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TALK OF THE MORNING

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President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE sat down with ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosSullivan: Comments by North Korea's Kim an 'interesting signal' Facebook VP says 2-year suspension of Trump from platform 'justified' Commerce secretary on cyberattacks against corporations: 'This is the reality' MORE for one of his first wide-ranging interviews as president. 

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


NEWS FROM BIDEN:

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 CuomoFoo Fighters, Dave Chapelle cover 'Creep' at first MSG show since pandemic Katie Hill says 'it would take a lot' to convince her to run again for House New York City moving thousands of people from hotels back to shelters 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


MEANWHILE IN NEW YORK — ‘HOW CUOMO’S TEAM TRIED TO TARNISH ONE OF HIS ACCUSERS:

Via The New York Times’s Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanBiden vs. Trump is a compelling contrast for Democrats Schumer bemoans number of Republicans who believe Trump will be reinstated: 'A glaring warning' 3 in 10 Republicans believe Trump will be reinstated as president: poll MORE and Jesse McKinley: https://nyti.ms/30Qnhds

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LATEST WITH IMMIGRATION

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.” 

 

IN CONGRESS

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 McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight 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

 

HOW TO CHECK WHEN YOUR STIMULUS CHECK WILL ARRIVE:

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

 

IN ATLANTA

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 KempNorth Carolina county reverses course, ends coke machine ban MLB All-Star game to stay in Denver, judge rules MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' 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

 

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Trump tells Americans to GET VACCINATED:

In an interview with Fox News yesterday, former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report 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

CASE NUMBERS:

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

U.S. death toll: 536,980

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

 

VACCINATION NUMBERS — LET’S GOOO!:

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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ON TAP:

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: Manchin-led committee puts forth sprawling energy infrastructure proposal | House to take big step on eliminating Trump-era rules | Controversial St. Croix oil refinery to shutter 'indefinitely' A healthier planet and economy is worth fighting for Controversial St. Croix oil refinery to shutter 'indefinitely' MORE as EPA Administrator. 

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WHAT TO WATCH:

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 PsakiTaliban seize key Afghan district The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin MORE and Education Secretary Miguel CardonaMiguel CardonaHouse lawmakers roll out legislation to protect schools against hackers Education Department says anti-trans discrimination prohibited by Title IX Education Department erasing debt of students defrauded at for-profit college MORE hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3tuxEQx

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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