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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden ups vaccination goal |  Fauci says doubling masks ‘likely’ ‘more effective’ |  Marty Baron retires |  Amazon plans to hired 3k Boston employees |  Impeachment article arrives in the Senate |  Trump allies keep close tabs on Senate GOP |  Chance sot Republicans breaking with Trump recede |  Biden targets racial injustice in today’s executive orders |  Biden open to splitting immigration plan into pieces |  Anniversary of Kobe, Gigi Bryant’s death |  DC hotel rents suites for socially distant dining |  Call Your Mother sells doughnuts (!)

 

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

(Hopefully) next up to the plate:

 

 

Via Reuters, Johnson & Johnson is planning to share the details on its COVID-19 vaccine trial early next week, Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky said on a call this morning. https://reut.rs/3a4Auno

Keep in mind: Assuming the clinical trial went well, Johnson & John’s vaccine will likely be the next on the market. 

What we know about timing, via CNN’s Jen Christensenhttps://cnn.it/36dud7O

Biden raises his goal:

Via The Associated Press’s Josh Boak and Zeke Miller, “President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day.” https://bit.ly/3t6mdiT

Biden’s previous goal: One million doses given a day

HOW BIDEN’S GOAL IS HINDERED BY SUPPLY:

According to the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskyOvernight Health Care: FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson vaccine | CDC director warns decline in cases 'may be stalling' | Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine CDC director warns decline in COVID-19 cases 'may be stalling' in 'concerning shift' MOREhttps://wapo.st/3iVam2f

FOR CONTEXT — THE LATEST VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 23.5 million shots have been given 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.25 million doses. 

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

 

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Doubling up on masks can’t hurt!:

In an interview with NBC’s “TODAY,” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech Sunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Underfunding classics and humanities is dangerous MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, said that wearing multiple masks is “likely” to be “more effective.” https://bit.ly/2MrB7zi 

From Fauci: “So if you have a physical covering with one layer, you put another layer on, it just makes common sense that it likely would be more effective. That’s the reason why you see people either double masking or doing a version of an N95.”

For example at inauguration: “Viewers noted that poet Amanda Gorman and Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE, who is Biden’s nominee to run the Transportation Department, wore surgical masks underneath cloth masks.” Photos from CNBChttps://cnb.cx/3ccA297

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 25,306,238 

U.S. death toll: 421,670

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

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Wow — Marty Baron retires:

Via The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi, in a note to staff this morning, The Washington Post’s editor Marty Baron announced his retirement.  

Read the notehttps://bit.ly/36hmqFQ

Amazon’s next spot — Boston!:

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Sebastian Herrera, “Amazon.com Inc. is planning to add 3,000 employees in its corporate ranks in the Boston area, one of a number of expansions of technology jobs in major American cities for the company.” Details of the expansion: https://on.wsj.com/36eic22

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT

Do what you will with this article:

House Democrats delivered the impeachment article against former President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE for his role in the Capitol Hill insurrection last month. https://bit.ly/3pmvpgv

The timing was not random: “The timeline itself has been strategic, allowing the newly seated President BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE some breathing room to install several top Cabinet officials and advance the debate over another massive package of coronavirus relief before the Senate becomes consumed by the highly contentious impeachment trial.”  

We don’t know much about the trial itself: “The details of that trial remain opaque. Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) has revealed neither how long the process will last nor if Democrats will invite witness testimony to boost their case. But Democrats in both chambers have predicted the exercise will be shorter than the 21-day trial in 2020 after Trump was impeached on two charges related to his dealings with Ukraine.”

Trump allies: ‘Every breath you take, Every move you make, Every bond you break, Every step you take, I’LL BE WATCHING YOU’:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, “Allies of former President Trump are waging an intense pressure campaign aimed at convincing GOP senators to vote against his conviction in next month’s impeachment trial.” https://bit.ly/3ooFFn3

The threat: If you vote to convict Trump, we will ensure you have a tough primary challenge. 

What that means for the trialhttps://bit.ly/3ooFFn3

THE CHANCES THAT REPUBLICANS BREAK WITH TRUMP ARE DECREASING:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/3qTJXVn

 

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

The honeymoon phase is wearing off:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “President Biden is facing a tough choice just days into his administration on how to pursue coronavirus relief after his $1.9 trillion proposal got a frosty reception from Republicans.” https://bit.ly/36ecXPz

Biden’s big dilemma — shove it through or compromise: “Biden must decide whether to go it alone by trying to pass his bill through the budget reconciliation process, likely with only Democratic support, or try to negotiate a deal with Republicans that would likely be substantially smaller than what he and most Democrats favor, a move that could spark progressive criticism but also increase the odds of being able to claim an early bipartisan victory.” 

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/36ecXPz

TIDBIT:

Here is video of Vice President Harris arriving at the White House this morning: https://bit.ly/3qQOiIU

ON BIDEN’S IMMIGRATION PLAN — ‘BIDEN OPEN TO BREAKING HIS IMMIGRATION BILL INTO PIECES’:

Via Politico’s Laura Barron-Lopez, Anita Kumar and Sabrina Rodriguez, “Hill Democrats may be fine with that. Even immigration reform advocates say they’d understand.” https://politi.co/3qThRJL

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

It has been one year since the horrific helicopter crash:

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash one year ago today. 

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow and Gigi’s mother, shared a letter to remember her husband and daughter: “I miss my baby girl and Kob-Kob so much, too. I will never understand why/how this tragedy could’ve happened to such beautiful, kind and amazing human beings. It still doesn’t seem real.” Read the full post:  https://bit.ly/3iS1oTl

‘THE FINAL HOURS OF KOBE BRYANT’S LIFE: AN ORAL HISTORY’:

Via The Los Angeles Times’s Nathan Fenno and David Whartonhttp://lat.ms/39hlpPZ

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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

9:45 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11:30 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Relief to Recovery: What's Next for Small Business?” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3a2SSgt 

Noon: The Senate votes on the nomination of Tony Blinken to be secretary of state. The Senate's full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/39jnZF8

1:15 p.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Challenge of our Time: The COVID-19 Vaccine.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/36eF4hI

WHAT TO WATCH:

Noon: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenTreasury announces sanctions on Saudi officials following Khashoggi report Poll: Biden approval holds steady as Democrats eye .9 T COVID-19 relief bill Senate confirms former Michigan governor Granholm as Energy secretary MORE as Treasury Secretary. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3cbJXfe

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Biden: Facility for young migrants 'won't stay open very long' Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president MORE and domestic policy adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceBiden, Rice hold roundtable with Black essential workers The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers investigate Jan. 6 security failures Watch live: Biden holds roundtable with Black essential workers MORE hold a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sXgMma 

2 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on racial equality and signs executive orders. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3qToU5j

3:30 p.m. EST: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Listening to America.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3sQpQsK   

4 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris 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 receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2M5chFw

4:45 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the fight to contain COVID-19. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3oia72b

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Green Juice Day and National Peanut Brittle Day. Sure?

Today in creative-alternatives-to-normal-activities-in-2021:

Via Washingtonian’s Anna Spiegel, “Sofitel Washington DC just launched in-suite dinners where guests can linger in one of the French luxury hotel chain’s rooms for two and a half hours. There’s no booking fee, though parties (one to six people, per DC regulations) are required to spend at least $70 on food and beverage.”

*Cue my eyes widening* — omg:

 

 

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The feeling is mutual, Call Your Mother.

And to make you smile, here’s an ADORABLE puppy enjoying belly rubs: https://bit.ly/2MnNk8a