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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Prince Philip dies | Remember the Duke of Edinburgh | BBC cuts into programming for announcement | Buckingham Palace hangs framed announcement | Biden unveils $1.5T budget, includes major hikes in social programs | Creates commission on whether to expand Supreme Court | Trump speaks at GOP donors retreat |Trump’s message big unknown |  J&J vaccine doses expected to drop by 85 percent next week | DC will open vaccine eligibility a week earlier



Rest in peace, Prince Philip:

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband to Queen Elizabeth II, died this morning at the age of 99. https://cnn.it/3uFN9Wi

Philip died just two months shy of his 100th birthday: He was born on June 10, 1921.

Here is the official announcement from the Palacehttps://bit.ly/3dILJni 


The framed announcement was hung on the Buckingham Palace fence


Buckingham Palace announcement of Prince Philip's death


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3uIckI9

^ Video of that plaque being carried out and hunghttps://bit.ly/39XRHzB 

A few great photos of the Duke of Edinburghhttps://bit.ly/3uBtFCu 

This video really captures him well: ABC News published a 3-minute video tribute to Prince Philip’s life. Watch: https://bit.ly/3g47Qam

Prince Philip spoke at the National Press Club in 1990: Here’s video of his remarks, via C-SPAN’s Howard Mortmanhttps://bit.ly/3wGHCRc 


BBC announces Prince Philip's death



^And: “Here is how the BBC News Channel announced the Duke of Edinburgh’s death a couple of minutes earlier.” Watchhttps://bit.ly/3g9AG9J 

The Westminster Abbey flag is at half-mast: It looks like a beautiful day. Here’s a photo: https://bit.ly/3wJgiSj

From British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “We give thanks, as a nation and a kingdom, for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.” Video of Johnson’s remarks, via NBC’s ‘Today’https://bit.ly/2RhRyAt 


Via The New York Times’s Elian Peltier, “Prince Philip will lie in rest at Windsor Castle before a funeral in St. George’s Chapel.” https://nyti.ms/2RlE2vQ

“The palace said that a full outline would likely be released on Saturday, but details began to emerge on Friday. The ceremony will not be a state funeral and will not be preceded by a lying-in-state, according to a statement from the College of Arms.” https://nyti.ms/2RlE2vQ

Hasn’t his funeral been planned?: “CNN understands that plans for royal funerals have been in place for many years, but the ceremonial elements have had to be altered due to current COVID restrictions in the UK.” What we know, via CNNhttps://cnn.it/3uFN9Wi

It’s a quiet, recess Friday in Washington. 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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Bam, here’s my budget. Whatcha think, everyone?:



Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “President BidenJoe BidenAtlanta mayor won't run for reelection South Carolina governor to end pandemic unemployment benefits in June Airplane pollution set to soar with post-pandemic travel boom MORE on Friday proposed a $1.5 trillion annual budget for 2022 fiscal year, $118 billion higher than the regular 2020 appropriations, featuring a significant 16 percent boost in non-defense spending.” https://bit.ly/3uC94xH

Non-defense spending: “The $769 billion non-defense budget, which covers government departments such as Transportation, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Education, is a $105.7 billion increase from the current level.” 

What about defense spending?: “Defense spending, which some budget watchers expected to stay flat in the proposal, would increase by $12.3 billion, or 1.7 percent, to $753 billion.” 

Keep in mind about Biden’s budget request (!), via Bloomberg’s Roxana Tiron and Anthony Capaccio: “The request is only the start of what is sure to be a vigorous debate in Congress over how much to spend on defense, and how to spend it.”

To keep the Supreme Court the same size or to make it bigger — that *is* the question:

Via The New York Times’s Michael D. Shear and Carl Hulse, “President Biden on Friday will order a 180-day study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, making good on a campaign-year promise to establish a bipartisan commission to examine the potentially explosive subjects of expanding the court or setting term limits for justices, White House officials said.”  

The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3uG8IGf


Happening this weekend — a meeting of the minds:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is hosting its spring donor retreat for Republican leaders and fundraisers this weekend. https://bit.ly/2QdhGfb

Where: At the Four Seasons in Palm Beach, Fla., with portions of the program at former President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE’s Mar-a-Lago club on Saturday. 

Is Trump speaking?: Yes!


  1. What does Trump have to say?: “What his message will be is one of the biggest unknowns among the GOP’s donor class.”
  2. How do the 2024 prospects navigate the event?:“The donor retreat is expected to draw a handful of potential 2024 hopefuls, including former Secretary of State MikePompeo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida's new voting law immediately hit with lawsuits The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Florida's restrictive voting bill signed into law Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee MORE, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Noem takes pledge to restore 'patriotic education' in schools Kansas GOP fails to override governor veto of transgender sports ban MORE and Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rick Scott (Fla.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Opposition to refugees echoes one of America's most shameful moments White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union MORE (Ark.).”
  3. Will simmering tensions finally spill over?:“The GOP has struggled to find its footing since the end of Trump’s presidency.”
  4. Does Trump meet with resistance from major donors?: “The most pressing issue for many GOP donors is the 2022 midterms, when Republicans will have a chance to recapture their lost majorities in the House and Senate.”
  5. Will it do anything to unify the party?:“Despite the tensions within the GOP, there’s little desire among Republicans for a drawn-out fight over the party’s ideals and direction.”


Context and details for each from The Hill’s Max Greenwoodhttps://bit.ly/2QdhGfb

What does the coveted Donald Trump endorsement mean in 2022?:

Via The Hill’s Julia Manchester, “Former President Trump’s endorsements pose a test for him ahead of 2022 as he looks to flex his political muscle after leaving office.” https://bit.ly/3fT6SOl

Who Trump has endorsed so far: “Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksRepublicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates Conservative House members call on Senate to oppose ATF nominee MORE (R-Ala.) in his Senate bid, former White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersAndrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event Trump likely to form new super PAC MORE Sanders, in her Arkansas race, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — who has yet to formally announce whether he is running for reelection — as well as Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Sherrod Brown calls Rand Paul 'kind of a lunatic' for not wearing mask Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE (R-Ky.).” 

Why the endorsements are tricky: “[Trump’s] endorsements could prove risky as he looks to cement his hold on a party that has splintered into competing factions ahead of the midterms.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3fT6SOl


Expect a big drop in J&J doses next week:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, The number of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses is expected to drop by around 85 percent (!) next week compared to this week. https://bit.ly/3t40vLX

Comparing the numbers: 4.9 million doses went out this week, 700,000 will go out next week.

Why?? — production issues: “Johnson & Johnson has had uneven manufacturing of its single-dose vaccine for weeks, and problems mounted at the end of March when an error at a plant in Baltimore had ruined up to 15 million doses, The New York Times reported.”  

Why you shouldn’t panic: “Johnson & Johnson has been a relatively small part of the U.S. vaccination campaign, and Pfizer and Moderna doses are holding steady. About 90 million Pfizer doses have been administered, and about 80 million Moderna doses, compared to about 5 million Johnson & Johnson doses, according to CDC data.”

DC moved eligibility up by another week!:

Via Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon, “The DC Department of Health says it has enough Covid-vaccine appointments available to begin offering them to all residents 16 and older next week. That’s a full week earlier than it planned to open eligibility.” What to knowhttps://bit.ly/322yU1z


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 31,006,952 

U.S. death toll: 560,152 

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 175 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 3.04 million doses 

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

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



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A congressman kept his Venmo public, you say?:

Via The Daily Beast’s Jose Pagliery and Roger Sollenberger, “In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLiz Cheney: A profile in courage Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 GOP frustration with Liz Cheney 'at a boiling point' MORE sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900. The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money. In total, the transactions amounted to $900.” https://bit.ly/3fWbZND

“The memo field for the first of Gaetz’s transactions to Greenberg was titled ‘Test.’ In the second, the Florida GOP congressman wrote ‘hit up ___.’ But instead of a blank, Gaetz wrote a nickname for one of the recipients. (The Daily Beast is not sharing that nickname because the teenager had only turned 18 less than six months before.) When Greenberg then made his Venmo payments to these three young women, he described the money as being for ‘Tuition,’ ‘School,’ and ‘School.’” 

The full story, including what that could mean for Gaetzhttps://bit.ly/3fWbZND


A recess Friday in a pandemic — but this is even quieter than I would have expected:


Empty roads in D.C.



Lol, well played:

This tweet has more than 257k likes so far. 


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Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3wBzOQV


The House and Senate are out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

9:50 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a weekly economic briefing.


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

11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/321EWje 

12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBriahna Joy Gray: Biden campaign promises will struggle if Republicans win back Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump moves to his own blog as Facebook ban remains in place Biden on Cheney drama: 'I don't understand the Republicans' MORE and Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans Biden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak MORE hold a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3mzWOLe


Today is National Chinese Almond Cookie Day.

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here is QUITE the belly: https://bit.ly/3d60ykS