The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — CDC updates guidelines for students

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Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance for physical distancing in schools. 

The change: Students only need to separate by three feet over the previous recommendation of six feet.

As long as: Everyone is still wearing a mask.

Does this apply to all schools?: “The recommendation is for all K-12 students, regardless of whether community transmission is low, moderate or substantial, the CDC said. Middle school and high school students should be at least 6 feet apart in communities where transmission is high, CDC said, if cohorting is not possible.” 

What is cohorting?: “Cohorting is when groups of students are kept together with the same peers and staff throughout the school day to reduce the risk for spread throughout the school.”

More from the guidance, including for common areas

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 To infinity and beyond!:

President BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE announced this morning that he will nominate former Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonTom Brady to Biden: '40 percent of the people still don't think we won' Rubio, Demings rake in cash as Florida Senate race heats up How transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nation MORE (D-Fla.) as NASA administrator.

What to know about Nelson: “Nelson represented Orlando and Florida's Space Coast in the U.S. House before eventually moving to the Senate in 2001, where he served three terms before being defeated in 2018 by then-Gov. Rick Scott. He was the ranking member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.”

My favorite fun fact about Nelson: “Nelson is one of three people to have flown on the space shuttle while serving in Congress.”

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This tragic event has really struck a nerve:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, “The Atlanta shooting rampage that killed six Asian women and two others has, in a single tragic event, turned a national spotlight onto some of the prickliest issues facing American politics and society today: racial attacks related to COVID-19, gun violence, misogyny, racism in policing, and Donald Trump.”

Everywhere on social media: The hashtag #StopAsianHate

The big picture: “While the discussion has centered on … anti-Asian violence, the tragic shooting has confronted lawmakers — and the nation — with a host of other explosive topics they’ve grappled with for years — [including] race, class, the plight of immigrants and violence against women.” 

The actions some are hoping will come out of this tragedy:

The victims:




A sad reality — America is facing a long war with extremism:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “More than two months after the Capitol riot, the nation is grappling anew with extremism.

Just this week: “The motives of the alleged shooter in Tuesday’s mass killing in the Atlanta area are still being investigated. But six of his eight fatal victims were Asian American women, and he had solely targeted Asian spas. The following day, an armed man was arrested near Washington’s Naval Observatory, the official residence of Vice President Harris.” 

Plus: “A newly declassified report from the director of national intelligence, commissioned by President Biden, warns of the threat from domestic terrorists with motivations rooted in ‘biases against minority populations.’ ” 


New study — Trump using the phrase ‘Chinese virus’ did not help things…:

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE tweeting the phrase “Chinese virus” in March 2020 led to an increase of anti-Asian hashtags on Twitter, according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco.

Details: “Half of the 777,852 hashtags with #chinesevirus after Trump’s tweet contained anti-Asian sentiment. Those who adopted the rhetoric were far more likely to pair it with other overtly racist hashtags, compared to those who tweeted with the hashtag #covid19.”


Yes, China?:

Via The Hill’s Laura Kelly, “China questioned the state of U.S. democracy in the first face-to-face meeting between Chinese officials and the Biden administration, signaling Beijing's intention of using former President Trump's attacks on the 2020 election for its own interests.”

“Foreign affairs director of the Chinese Communist Party Yang Jiechi in his first remarks with U.S. officials at a meeting in Alaska said the U.S. is in no place to preach democracy to other countries.” 

Ayyyyyy, it’s your buddy, Bill. Billy C.:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “When former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonAzar regrets Trump didn't get vaccinated on national TV New spotlight on secretaries of state as electoral battlegrounds Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle MORE wanted to relay a message about what Joe Biden should say during a victory speech on Super Tuesday last year, he picked up the phone and dialed his former aide Bruce Reed, as he had done countless times before that day. Reed, who served as one of Biden's closest advisers on his presidential campaign, took notes as his former boss chimed in about how Biden should call for unification of the Democratic Party in his address.”

Why this is worth mentioning — think of all the Obama 2.0 headlines: “The Biden administration has often been called Obama 2.0, with many aides spilling over from the former Democratic president's White House. But Democrats say the huge overlap between the Biden and Clinton worlds is even more striking.” 


A gentle reminder — ‘Seriously, stop sharing your vaccine cards on social media’:

Several government agencies are warning people not to post their vaccine card on social media for fear of giving sensitive information to scammers. CNN’s Samantha Murphy Kelly explains the reasoning:


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,670,129 

U.S. death toll: 539,801

Breakdown of the numbers:


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 116 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.50 million doses (!)

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


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‘CC @DanJLevy’ — ‘Schitt’s Creek’ fans will appreciate this:




Actor Dan Levy, who plays David Rose on the show, responded to the Post’s tweet: “Noted.”

This video has more than 6 million views already:






The House is in. The Senate is out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Georgia.

9:50 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris left for Atlanta.

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

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today:

10:45 a.m. EST: President Biden left for Atlanta. 

2:15 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

3:35 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with Georgia Asian American leaders. 

7:10 p.m. EST: President Biden leaves for Camp David.

8:25 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris leaves for Washington, D.C.


This morning: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries On The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal 'The Squad' celebrates Biden eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) held her weekly press briefing. Livestream:          

12:30 p.m. EST: The White House COVID Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream:

4:40 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers remarks at Emory University. Livestream:


Today is National Chocolate Caramel Day!





And because you made it this far, here’s a sloth enjoying a relaxing boat ride: