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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: GOP boxes itself in on impeachment | Just 5 Republicans vote to move forward with trial | What that means for conviction | Biden signs climate executive orders today | Slow pace of confirming new Cabinet | Biden orders 200M more vaccine doses | Enough to vaccinate nearly all Americans | Senate Dems reintroduce DC statehood bill | Metro adds cell service to all routes | Coca-Cola/coffee hybrid | National Chocolate Cake Day

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

It’s ‘wear green day’ of White House Spirit Week:

 

 

President Biden is expected to sign a number of executive actions aimed at curbing climate change. What we knowhttps://bit.ly/3prVomI

The New York Times is reporting a bit about Biden’s executive orders: Via Times’s Lisa Friedman, the Biden administration will “direct the government to conserve 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030, create a task force to assemble a governmentwide action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, issue a memorandum elevating climate change to a national security priority.” https://nyti.ms/3ppVE5F

WHEN PRESIDENT BIDEN IS DELIVERING REMARKS AND SIGNING THE ORDERS:

At 1:30 p.m. EST. Here’s the livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3opnsGf

BIDEN’S THEME YESTERDAY — RACIAL JUSTICE:

Here are five things to know about President Biden’s racial equity orders: https://bit.ly/2YkRiBa 

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/2YgHmsm

The White House hangs up a poster with ‘XX Days Since Our Last Gaffe’:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Brett Samuels, “The White House is finding ways for President Biden to frequently speak to the public directly in his first week in office as it seeks to show the new president is taking charge of the coronavirus pandemic.” https://bit.ly/2Yl8yGs 

What has been noticeable in his speaking events: “Allies ... have noticed a marked change in his appearances: They’ve been gaffe-free and on message. On Monday, for example, when his dogs barked in the distance following his signing of an executive order, allies couldn’t help but notice that he ignored the commotion instead of offering up a thought or two.”

It’s Wednesday. 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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Slow and steady with confirming Biden’s Cabinet:

The Senate has approved four members of President Biden’s Cabinet. https://bit.ly/3puN9qk 

Key positions that remain: “Biden is still missing permanent officials to helm the key departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (HHS), as well as the CIA – let alone deputy positions across government that also need Senate-confirmed officials.”  

For context — this is slower than usual: “Historically, presidents have seen their senior team confirmed more quickly than Biden. George W. Bush, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaUnder Draghi's lead, Italy takes Europe another step away from populism Lawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Why is Joe Biden dodging the public and the press? MORE and Donald Trump each had multiple secretaries confirmed on the day of their inauguration, while Biden had just one in Haines, who was confirmed last Wednesday evening.

NEWS THIS MORNING

Another college try at making DC a state:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester, “A group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperSenate approves sweeping coronavirus measure in partisan vote Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Biden gets involved to help break Senate logjam MORE (D-Del.) reintroduced legislation to give Washington, D.C., statehood on Wednesday, marking the first major efforts to push toward statehood since the Capitol riots earlier this month.” https://bit.ly/39pmSEd

Meaning: “The bill, which was first introduced in 2013, would give citizens of the District full authority over local issues, as well as grant them full representation in Congress.”

Coke with coffee — I don’t know how I feel about this…:

Coca-Cola is having another go at selling a hybrid of Coca-Cola soda and coffee. The company first tried this in 2006 with Coca-Cola Blak. Photo and detailshttps://bit.ly/2Mx0Rdj

LATEST WITH THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Senators showed their hands:

Senate Republicans are sending a strong signal that they are willing to acquit former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE for the second time. https://bit.ly/3ps3LPa 

What happened yesterday: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House open to reforming war powers amid bipartisan push House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Bipartisan group of senators introduces bill to rein in Biden's war powers MORE (R-Ky.) introduced a bill to declare the impeachment trial unconstitutional. It forced senators, many of whom had not formally announced how they would vote in the impeachment trial, to publicly vote on whether the trial to convict Trump should happen.  

I.e.: We now know the 45 Republican senators who will very likely vote to acquit. Democrats would need 17 Republicans to convict the former president.

Just five Republicans voted to move forward with the trial: Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Ben SasseBen SasseIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? Senators introduce bill creating technology partnerships to compete with China Garland's AG nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks MORE (Neb.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Trump ramps up battle with Republican leadership GOP senator defends Cheney, Murkowski after Trump rebuke MORE (Alaska) and Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeySasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote Philly GOP commissioner on censures: 'I would suggest they censure Republican elected officials who are lying' Toomey censured by several Pennsylvania county GOP committees over impeachment vote MORE (Pa.). https://bit.ly/39kPhej

HOW THE SENATE GOP BOXED ITSELF ON IMPEACHMENT:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/3pAFWEQ

WHY CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS’S ABSENCE FROM THE TRIAL ISN’T A SURPRISE:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzelhttps://bit.ly/39onSIy

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

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Via CNN’s MJ Lee, Kate Sullivan and Maggie Fox, President Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. has purchased 200 million more vaccine doses, enough to vaccinate nearly all Americans by roughly the end of the summer. https://cnn.it/3a9hKD9

Details: 100 million more from Moderna and another 100 million from Pfizer-BioNTech

The new totals — remember, two doses per person: “The new purchase will increase the planned Covid-19 vaccine supply from 400 million to 600 million, an official told reporters on a call on Tuesday ahead of Biden's remarks.”

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 25,450,135 

U.S. death toll: 425,406 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 24.5 million shots have been given 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.27 million doses. 

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

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

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ON TAP:

The Senate is in. The House meets for a pro forma session. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

1 p.m. EST Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Responsible Innovation: Protecting our Planet with Technology.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/3abR7xx

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:15 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense: Report urges sweeping changes to Capitol security | Biden touts female general nominees on International Women's Day | US stands by Saudis after 'heinous' Houthi attacks Overnight Health Care: After a brutal year, is the US getting close to normal? | CDC says it's safe for vaccinated people to gather indoors | Biden to give prime-time address on anniversary of pandemic lockdown On The Money: House to vote on COVID-19 relief by Wednesday | Answers for your stimulus check questions | Dow sets new record as Nasdaq hits correction MORE, special presidential envoy for climate John KerryJohn KerryTo win the climate battle, we need the intelligence community Economic growth in Africa will not be achieved by a blanket ban on fossil fuels Biden can build on Pope Francis's visit to Iraq MORE and national climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyBiden climate adviser says Texas storm 'a wake-up call' Climate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan MORE hold a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2M94BSD

11:45 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenJill Biden: Global pandemic underscores how 'we are all connected' Seoul sees hope in Biden's North Korea approach US proposes interim power-sharing deal between Taliban, Afghan government: report MORE as secretary of State. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3t0Zzbj 

1:15 p.m. EST: The Hill hosts a virtual event, “Challenge of our Time: The COVID-19 Vaccine.” Featured speakersAnthony FauciAnthony FauciReaching immunity: A path forward Republicans call for investigation into impact of school closures on children with disabilities The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - Relief bill to become law; Cuomo in trouble MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, and Pfizer’s Mikael DolstenDetails and livestreamhttps://bit.ly/36eF4hI 

1:30 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks and signs executive actions related to climate change. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3t16sth 

3:30 p.m. EST: Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a news conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2NI9VNh

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day!

Yeeeea buddy!!:

Via DCist’s Jordan Pascale, the Washington, D.C.-area Metro has added cellphone service to all of its routes. https://bit.ly/3poLWkc

And because you made it this far, here is ONE FLUFFY PUPPY: https://bit.ly/36kd9gu