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Some great news on the vaccine front:

Via The Associated Press’s Lauren Neergaard, “The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing.” x9a

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Fauci warns of 'really bad situation' if daily coronavirus cases don't drop to 10K by September Overnight Health Care: Trump criticizes Birx over Pelosi, COVID-19 remarks: 'Pathetic' | Democratic leaders report 'some progress' in talks with White House | WHO chief: There may never be 'silver bullet' for coronavirus MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert told AP: “No matter how you slice this, this is good news.” 

The vaccine: This vaccine has been developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc.

The next step — on July 27: “A 30,000-person study to prove if the shots really are strong enough to protect against the coronavirus.”

Keep in mind about this vaccine: “The vaccine requires two doses, a month apart … There’s no guarantee but the government hopes to have results around the end of the year -- record-setting speed for developing a vaccine.” 

REACTION FROM President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE:

“Great News on Vaccines!” the president tweeted.



Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “The stock market surged on Wednesday, following a strong showing from Goldman Sachs in quarterly earnings and positive COVID-19 vaccine news from Moderna.” The numbers: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average spiked 380 points, or 1.4 percent, and the S&P 500 increased 35 points, or 1.1 percent.”


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What’s the deal with our national security?:

The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “New Threats, New Defense: The Future of National Security.” 

Tune in to the livestream:

Featured speakers: 

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Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Rep. Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithOvernight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response The Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute Overnight Defense: US to pull 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop shuffle to cost 'several billion' dollars | Lawmakers pan drawdown plan | Trump says he hasn't discussed alleged bounties with Putin MORE (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services 

Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOcasio-Cortez, Democrats blast GOP on House floor for 'culture' of sexism The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Fauci touts COVID-19 vaccine news Cash-strapped cities hammered by COVID-19 beg for federal help MORE (D-NJ), House Committee on Armed Services 

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Mary’s message to Uncle Don:

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Trump’s niece Mary Trump called for the president to “resign.”

ABC News’s George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosMeadows defends US COVID-19 testing amid criticism Meadows says White House is 'hopeful' it can announce new coronavirus therapies 'in the coming days' Mary Trump's book sells 950,000 copies in preorders alone MORE asked her: "If you're in the Oval Office today, what would you say to him?"

Mary Trump’s response: “Resign.” 

On visiting her uncle in the Oval Office in 2017: "He already seemed very strained by the pressures ... and I just remember thinking, 'He seems tired. He seems like this is not what he signed up for.’” 

Video of the interview:


You gotta wear a mask to Walmart:

Via CNN Business’s Nathaniel Meyersohn, beginning next week, Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks.

What the fall could look like: 

Via The New York Times’s Jim Tankersley and Ben Casselman, “The United States economy is headed for a tumultuous autumn, with the threat of closed schools, renewed government lockdowns, empty stadiums and an uncertain amount of federal support for businesses and unemployed workers all clouding hopes for a rapid rebound from recession.” 

Why: A ‘failure to suppress a resurgence of confirmed infections.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 3,434,636

U.S. death toll: 136,493

For context:


Do you feel it? The tension brewing? The storm coming?:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, A lack of oversight for more than $2 trillion in COVID-19 spending approved by Congress is creating uncertainty about whether relief programs are working as planned, adding a new layer of complications to the next coronavirus package.

How so: “The three independent oversight panels set up by Congress in the bipartisan CARES Act almost four months ago have all encountered serious obstacles — sometimes because of resistance from the White House, other times due to drafting oversights in the authorizing legislation. As a result, lawmakers and the public may not have a full understanding of how coronavirus relief aid is being spent until after the election.”

In the meantime: “Congress and the White House are moving toward another pandemic bill that’s expected to carry a price tag of at least $1 trillion.”


Trump's happy about what happened in Alabama

Former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE lost in the runoff election yesterday to reclaim his old Senate seat from before he served in the Trump administration.

Who beat Sessions: Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville

Who Tuberville will now face in the general election: Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), who is considered the most vulnerable Democrat up for reelection.       

Why President Trump is enjoying this news: Trump endorsed Tuberville and has been publicly attacking Sessions for months … well, years. 

Happening today — off to the land of the peaches: 

“President Trump will travel to Georgia on Wednesday, his 10th trip to a 2020 battleground state since May as he tries to reinvigorate a reelection campaign that has stalled out with the coronavirus crisis.”

Keep in mind: “His falling poll numbers have alarmed Republicans, who worry the party could end up losing the Senate majority. The White House has sought to get Trump out on the road more often in the last several weeks, something past presidents have used to rejuvenate themselves.” 


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After running a tough, invigorating, enlightening, fight of a campaign, Kanye WestKanye Omari WestKanye West seeking to get on the ballot in swing states Wisconsin, Ohio: report NJ Democrat challenges Kanye West's petition signatures to appear on presidential ballot Wider impact of COVID: Some voids will be forever, some need not be MORE has finally decided it’s time to bow out:

Via New York Magazine’s Ben Jacobs, 11 days after billionaire rapper Kanye West tweeted his intention to run for president in November, he is already dropping out.

From West adviser Steve Kramer: He’s out.”


Oh mann. Well played, Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciThe Memo: Convention cancellation adds to Trump's troubles Trump's fight with city leaders escalates Scaramucci fundraising for the Lincoln Project: I hope Trump is 'humiliated' in November MORE 


Doing the official calculations:



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The House and Senate are out. President Trump is traveling to Atlanta today. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C. 

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump received a briefing on “Keeping American Communities Safe: The Takedown of Key MS-13 Criminal Leaders.”

Noon: Vice President Pence participated in a listening session with law enforcement.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Atlanta.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.                                                                  

3:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence hosts a media call on Tax Day.

6:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.



10 a.m. EDT: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks at the State Department. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHillicon Valley: Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline | House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing | Facebook labels manipulated Pelosi video Trump says he's considering executive action to suspend evictions, payroll tax Trump won't say if he disagrees with Birx that virus is widespread MORE (D-Calif.) holds a news conference. Livestream:

3:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks in Atlanta on the “Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure: Faster, Better, Stronger.” Livestream:



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