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We broke the record for new COVID-19 cases today:



The U.S. reported 36,880 new coronavirus cases today, breaking the record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a day since the outbreak started. 

How many new coronavirus cases were reported yesterday: 34,700

The record before today: On April 24, the U.S. reported 36,739 new cases. 

The surges causing the high numbers: “The new surge in cases is focused largely in the South and West, with Arizona, Florida and Texas reporting their largest single-day totals on Tuesday. Cases have risen in nearly two dozen states in total, including California and Washington state, which both received praise after effectively tackling some of the country’s earliest outbreaks.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,382,134

Deaths in the U.S.: 121,996 

Breakdown of the numbers 

For context: A month ago today, 1,646,495 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 97,794 had died.

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A win for the Trump administration:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a win on Thursday by ruling that asylum seekers have no right to a federal court hearing before being removed from the U.S.”

The decision: 7-2. Conservative Justice Samuel AlitoSamuel AlitoConservatives blast Supreme Court ruling: Roberts 'abandoned his oath' Supreme Court again rejects church challenge to virus restriction Should we judge judges by whether their decisions appeal to us? MORE wrote the majority opinion.

The two justices who dissented: Justices Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorVoters should channel the Black Lives Matter energy at the polls Supreme Court's approval rating highest in over a decade: Gallup GOP asks Supreme Court to reinstate Arizona voting rules deemed racially biased MORE and Elena KaganElena KaganLeBron James' group to donate 0K to pay fines for ex-felons seeking to vote in Florida Supreme Court declines to reinstate vote of nearly 1 million Florida felons Supreme Court clears way for second federal execution MORE.

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Dems are voting while making constant eye contact with their GOP colleagues:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos, “House Democrats are poised to pass historic police reforms on Thursday, setting the stage for a showdown with Republicans in the Senate where efforts to strike a bipartisan deal are dwindling.”

Timing: Yesterday, the Senate failed to advance a Republican police reform bill.  

How easily is the House expected to pass?: Very easily, even without Republican support.

Then in the Senate: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell warns control of Senate 'could go either way' in November On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE (R-Ky.) is certain to shelve it in favor of the Republican alternative, a measure authored by Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDavis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump Lobbyists see wins, losses in GOP coronavirus bill Revered civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis lies in state in the Capitol MORE (S.C.), the only Black GOP senator.”  

What next?: “Some lawmakers predicted the competing House and Senate proposals are destined for a conference, where designees from each party are charged with ironing out the differences.”  

How this could play out


Before the House vote:





The bad news bears:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “The bad news is piling higher for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE, who is having a dismal time in opinion polls. Trump would almost certainly lose his reelection battle if voters went to the polls today. But Republicans still have reasons for hope — and Democrats to fear — more than four months before Election Day.” 

For both sides, the prospect of a Trump comeback rests on two possibilities:

  1. “Signs of resurgence in the economy”
  2. “The potential for Trump’s presumptive Democratic opponent, Joe BidenJoe BidenNAACP seeks to boost Black voter turnout in six states Biden touts Trump saying Harris would be 'fine choice' for VP pick Kamala Harris: The conventional (and predictable) pick all along MORE, to be weakened by months of attacks.” 

What the polls are showing


Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republicans say President Trump should make a course correction and shift his strategy after a series of dismal polls showed him badly trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.” 

How so: “Republican senators thought Trump was cruising to reelection only a few months ago but they now worry his relentless focus on revving up his party’s base is hurting his chances, as well as their own of staying in control of the upper chamber.”

New polling — Biden is leading Trump in six (!) swing states:

According to a New York Times-Siena College survey, Biden is leading President Trump in six battleground states.

The six states — all of which Trump won 2016: North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. 

The full poll


The former 2016 Republican presidential candidate and CEO of Hewlett-Packard? Yeah, well she said in an interview published today that she is voting for Biden.



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Bad day for the Cheese family:

Chuck E. Cheese filed for bankruptcy protection this morning. 

Keep in mind: “CEC Entertainment Inc. has reopened 266 of its 612 company-operated Chuck E Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants, but did not elaborate on how willing parents are to again host birthday parties and other gatherings with so many cities still under tight restrictions on crowds. It did say Thursday that it will continue to reopen locations while it negotiates with debt and lease holders.”

And a reopening delay from another jolly rodent:

Disneyland Resort is delaying its planned July 17 reopening. 

The company said in a statement: "The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date."


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The House and Senate are in. President Trump is headed to Wisconsin and Vice President Pence is in Ohio today. 

11:05 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence landed in Vienna, Ohio. 

11:10 a.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate GOP, House Democrats begin battle over trillion bill Melania Trump announces plans to renovate White House Rose Garden Trump tweets photo of himself wearing a mask MORE participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today 

11:50 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence toured Lordstown Motors. 

12:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Green Bay, Wis. 

12:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks in Lordstown, Ohio. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: One roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a Fox News town hall with host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityQAnon supporter in Georgia heads into tight GOP runoff Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans MORE.

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

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a tour of Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis. 

5 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks in Marinette, Wis.

7–9 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.  

8:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump returns to the White House. 

Tuesday, June 30: The Hill Virtually Live hosts a Pride month summit to discuss the fragility of civil rights in America today with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. Featured speakers: Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsAmanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits The Hill's Coronavirus Report: INOVIO R&D Chief Kate Broderick 'completely confident' world will develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine; GOP boxed in on virus negotiations MORE (D-Kansas), Chasten ButtigiegAlphonso David, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.) and more. Details and how to RSVP


9:30 a.m. EDTMark Morgan, the acting commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, testified before a Senate committee. Livestream

2:45 p.m. EDT: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks in Lancaster, Pa. on health care. Livestream

3:30 p.m. EDT: House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKamala Harris makes history — as a Westerner On The Money: McConnell says it's time to restart coronavirus talks | New report finds majority of Americans support merger moratorium | Corporate bankruptcies on pace for 10-year high McConnell: Time to restart coronavirus talks MORE (D-Calif.) and Democrats hold a press conference on Washington, D.C. statehood. Livestream


Today is National Bomb Pop Day. This is so festive!

Just a bear chilling in a car. Nothing to see here:

Via ABC News, a mother bear in Alaska jumped through an open car window as her two cubs watched. Video

And because you made it this far, here’s why dogs are potentially better than humans: