The Hill's 12:30 Report: Governors react as COVID-19 cases spike

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Mnuchin says Trump admin is ‘very seriously considering’ more stimulus checks |  Coronavirus surges in 14 states |  Spikes may not mean more shutdowns |  Minnesota convenes special session today |  Trump’s first campaign rally since March on Juneteenth |  Says date was not chosen on purpose |  Romney’s ‘Arrested Development’ reference | NHL launches cooking show

 

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus spikes may not mean another shutdown:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel, “The coronavirus is spiking across more than a dozen states, but many governors are signaling they have no interest in bringing back restrictive stay-at-home orders almost regardless of what happens.” https://bit.ly/2B3OLCM 

What health experts are saying: “Public health experts say there are less drastic measures to take than reimposing lockdowns, but as the virus rages, they warn time may be running short.”

THE LIST OF 14 STATES AND PUERTO RICO WHERE CORONAVIRUS CASES ARE INCREASING:

Via The Washington Post: https://wapo.st/2zojhH4

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Another round of stimulus checks for the table!:

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Kate Davidson and Richard Rubin, Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Supreme Court upholds NY prosecutors' access to Trump's tax returns, rebuffs Congress | Trump complains of 'political prosecution' | Biden rebukes Trump, rolls out jobs plan Mnuchin: Next stimulus bill must cap jobless benefits at 100 percent of previous income Why Trump can't make up his mind on China MORE said the Trump administration is considering another round of stimulus checks to Americans amid the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic. https://on.wsj.com/3cVT7t5 

Mnuchin told reporters: “It’s something that we’re very seriously considering.”  

On whether the U.S. will shut down again: “ ‘Could there be some rare, extreme scenario that occurs that, based upon medical advice, the president does’ close down the economy, [Mnuchin] said. ‘I think that’s extremely unlikely.’ ”  

What we knowhttps://on.wsj.com/3cVT7t5

POSSIBLE STIMULUS PROPOSALS:

Via Fox Business Network: https://fxn.ws/2MUn1mZ

WHERE THINGS STAND:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,027,521 

Deaths in the U.S.: 113,899 

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

For context: This time last week, 1,875,402 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 108,278 had died. https://bit.ly/2Yx2rOM

HAPPENING TODAY

A special session of Minnesota lawmakers:

Via The New York Times, “Gov. Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law Judge in George Floyd case tells attorneys, officials, family to limit public statements Internal watchdog investigating if Air Force improperly used plane to surveil protests: report MORE of Minnesota will convene a special legislative session on Friday to consider bills aimed at overhauling failures of policing and addressing economic inequality.” https://nyti.ms/2XSTZKF

WHAT THEY WILL BE DISCUSSING:

Via KSTP: https://bit.ly/3dVONLP

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/30BcXHC

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The Trump campaign chose a controversial date:

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 is holding his first campaign rally in three months on June 19 in Tulsa, Oka.  

Timing: June 19 is Juneteenth, an annual holiday marking the end of slavery.

Trump said it was not on purpose: Trump was asked by Fox News’s Harris Faulkner if the date was chosen on purpose. “No, but I know exactly what you’re going to say,” Trump said. Trump continued: “Think about it as a celebration. They’re always a celebration. In the history of politics, I think I can say there’s never been any group or any person that’s had rallies like I do.” https://bit.ly/2BY11Fr

Watch the clip around the 6-minute mark:  https://bit.ly/30ENrRF

HOW TRUMP’S TULSA CAMPAIGN RALLY DECISION SPARKS NEW CONTROVERSY:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2MQv8Rr

57 years ago yesterday:

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3cVUsQD

 

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

Starbucks will allow it:

Starbucks will now allow employees to wear clothing that supports the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, reversing its decision from earlier this week. https://bit.ly/2AZFE6c 

Starbucks said in a statement: "We see you. We hear you. Black Lives Matter. That is a fact and will never change.” 

Keep in mind: Starbucks had faced backlash over the initial decision to ban BLM clothing because it "advocated a political, religious or personal issue."

Read the full statement from Starbuckshttps://bit.ly/2XX0KLz

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Good reference, senator:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3cXx4SS

This Twitter thread is pretty entertaining:

It has more than 50k likes since yesterday.  

 

 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2YsQCt1 

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey. Vice President Pence is in Pennsylvania today. 

President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Pittsburgh.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch at a local restaurant in Springdale, Pa.

2:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Oberg Industries in Sarver, Pa.

6:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

3 p.m. EDT Monday: The Senate meets. The Senate’s full schedule on Mondayhttps://bit.ly/3fa5eEq

WHAT TO WATCH:

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participated in a listening session with faith and community leaders. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2UEtiY7 

3:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at Oberg Industries. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2UEtoPt 

Sunday morning: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump takes on CDC over schools Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Tim Scott says he's talking with House Democrats about reviving police reform bill MORE (R-S.C.) and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” 

9 p.m. EDT Sunday: CNN is holding a town hall, “Mayors Who Matter,” on race and COVID-19.

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day and International Falafel Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Cupcake Lovers’ Day and Sunday is National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Sorry, everyone. This has been fun. I’m out of here. Off to cover the NBA:

Via The Daily Beast’s Robert Silverman, “The NBA might lock reporters inside its Disney ‘bubble’ for 3.5 months: According to an NBA beat writers association memo obtained by The Daily Beast, reporters who want to cover the resumed season would have to lock down in Orlando for months on end.” https://bit.ly/3fiXgJg

Wanna see professional hockey players cook?:

Via Forbes’s Carol Schram, the National Hockey League launched a cooking show called “Skates & Plates.” “In Episode 1 … center Nick Bonino of the Nashville Predators pairs up with celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre to learn how to prepare Steak Diane and pommes frites, a classic French dish served at Lefebvre’s Los Angeles restaurant, Petit Trois.” https://bit.ly/2UDBQ1w 

Watch the first episodehttps://bit.ly/3hkobGg

And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here’s a puppy who just wants to help: https://bit.ly/3feLzDl