The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump shares protester conspiracy theory

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Happening now — George Floyd’s funeral and burial | Houston City Hall lit to honor Floyd | Trump shares conspiracy theory about elderly man shoved by police | Dem leaders tamp down calls for defunding the police | Trump: ‘There won’t be defunding’ | Cat hides in book shelf

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Tuesdays are for conspiracy theories:

 

 

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 shared a conspiracy theory this morning about the 75-year-old protester who was shoved by police in Buffalo, N.Y. https://bit.ly/3dOWnrg 

Trump tweeted: “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?” https://bit.ly/2ziNMhN 

Keep in mind: Two Buffalo police officers have been charged with assault. 

VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT TRUMP IS TALKING ABOUT:

https://cnn.it/2YjkCHz

THE OANN REPORT THAT SPARKED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TWEET:

Watch: https://bit.ly/37mX2y0

It’s Tuesday. 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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HAPPENING TODAY

George Floyd will be buried today:

George Floyd will be put to rest in Pearland, Texas, today, next to his mother, after today’s private funeral service. https://bit.ly/2BPJD5P

Livestream of Floyd’s funeral: It started at noon: https://cs.pn/2Unrm6c 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3hcHcKQ

This video has more than 1 million views so far:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3h4ieNw

LATEST WITH THE PROTESTS

Another officer is charged for shoving a protester:

Via The New York Times’s Ashley Southall, “A New York City police officer surrendered to face criminal charges on Tuesday, over a week after he was recorded on video shoving a woman to the ground and cursing at her during a protest against police brutality, the police commissioner and law enforcement officials said.” https://nyti.ms/2MLkknw 

Video of the incident: Yikes. Watch: https://bit.ly/2MGS4SX

‘Defund the police’ — Democratic leaders are trying to shut down those calls:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, Jordain Carney and Cristina Marcos, “Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are quickly shutting down calls to defund police departments as the party grapples with how to respond to demands for reforms in the wake of George Floyd's death.” https://bit.ly/2AR5lpt

Why Dem leaders want to shut that idea down: “The idea is splintering black activists and some prominent progressive lawmakers from Biden and top congressional Democrats while providing fodder for national Republicans, who are quickly mobilizing to use it as the latest example of Democrats moving to the left in the lead up to November.” 

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/2AR5lpt

WHERE TRUMP STANDS ON THE ISSUE:

During a meeting with law enforcement yesterday, President Trump said: "There won’t be defunding. There won’t be dismantling of our police, and there’s not going to be any disbanding of our police. Our police have been letting us live in peace, and we want to make sure we don’t have any bad actors in there.” Trump also said he believes "99 percent" of officers are "great people." https://bit.ly/3cOxY42 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2XKaAQU

HAPPENING TOMORROW — LAFAYETTE SQUARE IS REOPENING:

This is the park next to the White House. https://bit.ly/2Us53ME

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 1,963,828

Deaths in the U.S.: 111,139 

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

For context: This time last week, 1,812,742 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 105,262 had died. https://bit.ly/2Ycg6uA

Interesting read — ‘Inside the race to map the coronavirus’:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “Public health and academic laboratories across the country are mapping tens of thousands of genetic sequences of the coronavirus in a first-of-its-kind effort to track the way the virus is spreading and mutating.”

Keep in mind: “It is ... a reflection of a massive leap in medical technology, one that has given laboratories in all 50 states the ability to quickly sequence a genome. As the coronavirus began spreading across the country in February and March, the CDC's Office of Advanced Molecular Detection began coordinating those labs to maximize the amount of data they were generating.” 

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3cGF22A

WHERE EACH STATE STANDS ON MAIL-IN VOTING:

https://bit.ly/3dN7P75

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House is out.  

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with 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 in the Oval Office.

2:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence presides over the confirmation of Gen. Charles Brown for Air Force chief of staff. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: A confirmation vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2XJ5010 

3:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a White House coronavirus task force meeting in the Situation Room.

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EDT: Senate Republicans hold a news conference. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3hht4jB

2:30 p.m. EDT: Senate Democrats hold a news conference. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3f24ktm

2:30 p.m. EDT: Labor Secretary Eugene ScaliaEugene ScaliaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return Sunday shows - FDA commissioner declines to confirm Trump claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are 'harmless' Labor secretary: 'I believe we can continue to reopen our workplaces safely' MORE testifies on the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3cOS8L0

Wednesday: The MLB’s 2020 Draft. Details and how to watchhttps://atmlb.com/2YjsKYB

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.

A happy story:

Via The Washington Post’s Meagan Flynn, “A nurse went to New York to work on the front lines — and to find the firefighter who saved her life over 36 years ago.” https://wapo.st/30p70gJ

And because you made it this far, here’s what actually happens when you leave the dog and cat home alone together: https://bit.ly/3dMI7j3