Tuesday on social media | 8 states and DC hold primaries today | What to watch | Biden could formally clinch the nomination today | Looter takes entire cheesecake

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

The photo seen ‘round the world:

 

 

Via NPR’s Tom Gjelten, “The plaza between St. John's Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason. And then it became clear. President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE wanted to walk from the White House through the park to the Episcopal church.” https://n.pr/2MpqlGt 

Who joined Trump: His daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpMelania Trump confidant plans tell-all book Trump says he's 'all for masks' despite reluctance to wear one Trump signs order directing federal government to focus on skills when hiring MORE, his son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' On The Money: Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress | Trump complains of 'political prosecution' | Biden rebukes Trump, rolls out jobs plan Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress MORE, Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump commutes Roger Stone's sentence EU condemns U.S. for resuming federal executions Trump on possible Roger Stone pardon: 'His prayer may be answered' MORE and other administration officials.

WHAT HAPPENED BEHIND-THE-SCENES THAT LED TO THIS DECISION:

Via The Washington Post’s Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Rebecca Tanhttps://wapo.st/3cveDo5

INTERESTING ACCOUNT FROM A JOURNALIST ON THE SCENE:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “At about 6:45 p.m. and without warning, law enforcement sent canisters of tear gas and smoke bombs hissing and spinning down the concrete, creating ear-rattling explosions and fireworks that caused panic in the streets and sent the crowd of hundreds stampeding for safety … The high-decibel explosions were audible from the Rose Garden as the president spoke.” The full storyhttps://bit.ly/2ZZKBGD

REACTION FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. BISHOP MARIANN EDGAR BUDDE:

The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington told CNN: "I am outraged. The President did not pray when he came to St. John's, nor as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now.” The bishop’s full comments on CNN’s "AC360"https://cnn.it/3dsdgYS

HOW SHADOWY PROTESTERS HAVE INFLAMED AND MUDDLED THE DEBATE:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wonghttps://bit.ly/3gM8bNa

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Justices rule Manhattan prosecutor, but not Congress, can have Trump tax records Supreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' MORE has her bible, too:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, “A reserved Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called on President Trump to tone down his combative approach to the national protests for racial justice that have followed the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis last week. Clutching a Bible in the Capitol, Pelosi urged Trump to reach across the divides of race, party, region and religion to help the country heal instead.” https://bit.ly/2Xtxf3T

In Pelosi’s words: "We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many other presidents before him to be a healer-in-chief, and not a fanner of the flame.”

‘Overwhelming force. Domination.’ — That sounds like a sports analysis:

After another day of protests over the death of George Floyd, President Trump tweeted, “D.C. had no problems last night. Many arrests. Great job done by all. Overwhelming force. Domination. Likewise, Minneapolis was great (thank you President Trump!).” https://bit.ly/36RIZA2

Why you’re seeing solid black images on social media today:

Via CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez, the music industry is observing “Blackout Tuesday” on social media as part of an initiative, #TheShowMustBePaused. https://cnn.it/2XWw6k2 

“Artists like the Rolling StonesQuincy Jones and Billie Eilish have said they'll observe the day. A number of artists have also canceled listening parties or fan events in response.”  

Detailshttps://cnn.it/2XWw6k2

KEEP IN MIND:

“Blackout Tuesday posts are drowning out vital information shared under the BLM hashtag: Users sharing black screens in solidarity have inadvertently taken over the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.” How to fix this, via The Verge: https://bit.ly/3eOENUJ 

See for yourself — this is what the #blacklivesmatter hashtag looks like right nowhttps://bit.ly/302E3Hg

Shutting things down:

— The U.S. Secret Service is closing all roads around the White House amid the protests. Read the traffic advisory from the Secret Servicehttps://bit.ly/3cqhyhW

— New York City moved its curfew back to 8 p.m. tonight. https://bit.ly/3eMNe2v

— Washington, D.C.’s curfew begins at 7 p.m. tonight. https://bit.ly/2zU184i

LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS

Wow, this is very powerful:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2U2efXX 

A police officer spoke with a group of peaceful protesters: “We know that you are not trying to assault us or hurt us. We know there [are] other groups getting in with you guys.” The full clip of the police officerhttps://bit.ly/2ABgV7S

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:

A top U.S. military official was walking around D.C. last night: Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Mark Milley was out on the streets observing the protests. Videohttps://bit.ly/36RLsL3 

And so was Attorney General William Bar: Here’s a photo of Barr at 16th and K streets NW: https://bit.ly/2XntSey 

The peaceful protest on 7th and H streets NWhttps://bit.ly/2Mn70pk

Military helicopters hovered: “As protesters made their way into Chinatown, military helicopters were positioned just above rooftops, sending gusts of dust into the air. A part of a tree fell, nearly hitting passerbys. The crowds dispersed down side streets. Some storefronts were shattered.” (Via The New York Times’s Zolan Kanno-YoungsWatch: https://bit.ly/3gCXlc2 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/374sOzL

From the ground: Yikes, check out the wind from the helicopter: https://bit.ly/3dtQFen 

Nando’s on 7th street NW was smashedhttps://bit.ly/2MndLr7 

The feeling in D.C.: “Sounds of DC tonight: Eerie quiet, punctured by the semi-frequent roar of a helicopter buzzing overhead.” https://bit.ly/2AuBZNt 

Wow, that is a lot of police vehicles: A long line of police cars drove into the city about two hours before curfew. Watchhttps://bit.ly/2AzGia9 

On a residential street in northwest D.C.

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3drHMC8 

^ Neighbors jumped in to help — with milk: “A protester tells me from inside that they took injured protesters into the basement and used milk to wash out people’s eyes. When they ran out, neighbors passed jugs of milk over the fence.” https://bit.ly/2XpZtfV

A dumpster fire on R Street NW — this is a pretty residential spot: https://bit.ly/2Mnyw6g  

A police car was set on fire on 14th and Clifton NWhttps://bit.ly/36SSH59

Yikes — how quickly a situation can change:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2XlZPUI 

The scene on Capitol Hill in Seattlehttps://bit.ly/3cxs2fK

This a.m. — the Capitol is barricadedhttps://bit.ly/3gNZORa

Many parts of D.C. are boarded uphttps://bit.ly/2XXySFO

JOURNALISTS CAUGHT IN THE VIOLENCE:

Philadelphia Public Radio’s Jon Ehrens documented his skirmish with a group with baseball bats: It ended with Ehrens assaulted. The story — warning, the image of his injury is graphichttps://bit.ly/3cqVjsj

A Reuters reporter was attacked in Washington, D.C.: Video from Voice of America’s Steve Herman: https://bit.ly/3gMCSSg 

Los Angeles Times photographer Carolyn Cole suffered damage to her left eye: Cole posted a photo of her injury. Photohttps://bit.ly/3eHALgz

PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor was teargassed outside the White House gates: The video she posted: https://bit.ly/2zX62xg

A list of arrested journalists: The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is posting cases on Twitter. The listhttps://bit.ly/2TX8PgX

IN NEW YORK CITY:

Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan was looted: “Cops running into Macy's at Herald Square as it was being looted. Hundreds of looters and rioters here with absolutely no concerns about cops being here.” Watch: https://bit.ly/2Mnafx0

Video of the Macy’s looters being arrestedhttps://bit.ly/3csRgeU

Arresting a New York looter: “NYPD made entry and arrested one suspect while looters waited outside, one throwing an asp and a plastic barrier.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/3duAZaW 

What it looks like in Midtown Manhattan: “Hard to describe how rampant the looting was tonight in Midtown Manhattan and how lawless it was. Complete anarchy. Literally hundreds of stores up and down Broadway, Fifth Ave, Sixth Ave. Kids ruling the streets like it was a party.” (Via The Daily Beast’s Rachel OldingPhotohttps://bit.ly/301Dw8k

The curfew countdown resembled New Year’s Evehttps://bit.ly/3co0dGp 

Six minutes after the curfew: Here is the scene outside the Barclays Center. Photohttps://bit.ly/3dsJ6ET 

A cat and mouse situation: The Daily Beast’s Rachel Olding tweeted: “Must say I do not understand the NYPD strategy tonight. There's a huge group of officers just standing around here on Broadway/51st while looting is out of control in the surrounding blocks.” Photo:  https://bit.ly/3dsKBD1

AROUND THE COUNTRY:

These weapons were seized from two men at a Denver protesthttps://bit.ly/3ct3HaJ

I have been seeing this video all over social media:  

It has more than 9 million views already. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3duwa12

Cars ran into police officers in Buffalo, N.Y.https://bit.ly/2MjzFvz 

The protest in Portland, Mainehttps://bit.ly/36Tj0YX 

Meanwhile from Ice-T: Actor Ice-T tweeted yesterday: “My phones blowing up for Interviews…. Run my Old Interviews. I’m gonna say the same thing..” https://bit.ly/36RWZKl

CHECK OUT TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES FRONT PAGE TODAY:

The headline reads, “As chaos spreads, Trump vows to ‘end it now.’” The front page: https://bit.ly/36VfVI3

HAPPENING TODAY

Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump commutes Roger Stone's sentence Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok House Democrat warns about 'inaccurate' polls: Trump voters 'fundamentally undercounted' MORE could clinch the nomination today:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, Eight states and the District of Columbia are holding primary elections today, making today the biggest Election Day since Super Tuesday in March. https://bit.ly/36UyNHh

Why today is so important: “Former Vice President Joe Biden will have the chance to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, high-profile Senate matchups will be decided and vote-by-mail will face a crucial test amid the coronavirus outbreak.” 

Five things to watchhttps://bit.ly/36UyNHh

THE LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,812,742

Deaths in the U.S.: 105,262

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

For context: This time last week, 1,665,852 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 98,294 had died. https://bit.ly/2zTQHxB

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Getting traction — Well, I may have SOME idea of where they got the cheesecake…:

“You can see somebody actually walking away with a cheesecake there after the Cheesecake Factory was looted. Unclear where they may have gotten that.”

This video has nearly 4 million views. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2Mj2nwy

ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence led a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

11:20 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpStatue of Melania Trump set on fire in Slovenia The Memo: Trump gambles on school push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook- Schools weigh reopening options MORE visited the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump signed an executive order to advance international religious freedom.

2:15 p.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2XofjHN

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar.  

4:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes. 

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about the death of George Floyd and the protests. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2XXsM8o

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Rotisserie Chicken Day. It’s also National Rocky Road Day.

And because we could all use something lighter to make us smile, here are funny jokes librarians have played on their patrons: https://bit.ly/3dxZAvy

I especially love the book placement in No. 9.