The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Third approved vaccine distributed to Americans


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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: J&J vaccine rollout begins | 4M doses shipped | Initial supply limited | Trump’s first public appearance since leaving office | Renewed false election fraud claims | CPAC sights and sounds | Just 68 percent of CPAC attendees want Trump to run again | 55 percent would vote for him again | COVID relief package moves to Senate | Biden doesn’t release virtual visitor logs




After Johnsons & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was authorized over the weekend, the company is distributing 3.9 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. https://bit.ly/2MAt83b 

This is key about the J&J vaccine: It only requires a single dose for patients to be fully immunized.

When Americans could receive those doses — from J&J CEO Alex Gorsky: "We think, literally, within the next 24 to 48 hours, Americans should start receiving shots in arms," Gorsky said on NBC's "Today" on Monday. "They're literally rolling out with the trucks as we speak."

3.9 million isn’t a lot, right?: Yes, there have been production delays with this vaccine.

Timeline for production: “The company expects to ramp up somewhat by the end of March, with 20 million total doses by that point, and 100 million by the end of June.


Via STAT News’s Rachel Cohrshttps://bit.ly/3kAJ95R


“[J&J] says it's on track to produce 20 million doses by the end of March. Along with Pfizer and Moderna doses, that means the U.S. would have enough vaccine doses for 130 million adults -- about half the adult population -- to be vaccinated. By the end of June, J&J is expected to have produced 100 million vaccine doses. That would put the U.S. in a position of having a surplus by mid-summer, when Pfizer and Moderna are expected to have delivered enough vaccine to immunize 300 million people.”  More from ABC Newshttps://abcn.ws/301cLzN

Happy Monday! Today is the first day of March, which is awkward because we are still living in March 2020... Anyway, I’m Cate Martel, back with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up! Send comments, story ideas and puppy videos to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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ExxonMobil sets emission reduction plans for 2025



We’ve announced plans to reduce the intensity of our emissions, which we expect to reduce our absolute upstream greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 30%, compared to 2016 levels.


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Listen to the man:

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic WHO official: Delta variant 'poised to take hold' in Europe MORE, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, is urging Americans to receive any vaccine they can when they are eligible. https://nbcnews.to/2Obnm8C

Fauci said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”: "All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that's most available to them … If you go to a place and you have J&J and that's the one that's available now, I would take it. I personally would do the same thing. I think people need to get vaccinated as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.” 

Watch Fauci’s full interviewhttps://bit.ly/300K9qr


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 28,606,892 

U.S. death toll: 513,094

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 75.2 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.74 million doses

Another interesting stat: “Across the U.S., 22.7 doses have been administered for every 100 people, and 78% of the shots delivered to states have been administered.”  

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

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

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3q3fMKn


Conservatives, I am your leader:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester, “Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE lashed into President BidenJoe BidenPutin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting How the infrastructure bill can help close the digital divide Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and his own Republican critics on Sunday during his first major address since leaving office as he looks to leave a permanent stamp on the GOP amid speculation he will run again in 2024.” https://bit.ly/3kASSJp

How Trump referred to Biden’s administration so far: "anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women and anti-science."


In the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, former President Trump won with 55 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him in 2024. https://bit.ly/2ZZSNoW

What’s interesting: Only 68 percent of respondents want Trump to run again. https://nyti.ms/3b4WwrJ


  • Trump retains iron grip on GOP
  • Plenty still want a fresh face for 2024
  • Anti-Trump views are absent
  • Election misinformation continues to be widely shared
  • “Trumpism” isn’t going anywhere

Reasoning for each from Manchesterhttps://bit.ly/3b3pet2


Check out Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleEric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida Missouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict MORE’s entrance: As author Eric Michael Garcia pointed out, it looks like a WWE entrance video lol. Watchhttps://bit.ly/3b4IiqZ 

Scenes like this define CPAChttps://bit.ly/3riQUjz

A ‘TRUMP UNITY’ trailer was towed away: Photo from the Washington Post’s Dave Weigelhttps://bit.ly/3b4MpDh

If you’re curious about the crowd during Trump’s speech: Here’s a photo of the room: https://bit.ly/2ZZBQeD





This is pretty interesting:  


Why Biden won graphs


Read the two paragraphshttps://bit.ly/303obmw



ExxonMobil sets emission reduction plans for 2025



We’ve announced plans to reduce the intensity of our emissions, which we expect to reduce our absolute upstream greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 30%, compared to 2016 levels. 

See details here.



This is the bill that never endssss. It goes on and on, my friendssss:

The Senate is expected to take up the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package this week, hoping to sign the bill into law before federal unemployment benefits expire on March 14. 

What to expect from The Hill’s Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufkehttps://bit.ly/3r7CjqO


Top Senate Democrats decided to pull a plan to penalize big companies who don’t pay their employees $15 an hour. https://bit.ly/3r6iL6i 

Why the plan was pulled: Worries that it would slow down the process of passing the bill.

What to know about that plan, even though it’s been taken off the negotiation table: “Large corporations would get a 5 percent tax penalty if they paid workers less than a certain amount, with the amount of the penalty increasing over time. Democrats were also looking at giving tax incentives to small businesses to raise their wages.” 

What to know about the tabled planhttps://bit.ly/3r6iL6i


Election reform: “The House is slated to take up a sweeping elections reform bill that has been met with strong resistance from Republicans.” What’s in the bill: “The legislation includes language that looks to expand voting rights, implement new ethics rules and increase transparency in elections, according to its proponents. It includes provisions that would enable automatic voter registration and enhance resources to stave off foreign threats on elections.”

Police reform: “House Democrats will vote this week on police reform legislation named after George Floyd, a black man killed last year when a white police officer kneeled on his neck.” What the bill includes: “an overhaul of qualified immunity, which shields police officers from civil lawsuits, bans chokeholds at the federal level and bans no-knock warrants in federal drug cases.”  

Lotsa nominations: “The Senate will hold a final vote on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on Miguel Cardona to be secretary of Education, followed by an initial vote on Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoOn World Oceans Day, we need a sea change Biden administration launches supply chain task force to tackle disruptions On The Money: White House sees paths forward on infrastructure despite stalled talks | Biden battles Dem divides | FBI seizes bitcoin ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline MORE’s nomination to be secretary of Commerce. Schumer has also filed cloture on Cecilia Rouse’s nomination to be chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.” More nominations working their way through the Senate this weekhttps://bit.ly/3dYnCCD 

Context and details for each actions item this weekhttps://bit.ly/3dYnCCD

Tidbit — hello, MTV, and welcome to my crib!:

Sen. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperSenator's on-air interview features carpooling colleague waving from back seat DC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Lobbying world MORE (D-Colo.) shows off his Washington, D.C., office. It’s glamorous, let me tell you! Watchhttps://bit.ly/2ZZKgCq


Close one eye, squint the other and look at that one spot in the foggy window. See it, right??:

Via Politico’s Anita Kumar, President Biden is under pressure to bring transparency back into the White House, but a month into his administration, his efforts have been lacking compared to his former boss, former President Obamahttps://politi.co/3kADrB6 

For example: “The schedules for the president and vice president aren’t posted online. The White House comment line is shut down. There are no citizen petitions on the White House’s website.”

And: “The White House has committed to releasing visitor logs. But it doesn’t plan to divulge the names of attendees of virtual meetings, which are the primary mode of interaction until the coronavirus pandemic eases.”

And: “While Biden has received kudos for keeping the American public informed, primarily by resuming the daily White House press briefings, he has yet to hold a news conference of his own.” 

The full storyhttps://politi.co/3kADrB6


What a cool photo from last summer — congrats, Doug!:


Lightning photo for New York Times


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2OcT0m4

Let’s play, find your gov!:


Governors virtual meeting


The full size photohttps://bit.ly/2Mzi9He


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

Vice President Harris has no public events scheduled. 

10:40 a.m. EST: President Biden left Wilmington, Del., and returns to Washington, D.C. 

10:50 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief while en route to D.C.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. 

4:30 p.m. EST: President Biden meets virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate holds two roll call votes, one to confirm Miguel A. Cardona as Secretary of Education and a cloture vote on the Commerce nomination. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3b6KVbU 

6:30 ­– 8:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3r53SkM

Tuesday morning: “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency,” a book by New York Times bestselling authors, Amie Parnes (a reporter for The Hill!) and Jonathan Allen, is released. How to buy the bookhttps://amzn.to/37WegDC


11 a.m. EST: The White House COVID-19 Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3pZN2Co

Noon: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Macron huddle on sidelines of G7 summit Biden to host Germany's Merkel at the White House in July Psaki 'likely will stay longer' than year as White House press secretary MORE is holding a press briefing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasDemocrats press ICE, DHS to not re-detain migrants released during pandemic Report: Nearly 4,000 children separated from parents at border under Trump Texas governor to sign bill banning vaccine passports MORELivestreamhttps://bit.ly/3r5qTnr 

Sunday, March 7: Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyKate Middleton says she has yet to meet Prince Harry and Meghan's daughter Harry and Meghan deny not discussing new daughter's name with the queen Minorities barred from Buckingham Palace jobs until 1960s: report MORE’s 90-minute CBS Primetime Special with Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleKate Middleton says she has yet to meet Prince Harry and Meghan's daughter Harry and Meghan deny not discussing new daughter's name with the queen Duchess Meghan releases debut children's book MOREWatch the preview that was released last nighthttps://bit.ly/2ZYb5Hi


Today is National Fruit Compote Day.

Getting traction — lol, this really speaks to me:


I will update my settings tomorrow ... "wink"


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3r6yqCC

And because you made it this far, here’s a cheat code of how to make a baby goat’s tail wag: https://bit.ly/3r6MLPv