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



Give us the scoop, Tony:



Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTillis appears to reinforce question about COVID-19 death toll Overnight Health Care: Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit | White House puts off action on surprise medical bills | Rising coronavirus cases spark fears of harsh winter NY health officials to review any vaccine approved by Trump 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.

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 words

On hospitalizations: Redfield told the committee that hospitalizations have increased in 12 states.


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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.” 

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

Read the opinion


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.”


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.” 

How so: The intelligence was written in at least one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE’s daily intelligence briefings in 2019. “Then-national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonJudge appears skeptical of Bolton's defense of publishing book without White House approval Maximum pressure is keeping US troops in Iraq and Syria Woodward book trails Bolton, Mary Trump in first-week sales 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.”

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.

From Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Trump payroll-tax deferral for federal workers sparks backlash 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 CheneyGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments Liz Cheney promises peaceful transfer of power: 'Fundamental to the survival of our Republic' MORE (Wyo.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Jim Banks (Ind.), Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) and Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRepublicans cast Trump as best choice for women The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Pence rips Biden as radical risk GOP women offer personal testimonials on Trump 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 numbers

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 story


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. 

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.”

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 story

‘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 BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE should expand his map to give him several paths to victory in November.

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 saying


Cheers, Iowa!:

Iowa has become the first state to permanently allow to-go cocktails to be served.

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.

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.”


Well, this is terrifying:




I finally found all of them!: 





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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 today

12:30–2:15 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate’s full schedule today

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. Livestream

12:30 p.m. EDT: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Vulnerable Democrats tell Pelosi COVID-19 compromise 'essential' MORE and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testify before a House committee on the COVID-19 response. Livestream


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 already

That photo looks vile

And because you made it this far, here’s a monkey grooming a pup: