The Hill's 12:30 Report: Thousands expected for George Floyd's Houston visitation

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Weekend demonstrations |  Sights and sounds |  Romney joins BLM protesters |  Trump mocks Romney, ‘what a guy’ |  Exclusive investigation into Congress’s coronavirus actions in the winter |  NYC reopens, 400k workers expected to return today |  Bush, Romney won’t back Trump’s reelection | Instant coffee’s viral comeback 



A visitation for George Floyd in Houston:




Via CNN, Thousands of mourners are expected at George Floyd’s public visitation today in Houston, Texas. https://cnn.it/30iyfJS

Why Houston: “Floyd, 46, grew up in the city's Third Ward and will be buried in Houston next to his mother, according to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center.” 

What time: Public visitation starts at 1 p.m. EDT and ends at 6 p.m. EDT. 

How it will work, via KHOU: “Only 500 people will be allowed in the church at any given time during the visitation. Those 500 people will be socially distanced and mourners will be asked to wear face coverings and gloves. The public will enter from two sides of the church in separate, socially distanced lines and, after viewing, exit the church. The public will not return to the lobby to leave … Everyone will have to enter through metal detectors and each person’s temperature will be checked before they can get in.” https://bit.ly/2BIpbUh 





And in Washington, DC:

House Democrats are introducing legislation to combat systemic racism against African Americans in the United States.  https://bit.ly/2BDjWoO

The legislation: “The legislation, while centered around criminal justice reform, will seek to address racial disparities well outside the realm of law enforcement, delving into issues as varied as health care, education and environmental justice.” 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3cD5k5O


A private funeral service for George Floyd in Houston. https://bit.ly/2BIpbUh

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Wow, check out 16th street in Washington, D.C. on Saturday: For people who are not familiar with D.C., this is usually a busy street through the city. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3cJjlif

An overhead view of Washington, D.C.https://bit.ly/2XJtO9l

In front of the White Househttps://bit.ly/2ALK80j 

An outside the Senatehttps://bit.ly/3cGWh3B 

Walking from the White House to the Capitolhttps://bit.ly/3dLlqvk

And 16th and U Streets NWhttps://bit.ly/2zbYFSi

Oh — here’s a sign demonstrators are grabbinghttps://bit.ly/2XJjaPW

From NPR’s Tim Mak: “I've been out at the DC protests all afternoon and there is a serious decline in law enforcement presence today. A smattering of National Guard from DC and MO on the perimeter, and some DC police closer to H st, but obviously a de-escalation from previous days this week” Photoshttps://bit.ly/30nzQxY 



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2MHv5r7 

The crowd in Philadelphia is remarkablehttps://bit.ly/3cFT84l 

And in Chicago — people seem to be trying to social distancehttps://bit.ly/37c5gZv 

Some boarded up businesses are using the boards as art canvaseshttps://bit.ly/2MRQqON 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/37diW6G

GETTING TRACTION — Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief GOP senator calls Biden's COVID-19 relief plan a 'non-starter' MORE BECAME THE FIRST REPUBLICAN SENATOR TO JOIN THE PROTESTS:

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) marched with Black Lives Matter protesters this weekend. https://cbsn.ws/30jVX8t



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3f2XN1C 

Here’s a video of Romney protesting: Via The Washington Post’s Hannah Natanson: https://bit.ly/30rXTf4 

^ Reaction from President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE this morning: “Tremendous sincerity, what a guy. Hard to believe, with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!” https://bit.ly/37e9H61


Where was Congress at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic?:

Via The Hill’s Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's Morning Report - President Biden, Vice President Harris begin work today Incoming lawmakers stress coronavirus relief, economy as first priority of new session Rep.-elect Issa says Trump should attend Biden inauguration MORE and Rachel Bucchino, “During President Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) asked Chief Justice John Roberts if he could make a brief announcement. … McConnell’s remarks represented the first time that the novel coronavirus was mentioned in the Congressional Record this year. At the time, there was one confirmed case in the United States.” https://bit.ly/30kFrVH

The investigation: “The Hill has examined hundreds of statements and hours of congressional testimony to highlight which legislators were the first to raise red flags that the coronavirus presented an imminent danger to the United States.” 

The gist: “The results show a number of lawmakers were asking the right questions early on in the crisis, and that members called attention to shortages of masks and other protective gear that would become a national outrage. The public record also shows that even when lawmakers were asking the right questions, they did not always get the right answers as the federal government, the media and the larger health community struggled to understand COVID-19.” 



It’s a ‘no’ from them:

Via The New York Times’s Jonathan Martin, former President George W. Bush and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) will not support President Trump’s reelection campaign. https://nyti.ms/3dKY5Ke

Why this is especially newsy: “It was one thing in 2016 for top Republicans to take a stand against Donald J. Trump for president: He wasn’t likely to win anyway, the thinking went, and there was no ongoing conservative governing agenda that would be endangered. The 2020 campaign is different: Opposing the sitting president of your own party means putting policy priorities at risk, in this case appointing conservative judges, sustaining business-friendly regulations and cutting taxes — as well as incurring the volcanic wrath of Mr. Trump.”




Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,946,144

Deaths in the U.S.: 116,929

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

For context: This time last week, 1,792,512 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 104,435 Americans had died. https://bit.ly/30mhWLV

New York City is starting to reopen:

Via The New York Times’s J. David Goodman, “Exactly 100 days since its first case of coronavirus was confirmed, New York City, which weathered extensive hardship as an epicenter of the worldwide outbreak, is set to take the first tentative steps toward reopening its doors on Monday.” https://nyti.ms/3eZGcYv

Since the outbreak: “More than 205,000 [New Yorkers] have been infected, and nearly 22,000 have died.” 

Happening today: Around 400,000 workers are returning to their jobs.

What to expecthttps://nyti.ms/3eZGcYv


Remember ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’:





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

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence led a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with law enforcement. Vice President Pence also attends. 

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2Uhc7vI


11:30 a.m. EDT: New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThree National Guardsmen killed after military helicopter crash in New York New York City reschedules 23,000 vaccination appointments due to supply issues Pence delivers coronavirus task force report to Biden MORE held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2Ae0yOY y

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2AdEOTl


Today is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day.

Instant coffee is having its moment:

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Frances Yoon, “People are spending a long time making instant coffee: A creamy concoction that includes the once-maligned crystals has become a worldwide hit with people creating drinks at home.” https://on.wsj.com/37bLflS 

How to make the trendy dalgona coffee. Via Delish: https://bit.ly/2XG1qF2

And to give you a Monday afternoon distraction, here’s a dog working on its problem-solving skills: https://bit.ly/2YaKVQs