The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Biden's sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos

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And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there. I'll tell you how I became the president of a country called America:



President BidenJoe BidenHouse panel approves bill to set up commission on reparations Democrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Former Israeli prime minister advises Iran to 'cool down' amid nuclear threats MORE sat down with ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden was right to call Putin a 'killer' — but is he doing enough to save Alexei Navalny? Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators Energy secretary: 'We don't want to use past definitions of infrastructure' MORE for one of his first wide-ranging interviews as president. 

Video from the interview: https://gma.abc/3cJilN8


On immigration — please stay home: Biden urged migrants not to come to the U.S. In Biden’s words: “Don't come over. Don't leave your town or city or community.” Biden’s full response: https://abcn.ws/2P2N6Ew

On the filibuster — Biden wants to bring back the talking filibuster: Biden said he supports requiring senators to filibuster a bill by talking on the Senate floor. In Biden’s words: "I don't think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days. You had to stand up and command the floor, you had to keep talking." https://abcn.ws/3eLBSze 

On the vaccine getting politicized: Stephanopoulos asked, "How do you get the politics out of this vaccine talk?" Biden’s response: "I honest to God thought that, once we guaranteed we had enough vaccine for everybody, things would start to calm down. Well, they have calmed down a great deal. But I don't quite understand – you know – I just don't understand this sort of macho thing about, 'I'm not gonna get the vaccine. I have a right as an American, my freedom to not do it.' Well, why don't you be a patriot? Protect other people." https://abcn.ws/2OLbOJP

On tax increases: Biden says he thinks he will get the votes from congressional Democrats to increase taxes. On the tax increases: “Anybody making more than $400,000 will see a small to a significant tax increase. If you make less than $400,000, you won't see one single penny in additional federal tax."

On New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoRon Kim on nursing home immunity repeal: It was critical 'to hold these facilities accountable' NY Democratic chair blasts primary challenge against Maloney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE (D): Biden said Cuomo should resign if the investigation proves the allegations to be true. Stephanopoulos asked: "If the investigation confirms the claims of the women, should he resign?" Biden’s response: "Yes … I think he'll probably end up being prosecuted, too." https://abcn.ws/3eV4pm9


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Love the green!

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Feeling the pressure:

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, “The surge of migrants at the southern border is putting Democrats on the defensive and building pressure on Congress to consider comprehensive immigration reform in the early months of President Biden’s new term in office.” https://bit.ly/3eOadhd

Biden’s campaign style complicated it a bit: “Biden and congressional Democrats campaigned on reversing the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies with more humane alternatives, but it’s proving to be a tricky balance of wanting to appear firm on border security while encouraging compassionate treatment of migrants seeking asylum.” 



The new f-word on Capitol Hill. ‘Filibuster,’ that is:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Tensions are reaching a boiling point in the Senate over the fate of the legislative filibuster as Democratic support grows for eliminating the procedural roadblock.” https://bit.ly/3rVhdfK 

How so: “Senators traded barbs on Tuesday, foreshadowing the likely political firestorm awaiting Democrats if they decide to move forward with reforming the filibuster — something they don’t yet have the votes to do. The exchanges came just hours before President Biden added fuel to the debate by saying for the first time that he supports changing the filibuster rules.”  

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE’s (R-Ky.) threat if Democrats nix the filibuster: “It would not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to speed into the history books. The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving,” McConnell said.

How Democrats are reacting — *shrug*: “Democrats largely shrugged off the GOP leader’s predictions, arguing he’s already gummed up the Senate.”

What Democrats have to gain: “Without filibuster reform, Democrats will need GOP support to pass any of their other big priorities: immigration reform, voting rights, anti-discrimination measures and background checks, just to name a few.” 

Democrats can only use the budget reconciliation loophole one more time this year and that is expected to be used for an infrastructure package. 

What to expect with the filibuster debate: https://bit.ly/3rVhdfK



Via The Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary: https://wapo.st/3tsahao



This is horrifically sad:

Eight people, six of whom are Asian, were killed in a shooting spree at three spas around Atlanta, Ga., yesterday evening.  https://bit.ly/3tvLt1b

Are the shootings connected?: “Video evidence suggests ‘it is extremely likely’ that the same person was responsible for the three deadly shootings at massage parlors in the metro Atlanta area, police said Tuesday.” More from CNNhttps://cnn.it/3vvps4B

A suspect: Police say that 21-year-old suspect Robert Aaron Long has confessed to the crime. “Long was arrested within hours of the attacks on the three spas, after police tracked his vehicle on the interstate in south Georgia.” The Cherokee County Sheriff says the suspect "may have frequented some of these places in the past.” More from NPRhttps://n.pr/3loJ2KW 

Is it a hate crime?: Atlanta Police said it is too early to determine. From Chief Rodney Bryant of the Atlanta Police Department: “We’ve received a number of calls about, is this a hate crime, we’re still early in this investigation. So we cannot make that determination at this moment. Again, we are very early in this investigation.”

What we know: Atlanta Police held a news conference on the shootings. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3eJG8PM

Reaction from Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempHollywood stars, business leaders sign open letter opposing new voting restrictions MLB's ratings sink with GOP Trump digs in on attacks against Republican leaders MORE (R) last night: “Our entire family is praying for the victims of these horrific acts of violence. We deeply appreciate the quick apprehension of a suspect by @ga_dps  in coordination with local and federal law enforcement.” https://bit.ly/38P5asZ



Trump tells Americans to GET VACCINATED:

In an interview with Fox News yesterday, former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE urged Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. https://fxn.ws/3cKYLjJ

In Trump’s words: "I would recommend it and I would recommend it to a lot of people that don't want to get it and a lot of those people voted for me, frankly … It is a great vaccine. It is a safe vaccine and it is something that works.”  

Keep in mind: “Unlike President Joe Biden, Trump did not publicly receive the vaccine, but Fox News confirmed earlier this month that both he and former first lady Melania Trump received their vaccines privately in January at the White House.” 

More from Trump’s Fox News interview: https://fxn.ws/3cKYLjJ


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,551,691

U.S. death toll: 536,980

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y



Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 111 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.44 million doses

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

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



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UMM, can this be a permanent change? Maybe pink for the cherry blossoms…?:


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A year ago now:


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

8 a.m. EST: President Biden attended a mass in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 

9:40 a.m. EST: President Biden left Wilmington, Del., en route to Washington, D.C.

9:50 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11:30 a.m. EST: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/2Q9zDLH

1 p.m. EST: President Biden hosts Irish Prime Minister H.E. Micheál Martin for a virtual meeting.

1:30 ­– 7:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3cGmAcq

2:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris hosts a virtual meeting with First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill of the Northern Ireland Executive.

4 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Michael ReganMichael ReganOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Dakota Access pipeline to remain in operation despite calls for shutdown | Biden hopes to boost climate spending by B | White House budget proposes .4B for environmental justice Biden budget proposes .4 billion for environmental justice Overnight Energy: EPA pledges new focus on environmental justice | Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers | Biden administration asks court to toss kids' climate lawsuit MORE as EPA Administrator. 

Thursday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Modern Expeditionary Warfare.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3bNXede


12:10 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris is attending a virtual even with Irish Prime Minister H.E. Micheál Martin celebrating the Frederick Douglass Global Fellows. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3vyhTdl

1:30 p.m. EST: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3eLwVq9 

3 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOfficer who fatally shot Daunte Wright released on 0K bail Iran supreme leader dismisses Vienna talks on nuclear deal as 'not worth looking at' Indirect talks with Iran over nuclear deal to resume Thursday MORE and Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaBiden accompanies first lady to medical procedure Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' Forgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data MORE hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3tuxEQx


Today is National Irish Food Day!


Grab a pint and corned beef and cabbage! Just promise me you’ll wear some green:

Via DCist, here’s a list of food and drink specials in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. https://bit.ly/2QgaTla


And to brighten your afternoon, here’s a toucan just having a great day: https://bit.ly/3tvxpEV