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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: DOJ expected to investigate Minneapolis police | Sights and sounds after Chauvin verdict | CBC huddled to watch | Watch Biden, Harris’s call to the Floyd family | Body-cam footage released in Columbus teen police shooting | Pelosi offers bipartisan 9/11-style commission for Jan. 6 attacks | ‘Free Joints for Vaxxed’



The DOJ would like to take a lil’ look: 

Via The Associated Press’s Michael Balsamo and Amy Forliti, “The Justice Department is opening a sweeping investigation into policing practices in Minneapolis after a former officer was convicted in the killing of George Floyd there, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday.” https://bit.ly/3sBbV8D 

What to expect: “The Justice Department is already investigating whether Chauvin and the other officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his civil rights … The investigation announced Wednesday is known as a ‘pattern or practice’ — examining whether there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing — and will be a more sweeping probe of the entire police department and may result in major changes to policing there.” 

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3sBbV8D


“Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, have released body-camera footage of a police shooting that left a teenage girl dead minutes before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced in Minneapolis on Tuesday.” The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3v76b8h 

Watch the footagehttps://nbcnews.to/2QkZfpw

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After just 10 hours of deliberations:

Via The Hill’s Marty Johnson and Brett Samuels, “Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges he faced for the murder of George Floyd, capping a trial that captivated the nation nearly a year after Floyd’s death set off a reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality.” https://bit.ly/3emfSZQ

Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts: second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder https://bit.ly/3vaOFAm


Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “It was clear to any fair-minded person that Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd on a Minneapolis street last May. For once, a jury agreed.” 

“Individual states, as well as the federal government, are grappling with how to address those problems — and are doing so in the face of opposition from police unions, as well as some conservative voters and politicians. But the Chauvin verdict showed, at least, that justice can be done in some cases. There can, after all, be police conduct egregious enough for prosecutors to prosecute and juries to convict — even when the cop is white and the victim is Black.”  

Stanage’s full columnhttps://bit.ly/3vcUM7d


Just released — Derek Chauvin’s booking photo: Chauvin has been transferred to the state prison at Oak Park Heights. Photo, via Newsweek:  https://bit.ly/3elhdQH 

How Floyd’s family and legal team reacted when the verdict was announced: Watch: https://bit.ly/3gxkdvZ 

In Minneapolis — here’s video of the moment the guilty verdict was readhttps://bit.ly/3grR5pX

Outside the courthousehttps://bit.ly/3v7JLUt 

This is very emotional to watch


George Floyd's family listens to the Chauvin trial verdict



From WCCO Reporter Christiane Cordero: "What stood out to me the most was the moment right before the verdict was read. There was this deafening silence ... In that silence, you felt the gravity of the moment of people really holding on to whatever the fate would be on the other side of it." Watchhttps://bit.ly/2QMsFwp

President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE and Vice President Harris called the Floyd family: Listen to the call: https://cnn.it/3sGlx1Y 


The Congressional Black Caucus watches the Chauvin verdict


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3dF42Ls 

^ And here’s video of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) reacting to the newshttps://bit.ly/3n9a1eh 


British tabloids cover Chauvin verdict


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3x7e4g1


Announced this a.m. — everyone’s favorite b-word: bipartisan!:

Via CNN’s Ryan Nobles, Annie Grayer and Jeremy Herb, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) just offered a plan for a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to look into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. https://cnn.it/3dAQyjx

I thought we knew this — Why it’s newsy: Pelosi had early proposed a commission that would have allowed for Democrats to appoint more than half of the commission. Now she is suggesting a commission with an equal spit of Democrats and Republicans.  

What we still don’t know: “It's still unclear whether the change will be enough for Republicans to get on board. As Pelosi herself has said, the makeup of the proposed commission was just one of the sticking points that had stalled talks on the commission, with Democrats and Republicans at odds over the scope of what the panel would investigate -- including former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE's role leading up to the insurrection. Republicans are calling for an examination of violence surrounding last year's protests of police brutality, too.”

OK, so here’s the plan:



Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Republicans on Tuesday discussed the outlines of a scaled-down infrastructure bill they say could pass the Democratic-led Congress with strong bipartisan support.” https://bit.ly/2PeJYpO

The gist: “[Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoEPA water nominee commits to 'enduring solutions' in confirmation hearing Biden meets for first time with 'Big Four' congressional leaders The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (W.Va.)] is leading negotiations among a smaller group of GOP moderates who … [who want] to narrow Biden’s proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan into something in the range of $600 billion to $800 billion. They say it should be paid for with a combination of user fees, repurposing some of the $350 billion sent out to state and local governments in the American Rescue Plan and other revenue-raising measures. It’s unlikely Democrats will back these offsets.”


Happening today — what’s the dealio, Papa Joe?:

President Biden is giving remarks on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and how the vaccination effort has been going. 

Watch Biden’s remarks live — he is expected to begin at 1:15 p.m. EDT: Here’s the livestream: https://bit.ly/3tDSbm5


“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued a report on multiple failures at a troubled Baltimore vaccine manufacturing plant making Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses.” https://bit.ly/3gyXaRH 

How so: “The report found the plant from Emergent BioSolutions, which previously was revealed to have ruined up to 15 million doses of vaccine, was ‘not maintained in a clean and sanitary condition’ and some ‘procedures to prevent cross-contamination are not followed.’ "


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 31,798,763

U.S. death toll: 568,532

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 213 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 3.03 million doses

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

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



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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Blumenauer take a selfie


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This morning:



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The House and Senate are in. 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. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. 

3:45 – 6:45 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3n5MhId


12:15 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBlinken talks with Netanyahu amid escalating violence White House: 'Disturbing' to see Cheney booted for telling the truth The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal MORE is holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3n5QGe2

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the state of vaccinations. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3tDSbm5 

2 p.m. EDT: U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General testifies on the Jan. 6 attacks. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3ohfkYr 

2:30 p.m. EDT: A Senate hearing on the safety of air travel and COVID-19. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3tFFQ0P


Today is National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day.

Imagine reading this headline 20 years ago, not knowing everything to come:

Via Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon, “Free Joints for Vaxxed People in DC Today: And Krispy Kreme donuts, too. Happy 4/20.” https://bit.ly/3awb7fk

And to make you smile, here’s a dog with a clever way of playing fetch: https://bit.ly/3n8DepJ