The Hill's 12:30 Report: NYT publishes controversial Tom Cotton op-ed

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonPublic letter in Harper's sparks furor Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE’s controversial NYT op-ed | Pushes for military intervention in protests | NYT staffers push back | George Floyd memorial service in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. | Livestream | Al Sharpton speaks | Initial jobless claims drop | Mattis condemns Trump’s protest handling | Trump slams Mattis as ‘world’s most overrated general’ | D.C. protests become ‘Lean on Me’ concert | National Cheese Day

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Tom Cotton didn’t make very many new friends this morning:

 

 

 

The New York Times published a controversial op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) calling for military intervention in the George Floyd protests. https://nyti.ms/2zRIpqb

The headline: “Send In the Troops: The nation must restore order. The military stands ready.”  

Excerpt from the op-ed: “One thing above all else will restore order to our streets: an overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers. But local law enforcement in some cities desperately needs backup, while delusional politicians in other cities refuse to do what’s necessary to uphold the rule of law.”  

Cotton also wrote: “Some elites have excused this orgy of violence in the spirit of radical chic, calling it an understandable response to the wrongful death of George Floyd. Those excuses are built on a revolting moral equivalence of rioters and looters to peaceful, law-abiding protesters. A majority who seek to protest peacefully shouldn’t be confused with bands of miscreants.”

Read his full op-edhttps://nyti.ms/2zRIpqb

REACTIONS, INCLUDING FROM NEW YORK TIMES STAFFERS:

From The New York Times Magazine’s racial injustice correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones: “I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but to not say something would be immoral. As a black woman, as a journalist, as an American, I am deeply ashamed that we ran this.” https://bit.ly/2AHY2jG 

From The New York Times’s Amy Qin: “Surreal and horrifying to wake up on the morning of June 4 - the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown - to this headline.” https://bit.ly/2MvLrmp

From The New York Times’s Kwame Opam: “Running this puts Black @nytimes staff in danger.” https://bit.ly/2U74VSQ 

From The New York Times’s Astead Herndon: “Supporting my colleagues, and particularly the black ones. if electeds want to make provocative arguments let them withstand the questions and context of a news story, not unvarnished and unchecked.” https://bit.ly/2MszZrN 

From The New York Times’s Jenna Wortham: “Running this put Black @nytimes staffers in danger. In solidarity with my colleagues who agree.” https://bit.ly/3eM6SvN

From The Washington Post’s Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah: “This is not enough.  Retract Tom Cotton's op-ed.” https://bit.ly/2ABIr5l 

Search Cotton on Twitter and you will see LOTS of reactions to the op-ed. https://bit.ly/2ABIr5l

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NEWS THIS MORNING

New jobless numbers:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “Initial unemployment claims for the last week of May fell to 1.9 million, extending one of the worst unemployment crises in the nation's history.” https://bit.ly/2YeraaL

Why this is important: “The figure, while staggering, represented a continued downward trend in weekly claims from an April peak of 6.9 million, giving some economists hope that the worst part of the coronavirus-sparked crisis is in the rearview mirror.”

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis has a few words about his former boss:

Former Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet Budowsky: Biden-Duckworth would be America's team Trump insulted UK's May, called Germany's Merkel 'stupid' in calls: report MORE broke his silence and condemned President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE’s handling of the U.S. protests.

Mattis said in a statement: “I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” 

And on Trump: “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.” 

Read his full statement on President Trumphttps://bit.ly/3dt9Ogu

REACTION FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP — IT’S JUST AS YOU WOULD IMAGINE:

President Trump slammed his former defense secretary. https://bit.ly/3cE3FNu 

He tweeted: “Probably the only thing Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump defends golf outings: It's my 'exercise' How Trump can get his mojo back Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm MORE & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was ‘Chaos’, which I didn’t like, & changed to ‘Mad Dog’ … His primary strength was not military, but rather personal public relations. I gave him a new life, things to do, and battles to win, but he seldom ‘brought home the bacon’. I didn’t like his ‘leadership’ style or much else about him, and many others agree. Glad he is gone!” See Trump’s full tweets:  https://bit.ly/3dvXLza

LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS

Happening today — remembering the life of George Floyd:

A memorial service for George Floyd will be held this afternoon in Minneapolis. https://cnn.it/2UaPTvg 

Where the service is happening: At the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary at North Central University.

What time: 2 p.m. EDT. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2MtOMCC

Other memorial services coming up: “A public viewing and a private memorial service will be held in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday. Next Monday, a public memorial will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at The Fountain of Praise Church at 13950 Hillcroft Ave. in Houston, the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center said in a statement. And on Tuesday, a private service will be held at an undisclosed location.” Detailshttps://cnn.it/2UaPTvg

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

At the White House this morning

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2Ms3da6

Troops are staying at the Marriott Marquis in D.C.: Via Popville. Photoshttps://bit.ly/2XwNtcn

 

Well played

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2XxZqP0

The scene on E street in D.C. last nighthttps://bit.ly/2UbqP7j

Protesters laid down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds: The photos are pretty powerful: https://bit.ly/3czagbU 

Wow, that is a lot of people: Check out this protest in Amsterdam. Overhead videohttps://bit.ly/2zX6FHh 

The moment when protesters were teargassed in Huntsville, Ala.https://bit.ly/3eK8y8Q

In Harlem this morning: “Protesters have now taken over 110th Street in Harlem.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/30e5IoV

THE LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,854,476 

Deaths in the U.S.: 107,235

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

For context: This time last week, 1,702,911 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 100,576 Americans had died. https://bit.ly/2U9wN8V

Republicans are warming up to the idea:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Faced with staggering unemployment numbers that are likely to remain elevated through the election, Senate Republicans are reversing their positions on ending a federal increase of state unemployment benefits after July.” https://bit.ly/2A4kL9V

How sohttps://bit.ly/2A4kL9V

NOTABLE TWEETS:

If you watch one video today — this is very powerful:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3eTTvtz

^Omg, it turned into a full concert!:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2A2a1IX

ON TAP:

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

Vice President Pence has no public events scheduled on his calendar.

11:40 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedulehttps://bit.ly/3eMtjko

1:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination. 

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives his intelligence briefing.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs an executive order on expediting permitting.

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EDT: A memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2MtOMCC 

2 p.m. EDT: House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Calif.) holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Xzoaqi

3:30 p.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Amazon backtracks, says email asking employees to delete TikTok was sent in error Amazon asks employees to delete TikTok from mobile devices: report MORE holds a news conference. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/2Xwzrrj

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Cheese Day! Not to be confused with National Cheese Lover’s Day on June 20.

And because you made it this far, here’s a cat who is able to fit into very small places: https://bit.ly/3f1z1PJ