The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - FBI director testifies on Jan. 6 Capitol attack

 

Presented by ExxonMobil 

 

Chris Wray testifies

 

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Yep, domestic terrorism is one way to describe it…: 

While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that officials have classified the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism.” https://bit.ly/3bRI31y 

Wow, good work, fellow Americans!: “Wray said the FBI has received more than 270,000 tips from Americans that have helped the bureau identify the numerous people who allegedly participated in the attack.”  

^ This couldn’t have been easy: “Some have even taken the painful step of turning in their friends or their family members,” said Wray.

OTHER NEWS FROM THE HEARING:

On whether ‘fake’ Trump supporters were involved with the insurrection: Wray said he has seen no evidence that fake Trump supporters organized the attack. Watch Wray’s full responsehttps://bit.ly/3b6g3bg

How many people have been arrested so far: At least 280 people

It’s Tuesday! 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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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.

 

IN CONGRESS

The $15 failure:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Liberal senators and outside pressure groups are steaming over the Senate’s seeming failure to move a COVID-19 relief package with a provision hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.” https://bit.ly/3bVjyRe 

How that happened: The Senate parliamentarian ruled that Democrats can’t use budget reconciliation, a loophole to bypass the filibuster and pass the bill with just a simple majority, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Reaction from liberals: “That is leading to calls to overrule or fire the parliamentarian, or to get rid of the filibuster, which essentially requires legislation to secure 60 votes to proceed through the Senate.”  

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Democrats say they're committed to reducing emissions in Biden plan MORE (I-Vt.) called on Democrats to ignore the parliamentarian’s ruling: “My personal view is that the idea that we have a Senate staffer, a high-ranking staffer, deciding whether 30 million Americans get a pay raise or not is nonsensical,” Sanders said. “We have got to make that decision, not a staffer who’s unelected, so my own view is that we should ignore the rulings, the decision of the parliamentarian.” 

^ Errrr, there’s a problem though — and of course that involves Joe ManchinJoe ManchinK Street revenues boom Biden champions economic plan as Democrats scale back ambitions On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE: Democrats don’t appear to even have the votes for a simple majority. Leading moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.V.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) oppose the $15 minimum wage.  

I.e.: Democrats may only have 48 votes when they need 50.

TIDBIT — JOE MANCHIN IS GETTING A LITTLE TESTY ON THE FILIBUSTER:

Manchin was asked by a reporter whether he might change his mind and support ending the filibuster, a key move that some say would be needed to pass a $15 minimum wage.

He turned around and yelled at reporters, “Never!” He then added: “Jesus Christ! What don’t you understand about never?” 

Sooo, that sounds like he’s a maybe…?

FROM MAR-A-LAGO

So, did y’all miss me?!:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant, “Former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's reentry into public life at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday exacerbates challenges for political leaders in both parties, as well as the media.” https://bit.ly/3e0Upr1

Keep in mind: For the first 40 days of Biden’s term, we didn’t hear much from Trump. Trump’s Twitter ban exacerbated that.  

Why this is risky for the GOP and the mediahttps://bit.ly/3e0Upr1

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Trump secretly got the COVID-19 vaccine. Just thought you should know:

Via CNN’s Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaSchiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' NIH director pleads with evangelicals to 'look at the evidence' on vaccines Democrats brace for battle on Biden's .5 trillion spending plan MORE and Caroline Kelly, former President Trump and former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpGOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Ex-Trump aide sues Grisham over abuse allegations MORE received a COVID-19 vaccine in January but did not publicize it.  https://cnn.it/382yhss 

Which vaccine?: We don’t know.

KEEP IN MIND — LAST WEEKEND, TRUMP TOLD HIS SUPPORTERS TO GET VACCINATED:

During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, former President Trump told the crowd, “How unpainful that vaccine shot is, so everybody go get your shot.” https://cnn.it/382yhss

HOW THE J&J VACCINE COULD BE A ‘TOTAL GAME CHANGER’:

Via NBC’s Denise Chowhttps://nbcnews.to/3uL7SsT

Tidbit — as CNN’s Kate Bennett eloquently put it, ‘beep-beep, comin' through...’:

 

Johnson & Johnson ships out

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3sUnMj1 

^The vaccine arrived at Tufts Medical Center in Boston: Here’s a photo of their shipment, via WCVB’s Antoinette Antoniohttps://bit.ly/3bXLhAy

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 28,669,232 

U.S. death toll: 514,842 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 76.9 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.82 million doses

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

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

 

A MESSAGE FROM EXXONMOBIL

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.

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS

A third woman accuses Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoEMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul Hochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll De Blasio privately says he plans to run for New York governor: report MORE of unwanted advances:

Via The New York Times’s Matt Flegenheimer and Jesse McKinley, a third woman has come forward with allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).  The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3uL2h5K

The woman’s story: 33-year-old Anna Ruch said she met Cuomo at a wedding in 2019 and walked over to thank him for his wedding toast. 

“Mr. Cuomo put his hand on Ms. Ruch’s bare lower back, she said in an interview on Monday. When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch recalled, the governor remarked that she seemed ‘aggressive’ and placed his hands on her cheeks. He asked if he could kiss her, loudly enough for a friend standing nearby to hear. Ms. Ruch was bewildered by the entreaty, she said, and pulled away as the governor drew closer.”

The Times published a photo of Ruch and Cuomo at the weddinghttps://nyti.ms/3uL2h5K

HOW CUOMO’S FALL RAISES QUESTIONS FOR THE MEDIA:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2PiY3ly

Tidbit — How Andrew Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Former co-worker accuses Chris Cuomo of sexual harassment in NYT essay Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE, began his show last night:

 

CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses coverage of his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3kEmohp

NOTABLE TWEETS:

That is correct.:

 

First dog Champ in the Oval Office

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3kErvOM 

The full photohttps://bit.ly/3b5X291

HAHA:

 

Tag of www.cnbc.com

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3bSBL1R

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are in. President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

10:15 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11:30 a.m. EST: First votes in the House. 

1:10 p.m. EST: President Biden speaks with Senate Democrats by phone.

2:15 p.m. EST: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/37YEg19 

6 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris will ceremonially swear in Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaPresident, first lady honor teachers at White House awards ceremony Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Florida Board of Education approves sanctions on eight school districts over coronavirus mandates MORE as Secretary of Education.  

6 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3e0A7h7 

Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event on “Trust and Communication” with the COVID-19 vaccine. Details, speakers and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/382lxlH

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/382MmWO 

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRegional powers rally behind Taliban's request for humanitarian aid Cawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Biden, Democrats risk everything unless they follow the Clinton pivot (they won't) MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sAWJc6

4:15 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 pandemic. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/37YEwNF 

8:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris virtually joins a meeting with the House Democratic Issues Conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3bQfcuI

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Banana Cream Day.

And because you made it this far, here’s a dog celebrating its birthday with a rubber duck-themed party: https://bit.ly/302Pygv

 

--Updated at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday to clarify that Manchin was speaking about "never" ending the filibuster and not discussing the minimum wage.