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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court drops several unanimous rulings | MLB Opening Day | Trump is back in political fray | Fox News has no plans to hire Gaetz | Day 4 of Derek Chauvin trial | UNC’s Roy Williams retires | Sabra recalls hummus over salmonella risk | Daybook job listing for White House dog trainer



The Supreme Court’s dropping unanimous rulings this morning like Taylor Swift’s been dropping albums this past year: 

On Facebook’s alert system: Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Thursday sided unanimously with Facebook, ruling that a notification system the social media giant employs to alert users to suspicious logins does not run afoul of a federal law aimed at curbing robocalls and automated text messages.”

On media outlets: Via Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr, “The U.S. Supreme Court let the Federal Communications Commission ease limits on the ownership of local media outlets, siding with the broadcast industry and former President Donald Trump’s administration in a long-running fight.”

On a Georgia-Florida water dispute: “The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with the state of Georgia in its decades-long water dispute with Florida, a devastating blow to the Sunshine State’s attempt to buoy its struggling oyster industry.”

Four people, including a child, were killed in California:

Via CNN, “Four people, including a child, were killed in a mass shooting at an office complex in Orange, California, on Wednesday, a police official said. A fifth victim was wounded and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.” 

What we know: “Police responded to a call of shots fired around 5:30 p.m. and encountered gunshots when they arrived on the scene ... Officers engaged the suspect and ‘an officer-involved shooting did occur,’ … The suspect was transported to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound.” 

The full story

UNC’s Roy Williams is retiring:


Roy Williams retires



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Biden’s infrastructure plan could reshape U.S. capitalism…:

Via The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Brett Samuels and Amie Parnes, “The White House is pushing an infrastructure bill that could reshape the discussion around capitalism as it seems to reestablish the federal government as a primary driver of how the economy should grow and function.”

Keep in mind: “In addition to traditional infrastructure projects, Biden’s $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan would make government investments in broadband, electric vehicles, climate change, elderly care, child benefits, housing and developing future technologies. It would redefine classic infrastructure projects to include investments in workers and families paid for by tax hikes on corporations.”

Why this is important to mention: “The ambitious proposal effectively transforms the relationship between the government and the private sector, making radical changes to key sectors of the economy that could be felt for years down the road.”

How this could play out

Turns out, tax hikes aren’t super popular:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano, “President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE is facing his first big test with the business community after industry leaders made clear Wednesday they will not support an infrastructure package financed in part through a corporate tax hike.”

What Biden’s plan would do for taxes: “Biden’s proposal would increase the corporate tax rate to 28 percent and establish a minimum global tax. The 2017 GOP tax law lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.” 

The Biden administration’s plan: “The White House has said it will work with congressional Republicans and Democrats in hopes of finding common ground for financing the infrastructure package. But GOP lawmakers are highly unlikely to support any new taxes or tax increases.”


Friends are few and far between for Matt Gaetz right now:

Via The Hill’s Juliegrace Brufke and Mike Lillis, “Few of [Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert turned away from jail to visit Jan. 6 defendants MORE’s (R-Fla.)] GOP colleagues are coming to the defense of the third-term Floridian following a New York Times report that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct with — and interstate trafficking of — a minor roughly two years ago. And a number of Republicans, while warning against jumping to premature conclusions about Gaetz’s conduct, also suggested they wouldn’t miss him if he were gone.”


Fox News has said that it has no interest in hiring Gaetz.





Via The New York Times’s Sharon LaFraniere and Noah Weiland, a manufacturing plant in Baltimore mixed up the ingredients for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, ruining up to 15 million doses.

Do we have to worry about current doses being tainted?: No. “The error does not affect any Johnson & Johnson doses that are currently being delivered and used nationwide, including the shipments that states are counting on next week. All those doses were produced in the Netherlands, where operations have been fully approved by federal regulators.”  

The full story and what it means for distribution


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 30,462,642 

U.S. death toll: 552,140 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 150 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.83 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:



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The best sign that spring is here!:

MLB returns today! 

Via ESPN, here’s a list of every matchup today and what to expect for each:

Just announced — Nats game postponed :(

The Washington Nationals-New York Mets game has reportedly been postponed after a Nationals player tested positive for COVID-19.

Tweet from ESPN’s Buster Olney: “The Mets-Nationals game tonight is being postponed, re COVID issues.”

If I were a duck, that’s exactly where my crew would chill, too:


Fenway Park



^By the way: The Boston Red Sox’s game against the Baltimore Orioles has been postponed due to rain.

Lol: The Hill’s Al Weaver tweeted, “Today begins my habit of watching 6 hours of baseball per day. S/o to my neighbors when i suddenly howl ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT WAS A STRIKE.. I apologize in advance.”


The gift that keeps on giving:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE is back in the political fray.”

How so: “He has issued broadsides against President Biden as well as Deborah BirxDeborah BirxFauci and Birx warned Scott Atlas was 'dangerous' Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Tulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization MORE and Anthony FauciAnthony FauciIsraeli president receives COVID-19 booster shot AstraZeneca CEO: 'Not clear yet' if boosters are needed St. Louis official says he was targeted with racist slurs over mask promotion MORE in the past few days. Trump’s original campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, is heading up a new super PAC at the former president’s behest.  And Trump is rumored to be setting up his own social media network, in part to circumvent the ban that Twitter has issued against him.”  

“But the bigger question hanging over it all is stark — what does Trump really want?”

Check your Sabra hummus — some of it has been recalled:

Sabra Dipping Company is recalling more than 2,000 cases of hummus because of the risk of salmonella. 

What hummus: “The recall is limited to 1 [stock-keeping unit] of 10 oz Classic Hummus produced on Friday, February 10, 2021 between the hours of 6:00 PM and 12:00 midnight with a ‘Best Before’ date of April 26.” 

Where those cases of hummus were delivered: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Read the FDA’s full announcement


Lol — this is a good April Fool’s prank:


Presidential dog trainer



Read the full listing

…men, Hallelujah!:


Raining on Air Force One




The House and Senate are out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Harris is flying to California this evening.

10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together.

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden holds a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room. 

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffBiden celebrates anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Bezos completes first all-civilian space trip, deboards in cowboy hat MORE travel to Los Angeles.


9:15 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris holds a virtual meeting to discussion the COVID-19 public education campaign. Livestream 

10 a.m. EDT: Day 4 of the Derek Chauvin trial. Livestream 

Noon: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: 'F--- 'em' MORE is holding a press briefing. Livestream 

2 p.m. EDT: State Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National Sourdough Bread Day.

I bet this tastes like spring:

Via Thrillist, Dairy Queen has added a bright orange Dreamsicle dipped cone. Photo and the other new menu items

And because this made me laugh, here is a dramatic celebrity reluctantly agreeing to take a photo with a fan: