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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: CDC says fully vaccinated can gather indoors, unmasked for Easter | Says vaccinated people can safely travel | U.S. economy adds a whopping 916k jobs in March | Biden touts jobs created | Biden to host Japanese prime minister on April 16 | Buttigieg bikes to White House Cabinet meeting | At least 99.6M Americans have received vaccine | Republicans don’t think Biden actually wants to work with them | National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Okaaaaaaay!:

The U.S. economy added an impressive 916,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent. https://bit.ly/3cJChR8

For context: Economists had predicted a gain of 675,000 jobs in March (!) 

To return to pre-COVID levels: “The the U.S. is still 8.4 million jobs short of pre-pandemic levels, and millions more have left the workforce without a clear path to return.”

REACTIONS:

President BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE held a press conference late this morning: "The first two months of our administration, I've seen more new jobs created than the first two months of any administration in history.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/3dsyPtw 

Livestream of Biden’s full remarks on the jobs reporthttps://bit.ly/3dwWB7w 

From Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.): “If the American Rescue Plan could lead to these numbers, imagine what the even bigger, bolder American Jobs Plan will do for our recovery. Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas.” https://bit.ly/3wkrtkk

It’s Friday — happy almost Easter! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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BREAKING

It’s the resurrection of our social lives!:

Via CNN’s Dakin Andone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just tweeted that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors and unmasked for Easter. https://cnn.it/3wofRwE

 

CDC travel restrictions

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/39zWaYU

‘Get a vax and you can be a little more lax!’ — CDC, I’m giving you a free tagline idea:

The CDC just issued new guidance that fully vaccinated people can safely travel. https://bit.ly/2R20cTJ

What to know: “The agency further said fully vaccinated people do not need to get tested before or after unless the destination requires it. People should still wear a mask while they travel, though, the agency said.” 

What about unvaccinated people?: They’re still urged not to travel. 

Read the CDC’s guidancehttps://bit.ly/3fOqK5l

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

This looks like a Suburban ad:

 

Line of black SUVs at Cabinet meeting

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2PwKGyy

This is so on brand:

 

Buttigieg bikes to meeting

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3dwBT7M

More from that meetinghttps://nbcnews.to/3wnCQIo

HAPPENING ON APRIL 16:

President Biden is hosting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House. https://bit.ly/3sOEBvO

IN CONGRESS

It’s like running interference with a couple with significant communication issues:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton and Morgan Chalfant, Republicans don’t think that President Biden really wants to work with them. https://bit.ly/3dxbIxO

Why Republicans feel that way: “The $2.25 trillion plan unveiled this week by Biden takes direct aim at former President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE’s signature economic achievement by raising the corporate tax rate that Republicans lowered in their 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act … Every single Republican who was in the Senate in 2017 voted for Trump’s tax plan, including the GOP lawmakers who are viewed as potentially working with Biden on infrastructure.” Which senatorshttps://bit.ly/3dxbIxO

‘WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IN BIDEN’S INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN’:

Via Politico’s Sam Mintzhttps://politi.co/3dy56zv

Classy…:

Via CNN’s Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox and Ryan Nobles, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz, Greene and Gohmert turned away from jail to visit Jan. 6 defendants House GOP stages mask mandate protest House at war over Jan. 6 inquiry, mask mandate MORE (R-Fla.), who is being investigated for sex trafficking violations, “allegedly showed off to other lawmakers photos and videos of nude women he said he had slept with, the sources told CNN, including while on the House floor. The sources, including two people directly shown the material, said Gaetz displayed the images of women on his phone and talked about having sex with them. One of the videos showed a naked woman with a hula hoop, according to one source.” https://cnn.it/3dxMiQV 

Keep in mind though: “There's no indication these pictures are connected to the DOJ investigation.”  

The full storyhttps://cnn.it/3dxMiQV

PLUS — ‘JUSTICE DEPT. INQUIRY INTO MATT GAETZ SAID TO BE FOCUSED ON CASH PAID TO WOMEN:

Via The New York Times’s Katie Benner and Michael S. Schmidt, “The congressman and a former official in Florida sent money to the women using cash apps, receipts showed.” The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3dz3Agy

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Let’s go, team!:

At least 99.6 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Washington Post. A stat to know: “This includes more than 52.7 million people who have been fully vaccinated.” https://wapo.st/39EyGlI

Fill ‘em up — and be generous with the pours:

Via Politico’s David Lim, “The Food and Drug Administration said late Thursday that Moderna can put up to 50 percent more doses of vaccine in each vial, a change that will likely allow the company to speed up the pace of its shipments.” https://politi.co/3wmb3be

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 30,543,545 

U.S. death toll: 553,214 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 154 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.90 million doses 

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

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

INTERESTING READ

Vaccine passports could possibly be the biggest campaign issue of 2022:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Partisan battle lines are being drawn around coronavirus vaccine passports in what could become one of the defining issues of the 2022 midterm elections.” https://bit.ly/3rQwJJe 

How so: “A growing number of the Republican Party’s most conservative members have seized on the passport proposals and expected guidance from the White House, blasting them as an example of government overreach that would isolate Americans who choose not to get vaccinated and violate the privacy of those who do.” 

That could backfire, though: “But that strategy carries some risks for the GOP, potentially giving Democrats a platform to tout their response to the coronavirus outbreak while simultaneously forcing Republicans to navigate the politics of the pandemic well into 2022.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3rQwJJe

GET FULLY VACCINATED BEFORE RESUMING NORMAL ACTIVITIES, HEALTH EXPERTS PLEAD WITH AMERICANS:

Via CNN’s Madeline Holcombehttps://cnn.it/2PVxfZa

NOTABLE TWEETS:

What an awesome photo:

 

Nursing home resident gets surprise visit

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3cLqjXk

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Biden is on his way to Camp David. Vice President Harris is in California. 

Vice President Harris has no public events on her schedule.

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

Noon: President Biden left for Camp David.

WHAT TO WATCH:

10 a.m. EDT: Day 5 of the trial against Derek ChauvinLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mcPPb0

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks on the March jobs report. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mlwsN5 

11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3sKBVzB

12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Biden asks Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration | Economic growth rose to 6.5 percent annual rate in second quarter Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction ban with days until expiration Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE and Labor Secretary Marty WalshMarty WalshPoultry plant fined M over 'entirely avoidable' deaths of six workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team MORE hold a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2PmARn4

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Tomorrow is National Chocolate Mousse Day and Sunday is National Cordon Bleu Day.

And to get you excited for Easter, here’s a bunny looking for love and attention: 

 

Bunny hop

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3uhpUSA