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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for appearing in church photo-op | Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter MORE grapples with defund movement amid VP talk | Senate panel votes to rename Confederate-named bases | Trump says he would veto | 2020 campaigning restarts | Trump attends fundraiser | Pence deletes photo of campaign staffers not socially distancing | U.S. tops 2M COVID-19 cases | LaGuardia opens new terminal



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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said he regrets participating in the photo opportunity with President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE at St. John’s Church amid protests last week.

Milley said in a recorded message at a graduation this morning: “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned, uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from.” 

Watch Milley’s commentary on the photo-op

Livestream of his remarks

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Another 1.5 million filed unemployment claims:

More than 1.5 million Americans filed new jobless claims last week, according to the Labor Department. 

Oh and: “Roughly 705,676 Americans also filed new claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), an extension of jobless benefits to workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic but do not qualify for standard unemployment insurance.” 

For context: “More than 40 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits since March, and the economy had lost more than 21 million jobs before May's reversal. Even so, nearly 300,000 Americans lost their jobs permanently in May and more than 15 million others who are currently on temporary layoffs are at risk to join them.”  

What this means, via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane


All about those names:

Via Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski, the GOP-controlled Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to require the Pentagon to rename military bases that are named after Confederate leaders as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

How long the Defense Department would have to rename the military assets: Three years

Keep in mind: President Trump said he would veto any defense bill that requires renaming bases of Confederate leaders.  

Who offered the amendment: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.)

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Kamala Harris is between a rock and a hard place:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is now the front-runner to be Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE’s running mate, is trying to straddle the divide on the left over police reform.”

How so: “The death of George Floyd and subsequent calls from progressives to defund the police have put Harris, a former prosecutor, in a politically difficult position. How she handles the emotionally charged issue over the next several weeks could determine whether she is tapped for the 2020 ticket.”  

What Harris is saying when she is asked whether she supports defunding the police: “She has responded by trying to clarify what police defunding means and to argue that it’s not the radical move that opponents portray it as. She has also framed the question of police funding in the broader context of a discussion about how a city, town or community can best allocate money among various priorities, arguing that investing in education, job creation and affordable health care are better ways to create safe and prosperous communities.” 


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,003,930 

Deaths in the U.S.: 113,038 

Breakdown of the numbers  

For context: This time last week, 1,854,476 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 107,235 had died.



‘We’re back, baby. We are back.’:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, “President Trump is returning to the campaign trail after a three-month hiatus that has seen his reelection prospects weakened over his handling of the novel coronavirus and police brutality protests.”

When Trump’s campaign rallies will start again: Next week 

Happening today: Trump is attending a fundraiser in Dallas. This is his first in-person campaign event since March. 


Vice President Pence posted and then deleted a tweet showing Trump campaign staff not wearing face masks or socially distancing. The since-deleted photo

Meanwhile — Joe Biden is courting younger voters:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “Joe Biden is making a concerted effort to court young voters to his presidential campaign, particularly around the demonstrations that have taken place in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.”

“Democrats say Biden still has a long way to go to win over millennials and Generation Z voters, many of whom were drawn to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.) and his calls for ‘Medicare for All’ and tuition-free college during the Democratic primary.”


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This tweet has nearly 400k likes since yesterday. 





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

10 a.m. EDT: The Senate met. The Senate’s full schedule today

12:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Dallas.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House coronavirus task force meeting in the Situation Room. 

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a closed press joint fundraising committee dinner in Dallas. 

11:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in Bedminster, N.J.


This morning: House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' MORE (D-Calif.) held her weekly press conference. Livestream 

Noon: The Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee is holding a hearing on COVID-19 in nursing homes. Livestream

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable in Dallas to discuss “Transition to Greatness: Restoring, Rebuilding, and Renewing.” Livestream


Today is National Corn on the Cob Day.

Looking fiiine, LaGuardia:

New York’s LaGuardia Airport is opening a new terminal on Saturday. Photos — it looks beautiful!


Via The New York Times’s Hilarie M. Sheets, “Art that might make you want to go to La Guardia: Terminal B opens Saturday with public works by Sarah Sze, Laura Owens, Sabine Hornig and Jeppe Hein.” Photos

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog auditioning for the role of the Pixar lamp: