The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Fauci testifies | Says he’s ‘aspirationally hopeful’ for 2021 vaccine | Dems, GOP both demand Russian bounty answers from Trump | White House officials aware in 2019: AP report | GOP cringes at Trump’s race controversy | Carl Reiner dies | Iowa permanently allows to-go cocktails | 3D printed plant-based steaks



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Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: All adults in US now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine | White House launches media blitz to promote vaccines Suspect in custody in deadly Wisconsin tavern shooting White House launches media effort to promote coronavirus vaccines MORE, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield are testifying before the Senate Health Committee this morning to discuss the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.


On timing of a COVID-19 vaccine: Fauci says he hopes a vaccine will be available in the winter. https://bit.ly/2VwA7eR

Fauci on the chances of an effective vaccine: "There’s no guarantee” of “a safe and effective vaccine.” Fauci says he’s “aspirationally hopeful” that a vaccine will be ready by 2021. Watch the full clip in Fauci’s wordshttps://bit.ly/3dKBGvV

On hospitalizations: Redfield told the committee that hospitalizations have increased in 12 states. https://bit.ly/2VuKYWM



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The Supreme Court enters July with eight (!) outstanding cases.

Today’s ruling: A win for religious schools:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Montana policy that excludes religious schools from a general student aid program violates religious freedoms protected under the U.S. Constitution.” https://bit.ly/3iftgjv 

The decision: 5-4 along ideological lines. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.

Read the opinionhttps://bit.ly/31vEvyA


Via SCOTUSblog, “That's it for today, folks. No more opinions. 8 cases outstanding, and we are headed for July opinions for the first time since 1996. We'll let you know as soon as we do about the next opinion day. We expect orders on Thursday.” https://bit.ly/2VwN4oW


You knew what you knew when you knew it, you know?:

Via The Associated Press’s James LaPorta, “Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence.” https://bit.ly/2VyLyCH 

How so: The intelligence was written in at least one of President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE’s daily intelligence briefings in 2019. “Then-national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonHillicon Valley: Facebook Oversight board to rule on Trump ban in 'coming weeks' | Russia blocks Biden Cabinet officials in retaliation for sanctions Russia blocks key Biden Cabinet officials from entering in retaliation for sanctions The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019.”


O’Brien said in a statement: “Over the past several days, the New York Times and other news outlets have reported on allegations regarding our troops in Afghanistan. While we do not normally discuss such matters, we constantly evaluate intelligence reports and brief the President as necessary.” https://bit.ly/2NK92QV

He added: “Because the allegations in recent press articles have not been verified or substantiated by the Intelligence Community, President Trump had not been briefed on the items. Nevertheless, the Administration, including the National Security Council staff, have been preparing should the situation warrant action.”

The response has been pretty bipartisan — everyone wants answers:

Via The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel and Olivia Beavers, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers after reports that the U.S. intelligence community knew about Russian bounties for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. https://bit.ly/2VyLyCH

From Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryUnnamed law enforcement banned under the new NDAA Lobbying world Senate poised to override Trump's defense bill veto MORE (Texas), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee: “Anything with any hint of credibility that would endanger our service members, much less put a bounty on their lives, to me, should have been briefed immediately to the commander in chief and a plan to deal with that situation.”  

Keep in mind — the White House briefed at least seven Republicans yesterday: Including Thornberry, House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaul (Texas), and Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Republicans who backed Trump impeachment see fundraising boost Freedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MORE (Wyo.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Jim Banks (Ind.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHouse passes bill to combat gender pay gap Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions MORE (N.Y.).

And happening today: A group of Democrats will be briefed at the White House.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 2,683,000 

U.S. death toll: 129,545 

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

Why some spread the coronavirus more than others:

Via The New York Times’s Carl Zimmer, “Most People With Coronavirus Won’t Spread It. Why Do a Few Infect Many?: Growing evidence shows most infected people aren’t spreading the virus. But whether you become a superspreader probably depends more on circumstance than biology.” The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/2BN99bP

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2YNWs9U

Millions are worried about eviction in late July:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, millions of renters are fearful of receiving eviction notices in late July, when coronavirus protections that were put in place in late March are set to expire. https://bit.ly/3dPW92q 

What would need to happen to protect those tenants: An extension to the measure that protects tenants from evictions during the pandemic.


Republicans are cringing a bit:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Republican discontent with President Trump’s racial rhetoric is getting louder after a new storm.” https://bit.ly/3dFH8Ag

How so: “On Sunday, Trump retweeted a video in which a supporter shouted, ‘White power!’ Amid uproar, Trump reversed course — but by then the damage had been done. ... He has branded the coronavirus the ‘kung flu.’ He has defended the honoring of the Confederacy with statues and monuments. And he has made several inflammatory comments — such as ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ — in reference to the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.”  

How many Republicans are feeling: “The cumulative impact has dispirited and angered many Republicans.”  

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3dFH8Ag

‘We’re gonna need a giant map and lots of colored pins’:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, Democrats think former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE should expand his map to give him several paths to victory in November. https://bit.ly/3ePRyie

Keep in mind: “A number of recent polls have indicated Biden has a healthy, double-digit national lead over Trump, and several of the surveys have also pointed to close races in states such as Texas and Georgia, where Republican presidential candidates in recent years have been confident of victory.” 

What Democrats are sayinghttps://bit.ly/3ePRyie


Cheers, Iowa!:

Iowa has become the first state to permanently allow to-go cocktails to be served. https://bit.ly/3gdGjQY

I.e.: Alcoholic beverages can be sold for takeout and delivery. 

But I thought other states had done this?: Yes, but Iowa is the first state to make the temporary measure that allowed alcohol to be sold to-go during the coronavirus closures permanent.

Rest in peace, Carl Reiner:

Via TMZ, actor, producer and director Carl Reiner died Monday night at the age of 98. https://bit.ly/2Bf8oZl

His son Rob Reiner tweeted this morning: “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.” https://bit.ly/2CVLeHO


Well, this is terrifying:



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I finally found all of them!: 




Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3dMutvh

See it?


The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2ZiJRdI

12:30–2:15 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2Zr8PI5

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.


This morningAnthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield testified before a Senate committee. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/38c1mk0

12:30 p.m. EDT: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinDemocrats justified in filibustering GOP, says Schumer Yellen provides signature for paper currency Biden's name will not appear on stimulus checks, White House says MORE and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testify before a House committee on the COVID-19 response. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3ifHrVM


Today is National Mai Tai Day!

3D printing steaks — you may have lost me there:

Via Reuters’s Tova Cohen and Silke Koltrowitz, an Israeli start-up is planning to make plant-based steaks using a 3D printer. See the details for yourself, because I’ve heard enough alreadyhttps://reut.rs/2ZpNAWS

That photo looks vilehttps://reut.rs/2ZpNAWS

And because you made it this far, here’s a monkey grooming a pup: https://bit.ly/3eIK940