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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: Biden 'praying' Chauvin is convicted | Walter Mondale dies | Remembrances pour in | Mondale sent farewell to staff over the weekend | Republicans’ new strategy to derail Biden’s infrastructure plan | White House backs DC statehood bill | Bush on current GOP: ‘It’s not exactly my vision’ | Conn. lifts all business restrictions | Michelin Guide adds 6 new D.C. restaurants to Bib Gourmand list



Everyone is preparing for a Derek Chauvin verdict:

The Biden administration is working with state and local officials to prepare for the highly anticipated verdict of Derek Chauvin in the trial of George Floyd’s death. https://bit.ly/3suu5ZX 

When to expect a verdict: The prosecution rested its case yesterday, so a verdict could come as early as this week.  

From 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: “Of course, our objective is to ensure there is a space for peaceful protest, that we continue to convey that while this country has gone through an extensive period, especially the black community, of pain, trauma and exhaustion as we have watched not just the trial but of course additional violence against their community over the past several weeks, it’s important to acknowledge that and elevate that at every opportunity we have.”

Will Biden say anything?: Psaki suggested that 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 will address the case after a verdict is reached.


President Biden just said he is “praying” for Derek Chauvin to be convicted in the death of George Floydhttps://bit.ly/3tEvYEO 

In Biden's words: “I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict,” Biden just told reporters in the Oval Office. “I think it’s overwhelming in my view.”


The troops are approved if needed until May 9. https://bit.ly/32xCqS6

Adding to the tension:

Over the weekend, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersJuan Williams: Tim Scott should become a Democrat The Hill's Morning Report - Biden address to Congress will dominate busy week Maxine Waters: Judge in Chauvin trial who criticized her was 'angry' MORE (D-Calif.) told reporters: "We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business." Details and video from Fox Newshttps://fxn.ws/3szWdL1 

That didn’t go over so well: Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse fails to pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE (R-Calif.) accused Waters of “including violence” and is threatening to act “if Speaker Pelosi doesn’t.” https://bit.ly/2QHrxdK 

Waters ripped Republicans who criticized her comments: "This is who they are and this is how they act. And I’m not going to be bullied by them.” More from Watershttps://bit.ly/3syxffb

^ The judge in the trial even got involved:

The judge in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin criticized Waters for her comments about the trial. https://n.pr/2P5Ca9L

From Judge Peter Cahill: "I'm aware that Congresswoman Waters was talking specifically about this trial, and about the unacceptability of anything less than a murder conviction, and talk about being 'confrontational.’ … [I wish] elected officials would stop talking about this case.”  

Yes, but: The judge rejected a motion from Chauvin’s defense team to declare this a mistrial. Why: The jury has been told not to watch the news.

It’s Tuesday. 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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Rest in peace, Fritz:

Former Vice President Walter Mondale died on Monday at the age of 93. https://bit.ly/32wjK4Y 

How he died: Of natural cases, according to a spokesperson for the family. 

Read his obituary in The New York Timeshttps://nyti.ms/3n4epeT 

Here is farewell letter Mondale sent to staff on Saturday afternoon


Walter Mondale's goodbye letter


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2QKbig4


From former President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterWeird photo of Carters with Bidens creates major online buzz Feehery: Biden seems intent on repeating the same mistakes of Jimmy Carter Never underestimate Joe Biden MORE: “He was an invaluable partner and an able servant of the people of Minnesota, the United States, and the world. Fritz Mondale provided us all with a model for public service and private behavior.” More from The New York Timeshttps://nyti.ms/3gp2Ey9

From President Biden: “It’s with great sadness that Jill and I learned of the passing of Vice President Walter Mondale, but great gratitude that we were able to call one of our nation’s most dedicated patriots and public servants a dear friend and mentor.” https://bit.ly/3egImEv

From former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden expected to tap Rahm Emanuel for Japan ambassador Baltimore businessman enters Maryland governor race Press: Let us now praise Liz Cheney MORE: “Walter Mondale championed progressive causes and changed the role of VP—so leaders like [President Biden] could be the last ones in the room when decisions were made. In selecting Geraldine Ferraro, he also paved the way for [Vice President Harris] to make history. Michelle and I send prayers to his family.” https://bit.ly/3v2zI36

From Sen. 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): “It’s hard to find a picture of Fritz Mondale where he isn’t smiling. A cheerful and good soul who will surely be welcomed by a loving God.” https://bit.ly/2QbpyP0 

From former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump endorses Glenn Youngkin in Virginia governors race Never underestimate Joe Biden Joe Biden demonstrates public health approach will solve America's ills MORE: “Walter Mondale believed in the power of government to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and proved it at every stage of his remarkable career—with deep policy knowledge, a tireless work ethic, and uncommon decency. Hillary and I loved him and will miss him very much.” https://bit.ly/3sALRug 

From the George & Barbara Bush Foundation: “Walter Mondale set the standard for Vice Presidents in the modern age, and President George H. W. Bush was proud to call him a friend. RIP Mr. Vice President.” Photohttps://bit.ly/3swL2CR 

Read the Mondale family’s statement on his passinghttps://bit.ly/3xaJdPK


Add the ‘Joe backs’ stamp of approval to the bill:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “The White House on Tuesday formally declared its support for a House bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C., saying it would provide the residents of the District with ‘long overdue full representation in Congress.’" https://bit.ly/3v6qF0Y


Myers told viewers, “President Biden over the weekend attended the confirmation of his grandson. But then Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Republican governor of Arkansas says 'Trump is dividing our party' MORE said it’s too close to an election and put all confirmations on hold.” https://bit.ly/3emLwGR


You may open:



Connecticut is lifting all COVID-19 business restrictions on May 19. https://bit.ly/3tyXvaE

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said in a press release: “Contingent upon sufficiently low rates of infections and increasing vaccination rates, all remaining business restrictions will be lifted.”  

Details of what can open and whenhttps://bit.ly/3n5keZp


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 31,741,301 

U.S. death toll: 567,759

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 212 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 3.13 million doses 

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

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


Spotted: A folder that reads, ‘Top secret plan to take down infrastructure’:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republicans say President Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure package will have a tough time getting through the Senate intact because of several key provisions that will open the legislation up to parliamentary challenges under the arcane Byrd Rule.” https://bit.ly/2Q9lnTR 

What Republicans plan to do: “GOP lawmakers plan to raise numerous procedural objections to the eventual bill, arguing that various elements violate the special budgetary rules Democrats plan to use to pass the measure in the 50-50 Senate with a simple-majority vote.” 

For context — why this is important: The Hill’s Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Key Democrat says traveler fees should fund infrastructure projects Trump legal switch hints at larger problems MORE tweeted, “This story reveals the parties are preparing for a partisan showdown amid the bipartisan chatter that is unlikely to go anywhere.” https://bit.ly/3dyzfj4


Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcoshttps://bit.ly/3tAAEvj 

Tidbit — how former President George W. Bush describes the GOP these days:


George W. Bush says GOP put him 'out to pasture'


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3suB2Kx



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NYT headline from February 2020 says coronavirus 'could be bad'


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

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

11:15 a.m. EDTPresident Biden and Vice President Harris met with leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

Noon: A cloture vote in the Senate.  

12:30 – 2:15 p.m. EDT: Weekly caucus meetings in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/32v4dm1 

3:30 – 5 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3v5vDv3


12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3x9a7HE 

You’re invited — 1:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Policy Prescriptions for Cost & Coverage.” Details and livestream: https://bit.ly/32v896f

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden participates in a virtual tour of the Proterra electric battery facility. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3v2SzLo

3:25 p.m. EDTPresident Biden delivers remarks on his infrastructure plan. Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2zl0CZY

6 p.m. EDT: CNN’s Dana BashDana BashJenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' Caitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Caitlyn Jenner says she favors path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants MORE interviews Vice President Harris on her first 100 days in office. https://bit.ly/3v3JYYT


Today is National Cheddar Fries Day!

A new dino development:

Via The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin, “Tyrannosaurs probably hunted in packs, scientists announced Monday after analyzing fossils unearthed in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a conclusion challenging long-held assumptions that the iconic dinosaurs were solitary predators.” The full storyhttps://wapo.st/3n5mY8V

The hottest restaurants in town:

Via DCist’s Lori McCue and Colleen Grablick, “After the hardest year on record for food businesses, the Michelin Guide is rolling back into town to bestow its coveted stars on local restaurants. Up first: The Bib Gourmand list, which highlights less expensive spots.” https://bit.ly/3aIwDxB 

The six new D.C. spots to make the listhttps://bit.ly/3aIwDxB

And to brighten your Tuesday, here’s a crocodile having a fun day at the water park: https://bit.ly/3eg5Klw