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

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TALK OF THE MORNING

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 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

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

THIS MORNING — REP. MENG BLAMES TRUMP FOR THE ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE:

During an appearance on a podcast Rep. Grace MengGrace MengHouse Democrats include immigration priorities as they forward DHS funding bill Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer House sends anti-Asian hate bill to Biden's desk MORE (D-N.Y.) blamed former President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE for the recent violence. https://bit.ly/2P3LRoT

She said on Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFor families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Could Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? 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.”

INTERESTING READ — ‘ASIAN AMERICANS ARE BEING ATTACKED. WHY ARE HATE CRIME CHARGES SO RARE?’:

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

 

It’s a dreary Thursday in D.C. Can you believe we are more than halfway through March?? 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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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 BidenTrump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race GOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football 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

 

'THE LONG, UGLY HISTORY OF ANTI-ASIAN RACISM AND VIOLENCE IN THE U.S.':

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

IN CONGRESS

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

 

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS


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

COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS:

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

U.S. death toll: 538,124

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS — YEAAAH, BUDDY!:

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

NEWS THIS MORNING

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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NOTABLE TWEETS:

Wow, did not expect this:

 

 

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ON TAP:

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 HaalandOvernight Energy: Democrats request interview with Exxon lobbyist after undercover tapes | Biden EPA to reconsider Trump rollback on power plant pollution in 2022 | How climate change and human beings influence wildfires Pueblo youth are at the forefront of protecting Indigenous lands Secretary Haaland, Colorado's epic drought highlights the need to end fossil fuel extraction 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 BecerraCongress must fix loophole that is costing patients at the pharmacy House Democrats expand probe into political interference into CDC during Trump administration Florida asks Supreme Court to block CDC's limits on cruise ship industry 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 WalshPoultry plant fined M over 'entirely avoidable' deaths of six workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team 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 TaiBiden's trade agenda is off to a rocky start Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions Biden's budget vacancy raises eyebrows MORE as U.S. Trade Representative.

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSenators scramble to save infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: New round of vaccine mandates | Health groups call for mandates for all health workers | Rising case count reignites debate over restrictions On The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden 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

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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