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Step right up. Come one, come all, get ’em while they’re cold!: 

All American adults are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting today! https://nyti.ms/3x2XLRr 

Vaccine pace: “The United States is administering an average of 3.2 million doses a day, up from roughly 2.5 million a month before.”

How many people have been vaccinated: “More than 131 million people, or half of all American adults, had received at least one shot as of Sunday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 84.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.”  

Didn’t most states already open eligibility to all adults before today?: Yes, a lot of states have already opened eligibility. 

The states that expanded eligibility today: “Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont were the last states to expand eligibility, opening vaccinations to all adults on Monday.”  

The latest with the vaccine rollout, via The New York Times’s Emily Anthes and Madeleine Ngohttps://nyti.ms/3x2XLRr


Via Reuters’s Karolina Tagaris, “Greece will formally open on May 14 but starting Monday, tourists from the European Union, the United States, Britain, Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will not quarantine if they are vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.” https://reut.rs/3ed2aZe

Happy Monday! 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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How cool?!:

Via The Washington Post’s Christian Davenport, “NASA successfully flew its four-pound helicopter from the surface of Mars early Monday, the first powered flight of an aircraft on another planet, a feat NASA officials compared to the Wright brothers first flight in 1903.” https://wapo.st/32ovl6e

^ Including a cool Reuters photo of the helicopter’s shadow on Marshttps://wapo.st/32ovl6e

I know I keep saying this, but HOW COOL?


NASA rover on Mars




Another one bites the dust:

Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) announced today that he is retiring in May. Yes, this May. https://bit.ly/3tBVomk

Why: To serve as president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

What the know about Stivers: “Stivers, who chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) during the first two years of former President Donald Trump’s tenure in the White House, has represented Ohio’s 15th District, which includes parts of Columbus, since 2011.” 

Why his retirement threw the Senate race into the air: “Stivers’s decision to leave public office shakes up the state’s closely watched Senate race. The six-term congressman was seen as a potential hopeful for the GOP nomination for Portman’s seat and would have entered the contest as a top-tier candidate.”


Happening today — there is nothing elected officials enjoy more than holding a bipartisan meeting:

President BidenJoe BidenKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' US officials testify on domestic terrorism in wake of Capitol attack MORE is meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers today to discuss his $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan. https://bit.ly/3n0YYE1 

Which lawmakers are attending: Sens. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperLobbying world DNC taps veteran campaign hands for communications staff Harris casts tiebreaking vote to advance Biden nominee MORE (D-Colo.), John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenGOP sees immigration as path to regain power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax MORE (R-N.D.), Angus KingAngus KingSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE (I-Maine), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Top female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE (R-Utah) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenCongress may force Biden to stop Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline Kabul attack spurs fears over fate of Afghan women as US exits Bowser on Manchin's DC statehood stance: He's 'not right' MORE (D-N.H.) and Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristDeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor MORE (D-Fla.), Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Norma TorresNorma Judith TorresHouse Democrats call for paid legal representation in immigration court Immigration and border initiatives test political alliances The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines MORE (D-Calif.).

^What do all those lawmakers have in common?: I’ll wait … … … OK, they are all former governors or mayors!

Tidbit — how the press got home last night:


White House press corps returns


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3n0T1ae 

And here’s video of Vice President Harris leaving for North Carolina todayhttps://bit.ly/3tyIqFM


D.C. statehood: The House will vote on legislation that would make Washington, D.C., a state. But don’t take that too seriously: “The House previously passed the bill last year, but it went nowhere in the GOP-controlled Senate. Even with Democrats now in control of both chambers, D.C. statehood faces an uphill, unlikely, climb to actually passing Congress.” 

Afghanistan: “The Senate will get briefed this week on Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 — the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” Keep in mind: It’s a historic step ending the country’s longest war but has sparked bipartisan criticism over whether it’s too soon. 

A bill to address hate crimes: “The Senate is still trying to work out a deal on amendments to an anti-Asian hate crimes bill sponsored by Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoBiden-McConnell cold war unlikely to end at White House If you want Julie Su at the DOL, don't point to her resume Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap MORE (D-Hawaii).”

And obviously more nominations: “The Senate will hold an initial vote on Lisa Monaco’s nomination to be deputy attorney general on Monday evening … [Then,] they’ll vote on the re-appointment of Gary Gensler to the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/2RDAPrs


Know of any New Yorkers who haven’t been vaccinated?:

New York City Councilman Mark Levine tweeted, “American Museum of Natural History is becoming a vaccine site. You can get vaccinated right under the giant whale (really).” https://bit.ly/3dtVnew 

My favorite reaction: @Darth tweeted, “i am not saying every vaccine site should have a giant blue whale swimming above it but i am not not saying every vaccine site should have a giant blue whale swimming above it” https://bit.ly/3dugeyd 

Well said.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 31,671,592 

U.S. death toll: 567,233 

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 209 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 3.19 million doses 

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

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



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We can always be presidential campaign mode if we try hard enough:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong, “The road to the 2024 GOP presidential nomination appears to have a new stop along the way: an influential group of House conservatives.” https://bit.ly/3dAxRNf 

Who is out and about: “Sen. 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 (R-Ark.) has addressed the Republican Study Committee (RSC) about the surge of migrants at the border. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as White House continues to push vaccination effort NJ governor's approval rating slips to 57 percent: poll Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE (R) told the conservative group last week they need to get tougher on President Biden and that former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE was to blame for losing the White House and Senate. Former Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoPompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Dozens of scientists call for deeper investigation into origins of COVID-19, including the lab theory MORE will join the RSC this week at a news conference on Iran. And Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceCruz outspending other senators on Facebook ads: report Trump spokesman says defeating Cheney a top priority GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories MORE, Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyPollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates Will DeSantis, Rubio and Scott torch each other to vault from Florida to the White House? MORE, Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemGovernment indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong Montana governor approves restrictions on transgender athletes in schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney MORE and Marco Rubio are expected to meet with the group in the coming weeks and months.

Why that’s important: “The early face time with rank-and-file conservatives allows these possible candidates to test out their campaign messaging and policies while cultivating relationships that could lead to valuable political endorsements and fundraising connections down the road.”  

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


HAHA, this is good content — and former Sen. Ayotte’s reaction is priceless:


Five years ago a horse-related bill was passed



But this is so much work!:


Good morning run


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The House and Senate are in today. President Biden is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris is in North Carolina today. 

9:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris traveled to North Carolina. 

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

Noon: The House meets.

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to discuss the infrastructure plan.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris tours Thomas Built Buses, an electric school bus manufacturer.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris returns to Washington, D.C. 

5:30 p.m. EDT: At least one roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3glfCgr 

6:30-8 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3v4NCls

You’re invited — Tuesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Policy Prescriptions for Cost & Coverage.” Details and how to RSVPhttps://bit.ly/32uvqoN 


10 a.m. EDT: Closing arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3tyIqFM 

10:30 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID-19 response team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3x9RxPo 

11:50 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivered remarks on infrastructure. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3ghemuK 

12:15 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBlinken speaks with Israeli counterpart amid escalating conflict Hillicon Valley: Feds eye more oversight of pipelines after Colonial attack | White House monitoring fuel shortages | Democrats urge Facebook to reverse WhatsApp update | Biden announces deal with Uber, Lyft for free vaccine rides Biden sent letter to Palestinian president over 'current situations' MORE is holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3gnmkm3


Today is National Garlic Day.

Ahh hahahahaha:


The struggle of teaching



And to make you smile, here’s a dog and a cat who adore each other: https://bit.ly/2QvP01a