The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening

Presented by Facebook



States are pausing reopening:




Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, Texas on Friday became “the first state in the country to reimpose a lockdown that had previously been lifted” after halting its reopening due to COVID-19 cases in the state jumping past 130,000.

Via The Hill's Nathaniel Weixel: Now "Florida is shutting down bars in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, after the state reported a single-day record of new infections." Florida's cases jumped by a one-day high of 8,942 on Friday.

Multiple states are seeing spikes in COVID-19 cases and hitting the brakes on what had been a steady process to reopen the economy: 

Arizona is on pause" according to Gov. Doug Ducey (R), who urged people to once again stay home. The state reported more than 3,000 new cases every day this week. 

New Mexico has also taken a beat before moving into the next phases of its reopening plans after cases increased every day this week. 

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) on Wednesday paused that state's reopening and instituted a mandatory mask requirement starting Friday.

California’s Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBusinesses plead for states to enforce mask mandates A nationwide response from an unusual place: City halls California, Florida, Texas report new single day high coronavirus death tolls MORE (D) said Thursday that the state will “reserve the right” to pause its reopening schedule as cases there pass 195,000.


CDC: Coronavirus may have infected 10 times more Americans than known


Trump health officials are considering a “dramatic” shift to “pool testing” for coronavirus cases. 

It’s Friday! I’m Alicia Cohn, filling in for Cate today with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

Did someone forward this to you? Want your own copy? Sign up here to receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox daily:



Every vote is a voice heard



Facebook is building the largest voter information effort in US history, starting with the new Voting Information Center, where you can find the latest resources about voting in the 2020 election.


Learn more about our efforts.



Your flag might need a new star:

Via The Hill’s J. Edward Moreno and Marty Johnson, “The House is poised to pass legislation Friday that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state, the first time such a bill has ever been approved.”

What next? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Congress under pressure to provide billions for school openings Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok MORE (R-Ky.) has ruled out bringing the bill to the Senate floor, and 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 opposes it.


Protests lead to congressional action:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Juliegrace Brufke, “The House on Thursday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms aimed at curbing the use of excessive force by law enforcement after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police one month ago.”

The vote: 236 to 181. 

How many Republicans voted for the bill? Three: Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Key impeachment witness retires | Duckworth presses for information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats press for end to military transgender ban Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening MORE (R-Texas), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonGOP lawmaker: Refusal to wear masks is 'tragic' The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Teachers' union President Randi Weingarten calls Trump administration plan to reopen schools 'a train wreck'; US surpasses 3 million COVID-19 cases Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push MORE (R-Mich.) and Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (R-Pa.). 

What’s in the bill? House Democrats’ bill would curb qualified immunity, increase requirements for the use of lethal force, ban chokeholds, require body cameras, prohibit no-knock warrants in drug cases, make lynching a federal crime and create a federal registry of officers with histories of misconduct.

What next? The legislation is likely dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate. Senate Republicans, led by 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..), have their own bill.


This TikTok on qualified immunity has more than half a million views.


On wielding that executive power:

Via Pittsburgh's KDKA, former Vice President 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 says he would mandate wearing a mask as president, pledging: “I would do everything possible to make it required [that] people had to wear masks in public.”


Here are the states requiring masks in public.



How Facebook is preparing for the US 2020 election



— Tripled safety and security teams to 35,000 people
— Implemented 5-step political ad verification
— Providing greater political ad transparency
— Launching new Voting Information Center


Learn about these efforts and more.



ObamaCare (still) under fire:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “The Trump administration on Thursday night argued in a legal brief filed to the Supreme Court that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be invalidated.” 

It’s getting real: The move makes official the Trump administration’s position against the health law. President Trump says he wants to introduce a better health care policy.

What next? The case will likely be decided in Spring 2021. 

What it means to you: Health care will become an even more significant topic heading into the general election. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and allies are already hammering President Trump on the issue, particularly noting the timing during a global pandemic, and we’re likely to see even more critical ads in the coming months.


Awkward dinner conversation:

Via The Hill’s Aris Folley, “The daughter of a candidate running for a seat in the Michigan state House has drawn viral attention online after taking to Twitter earlier this week to plead with voters not to elect her father to office.”


President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, is describing him as “the world’s most dangerous man” in a new book to be released next month — unless the White House successfully blocks its publication. 

Because we didn’t have enough going on this year:

A massive dust storm from the Sahara has reached the U.S., affecting air quality in Louisiana and Texas on Thursday and moving further into the southeast on Friday. 





GOP senator un-tweets:




Splash Mountain is getting the Disney princess treatment:






The House is in. The Senate is out until Monday. 

President Trump is in staying in Washington, D.C., after canceling his weekend trip to New Jersey tonight for the weekend. Vice President Pence is in Washington. 

10:45 a.m. EDT: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools MORE (D-Calif.) hosted her weekly press conference.

11:30 p.m. EDT: Joe Biden held a press call with Black lawmakers to discuss President Trump’s attempt to strike down the Affordable Care Act.

2:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board Meeting at 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 DavidsDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter WATCH LIVE: The Hill's LGBTQ+ summit featuring Adam Rippon, Rep. Sharice Davids, Chasten Buttigieg and more MORE (D-Kansas), Chasten Buttigieg, Alphonso David, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats seek to tie GOP candidates to Trump, DeVos Democratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter MORE (D-N.Y.) and more. Details and how to RSVP: 


12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence will lead a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services. Livestream:

Early this afternoon: The House is expected to vote on a measure that would make D.C. the 51st state. Livestream: 

July 28: Attorney General Bill Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Details:


Today is National Chocolate Pudding Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Orange Blossom Day and Sunday is National Tapioca Day!

Quarantine really changed some people:




And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a pup who stole his owner’s teeth