The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups


Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana’s abortion restrictions:



Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana abortion law, handing a win to abortion rights advocates who feared the conservative court would break with past rulings to rein in protections that emerged from the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade.” https://bit.ly/31rg8Sx

The decision: 5-4 

Keep in mind: This is the first big abortion ruling in President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE’s administration. 

Why this decision is so big: “The ruling Monday is also the clearest indication yet that the court, which now tilts more conservative with the addition of President Trump’s two nominees, is pursuing a more restrained approach than many abortion rights advocates feared.” 

Read the decisionhttps://bit.ly/3gfabwl 

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Can’t be fired:

Via The Hill’s Harper Neidig, “The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is unconstitutional, striking down the protections that prevented the agency's director from being fired at will.” https://bit.ly/2YFyXzw

The decision: “The court said in a 5-4 decision that the firing protections are an unconstitutional restraint on the president's ability to oversee executive branch agencies.” 

Read the decisionhttps://bit.ly/3dKKt0M


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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,550,848 

U.S. death toll: 125,824 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 

For context: A month ago today, 1,724,873 Americans had tested positive for the coronavirus and 101,698 had died. https://bit.ly/30b1vCj

Oh, gee, great. Another thing to worry about:

The good news: The nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Las Vegas-area district moves to partially reopen schools amid surge in student suicides Fauci: Receiving powder-filled envelope was 'very, very disturbing' MORE, said over the weekend that he is “cautiously optimistic” that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by the start of 2021. 

The bad news: Fauci warned if a large portion of Americans refused to take the vaccine, the U.S. will likely not reach herd immunity. 

The potential numbers: “CNN asked Fauci whether a vaccine with 70 percent to 75 percent efficacy taken by only two-thirds of the population would provide herd immunity to the coronavirus.” Fauci’s response: "No – unlikely.” https://cnn.it/2NE2uDt 

More from the CNN interviewhttps://cnn.it/2NE2uDt


“Herd immunity is a situation where a sufficient segment of the population is immune to an infectious disease through vaccine or prior illness, making its spread unlikely, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” https://bit.ly/2BnBohj




Dems are saying, ‘sayonara, filibuster!’:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democrats are stepping up talks about reforming or abolishing the filibuster if they win back the Senate and White House.” https://bit.ly/3g6IoxV 

Who is leading the discussions: “Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyBiden expands on Obama ethics pledge Biden signs executive order invoking 2-year lobbying ban for appointees K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE (D-Ore.), an outspoken liberal who has long championed revamping the procedural tactic that Democrats see as a serious obstacle to passing legislation and confirming nominees.”  

Why the talks are picking up steam: “Merkley has floated various proposals with colleagues in recent days as polls show former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Drastic measures for drastic times — caregiver need mobile health apps Boycott sham impeachment MORE widening his lead over President Trump and Democrats increasing their odds of picking up the three Senate seats needed for majority control if Biden wins.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3g6IoxV


I’m sorry, did you say Russians offered bounties for American troops?:

Via The New York Times’s Charlie Savage, Eric Schmitt and Michael Schwirtz, “American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.” https://nyti.ms/31r16w1 

What then happened in the White House: “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.”  

The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/31r16w1


From President Trump: “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!!” https://bit.ly/3eIFAXn 

From House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden attends first church service as president in DC, stops at local bagel shop More hands needed on the nuclear football Sunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE (D-Calif.): This morning, Pelosi requested a full House briefing from Director of National Intelligence John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeSenate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Biden intelligence chief pledges to keep politics out of job House panels open review of Capitol riot MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspelhttps://bit.ly/3dKPS8j

The White House says Congress will be briefed: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on “Fox & Friends” that members of Congress will be briefed, but did not give any details on who would attend. https://bit.ly/2ZqHcyS 

From Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Trump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (R-S.C.): “Imperative Congress get to the bottom of recent media reports that Russian GRU units in Afghanistan have offered to pay the Taliban to kill American soldiers with the goal of pushing America out of the region.” https://bit.ly/3g64512


It’s not all rainbows and butterflies anymore:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “President Trump is struggling to gain traction with his reelection message, as the death toll from the coronavirus crisis mounts and the economy reels. Trump had been expected to make the economy the centerpiece of his message earlier this year, until unemployment soared amid the pandemic.” https://bit.ly/2VvZk94


Oh yiiiikes:





The House is in. The Senate is meeting this afternoon. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.  

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lead a teleconference with governors to discuss the COVID-19 response. 

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence have lunch together.

2:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3ifSHl1

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the motion to proceed on the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3g3P2os

7:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.


12:30 p.m. EDT: House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Lawmakers mount pressure on Trump to leave office Sunday shows - Capitol siege, Trump future dominate MORE (D-N.Y.) holds a press conference. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3eKbfIa 

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3gaB8Be


Today is National Almond Buttercrunch Day. Sure?

And to brighten your Monday afternoon, here’s a baby koala trying its first eucalyptus leaf: https://bit.ly/2BkJJ5w 



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