The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - AstraZeneca to request US authorization


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AstraZeneca is planning to request authorization for use in the U.S. after a study released Monday found its vaccine was 79 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. 

Where you’ve heard that name before: Multiple European nations this month suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine over concerns it led to blood clots. The top drug regulator for the European Union last week said the vaccine is safe to use but could not rule out possible rare side effects. The U.S. study identified no safety concerns related to the vaccine, according to AstraZeneca. http://bit.ly/3tDqGJ4 

Next steps: The Food and Drug Administration has to authorize the vaccine for emergency use before it can be distributed in the U.S. For context, that process took 23 days from submission to authorization for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Associated Press's Maria Cheng and Lauran Neergaard have more: http://bit.ly/3169oIp

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It's time to update internet regulations



The internet has changed a lot in the 25 years since lawmakers last passed comprehensive internet regulations. It’s time for an update.

See how we’re making progress on key issues and why we support updated regulations to set clear rules for addressing today’s toughest challenges.



Spring Break is not canceled, apparently:

Via The New York Times's Neil Vigdor, Michael Majchrowicz and Azi Paybarah: Miami Beach declared a state of emergency and enacted a curfew, but it wasn’t enough to discourage people from gathering to party for Spring Break. Police officers used pepper balls to disperse a large crowd that reportedly was not observing social distancing or mask rules on Ocean Drive on Saturday night. http://nyti.ms/3f2Vwqw


Spring Break in Miami


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Spring Break parties are happening despite the fact that around 60 percent of colleges canceled “spring break” this year, according to the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College. However, colleges can’t control where students sign on when most classes are still virtual. https://bit.ly/3lBGU2K


But I don’t have enough space on my phone for another app:

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 told the iHeart Radio podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe” on Monday that people will hear “soon” about the platform he’s creating as an alternative to Twitter or Facebook.

Reminder: Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and indefinitely banned from Facebook in January. 

Trump’s senior advisor Jason Miller told Fox News’s #MediaBuzz on Sunday the platform will launch in “about two or three months,” and promised it would “completely redefine the game.” Watch video: https://bit.ly/318g4FO


The prosecutor who led the criminal investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol breach told “60 Minutes” on Sunday night that former President Trump could be found criminally culpable for instigating the riot. Watch Michael Sherwin’s interview here: http://cbsn.ws/2NEoaTx 

Status update: 400 criminal cases have already been filed, and Sherwin expects at least 100 more people will be charged in the insurrection.


Almost enough for a Cabinet football match:

The Senate has confirmed 20 out of 23 of 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's Cabinet members so far. They’re expected to make it 21 on Monday night with a final 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 lead the Department of Labor. The Senate has confirmed more of Biden’s nominees during the first 100 days of his presidency compared to former President Trump, who got 19 confirmed during his first 100 days. 

The Hill’s Jordain Carney has more here: http://bit.ly/394ghhD


Leavin’ on a jet plane? No vaccine passport required yet:

But the debate is heating up. Airlines are considering requiring proof of vaccination to fly, especially internationally, which could be a relief to fellow travelers. But critics are worried about privacy and inequity. 

From CNet's Kent German: http://cnet.co/3c7J0UM

Plus, domestic travel is steadily increasing, according to the TSA: 


TSA travel numbers


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Internet regulations need an update



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I barely remember what the lower half of a face looks like:

Colorado and Utah are joining more than a dozen states — both Republican- and Democrat-led — that have lifted or are lifting mask mandates in the next two weeks. Health experts have warned it’s too soon, with only around 13 percent of the U.S. population fully vaccinated so far. But governors say local governments can still impose mask requirements on a case-by-case basis.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,821,403 

U.S. death toll: 542,382

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 124 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.49 million doses.

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

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


Aww, look at those two photogenic first dogs:


Easter eggs


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The House left town last week. The Senate is in. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington.

9:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris swore in Isabella Casillas Guzman as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

12 p.m. EDT: Members of Congress hold a virtual press conference to increase awareness of the #STOPASIANHATE Virtual Action Day planned for March 26. 

2:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris visits a Jacksonville, Fla., Vaccination Center.

7:00 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets virtually with the Senate Democratic Caucus during their annual retreat.


11:00 a.m. EDT:  Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials. Video: https://bit.ly/2PkE9a4

12:30 p.m. EDT: Press Briefing by 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. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3r5oHvn

Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Climate Under Threat.” Details and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3lFnEkN


Today is National World Water Day

It’s a good day to celebrate: Most water parks are planning to reopen this summer, after closing last season. 



And because you read this far, here are two very guilty pups: https://bit.ly/2QmixKR