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On the roster: White House corona outbreak rattles workers – With bailout talks stalled, Dems creep it on my own – Dems fret over California particular election – Georgia wants feds on racially charged waste – By no manner ship a cow on a beer saunter
WHITE HOUSE CORONA OUTBREAK RATTLES STAFF
NYT: “The Trump administration is racing to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus interior the White House, as some senior officers focus on that the disease is already spreading all of sudden throughout the warren of cramped workplaces that function up the three flooring of the West Whisk with the poke. Three prime officers main the authorities’s coronavirus response maintain begun two weeks of self-quarantine after two contributors of the White House workers — surely one of President Trump’s non-public valets and Katie Miller, the spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence — examined particular. But others who got right here into contact with Ms. Miller and the valet are continuing to story to work on the White House. ‘It’s some distance frightening to creep to work,’ Kevin Hassett, a major financial adviser to the president, acknowledged on CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ program on Sunday. … The discovery of the two contaminated workers has introduced on the White House to ramp up its procedures to combat the virus, asking more workers contributors to function cash working from dwelling, growing usage of masks and more carefully screening folks that enter the complicated.”
Fauci, prime docs to testify remotely amid exposure issues – CBS Recordsdata: “Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main infectious diseases professional, will testify earlier than a Senate committee Tuesday, his first appearance earlier than Congress since March. Fauci will seem alongside Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Regulate and Prevention (CDC), and reasonably a pair of officers to chat about reopening the financial system amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senator Lamar Alexander, the chairman of the Senate Health, Training, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced Sunday that the committee hearing would happen over video conference. ‘After consulting with Dr. Fauci, and in an abundance of caution for our witnesses, senators, and the workers, all four Administration witnesses will seem by videoconference due to the these peculiar instances,’ Alexander acknowledged in an announcement. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir will also seem on the virtual hearing.”
Andrew Ferguson: Transitioning to ‘transition’ – The Atlantic: “In a assembly with congressional Republicans, [President Trump] weak the phrase ‘transition to greatness’ a pair of instances, rolling it on the tongue cherish a magnificent swig of Weight reduction program Coke. Then he pretended he had excellent diagram it up on the set up, exact there and then. ‘It’s a huge length of time,’ he acknowledged. ‘It excellent got right here out, at this assembly. That’s exact, it got right here out accidentally. It became an announcement, and it got right here out, and you is doubtless to be ready to’t secure a much bigger one. We would creep to Madison Avenue and secure the correct, the excellent geniuses on this planet to achieve up with a slogan, but that’s the slogan we’re going to exhaust: transition to greatness.’ The wellsprings of creativity are mystifying, and the Republicans need to maintain been overjoyed to be witnesses to historical past. But no longer as overjoyed as the president himself, topping even the excellent geniuses on this planet alongside with his inspiration—if he did explain so himself. And he did.”
WITH BAILOUT TALKS STALLED, DEMS GO IT ALONE
WSJ: “House Democrats are pushing to total their next coronavirus-support proposal this week in the face of deepening financial gloom, but talks with the White House and the Republican-controlled Senate are on ice over disagreements over the tempo and drawl material of the next package. Democrats argue for urgent contemporary spending, on prime of the roughly $3 trillion distributed to this level for companies, households, states and cities, amongst others. But some Republicans and President Trump counter that lawmakers would possibly per chance per chance per chance restful buy a wait-and-gape stance…”
Alexander says testing, no longer bailouts, are perhaps the essential to recovery – NBC Recordsdata: “Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., acknowledged Sunday that Congress can’t allocate ample support to offset the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on the U.S. financial system, a reality that underscores the need for the nation to all of sudden scale up testing to give workers the peace of tips they need to achieve to work and jumpstart the financial system. ‘The correct solution is take a look at, hint, isolate, treatments and vaccines,’ Alexander acknowledged at some level of an interview on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘We maintain got to reopen the financial system, now we maintain got to fabricate it in moderation, now we maintain got to let folks return to work and save a living. And I don’t gape us being ready to relevant grand more cash to support provide a counter to that.’”
Williamson: Consensus killers – National Overview: “With out consensus, there will not be a consent — that’s practically a redundancy: The two phrases attain from the equivalent Latin root which manner ‘agree,’ but every has its secure particular characteristic in the political lexicon. We focus on of ‘consensus’ as a most incessantly agreed-upon truth or set up of info, usually with the qualifier ‘professional’ or the mock-qualifier ‘elite,’ but we consent to a course of motion, a regime, or a teach, which is ready to deploy power legitimately excellent with ‘the consent of the governed.’ That’s Liberal Democracy 101. Within the occasion you lose the flexibility to forge consensus, you commence to forfeit consent, and effective governance turns into hard if no longer impossible — as we’re seeing exact now in the coronavirus response. Consensus, with its suggestions of compromise and trans-partisanship, is an diagram no longer on the apex of its occupation. … Our inability to forge a protection consensus is the final consequence of our inability to forge a major prior consensus about sure info and realities. ‘Elite consensus’ has carried out grand to save its low recognition.”
THE RULEBOOK: PEOPLE POWER
“The natural strength of the folks in a enormous neighborhood, in percentage to the unreal strength of the authorities, is increased than in a exiguous, and clearly more competent to a fight with the attempts of the authorities to set aside a tyranny.” – Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 28
TIME OUT: CORGIS GO FAR ON LITTLE LEGS
Smithsonian: “Reputation contests would possibly per chance per chance well appear catty, but we folks will fabricate excellent about the rest to promote our pooches. For the 29th twelve months in a row, the Labrador retriever has emerged victorious as America’s number 1 breed, in step with a list launched by the American Kennel Membership (AKC) on Would possibly perhaps 1. Different sought-after canines encompass German shepherds, golden retrievers, French bulldogs and bulldogs, which nabbed spots two through 5, respectively—a ranking similar to final twelve months’s. But as the AKC notes in an announcement, some preferences maintain shifted: 2019 marks the first twelve months at some level of which the Pembroke Welsh corgi broke the pause ten, scooting excellent sooner than the dachshund. (The creep also unseated the passe tenth space honoree, the Yorkshire terrier, which now finds itself lurking at number 12.) In final space became the English foxhound, a astronomical, medium-sized dog bred for searching.”
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PRESIDENTIAL POWER RANKINGS
(270 electoral votes wished to in discovering)
Toss-up (103 electoral votes): Wisconsin (10), Ohio (18), Florida (29), Arizona (11), Pennsylvania (20), North Carolina (15)
Lean R/Likely R: (186 electoral votes)
Lean D/Likely D (249 electoral votes)
[Full rankings here.]
TRUMP JOB PERFORMANCE
Moderate approval: 45.2 p.c
Moderate disapproval: 50 p.c
Compile Procure: -4.8 aspects
Trade from one week ago: no substitute in aspects
[Average includes: CNBC: 46% approve – 54% disapprove; Monmouth University: 44% approve – 51% disapprove; PRRI: 43% approve – 54% disapprove; IBD: 44% approve – 44% disapprove; Gallup: 49% approve – 47% disapprove.]
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DEMS FRET OVER CALIFORNIA SPECIAL ELECTION
NPR: “Forward of a Would possibly perhaps 12 particular election for a U.S. House seat in the northern suburbs of Los Angeles, Democrats are all of sudden fascinating they’d well lose get of a seat that their occasion had excellent acquired in the 2018 midterms. The election in California’s 25th Congressional District is taking space in no longer excellent the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic but also the scandal that resulted in Democrat Katie Hill‘s resignation. Hill had unseated Republican incumbent Steve Knight in 2018, excellent to teach her resignation lower than a twelve months later after intimate photos of her had been revealed on-line with out her consent. The House also launched an ethics probe to gape into accusations of an atrocious relationship with a congressional staffer. The hangover from Hill’s resignation has weighed on Democrats. ‘Or no longer it is hard to secure folks to retain up their vitality and retain up their enthusiasm and conclude on this and retain going,’ acknowledged Hilary Schardein, chair of CA25 United for Progress, a liberal team backing the Democratic candidate, Christy Smith. Tuesday’s election will maintain out the rest of Hill’s length of time except January 2021.”
Events substitute accusations on election theft – Fox Recordsdata: “President Trump called on Republicans to creep to the polls for Tuesday’s particular congressional election in California after the chief of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) steered House Republicans in a memo that Democrats had been seeking to ‘desire’ the saunter. The congressional seat became left vacant by Democrat Katie Hill, who resigned in October 2019 amid an ethics scandal bright a relationship with a staffer. The saunter is being contested between Republican Mike Garcia and Democrat Christy Smith. … Democrats maintain accused Trump and the GOP of seeking to restrict voting secure entry to. They argue the further early voting center became wished so voters in the diverse metropolis of Lancaster wouldn’t be disenfranchised. There is for the time being a total of 10 voting centers launch for the actual election.”
Can Dems replicate Wisconsin success in other places? – NYT: “It became a colorful margin of victory in what became anticipated to be a cease saunter: an 11-level blowout by a liberal in discovering over a conservative incumbent for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court docket. Now Wisconsin Democrats are working to export their template for success — intense digital outreach and a nicely-coordinated vote-by-mail operation — to reasonably a pair of states in the hope that it will increase the occasion’s potentialities in native and statewide elections and in the search to usa President Trump in November. Their prime officers maintain gone on a virtual nationwide tour, extolling the virtues of their digital campaign efforts in hopes Democrats and liberal activists in other places can replicate their victory, when Jill Karofsky, a liberal in discovering, ousted Yell Supreme Court docket Justice Daniel Kelly. The main probability comes Tuesday in a particular election for a Republican-heavy House district that covers the northern third of the teach. It’s the nation’s first partisan contest since Wisconsin’s April 7 election, and it will provide more proof as as to whether Democratic vote-by-mail success in that saunter is repeatable.”
Michigan Republican Senate hopeful walks magnificent line on Trump – Politico: “Few Republicans are willing to insist a harmful discover about President Donald Trump. John James — a rising star in the GOP who final twelve months became floated to be Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, and is now waging an uphill campaign for Senate in Michigan — is taking a reasonably a pair of method. All over a video conference with sad neighborhood leaders final week, James became asked whether he disagreed with Trump on the rest given the president’s increase of his candidacy. ‘Plenty, hundreds of points,’ James spoke back. … James, a 38-twelve months-extinct Iraq Battle weak, also pushed support in opposition to what he described as a Democratic talking level that he became bankrolled by the president and Training Secretary Betsy DeVos, who hails from surely one of the main teach’s wealthiest political households. … James faces the hurdle of working in Michigan, a swing teach the place the president’s recognition has ebbed. A as much as date Fox Recordsdata ballotshowed Trump trailing Joe Biden by 8 percentage aspects and James lagging in the support of Democratic Sen. Gary Peters by 10 percentage aspects.”
Arnon Mishkin: Trump wants the RINOs support – Fox Recordsdata: “But the president – and your total Republican occasion – saunter a particular risk in seeking to saunter with out the increase of many who’re no longer fully supportive of Trump, seriously if Biden is seeking to prepare them. Indeed, it became the RINOs who arguably save Trump over the pause and into the White House in 2016. And while many Trump supporters would possibly per chance per chance per chance no longer cherish them, they’re going to need them but again in 2020. Grand has been written about the proven truth that Trump acquired a preponderant share of the votes of folks that had unhealthy views of every Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Indeed, in step with the Fox Recordsdata 2016 exit ballot, Trump acquired the vote of about 5 out of every 10 folks nationally who had unhealthy views of every Clinton and Trump. … And who had unhealthy views of every Clinton and Trump? In enormous piece, they had been Republicans or Republican-leaning Independents. In reasonably a pair of phrases, they had been RINOs.”
Kamala Harris playing it frosty on veepstakes – NYT: “On the present time, Ms. Harris — now a senator from California who ran for president final twelve months — finds herself at one other political crossroads, and is drawing near near it with same caution. Even supposing she is amongst the favorites to change into Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s vice-presidential nominee, joining him on the Democratic value to strive to defeat President Trump, she has kept a noticeably lower profile than reasonably a pair of that it is doubtless you’ll be ready to imagine contenders. In quite a lot of interviews, Ms. Harris has acknowledged she would be ‘honored’ to support with Mr. Biden, but there will not be a public campaign same… This would not mean she isn’t privately maneuvering, in step with more than a dozen folks conversant in her actions or with Mr. Biden’s gaze for a vp. Ms. Harris, who declined to be interviewed for this article, has devoted the 5 months since she ended her campaign to housecleaning steps supposed to space her greater for what comes next: whether it’s a vice-presidential notify, a longer occupation in the Senate, a saunter for governor or an area cherish authorized reputable total in a Biden administration.”
Trump campaign rolls out teach-explicit attacks – Axios: “After weeks of retaining support, President Trump’s re-election campaign will unleash a series of tailored, swing-teach attacks in opposition to Joe Biden, focusing on him in Florida, Pennsylvania and the commercial Midwest, campaign officers expose Axios. … Advisers warned in opposition to too grand overt harmful campaigning at a time when hundreds of Americans are demise and voters need the president taking into consideration working the nation. … But a pair of issues maintain told the campaign’s assault plans: Some states are reopening, Biden’s ballotnumbers are genuine, the financial system is dreadful, and the U.S. has the area’s worst reported coronavirus death toll. So the campaign is having a mediate about to interchange the topic. The campaign plans to launch teach-explicit attacks focusing on Biden’s file on three areas: Cuba, fracking and substitute.”
GEORGIA NEEDS FEDS ON RACIALLY CHARGED HOMICIDE
NPR: “Georgia Felony reputable General Chris Carr asked the Department of Justice on Sunday to habits an investigation into the facing of the Ahmaud Arbery case. Arbery, a 25-twelve months-extinct sad man, became shot and killed in February while jogging through a neighborhood in the metropolis of Brunswick, Ga. His death sparked a nationwide outcry and requires for justice after a mobile phone video of the shooting began circulating on-line final week. On Thursday, two males, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, who’s 34, had been arrested and charged with waste and aggravated assault. The arrests got right here two days after teach authorities took over the case from native laws enforcement — and 10 weeks after Arbery’s death. McMichael, a retired police detective, steered authorities that he and his son pursued Arbery on yarn of they believed he had been desirous about native burglaries. Forward of the teach’s takeover of the investigation, the case had landed on the desk of three separate district attorneys. The main recused herself on yarn of the daddy had beforehand labored in her office as an investigator.”
In leaked audio, Obama bashes Justice Department over Flynn case – AP: “Frail President Barack Obama harshly criticized President Donald Trump’s facing of the coronavirus pandemic as an ‘absolute chaotic catastrophe’ at some level of a dialog with ex-contributors of his administration, in step with a recording obtained by Yahoo Recordsdata. Obama also reacted to the Justice Department dropping its prison case in opposition to Trump’s first nationwide security adviser, Michael Flynn, asserting he terrified that the ‘total diagram of rule of laws is at risk.’ Extra than 78,400 folks with COVID-19 maintain died in the USA and more than 1.3 million folks maintain examined particular, in step with the most up-to-date estimates from the Center for Methods Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.”
Pence cheered by probability of Flynn returning to White House – Axios: “Vice President Mike Pence steered ‘Axios on HBO’ that he welcomes the foundation of bringing Michael Flynn support into authorities, after the Justice Department moved final week to drop its prison case in opposition to President Trump’s passe nationwide security adviser. Trump acknowledged April 30 that he would ‘surely retain in tips’ bringing Flynn support into the administration. Since Flynn had been accused of lying to the vp, Pence’s blessing clears an obstacle to him returning to Trump’s interior circle. ‘I mediate Gen. Michael Flynn is an American patriot,’ Pence acknowledged at some level of the interview in Iowa on Friday. ‘And personally, I’d be contented to gape Michael Flynn but again.’ Trump lavished praise on the resolution by his Justice Department to creep to court to drop charges in opposition to Flynn, who had pleaded responsible to lying to the FBI about his conversations with passe Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”
Libertarians to in discovering nominee in virtual vote later this month – Motive
Sanders says ‘very, impossible’ he’ll saunter for president in 2024 – WaPo
SupCo enters week of high-profile cases featuring Trump tax returns – Fox Recordsdata
Congressional subpoena energy is doubtless to be reshaped by SupCo this week – Roll Name
Food pros asked to in discovering masks earlier than campaign-vogue tournament with Pence – WHBF
Republican attorneys total explain Congress would possibly per chance per chance per chance restful investigate China – Fox Recordsdata
AUDIBLE: CHARLOTTA QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
“I mediate it’s very particular it will no longer be that it is doubtless you’ll be ready to imagine to host a conference as deliberate.” – Edmund H. Driggs, a Republican member of the Charlotte City Council, expressing doubts about the probability of a passe Republican conference in unhurried August.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
“With all due admire how does your speculative diagnosis of the election 6 months away preempt the news about Flynn, the FBI and reasonably a pair of revelations about the Mueller probe. Dissatisfied.” – Dr. Donald Brizzolara, Wilmington, Del.
[Ed. note: I don’t mean to sound flip about a subject that you obviously care very deeply about, Dr. Brizzolara, but we didn’t cover ANYTHING other than our own race ratings on Friday. There were lots and lots of stories that we would have included Friday, certainly including the nolle prosequi of the former national security adviser. But speculative analysis is sort of our bag here. We’re a political note, and while you may not have found Friday’s race ratings worthwhile, they are right at the heart of what we do. Between now and the final race call on election night (or maybe the days after if we have a close race and lots of mail ballots) we will keep primping and pruning our race ratings. Twenty-five glorious weeks of horse race politics! For now, there’s very little polling data to work with, so we have to rely more on old-fashioned analysis, things like registration numbers, performance in recent elections, contributions, job approval numbers, etc. In a way, it makes this the most interesting part of the cycle for forecasting. We’ll be doing the same thing with Senate races later this week, so I’m busy now calling and writing the local political shamans in various states and picking the brains of smart politicos in both parties. In other words, it’s a hoot! I’m sorry we disappointed you, but we’ve got to tend to our own garden here. And that means placing a heavy emphasis on politics and looking to policies mostly as they relate to shaping the electoral map. It’s a narrow space, but it’s a service we’re very proud to provide.]
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NEVER SEND A COW ON A BEER RUN
KMEG: “A semi hauling cattle flipped Thursday night time, sending cows flying out of the roof, straight in opposition to a liquor store. The semi and the cows evaded crashing into the shop by excellent a pair of inches. That accident took place on Hwy 275, excellent earlier than 12: 00 a.m., attain Fortunate Joe’s Liquor store on 108 E 2nd boulevard in Neligh, Nebraska. Store proprietor, Joe Lichty, launched security digicam photos of the accident. The video reveals the semi turning over on the curve, hitting a pole and cows crashing throughout the roof of the semi. Lichty says that the motive force of the semi became no longer injured, but one of the main crucial cows had to be save down. Lichty also acknowledged the shop did not suffered any damage, with the exception of for the ice machine outdoors.”
AND NOW A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“America’s appetite for baseball books and motion photos is insatiable.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018) writing in the Washington Post on Would possibly perhaps 12, 1989.
Chris Stirewalt is the politics editor for Fox Recordsdata. Brianna McClelland contributed to this story. Need FOX Recordsdata Halftime Document on your inbox on daily foundation? Imprint up right here.