The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Nation mourns violence against Asian Americans

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Our nation is hurting: 

Demonstrations broke out across the country last night in the wake of shooting at three Atlanta spas, which left eight dead, including six Asian women. https://bit.ly/3twRpa5 


In Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood: Here’s video: https://bit.ly/3rTYsJH


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Watch: https://bit.ly/3eTZhi6

At Diversity Plaza in Queens: https://bit.ly/3vNUBjQ 

‘In Atlanta, Black residents stand with Asian Americans in effort to end hate’: Via NBC’s Deon J. Hampton: https://nbcnews.to/3twoOSq

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong on Asian American hate: “If it happens to me, it must happen a lot to every day people who aren’t Attorneys General, who don’t have the same protection & public profile that I do, and I worry about families across Connecticut & across this country.” More from his appearance on CNN: https://bit.ly/3tvVJ9G

Photos from a candlelight vigil in Sacramento, Calif.: https://bit.ly/3bYfCAj


During an appearance on a podcast Rep. Grace MengGrace MengDemocrats work to pick up GOP support on anti-Asian hate crimes bill House to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Both parties look to recruit Asian American candidates as violence against group increases MORE (D-N.Y.) blamed 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 for the recent violence. https://bit.ly/2P3LRoT

She said on Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonA leadership menagerie of metaphorical scapegoats How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing MORE’s “Why Am I Telling You This?” podcast: “When I first heard the former president use words like ‘kung flu’ and ‘Chinese virus,’ I was really horrified. And every time he said it, I thought, okay, this will be the last time. He couldn't possibly continue to use it.” 

New development — the Atlanta shooting suspect’s first court appearance was abruptly canceled:

Via The Washington Post’s Timothy Bella and Mark Berman, the arraignment hearing for 21-year-old Atlanta shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long was canceled this morning after he waived it in writing. https://wapo.st/3cFkz04

Long’s charges: “Long has been charged with multiple counts of murder, homicide and aggravated assault. Authorities say he has confessed to the shootings.”


Via The New York Times’s Nicole Hong and Jonah E. Bromwich: https://nyti.ms/3cK1cDd


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Biden and Harris are meeting with Asian American leaders tomorrow:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, during a previously scheduled trip to Atlanta tomorrow, 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 and Vice President Harris will meet with local Asian American leaders following the deadly shooting spree Tuesday. https://bit.ly/30XVSGN


Happening today — Congress is looking into the violence against Asian Americans:

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on violence and discrimination against Asian Americans. 

Here’s the livestream — it began at 10 a.m. EST: https://bit.ly/30X40XS



Via The Washington Post’s Gillian Brockell: https://wapo.st/3vCdLcj


Added pressure to the immigration debate:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senators at the center of immigration discussions say they don't see a viable way to pass comprehensive reform anytime soon and that two smaller bills slated for House passage this week — help for ‘Dreamers’ and farm workers — will be stuck in limbo upon arrival.” https://bit.ly/3vyEBCd

Meanwhile: “Looming over the debate is the Biden administration’s handling of a surge of migrants at the southern border, where the detention of thousands of minors threatens to spark a humanitarian crisis after four years of Democrats criticizing former President Trump’s approach to immigration.” 

What to expect: https://bit.ly/3vyEBCd


Released this a.m. — This makes my blood boil:

The FBI’s Washington Field Office just released new footage of the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks, asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. https://bit.ly/2Qdyu5P

Help out the FBI — watch these videos: https://bit.ly/3ts8FgK


For example — here’s one of the videos:



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Watch: https://bit.ly/38U86EK



Trump is on the vaccine train, but not all House Republicans are hopping on board:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “Former President Trump this week took the remarkable step of encouraging everyone in the country — even his reluctant followers — to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But the message has been slow to reach House Republicans.” https://bit.ly/3vD9SUi

How so: “There’s a different message coming from a number of conservatives in the lower chamber, who are wary of encroaching on the freedom of individuals to make their own health decisions.” 

For example — House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) compared the push for vaccines to fencing around the U.S. Capitol: His argument is basically that “both are unnecessary precautions in the effort to reopen the Capitol complex safely, Biggs said, and both are part of the Democrats’ efforts to exert ‘control’ over the public at large.” 

How this could play out: https://bit.ly/3vD9SUi


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,609,194

U.S. death toll: 538,124

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 113 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.47 million doses

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

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


Weekly jobless claims rose a bit:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “Seasonally adjusted new applications for unemployment insurance totaled 770,000 last week, according to Labor Department data, rising slightly as the U.S. marked one year since the start of the coronavirus recession.” https://bit.ly/2QiVD77

For context: “Jobless claims rose by 45,000 in the week ending March 13 from the previous week’s revised total of 725,000. The number of new applicants for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance dropped sharply to 282,394 last week from 478,914 in the week ending March 6.” 



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Wow, did not expect this:



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The House and Senate are in. 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. 

10:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Deb HaalandDeb HaalandJulia Letlow sworn in as House member after winning election to replace late husband Nixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  OVERNIGHT 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 MORE as Secretary of the Interior.

11:15 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris met with women leaders in the labor community to discuss the COVID relief plan.

Noon: The Senate votes on the confirmation of Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections HHS expands Medicaid postpartum coverage for Illinois mothers up to a year after giving birth Over 500,000 people sign up for ObamaCare in special sign-up period MORE to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/30RPUY1

1:15 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a weekly economic briefing. 

1:30 p.m. EST: A cloture vote on Marty WalshMarty WalshNew Boston Mayor Kim Janey: 'We cannot go back to normal' on racial equity Biden taps California workplace safety leader to head up OSHA The Hill's 12:30 Report - Biden touts big jobs report MORE’s nomination to be Secretary of Labor. 

2:45–6:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/30UeRSx

6:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris will ceremonially swear in Katherine TaiKatherine TaiUS whiskey and wine exporters brace for a summer of tariffs Rehabilitating protection and resituating trade agreements Trade deficit rises to record .1 billion in February MORE as U.S. Trade Representative.


12:30 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 Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge hold a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3cMwObi

1:30 p.m. EST: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Modern Expeditionary Warfare.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3bNXede

3:15 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks on the state of vaccinations. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3tDm4Tr


Today is National Sloppy Joe Day!

“Have some more Sloppy joes. I made'em extra sloppy for ya's. I know you's kids like 'em sloppy.”

Billy Madison: “Lady, you’re scaring us!”

Watch: https://bit.ly/3vBumNj  ;)


This is a funny read, yet relatable and still … uncomfortably familiar:

Via The New York Times’s Wirecutter, here’s a list of “our most ridiculous pandemic panic purchases (and what we did with them.)” https://nyti.ms/3vM0z4P

A few notable favorites: “3 gallons of bleach,” “Five head-to-toe pink outfits,” “210 pounds of flour,” “One handheld travel bidet” and “13 pounds of canned green beans.” 


And because you made it this far, here’s a golden retriever channeling its inner Mufasa: https://bit.ly/3lqKqgj