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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Derek Chauvin trial continues | Video of George Floyd’s death shown on Day 1 | Biden announces diverse judicial nominees | COVID-19 cases surge, fourth wave looms | WHO report on COVID-19 origins | Likely came from animals, not lab | Trump launches official website | DC’s Cheesecake Factory opens
Well, Day 1 was gut-wrenching:
Via The Hill’s Marty Johnson, “The murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who faces three criminal counts for the death of George Floyd, began Monday in downtown Minneapolis with the replaying of the harrowing last moments of Floyd’s life.” https://bit.ly/2O6kElf
Including the harrowing video: “Graphic cellphone footage showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes was carried live on cable television on the first day of the highest-profile criminal case in recent memory.”
Five takeaways heading into Day 2:
- Harrowing video is first day's most compelling moment
- Cause of death emerges as pivotal point
- 911 dispatcher is first day's big witness
- Defense focuses on 'common sense'
- Burden of proof
Context and details for each: https://bit.ly/2O6kElf
How to watch the trial — here’s the livestream: https://bit.ly/2QV43lz
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Here is the questionnaire that was given to screen potential jurors: Via The New York Times, here’s the 14-page document of questions: https://nyti.ms/39pg74U
An MMA fighter is testifying today: A professional mixed martial arts fighter who happened to be on the scene. Details: “Donald Wynn Williams II began testifying Monday as the third witness in the trial. Relying on his own MMA experience, he said that Chauvin performed a ‘blood choke’ on Floyd and adjusted his positioning several times to maintain pressure on Floyd's neck.” https://cnn.it/39rvlGC
Witness, Donald Williams, describes the incident: Here’s video: https://bit.ly/3wbuQKq
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NEWS THIS MORNING
COVID-19 likely came from animals, not a lab:
Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, “A report from a team of international experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that the coronavirus most likely jumped from animals to humans and calls a lab leak theory ‘extremely unlikely.’" https://bit.ly/31tRTls
What we know: “The report, written jointly with Chinese scientists, does not reach a definitive conclusion on one origin but called it ‘a likely to very likely pathway’ that the virus started in bats or another animal, then jumped to another animal before going to humans.”
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
I pick you! And you! And you and you and you!:
Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Harper Neidig, “President BidenJoe BidenUS lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE on Tuesday announced his first slate of federal judicial nominees, a diverse group that includes Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as a nominee for the powerful U.S. appeals court in Washington.” https://bit.ly/2QUWjjv
What to know: “Biden’s first group of 11 judicial nominees include several women and people of color.”
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!:
Via Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney, “Americans outraged by the storming of Capitol Hill are in for a jarring reality check: Many of those who invaded the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 are likely to get little or no jail time.” https://politi.co/3w96Fw6
Why: “While public and media attention in recent weeks has been focused on high-profile conspiracy cases against right-wing, paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, the most urgent decisions for prosecutors involve resolving scores of lower-level cases that have clogged D.C.’s federal district court.”
The numbers so far: “A POLITICO analysis of the Capitol riot-related cases shows that almost a quarter of the more than 230 defendants formally and publicly charged so far face only misdemeanors. Dozens of those arrested are awaiting formal charges, even as new cases are being unsealed nearly every day.
The full story: https://politi.co/3w96Fw6
MEANWHILE — DEMOCRATS ARE SEIZING ON VOTING RIGHTS TO ENERGIZE THEIR BASE:
Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley and Brett Samuels: https://bit.ly/3m3d2fX
DEMS WRESTLE OVER TAX HIKES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: https://bit.ly/3cCB7qR
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Read the room, COVID!:
“New coronavirus cases in the United States have surged by double digits over the last seven days, as the country prepares for another potentially deadly wave of infections and hospitalizations in the coming weeks.” https://bit.ly/3frCri4
Tidbit — this tweet has more than 44k likes already:
^ Does anyone else remember this catchy Foxwoods commercial??: Here’s the throwback video: https://bit.ly/39s7F4K
Anyway, via CNN’s Ali Zaslav, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Five victories Democrats can be thankful for Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise MORE (R-Ky.) is asking “all Republican men” to get the COVID-19 vaccine. https://cnn.it/3u5ROR9
Why specifically Republican men?: Because polling shows that Republican men are the most skeptical of the shot.
In McConnell’s words: "I can say as a Republican man, as soon as it was my turn, I took the vaccine. I would encourage all Republican men to do that.”
McConnell also said: There’s "no good argument not to get the vaccination. I would encourage all men regardless of party affiliation to get the vaccination.”
NEW— 68 PERCENT ARE SATISFIED WITH THE VACCINE ROLLOUT:
According to a new Gallup poll: https://bit.ly/3rBoZdZ
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 30,335,188
U.S. death toll: 550,121
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 146 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.76 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
A new URL in town:
Former President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE and former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpRNC pushes back against call for chair's resignation over LGBT outreach Trump Tower bar selling presidential cocktail with side of Diet Coke, beef sliders Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' MORE have launched a website for supporters. The website has been pegged as "the official website of the 45th President of the United States.” https://bit.ly/2PkY0pF
What a beautiful place for a walk:
Ahhh, good content. Good content.:
The House and Senate are out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.
WHAT TO WATCH:
Today: Day 2 of the murder trial against Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd. Livestream: https://bit.ly/2Pmcd5V
12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiRussian military buildup puts Washington on edge White House looks to rein in gas prices ahead of busy travel season Biden: Guilty verdicts in Arbery case 'not enough' MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3wf4OFZ
2 p.m. EDT: President Biden signs the PPP Extension Act of 2021 into law. Vice President Harris and Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman attend. Livestream: https://bit.ly/39naqEv
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Hot Chicken Day.
Via Popville, Washington, D.C.’s new Cheesecake Factory is open for business! Details: https://bit.ly/2QRVTu7
Photos of the outdoor seating set up today: https://bit.ly/2O7u2VN
And because you made it this far, here’s a mama bear trying to wrangle her cubs.
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