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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 |  Spoke with Barr without a mask during yesterday’s hearing |  Barr gets tested |  Tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing  |  Bezos’s first appearance on Capitol Hill |  Republicans under mounting pressure for quick coronavirus relief deal |  Biden’s VP finalists’ last-minute jockeying |  National Chicken Wing Day

 

HAPPENING NOW

Alexa, answer this wonderful, intelligent congress member’s great question for me. Siri, sidestep this eloquent question for me — and add a positive spin, plz:

 

 

The CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are testifying today as part of the House Judiciary subcommittee’s investigation. https://bit.ly/39D2lu2

Who is testifying: Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergWarren's wealth tax would cost 100 richest Americans billion Who killed the California dream? If you think it was liberals, think again Facebook touts benefits of personalized ads in new campaign MORE, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans GOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' MORE.

Keep in mind about Bezos: This is his first time testifying on Capitol Hill. 

And on the other end of the spectrum: Zuckerberg has testified more than any of the other three.

WATCH LIVE:

Here’s the livestream: https://cs.pn/337DJIW

FIVE THINGS WE ARE WATCHING:

  1. How will CEOs handle questions on their concentrated power
  2. How will Bezos handle his congressional debut
  3. How will Bezos handle his congressional debut
  4. How the CEOs handle questions about racism and bias
  5. Questions about the 2020 election 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Chris Mills Rodrigohttps://bit.ly/39D2lu2

 

HERE’S HELPFUL PRIMER ON WHST TO EXPECT FROM EACH OF THE FOUR:

Via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/3jV7oeq

HOW EXECTUVIES TYPICALLY PREPARE FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:

Protocol has an interesting read of how executives generally prepare. Scroll down to “How to prepare for your big day in Congress:” https://bit.ly/2CX8pSg

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NEWS THIS MORNING

You mean the same Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertNIH director: Mask politicalization may have cost 'tens of thousands' of lives in US Democrats should make the 'Bee-Gees' the face of the Republican Party GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings MORE who questioned Bill Barr during yesterday’s hearing? The one not wearing a mask? Oh, right.:

Via Politico’s Jake Sherman, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who has been walking around the U.S. Capitol complex without a mask and attended yesterday’s hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE, has tested positive for COVID-19. https://politi.co/2BJ12NS

Yikes:

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/39B4l66

REACTION — BILL BARR IS GETTING TESTED:

Via Politico’s Josh Gerstein, Attorney General William Barr will be tested for the coronavirus today. https://bit.ly/3gbw3Jg

WHERE THE CORONAVIRUS RELIEF NEGOTIATIONS STAND

^ Well, not great:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven MnuchinBiden cautious in making Trump tax returns decision Biden brings back bipartisan meetings at the White House On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears MORE on Wednesday said both the White House and Republicans were ‘very far apart’ from Democrats on negotiations over the next coronavirus relief package.” https://bit.ly/3fcRzvT 

What we know: “Mnuchin said they are discussing a short-term extension of enhanced unemployment benefits and extending the federal moratorium on evictions before they expire at the end of the week.”

LATE THIS A.M. — TRUMP WEIGHED IN :

President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE on Wednesday dismissed Republican criticism of his push for the inclusion of funding for a new FBI building in the next coronavirus relief package, saying GOP senators should ‘go back to school and learn.’ ” https://bit.ly/30cmEf3

HOW REPUBLICANS ARE UNDER MOUNTING PRESSURE TO STRIKE A DEAL QUICKLY:

https://bit.ly/39EKJyg

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 4,363,511

U.S. death toll: 149,407

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

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

*Cue game show host* “This week on ‘The Veepstakes,’ meet your four finalists!”:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “The final contenders to be Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s running mate are engaged in some furious last-minute jockeying as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee nears a decision.” https://bit.ly/3hQBLkj 

Four possibilities: Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan Rice and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Senators question Bezos, Amazon about cameras placed in delivery vans Democrats worry Senate will be graveyard for Biden agenda MORE (D-Mass.) 

“With the vetting process completed and many of the interviews wrapped up, the candidates hoping to be Biden’s veep are in wait-and-see mode, anticipating his selection. They are also doing what they can to make their final pitches before Biden and his team land on a choice.” 

For example: Harris “has been working the phones behind the scenes to underscore her desire to get the job, sources say, even as she has played it cool in front of television cameras.”  

And: “Susan Rice took to Twitter over the weekend to show that she has the moxie to take on President Trump when she posted a photo of herself throwing out the first pitch at Nationals Park in 2013.” 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/3hQBLkj

JOE BIDEN’S TIMING:

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he will choose his nominee by the end of next week (!) https://cnn.it/2CX4W6c

THIS A.M. — TRUMP WEIGHS IN ON KAMALA HARRIS AS A CONTENDER:

"I think she’d be a fine choice. Kamala Harris. A fine choice,” Trump told reporters this morning. https://bit.ly/30X9eCP

NOTABLE TWEETS:

This morning at the Capitol:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/334V7hf

Tbh, I get it:

This video has nearly 900k likes already.  

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/30XqHuL

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Texas today and Vice President Pence is in North Carolina.

9 a.m. EDT: President Trump left for Odessa, Texas.

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence left for Raleigh, N.C.

11:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate holds a cloture vote. If cloture is invoked, roll call votes are also expected at 2:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. The Senate’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/3hPJkb0 

12:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits a fourth grade class in Apex, N.C. 

1:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable on reopening schools. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Odessa.

2:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a closed press fundraising committee reception in Odessa. 

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable in Durham, N.C. on coronavirus vaccine trials. 

3 – 8 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule todayhttps://bit.ly/2CRRMaS

3:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the Double Eagle Energy Oil Rig in Midland, Texas.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Washington, D.C. 

9:05 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at the White House.  

Invite for Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “American Resilience: The Future of Small Business.” Featured speakers: Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenPro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Bottom line Senators press Treasury to prioritize Tubman redesign MORE (D-N.H.) and Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Top GOP lawmaker touts 'more flexible' PPP loans in bipartisan proposal MORE (R-Ohio). Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/2P2xXjo

WHAT TO WATCH:

Now through 4:30 p.m. EDT: 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 line up behind potential cyber breach notification legislation DHS announces new measures to boost nation's cybersecurity Hassan to chair Senate emerging threats subcommittee MORE (D-N.Y.) Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fZxf2h 

4:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks on “restoring energy dominance in the Permian Basin.” Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2X7f5Ed

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Lasagna Day. It’s also National Chicken Wing Day.

And because this made me laugh, here’s a trampoline for birds: https://bit.ly/39A0aYq