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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.” https://bit.ly/31Fk01k

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.” https://bit.ly/3cGcZDC

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.” https://bit.ly/2PQEFwp

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.” https://cnn.it/3cGKtSf 

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 storyhttps://cnn.it/3cGKtSf

UNC’s Roy Williams is retiring:


Roy Williams retires


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2PirjJP

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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.” https://bit.ly/39uTsnC

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 outhttps://bit.ly/39uTsnC

Turns out, tax hikes aren’t super popular:

Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano, “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 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.” https://bit.ly/3fxtUKz

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) GaetzMatt Gaetz makes six-figure ad buy targeting CNN amid sex trafficking allegations Scalise: House would 'take action' against Gaetz if DOJ filed charges The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause 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.” https://bit.ly/3sGdFi0


Fox News has said that it has no interest in hiring Gaetz. https://bit.ly/39wDWaO





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. https://nyti.ms/3mbavQF

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 distributionhttps://nyti.ms/3mbavQF


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

U.S. death toll: 552,140 

Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


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: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH



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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: https://es.pn/39yQcri

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. https://bit.ly/3wgv9U9

Tweet from ESPN’s Buster Olney: “The Mets-Nationals game tonight is being postponed, re COVID issues.” https://bit.ly/2QYT8qX

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. https://atmlb.com/39xoHyz

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.” https://bit.ly/2Pqnt15


The gift that keeps on giving:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “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 is back in the political fray.” https://bit.ly/3cF8dpS

How so: “He has issued broadsides against President Biden as well as Deborah BirxDeborah BirxThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Supreme Court announces unanimous rulings The Memo: The mystery of post-presidency Trump Overnight Health Care: US joins 13 countries in raising 'concerns' with data in WHO team's virus report | COVID-19's fourth wave is hitting the US hard | American satisfaction with vaccine rollout surges to 68 percent: poll MORE and Anthony FauciAnthony FauciIowa governor touts receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine amid pause: 'I would do it again' Jill Biden to appear in 'Sesame Street' documentary Despite July 4 timeline, the US is a long way from herd immunity 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?”https://bit.ly/3cF8dpS

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. https://bit.ly/3ubsIR0 

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 announcementhttps://bit.ly/3webQLr


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


Presidential dog trainer


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3cEuggj 

Read the full listinghttps://bit.ly/3rPUgKl

…men, Hallelujah!:


Raining on Air Force One


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3rHJVjx


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 EmhoffHarris moves into official residence after delay Harris puts DC condo up for sale The Hill's Morning Report - Biden, McConnell agree on vaccines, clash over infrastructure 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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/39Q2VX1 

10 a.m. EDT: Day 4 of the Derek Chauvin trial. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sIifw9 

Noon: 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 is holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/39xomfb 

2 p.m. EDT: State Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3uqOv7B


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 itemshttps://bit.ly/31BOwJ8

And because this made me laugh, here is a dramatic celebrity reluctantly agreeing to take a photo with a fan: https://bit.ly/3sGZhpL