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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Economy surprises, adds 2.5M jobs | Trump takes a victory lap in morning news conference | Touts coronavirus response | Trump vows to support any Murkowski challenger | Viral video shows Buffalo police injuring elderly man | Officers suspended without pay |  Washington Monument struck by lightning | DC paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ on 16th St. | National Doughnut Day deals

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

We really needed a win. Any win.:

 

 

The U.S. economy added a surprising 2.5 million jobs in May as businesses begin to reopen from coronavirus-related closures, according to data released by the Labor Department. https://bit.ly/3h3FrzF

The unemployment rate: The unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent. 

The context on how big of a deal this is: “The May jobs report showed one of the largest one-month spike in hiring in U.S. history after the country lost 20.7 million jobs in April, sending the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent, according to the Labor Department.”  

What economists had been expecting — it wasn’t good: “Economists widely expected the U.S. to lose anywhere from 2 million to 8 million jobs as businesses slowly began to reopen and Americans still practiced social distancing strategies meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.”  

Full breakdown from The Hill’s Sylvan Lanehttps://bit.ly/3h3FrzF

CONTEXT AND REACTIONS:

Dentist offices had a major recovery: “Wow: the health care industry recovered 312,000 jobs between April and May alone. 244,000 of those were in dentist offices. The dentist-lead recovery!” (Via The New York Times’s Sarah Kliffhttps://bit.ly/2Y5vby4 

The demographics of the biggest gains and losses: (Via PBS’s Lisa Desjardins)  https://bit.ly/3h3GAar 

From CNBC’s Eamon Javers: “Whoa - payrolls rose 2.5 million in May. That is a huge beat, and way better than expectations. Great jobs report this morning.” https://bit.ly/2YiyMJl 

Toot toot!President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: 'I leave elected office with my integrity intact' Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE tweeted, “Really Big Jobs Report. Great going President Trump (kidding but true)!” https://bit.ly/3eQCv7m

PRESIDENT TRUMP HELD A 10 A.M. NEWS CONFERENCE TO CELEBRATE:

Trump’s prediction for the economy: “I think you’re going to have a very good August, maybe July. Maybe a spectacular September.” https://bit.ly/3749Xo9

On the response to the coronavirus: "We've made every decision correctly." Watch Trump’s full reasoninghttps://bit.ly/371B2bK 

Trump takes a victory lap: "They're talking about the V. This is better than the V. This is a rocket ship." https://bit.ly/3dIfSlC 

On George Floyd: "Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying, 'this is a great thing that's happening for our country.' This is a great day for him." Watch Trump’s full reasoning: https://bit.ly/2Y4c33h 

In other news, Trump may buy an RV with Melania: “I may have to buy one of those things. Drive around town. Maybe I’ll drive back to New York with our first lady in a trailer.” He paused to ask advisors what those are called. “An RV,” Trump then said. “An RV.” Video to prove I’m not making this uphttps://bit.ly/2Uf4vd1 

Livestream of Trump’s remarkshttps://cs.pn/3cBSF30

It’s finally Friday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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What it’s like in D.C. today: “It is so humid in dc that it’s like walking in a swimming pool. Temp is 80 and rising and there are still puddles from last nights rain. Just as a back drop for  the day.” (Via NPR’s Kelsey Snellhttps://bit.ly/2zbLD7y 

Keep reading to see the wild storm in D.C. last night.

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Attention, Trump is looking for anyone with ‘a pulse’ to run in Alaska:

President Trump vowed to campaign against Republican Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiIllinois House Republican leader won't attend GOP convention in Florida: 'It's not going to be a safe environment' Sixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE (Alaska) in her 2022 reelection bid after she told reporters she was “struggling” with whether to support the president in November. https://bit.ly/3eUciVo 

Trump tweeted — ouch: “Few people know where they’ll be in two years from now, but I do, in the Great State of Alaska (which I love) campaigning against Senator Lisa Murkowski. She voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else … Unrelated, I gave Alaska ANWR, major highways, and more. Get any candidate ready, good or bad, I don’t care, I’m endorsing. If you have a pulse, I’m with you!” https://bit.ly/2UcM1tK

HOW TRUMP’S FEUD WITH JAMES MATTIS UNDERSCORES MILITARY TENSIONS:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Rebecca Kheelhttps://bit.ly/3eUiWLr

INTERESTING TAKE — TRUMP’S TROUBLES DEEPEN AS VOTERS SEE THE COUNTRY ON THE WRONG PATH:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2UgjL9o

GETTING TRACTION

Police officers shoved a protester, giving him a head injury:

Two Buffalo, N.Y. police officers have been suspended without pay after video emerged showing the officers shoving a 75-year-old protestor, giving him a head injury. https://bit.ly/2Uc1Lx9 

The victim: 75-year-old Martin Gugino. According to Buffalo News, Gugino is a longtime peace activist. https://bit.ly/3dA35BC 

Video footage of the incident. Warning, it’s pretty graphic

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3gWTkzy 

Ugh, here’s video from another angle: “You can hear this man’s head crack against the sidewalk.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/2MtUNiC

FROM THE MAYOR OF BUFFALO — THE VICTIM IS IN STABLE CONDITION:

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement on the incident. 

Excerpt: “The victim is in stable but serious condition at ECMC. I was deeply disturbed by the video, as was Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood. He directed an immediate investigation into the matter, and the two officers have been suspended without pay.” 

Read the full statement on the incident: https://bit.ly/2A8ljLZ

LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS

Bowser asks the military to leave Washington, DC:

In a letter this morning, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser asks President Trump to withdraw additional federal law enforcement from the city. 

From Bowser: “The protestors have been peaceful, and last night, the Metropolitan Police Department did not make a single arrest.” Read her full letter to Trumphttps://bit.ly/309Xyxw 

Oh wow

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2UdkQPr

^The final product: An overhead shot from D.C. Mayor Bowser. Watchhttps://bit.ly/2XyW1PS   

How long the mural took to paint: According to The National’s Joyce Karam, the project started at 3 a.m. today. https://bit.ly/3cCmErm 

On the Rocky Steps: “Demonstrators staged a die-in on the ‘Rocky Steps’ leading up to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/2A4FiLt 

The ACLU posted a list of rights for protestershttps://bit.ly/2Y1EBe0   

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyConnecticut senators call for Subway to ban open carry of firearms Democrats optimistic about chances of winning Senate Gridlock mires chances of police reform deal MORE (D-Conn.) noticed the flight path: “An Air National Guard RC-26B reconnaissance aircraft circled the DC protests last night. Flight path below. First time I can find that this aircraft, normally used for war zones/disasters/narcotics, has been used to gather intel at a protest.” Photo of the flight pathhttps://bit.ly/2XDFNoV

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,875,402 

Deaths in the U.S.: 108,278

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

For context: This time last week, 1,724,873 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 101,698 Americans had died. https://bit.ly/30b1vCj 

WHERE ALL 50 STATES STAND WITH REOPENING:

Via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/3bXaxWk 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2UfUnRd

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Yiiiiikes:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2Ud7rHa 

The lightning hit the Washington Monument. Detailshttps://fxn.ws/2XXo4ra

I’m very much on Team ‘Wild Wings’:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2UfmwI9

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Maine today and Vice President Pence is in Maryland.

Noon: President Trump leaves for Bangor, Maine.

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine.

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House.

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full schedule on Mondayhttps://bit.ly/2Uhc7vI

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: President Trump held a news conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3eUJv3i 

11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDeSantis sued for not having ASL interpreter at coronavirus briefings New York adds four new states to quarantine requirement list Quarantines for out-of-state visitors exceeds governors' emergency authority MORE (D) held a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3gTzYLw

Noon: Vice President Pence participates in a listening session with faith and community leaders in Beltsville, Md. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2Uud5F5 

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with commercial fishermen. He also signs a proclamation. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3gXGeC0 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks at Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2A4d5o5

IN LIGHTER NEWS...:

Today is National Doughnut Day! To celebrate, here’s a list of doughnut deals today: https://bit.ly/3dFfpQQ

Tell me more:

 

 

Full explanation from Verizon Media’s Kelsey Weekman, including the account’s three followershttps://bit.ly/2Ub8UOg

And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here’s a duck and a dog hugging it out: https://bit.ly/2AHt7nM

 

This post was updated at 2:10 p.m. EDT.