SUNSHINE! … Capital Weather Gang: “9/10: Just about perfect. We could use some of that!”
HHS SECRETARY ALEX AZAR tweeted late last night that he would send three “Abbott point of care testing machines and 1,000 tests” for the SENATE’S use when it returns next week. That’s good for the 100-person SENATE. Here’s hoping when the 435-person HOUSE returns in the next few weeks they’ll get a proportional number of machines and tests.
— MESSAGE TO MEADOWS ON TWITTER: @realDonaldTrump at 9:06 a.m.: “There is tremendous CoronaVirus testing capacity in Washington for the Senators returning to Capital [sic] Hill on Monday. Likewise the House, which should return but isn’t because of Crazy Nancy P. The 5 minute Abbott Test will be used. Please inform Dr. Brian P. Monahan. @MarkMeadows”
NEW … House Majority Leader STENY HOYER sent a letter last night to House Chief Administrative Office Philip Kiko and Attending Physician Brian Monahan about opening the House back up.
— FROM THE LETTER: “Now, as we look ahead to the coming weeks, I write to ask that you share the guidance you have been developing on how best the House and Capitol complex might reopen as soon as you can. As we look to resume operations, we must do so gradually and carefully. Members and staff will continue to look to health care officials for the National Capital Region, and to the Office of the Attending Physician in particular, to help us make an assessment of when this process could begin. You recognize, as we do, that there ought to be plans in place long before that moment arrives.” The letter
— MARIANNE LEVINE: “Capitol physician releases safety guidelines for Senate’s return”: “The Capitol’s attending physician released guidelines Friday for the Senate’s return next week, recommending but not requiring that staffers wear face coverings. …
“The Office of the Attending Physician’s guidelines recommend that offices limit the number of staffers that come to the Hill and suggest teleworking when possible. While the guidelines strongly encourage the use of face coverings, ‘individuals retain the option of not using a face cover’ if they maintain a 6-foot distance.
“The guidelines also tell staffers to stagger their visits to dining areas in the Capitol and to bring food from home or select grab-and-go options to avoid crowding. Additionally, offices are encouraged to maintain a regular cleaning schedule and employees are required to monitor their health.”
RULES FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME … WAPO’S DAVID NAKAMURA: “Trump uses White House events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks”: “At the White House this week, President Trump sat less than six feet from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in the Oval Office. He invited small-business owners to crowd behind the Resolute Desk for a photo shoot. His vice president toured a medical research center without a face mask in defiance of its policy.
“The daily images projected a sense of confidence that life, at least for the nation’s most prominent resident, is returning to a semblance of normalcy during the coronavirus pandemic — a visual cue to the public that conditions are improving as Trump pushes to restart sectors of the economy.
“Yet even as Trump aides have signaled that he could soon begin regular travel, the reality is that the White House has created a picture of security that is propped up by special access to the kind of wide-scale testing for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, that most of the nation remains without.
EXTRAORDINARY MESSAGE TO THE DEM NOMINEE … NYT ED BOARD: “Investigate Tara Reade’s Allegations”: “As is so often the case in such situations, it is all but impossible to be certain of the truth. But the stakes are too high to let the matter fester — or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media. Mr. Biden is seeking the nation’s highest office.
“Last year, this board advocated strongly for a vigorous inquiry into accusations of sexual misconduct raised against Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to a seat on the Supreme Court. Mr. Biden’s pursuit of the presidency requires no less. His campaign, and his party, have a duty to assure the public that the accusations are being taken seriously. The Democratic National Committee should move to investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly, with the full cooperation of the Biden campaign. …
“Mr. Biden has set higher standards for himself. That has been central to his appeal. His campaign is founded on the promise of restoring sanity, civility and decency to the presidency. Even if certainty isn’t possible in this matter, the American people deserve at least the confidence that he, and the Democratic Party, have made every effort to bring the truth to light.”
MARC CAPUTO: “Search for Tara Reade complaint threatens to backfire on Biden”
TRUMP FOR BIDEN, via WaPo’s Toluse Olorunnipa: “‘All of a sudden you become a wealthy guy, you’re a famous guy, then you become president. And people that you’ve never seen, that you’ve never heard of, make charges,’ Trump said Friday in an interview with conservative radio host Dan Bongino, adding that he was “sticking up” for Biden in a way. ‘I would just say to Joe Biden, ‘Just go out and fight it.’’”
N.Y. POST COVER: “BELIEVE ALL WOMEN* … *except this one”
Good Saturday morning.
SAME, BRO, SAME: ANTHONY FAUCI, in the NYT: “I don’t think there’s any place that I relax more than sitting in Nats Park and watching my now world champion Nats play a game,”
— WAPO SCOOP … ERICA WERNER and MIKE DEBONIS: “White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel next week”: “The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House subcommittee investigating the coronavirus outbreak and response, arguing that it would be “counterproductive” for him to appear next week while in the midst of participating in the government’s response to the pandemic.
“The White House issued a statement about Fauci’s testimony shortly after The Washington Post published a story Friday afternoon quoting a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee, who said the White House was refusing to allow Fauci to appear at a subcommittee hearing next week.
“‘While the Trump Administration continues its whole-of-government response to COVID-19, including safely opening up America again and expediting vaccine development, it is counterproductive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at congressional hearings,’ said White House spokesman Judd Deere. ‘We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.’”
WHAT AMERICA IS READING … TODAY’S FRONT PAGES: Star Tribune: “Virus to force state deficit” … The State (S.C.): “McMaster lifts coronavirus ‘home or work’ directive” … Dallas Morning News: “A cautious comeback: Brave few dip toes in Dallas’ new retail waters” …
… Grand Rapids Press: “Whitmer, unfazed, extends emergency for 28 days: GOP lays groundwork to sue over whose got the power” … Denver Post: “State cuts spending by $228.7 million” … Hartford Courant: “$900M deficit has officials scrambling”
NATION STATE UPDATE … L.A. TIMES: “Facing protests, Newsom says easing stay-at-home rules could be ‘days’ away,” by Andrew J. Campa, Hailey Branson-Potts, Luke Money and Anita Chabria: “Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday faced the most intense pressure yet to lift restrictions on daily life, with a series of raucous protests around the state, a legal tussle with Orange County over closing its beaches and a rural Northern California county that defied his stay-at-home order and opened up for business. …
“On Friday, the governor acknowledged the frustrations and said he could make announcements within days about easing the state’s stay-at-home order, now in its sixth week.
NYT’S ANNIE KARNI on KAYLEIGH MCENANY’S debut: “‘I will never lie to you, you have my word on that,’ she said. Ms. McEnany, the president’s fourth press secretary, found that vow almost immediately tested.
“Discussing the sexual harassment accusation by a former staff member against Joseph R. Biden Jr., the president’s likely general election opponent, she said the president had ‘always told the truth on these issues,’ ignoring Mr. Trump’s evasions and misrepresentations in responding to dozens of accusations against him. She claimed it was unfair to bring up issues from ‘four years ago that were asked and answered.’
“In reality, a new accusation of rape was raised against the president as recently as last year. In a reference to the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, she claimed that his investigation of Mr. Trump ended with ‘$40 million of taxpayer money being lost in the complete and total exoneration of President Trump.’ In fact, the cost of the report was about $32 million, according to the Justice Department, and its conclusion was not a ‘total exoneration’ of the president.”
CRISTIANO LIMA: “Why Washington is more ready than ever to take on Amazon”
J-MART SPEAKS! … NYT FOOD SECTION: “The Best Part of the Campaign Trail (the Food!) Comes Home”: “Thanks to the power of dry ice and a seven-year-old company called Goldbelly, I’ve been enjoying wings and pizza from Buffalo, bagels from Manhattan, cheese steaks from Philadelphia, brisket from Kansas City, and those ribs and hush puppies for nearly a month.”
D.C. DINING SCENE … WASHINGTON CITY PAPER: “Sushi Taro Will Not Reopen as a Dine-in Restaurant”: “One of D.C.’s bastions of Japanese cuisine won’t celebrate its 34th anniversary in July. Sushi Taro’s last day in business is tomorrow, at least in its current form. Co-owners and brothers Jin and Nobu Yamazaki don’t see a path forward for restaurants after COVID-19. ‘So far I haven’t seen anybody who understands this horrible, horrible future view,’ Jin says. ‘There is no going back. We are moving to the future.’ …
“Take-out, Jin says, is the only way forward that makes sense from a business standpoint. ‘40 percent of restaurants are going to fail,’ he says. He doesn’t think people will dine out regularly until there’s a vaccine for COVID-19. That could take between 12 and 18 months. ‘This type of thing might happen again. It could be 10 years from now,’ he says. ‘The model that fits is take-out. We’ve already adapted. We’re not going back.’”
— WAMU: “Old Ebbitt Grill, One Of The City’s Oldest Restaurants, Is Barely Hanging On”
WHAT WILL COLLEGES DO?: “College choice: Reopen and risk virus spread or face financial ruin,” by Bianca Quilantan and Juan Perez Jr.: “College presidents and their boards have a seemingly impossible task: Protect school finances without putting student and faculty lives in danger. Colleges could be sued if schools reopen dorms and dining halls as a second wave of infections strikes. But financial woes in the billions loom if campuses stay shut, especially at small, historically black colleges.”
BERKSHIRE ANNUAL MEETING TODAY … WSJ: “Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Reports $49.7 Billion Loss in First Quarter,” by Geoffrey Rogow: “Operating earnings, which exclude some investment results, rose to $5.87 billion from $5.56 billion in the year prior. Mr. Buffett has said operating earnings are more reflective of Berkshire’s performance.”
WHAT DAVID RHODES IS UP TO, by NYT’s Ben Smith: “David Rhodes, a former Fox News executive who also led CBS News, has quietly begun consulting for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
“Mr. Rhodes has been working on projects connected to News Corp. in the United Kingdom, according to a company spokesman, Jim Kennedy. A spokeswoman at News Corp.’s News UK division said Mr. Rhodes’s focus will be ‘video projects.’ The reunion has provoked speculation within the empire that Mr. Rhodes could return to Fox News in some capacity.”
WSJ: “NBCUniversal Weighs Significant Layoffs at Media, Entertainment Units,” by Joe Flint and Lillian Rizzo
THE PRESIDENT’S SATURDAY: PRESIDENT TRUMP is at Camp David. He has no public events scheduled.
CLICKER — “The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics,” edited by Matt Wuerker — 19 funnies
GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Margy Slattery and the staff of POLITICO Magazine:
— “Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing,” by Ed Yong in The Atlantic: “A guide to making sense of a problem that is now too big for any one person to fully comprehend.” Atlantic
— “The Renegade Scientist Behind Chloroquine, Donald Trump’s Miracle Coronavirus Cure,” by Katy Lee in Esquire UK: “Is Didier Raoult our savior, or a charlatan?” Esquire
— “How Do You Run for President During a Pandemic?” by Jason Zengerle in the NYT Magazine: “Joe Biden’s primary victory seemed like a vindication of the idea that in politics, the internet isn’t real life. What happens now that it is?” NYT Magazine
— “How the Face Mask Became the World’s Most Coveted Commodity,” by Samanth Subramanian in The Guardian: “In mere weeks, the mask went from being an urgent human need to a cynically exploited asset in a global resource grab.” Guardian
— “Happy 59th! Or Is It 58th? Cracking the Mystery of Don Mattingly’s Birthday,” by Sam Miller in ESPN: “We had to track down the uncredited writer of a single sentence written on the back of a piece of cardboard more than three decades ago.” ESPN
— “Consider the Greenland Shark,” by Katherine Rundell in The London Review of Books: “For thousands of years Greenland sharks have swum in silence, as above them the world has burned, rebuilt, burned again.” LRB
— “The Man Who Thought Too Fast,” by Anthony Gottlieb in The New Yorker: “Frank Ramsey—a philosopher, economist, and mathematician—was one of the greatest minds of the last century. Have we caught up with him yet?” New Yorker
— “‘She Was Radical and She Was Right,’” by Diane Rogers in Stanford Magazine, from May/June 2002: “Poetry was always a man’s preserve in Ireland. Then came Eavan Boland, who shook the hidebound patriarchy to its roots and changed the canon forever.” Stanford Magazine … Read the NYT obituary of Boland, who died this week
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MEDIAWATCH — David Wertime is joining POLITICO as editorial director for China, based in San Francisco. He’s a journalistic entrepreneur who previously sold the startup Tea Leaf Nation to Foreign Policy and joined POLITICO’s parent Perpetual Capital Partners last year.
— FT: “Murdochs hire U.S. television news veteran for U.K. video push,” by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, Anna Nicolaou and Alex Barker: “The Murdoch family has recruited David Rhodes, a U.S. television news veteran, for a push into video news in the U.K., where its longstanding appetite for taking on the BBC and other incumbents is growing again 18 months after selling Sky to Comcast.”
— Ian Kullgren is joining Bloomberg Law as a labor reporter. He previously was a labor reporter for POLITICO Pro.
BIRTHDAYS: Steve Elmendorf is 6-0! … Dorothy McAuliffe (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) … Facebook’s Lindsey Held Bolton (h/ts Jon Haber) … Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is 73 … Mika Brzezinski … Kimberly Morrall, senior director of W.H. Cabinet affairs … Matt Murray, editor-in-chief of the WSJ … Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is 52 … Jesse Rodriguez, director of booking at MSNBC … CNN’s Poppy Harlow … former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, now founder and chairman of PSP Capital Partners, is 61 … Kyle Downey … Daniel Kroese, deputy assistant director at CISA, is 32 … POLITICO’s Andrew McGill, Andrew Atterbury and Justine Lore … Rob King … Megan Harrington is 35 … Julianna Goldman (h/t Ben Chang) … Russ Sullivan, chairman of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s national tax policy group (h/t Anne Starke) … Karen Doyne … Gabe Cahn is 3-0 … Rick Stengel is 65 … Arielle Goren … Alan Gross is 71 … RNC’s Taylor Lioce … Reuters’ Marton Dunai … T.W. Arrighi is 3-0 … Rush E. Baker IV … Drew Florio is 32 … Will Morrow … Florence Shapiro is 72 …
… Emily Tisch Sussman, founder and president of ETS Advisory … Hilary Clifford … Doug Gordon … S&P Global’s Katie Thompson … twins Courtney and Crystal Snowden … Ben Droz … Raul Paez is 25 … Avi Small is 26 … Joel Payne … Tracy Terrill … Jeff Butler … Dean Stephens … Brett Russell … New York state Assemblyman David Weprin is 64 … BofA’s Bess Evans … Stephen Schatz, deputy COS for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan … Sheila Grant … Conchita Cruz … former Rep. Robert L. Turner (R-N.Y.) is 79 … Ben Barber … Kathy Barks Hoffman … Bridget O’Meara … Lauren Azar … Lauren Devoll, public policy associate at Twitter … Mollie Wilken, public affairs and digital engagement strategist for the CFTC, is 28 (h/t Michael Short) … Joe Jongewaard … Patricia E. Rausch … Will Bohlen, SVP at Cogent Strategies … Ben Austin is 51 … Alon Ben-Meir … Leo Cendrowicz is 5-0 … Amanda Sherzer … Christian Pierre-Canel … Nate Zimpher
THE SHOWS, by Matt Mackowiak, filing from Austin:
— ABC’s “This Week”: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Ronna McDaniel … Tom Perez. Panel: Mary Bruce, Cecilia Vega, Matthew Dowd and Rick Klein.
— CNN’s “State of the Union”: Larry Kudlow … Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer … Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan … Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.).
— NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Panel: Nahid Bhadelia, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Kasie Hunt and Amy Walter.
— CBS’ “Face the Nation”: Daniel O’Day … Gary Kelly … Raphael Bostic … Scott Gottlieb.
— “Fox News Sunday”: Deborah Birx … New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy … Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves. Panel: Dana Perino, Marie Harf and Guy Benson.
— CNN’s “Inside Politics”: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh … Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson … Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) … Ashish Jha and Megan Ranney. Panel: Toluse Olorunnipa, Lisa Lerer and MJ Lee.
— CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: Carl Bernstein … Olivia Nuzzi and Ryan Lizza … Katharine Viner … Beth Blauer and Jennifer Nuzzo … Jake Tapper.
— MSNBC’s “Kasie DC”: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) … Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) … Ashley Parker … Bob Costa … Michael Steele … Molly Ball … Carlos Del Rio … Crystal Watson … Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop … Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler.
— Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis … Larry Kudlow … Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Panel: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Trey Gowdy.
— Fox News’ “MediaBuzz”: Jessica Tarlov … Matthew Continetti … Gillian Turner … Kat Timpf … Leslie Marshall … Griff Jenkins.
— CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”: Peter Navarro … Jiayang Fan and Erika Lee … Andres Tegnell.
— MSNBC’s “Velshi”: Mark Cuban.
— MSNBC’s “AM Joy”: Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Susan Rice, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.).
— Gray TV’s “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren”: Lara Trump … Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) … Robert Gallo.
— Sinclair’s “America This Week with Eric Bolling”: Deborah Birx … Steve Bannon … Austan Goolsbee … Ronny Jackson … Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) … Nicole Saphier. Panel: Sebastian Gorka and Ameshia Cross.
— Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Chuy García (D-Ill.) … Carlos Del Río … Gina and Eddie Tovar … Edith Bracho-Sánchez … David Ramírez … Daniel Habif.
— C-SPAN’s “The Communicators”: Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) … “Q&A”: Junub Games CEO and South Sudanese refugee Lual Mayen.
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