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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden hits the ground running on COVID

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden unveils national COVID strategy | Fauci to join today’s White House press briefing | Biden seeks to quickly turn the page on Trump era | More sights and sounds from inauguration | Bernie becomes a meme | Fireworks light up DC | Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II MORE’s confirmation hearing | Jenna Bush Hager interviews Biden granddaughters | CNN’s Kaitlan Collins laughs at old footage of Wolf Blitzer, John King

 

IN THE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE

Released this a.m. — COVID, we are coming for you:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Jessie Hellmann, “President Biden released his national strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic Thursday, which will include using the Defense Production Act (DPA) and other powers to speed up the manufacturing of testing and vaccine supplies and other items needed to fight COVID-19.” https://bit.ly/3sK5NfA

See for yourself: Read the administration’s plan going forward: https://bit.ly/3sO9RvE

How this is a shift: “The Trump administration had resisted calls to release a comprehensive plan to fight COVID-19, instead deferring significant authority to the states.”

The gist: “The plan ...  aims to instill confidence in the U.S. pandemic response by accelerating the vaccine rollout, boosting testing and access to treatments and protecting those at most risk, including communities of color.”

TIDBIT — CHECK OUT THIS SUNRISE AT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS MORNING:

I’m picking up what you’re putting down, sky! https://bit.ly/2Mcvip2

Basically, Biden wants to ban the T-word:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Morgan Chalfant, “President Biden sought to turn the page on the Trump era immediately upon taking office, calling on the nation to move past the political warfare that defined the last four years and signing a slew of executive actions reversing the last president’s most controversial policies.” https://bit.ly/2XXPYE0

How so: With a slew of executive actions including halting construction of the southern border wall and reversing the so-called “Muslim ban.” 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/2XXPYE0

HOW BIDEN IS STRIVING TO PUT AMERICA’S PIECES BACK TOGETHER:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2KxZxX4

CHECK OUT TODAY’S NEW COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE:

https://bit.ly/3sMzEnV

OH WOW, THIS IS HAS BEEN QUITE THE MONTH:

Journalist Garrett M. Graff pulled the New York Time covers, three Thursday in a row. The side-by-side photohttps://bit.ly/2KAzX3T

It’s Thursday! *she says to herself as a reminder* 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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IF YOU WATCH ONE THING TODAY:

DC residents all across the city posted videos of the fireworks last night from their vantage points. Popville compiled a list of the best. It’s stunning — watch: https://bit.ly/39Qbj82

IN CONGRESS

My name is Chuck and I am your leader:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFirst Black secretary of Senate sworn in Republican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote The bizarre back story of the filibuster MORE (D-N.Y.) has achieved his long-held dream of becoming Senate majority leader after three new Democrats were sworn into the Senate by Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Brown vows Democrats will 'find a way' to raise minimum wage MORE on Wednesday following President Biden's inauguration.” What to expect from Schumerhttps://bit.ly/3o2yK2L

COMING UP ON ‘TRADING PLACES,’ SCHUMER AND MCCONNELL’S RELATIONSHIP IS STILL ICE COLD:

https://bit.ly/394BmZX

Stepping onto the field — No. 46, Joe!:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “President Biden enters office facing both the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the largest debt burden since World War II.”

What we know about Biden’s strategy: “Biden has already made clear his intention to go big on government spending to resuscitate the coronavirus-battered economy, a move backed by mainstream economists who say debt concerns should be addressed after a recovery has taken hold.” https://bit.ly/394C5uc

HOW FORMER President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE CREATED THREE TYPES OF REPUBLICANS — ALL FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE PARTY:

Via The New York Times’s Jeremy W. Petershttps://nyti.ms/3sKUzaR

MORE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM INAUGURATION DAY

Wow, this shot of the National Mall is STUNNINGhttps://bit.ly/2KxHjVE

The older Biden grandchildren posing for photos in their evening wear: They are at the Lincoln Memorial, according to Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein: https://bit.ly/394zhgI

What the fireworks looked like for DC residentshttps://bit.ly/3p59vhz 

^ I should add: When I opened my window last night, the firework sounds were very loud, and I could hear lots of cheering from residents around the city. 

What an adorable photo: Here is a shot of President Biden with his youngest grandson, Beau: https://bit.ly/2MeNcHG 

This is hilarious

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3qDPsazb

Today’s New York Times front pagehttps://bit.ly/3o8MER4

The city is slowly returning to normal: The Washington Post’s Dave Jorgenson tweeted last night, “I can hear them moving the concrete barricades that were placed on the streets surrounding our apartment building for a week, which is nice!” https://bit.ly/3o4g1Ei 

Chrissy Teigen had quite the day: She has been tweeting live updates from her trip to inauguration. They’re pretty funny. https://bit.ly/39OvK5i 

Including my favorite part: Chrissy Teigen tweeted, “hello @joebiden I have been blocked by the president for four years can I get a follow plz” https://bit.ly/39TsN3m 

^ And then a few hours later

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3sEeeZU

She first tweeted, “OH MY GOD !!!!!!!” and then added “I should prob never tweet again” https://bit.ly/39OvK5i

BERNIE SANDERS BECAME A MEME YESTERDAY — SO I THOUGHT I’D SHARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITES:

Like this: 

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3p8XVlC 

And thishttps://bit.ly/3nYYWvi 

And thishttps://bit.ly/2Y2PzA5

Oh, and if you want to make your own Bernie meme: @nick_sawhney tweeted, “I made a website where you can put bernie in places using google maps street view. Enjoy!” Details: https://bit.ly/3o43gJU

TIDBIT — CHECK OUT A CHART OF THE NUMBER OF PETS EACH US PRESIDENT HAS HAD:

President Biden has two dogs, compared to former President Trump with no pets. Oh and: Franklin D. Roosevelt’s stats are quite impressive. The chart:  https://bit.ly/395jyxL

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 24,446,837 

U.S. death toll: 406,384

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

NOTABLE TWEETS:

One of the most interesting interviews I’ve seen about President Biden:

Including when President Biden started packing. It’s pretty funny. 

 

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/392ugVz

Ahh hahahahhaha:

 

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2Y1wZZi

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

10 a.m. EST: President Biden, Vice President Harris, first lady Jill BidenJill BidenCan a common bond of service unite our nation? Biden pledges support for Texas amid recovery from winter storm The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill MORE and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' Biden leans into empathizer-in-chief role Biden mourns 500,000 American lives lost to coronavirus MORE watched the virtual presidential inauguration prayer service. Here’s a photohttps://bit.ly/3izvpap

12:45 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive the President’s Daily Brief.

2:25 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a briefing from their COVID-19 team.

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: A confirmation hearing for Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sM8ehF

10:45 a.m. EST: House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) held her weekly press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3sJGElb

11:30 a.m. EST: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC This week: Senate takes up coronavirus relief after minimum wage setback Trump calls on Republicans to 'get rid' of Cheney, other GOP critics MORE (R-Calif.) held his weekly briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3qGmIy4 

Noon: The Senate met. Roll call votes are possible this afternoon. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3p5PWpD

2 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the administration’s COVID-19 response and signs executive orders. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/36385wR 

3 – 4 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3o6GuRv

4 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: White House defends not punishing MBS after Khashoggi report | Pentagon says one militant killed in Syria strike | 5M military aid package for Ukraine announced Biden strikes optimistic tone in meeting with Mexican president White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi MORE holds a press briefing. Keep in mindAnthony FauciAnthony FauciMAGALand in Orlando CDC director warns states against lifting COVID-19 restrictions The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, is expected to join. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2NlMr09

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Granola Bar Day.

‘You’ve aged like a fine wine’ — amazing:

CNN compiled video footage of Wolf BlitzerJohn King and Kaitlan Collins covering the White House over the years. Collins cracks up at the video and King jokingly pauses and tells her to stop laughing. The clip — it’s very funny: https://cnn.it/3sHBDK2

 

And because you made it this far into the week, here’s a dog trying to figure out how to interact with the small creature: https://bit.ly/3bXjJNl