The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump signs police reform executive order


So, here’s the plan:



President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE is signing an executive order today to address police reform.

In the executive order: “Senior administration officials told reporters Monday afternoon that the order would incentivize police departments to use best practices when it comes to use of force; encourage information sharing so that officials can track officers who have excessive use of force complaints; and call for co-responder programs in which social workers accompany police when responding to nonviolent reports involving homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol addiction.”  

What about chokeholds?: “The order will prioritize discretionary grants for police departments that are certified by bodies that train officers on de-escalation techniques and use of force standards, a second official said, including policies that prohibit chokeholds except in situations where deadly force is allowed by law.”


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Who in the group has his or her credit card number memorized?:

*slowly, awkwardly raises hand* 

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, retail sales in the U.S. rose more than 17 percent (!) between April and May after diving in April amid the coronavirus closures.

How much sales jumped: 17.7 percent in May

Compared to April: Retail and food service sales dropped 14.7 percent in April.  

For context: Economists expected retail sales to rise around 7 or 8 percent. 


New testimony is coming:

Via The New York Times’s Mattathias Schwartz and Charlie Savage, “Two Justice Department officials have agreed to testify under subpoena before the House Judiciary Committee next week about politicization under Attorney General William P. Barr, setting up a likely fight with the department about what they will be permitted to say.” 

Including: “Aaron S.J. Zelinsky, one of the career prosecutors who quit a case against President Trump’s friend Roger J. Stone Jr. after Mr. Barr and other senior officials decided to intervene to reverse their recommendation that Mr. Stone be sentenced in accord with standard guidelines and instead requested leniency.”

Rep. Omar’s father died from COVID-19:

Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE’s (D-Minn.) father passed away from complications with COVID-19, Omar announced on Twitter. 

Read her announcement on Twitter: That’s a nice photo of them: 

Keep in mind: “Ms. Omar’s mother died when she was 2, and when she was 8, her extended family fled Somalia’s civil war, and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. In 1995, they sought asylum in the United States, settling first in Arlington, Va., and later in Minneapolis, which has a large Somali population. Her father, a teacher in Somalia, picked up work driving taxis and later got a job at the post office. Ms. Omar became a citizen in 2000, when she was 17 … Ms. Omar [was] one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018.”


The fight over the $600:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis and Naomi Jagoda, “Congress is under pressure to extend expiring unemployment benefits as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in some states and as jobless rates remain at levels not seen in decades.”  

When the expanded benefits are set to expire: In August 

Where Republicans stand: “Republicans object to continuing to add an extra $600 to weekly benefits for all unemployment recipients, noting that it could make unemployment more lucrative than working for a large percentage of recipients. That, they say, could provide a disincentive for people to return to work as the economy reopens.”

Where Democrats stand: “But Democrats are worried that cutting or reducing the benefit would leave poor people without a safety net. A Friday report from the Federal Reserve noted that recipients could find themselves in a dire situation without the expanded benefits.”

To name or not to rename, that is the question:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A legislative fight over whether to rename military installations named after Confederate generals is quickly dividing Senate Republicans and creating campaign headaches.”

How so: “GOP strategists warn that a misstep could prove costly, giving GOP senators heartburn in a year when they have to defend 23 seats, compared to just 12 for Democrats, who are growing increasingly confident of their chances to win back the majority in November.”  

How this could play out



It’s pretty powerful. Photo

Happening on June 26:

House Democratic leaders are scheduling a June 26 vote to grant Washington, D.C., statehood.

Keep in mind: “The push for D.C. statehood, while hardly new, has also never gained much traction on Capitol Hill, largely because the idea is anathema to Republicans, who are wary of empowering a district so lopsidedly Democratic. President Trump has also voiced his staunch opposition to the change.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,115,079 

Deaths in the U.S.: 116,191

Breakdown of the numbers

For context: This time last week, 1,963,828 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 111,139 Americans had died. 

I’ll take this as good news!:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, a clinical trial of a COVID-19 treatment shows that deaths of critically ill patients were reduced by roughly one-third. 

The drug: Dexamethasone is a widely available, cheap steroid. 

Where the clinical trial was performed: Great Britain

Reaction from Harvard Global Health Institute director Ashish Jha: “First -- it is now a feature of this pandemic that most findings made public via press release with little data to provide context. They could have easily put out a pre-print. Its frustrating but reality. Second -- this is REALLY good news if it turns out to be true…” Read Jha’s full reaction to the trial 



It all began 5 years ago today:





The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and Vice President Pence is in Iowa today.

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Iowa. Preview from the Des Moines Register

12:30 – 2:15 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate’s full schedule today 

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) in Forest City, Iowa.

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Winnebago Industries in Forest City. 

7:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.


Noon: President Trump gives remarks and signs an executive order on safe policing. Livestream 

3:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at Winnebago Industries on reopening the U.S. Livestream


Today is National Fudge Day. Respectable.

Well hello there, ‘Lord Fairfax!’ A pleasure to meet you:

Via The Washington Post’s Dana Hedgpeth, a 65-pound alligator snapping turtle was round in a residential area of Alexandria, Va. 

How it got there: “Officials with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said in a Facebook post that turtles have ‘long been popular as pets.’ Experts have said that when an exotic or unusual animal is found that’s not native to the D.C. region, it is likely that someone was keeping the animal as a pet and released it when it got too big.” 

Obviously he has a name: Experts named him “Lord Fairfax.”

What happens now: It has been given a home at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. Because it was not raised in the wild, it can’t be left there.

Photos — wow

And because you made it this far, here’s an awfully intimidating cat: