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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Marlins cancel home opener after 14 test positive for COVID-19 | Trump’s national security adviser tests positive | WaPo: GOP plans to cut $600 unemployment benefit to $200 | Google employees to work from home through July 2021 | John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains Biden must look to executive action to fulfill vow to Black Americans The purposeful is political: Gen Z bowls over their doubters MORE lies in state | Republicans set to unveil coronavirus relief package today | Bipartisan negotiations begin before August recess | xVelveeta trolls Microsoft employee 



Trump’s national security adviser tests positive for COVID-19:



National security adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for the coronavirus. https://bit.ly/2WYU92r 

From a White House official: "National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien tested positive for COVID-19. He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site ... There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President … The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted." 

Keep in mind: O’Brien is the highest-ranking White House official to test positive for the virus.

The Miami Marlins cancel its home opener after new coronavirus spread:

Via ESPN, MLB’s Miami Marlins canceled tonight’s home opener after eight more players and two coaches tested positive for the coronavirus. https://es.pn/3f3E8hG

Totaling: At least 14 COVID-19 cases in the past few days.

Where are the Marlins?: In Philadelphia after this weekend’s series.

Google employees are working from home for at least another year (!):

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland, Google employees will work from home until at least July 2021 amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://on.wsj.com/39wSyWn

How many employees: Nearly all of the company’s 200,000 full-time and contract employees.

It’s Monday. I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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A memorial for a very deserving American hero:

Lawmakers will pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at the U.S. Capitol where Lewis will lie in state. “The solemn remembrance of one of the most revered members of Congress will offer a brief reprieve from a recent series of markedly tense days on Capitol Hill.” https://bit.ly/3hF6X5J

At 1:30 p.m. EDT: An arrival ceremony for Lewis’s casket.

6 – 10 p.m. EDT: An outdoor public viewing.

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. EDT: The public can pay their respects to Lewis.

How the public viewing will work with the coronavirus: “The opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects will be significantly different from previous ceremonies to honor other figures who have laid in state. Lewis’s casket will be displayed outdoors on the top of the steps on the east side of the Capitol so that people can walk past on the plaza while adhering to health guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic.” Masks will be required, and social distancing will be enforced.

Keep in mind: Anyone who wishes to attend should expect heat near 100 degrees with possible thunderstorms.  

Photo of the preparations outside the Capitol: Via The Associated Press’s Lisa Mascarohttps://bit.ly/2X05QWl


The vice president and his wife Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceSpaceX capsule arrives at International Space Station The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - World reacts to news of second COVID-19 vaccine with 90 percent efficacy The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - US records 1 million COVID-19 cases in a week; governors crack down MORE will pay their respects this evening, according to Pence’s public schedule. https://bit.ly/3jMHTLU


Here’s the 1 p.m. livestream of the casket arrival and memorial service:  https://cs.pn/304jlGt

And here’s the 6 p.m. livestream of the public viewing: https://cs.pn/3hDxT5Z


Time’s a ticking:


Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, with August recess around the corner, lawmakers are beginning the bipartisan negotiations for the next coronavirus relief bill. https://bit.ly/335NFSW

Keep in mind about timing: “House Democratic leaders are already warning members that they need to be flexible with their August travel plans. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meanwhile, says he’s hoping to get a deal in a ‘few’ weeks; the Senate is currently scheduled to leave by August 7.”

Happening today: Senate Republicans are expected to unveil its coronavirus relief package. What we know about ithttps://bit.ly/30Pll4J


Via The Washington Post’s Erica Werner, Jeff Stein and Seung Min Kim, “Senate Republicans will propose cutting weekly emergency unemployment benefits from $600 to $200 until states can bring a more complicated program online, according to two people familiar with the plan granted anonymity to share details that had not yet been released.” https://wapo.st/2OXae4f


Government funding: “The House is set to vote on a second package of government funding bills that will fold together seven of the 12 fiscal 2021 spending bills.”

Nominations: “After that McConnell has teed up votes on David Cleveland Joseph’s nomination to be a judge for the western district of Louisiana, Dana Wade’s nomination to be an assistant secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Marvin Kaplan’s nomination to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.” 

Context and details for eachhttps://bit.ly/335NFSW



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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,238,500 

U.S. death toll: 146,968 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


Omg, this is incredible:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/30PPjFQ 

More from the back and forth on Twitterhttps://bit.ly/3jIsxZ5

Meanwhile in Manhattan — this is beautiful:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3jKcSIQ


The House and Senate are in today. President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE is in North Carolina today and Vice President Pence is visiting Miami. 

10:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Miami. 

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2BEsDji

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine on coronavirus vaccine trials.

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves for Morrisville, N.C.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. 

4 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on a nomination. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/303bNnp 

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

6:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Washington, D.C.

6:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence attend the lying in state for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)

Invite for Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Human Connectivity.” Featured speakers: Chairman, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeLawmakers call for small business aid at all levels of government The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Top tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing MORE (D-N.Y.) Details and the RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3fZxf2h


11 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with Terry Sharpe, the “Walking Marine.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/32Wde9a

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a press briefing in Miami. 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a coronavirus briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3hRRYpt


Today is National Scotch Day.

And to get your week off to the right start, here’s a cat eating an ice cream cone: https://bit.ly/39ziO2k