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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 Christensen: https://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 — Biden defends push for vaccine mandates CDC: Unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 AmeriCorps partnering with CDC to recruit, train public health leaders MORE: https://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 FauciWhite House offers to answer Nicki Minaj's questions about COVID vaccine Trinidad health minister shoots down Minaj claims about vaccines Majorities in new poll support requiring proof of vaccine to fly, enter arenas 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 ButtigiegPete and Chasten Buttigieg welcome twins Coalition urges Democrats to restore billion in transit funding Say it ain't so, Joe MORE, who is Biden’s nominee to run the Transportation Department, wore surgical masks underneath cloth masks.” Photos from CNBC: https://cnb.cx/3ccA297
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 25,306,238
U.S. death toll: 421,670
Breakdown of the numbers: https://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 note: https://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 TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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 BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles 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 SchumerCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails 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 trial: https://bit.ly/3ooFFn3
THE CHANCES THAT REPUBLICANS BREAK WITH TRUMP ARE DECREASING:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage: https://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 out: https://bit.ly/36ecXPz
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 Wharton: http://lat.ms/39hlpPZ
I’m sorry, what?!:
Here is video of the rock — this is wild: https://bit.ly/369t4y3
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 RSVP: https://bit.ly/3a2SSgt
Noon: The Senate votes on the nomination of Tony Blinken to be secretary of state. The Senate's full agenda today: https://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 RSVP: https://bit.ly/36eF4hI
WHAT TO WATCH:
Noon: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles Yellen presses Democrats on tax enforcement CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' MORE as Treasury Secretary. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3cbJXfe
12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE and domestic policy adviser Susan RiceSusan RiceDavid Sirota calls Susan Rice stock divestment 'corruption deduction' White House memo urges cities to use coronavirus funds to combat crime Voting rights advocates eager for Biden to use bully pulpit MORE hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3sXgMma
2 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on racial equality and signs executive orders. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3qToU5j
3:30 p.m. EST: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Listening to America.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3sQpQsK
4 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBush calls out domestic extremism in 9/11 speech Bush urges Americans on 9/11 to embrace unity, reject politics of 'fear' Harris in Shanksville honors heroism, courage of Flight 93 passengers MORE receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2M5chFw
4:45 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the fight to contain COVID-19. Livestream: https://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:
The feeling is mutual, Call Your Mother.
And to make you smile, here’s an ADORABLE puppy enjoying belly rubs: https://bit.ly/2MnNk8a