The Hill's 12:30 Report - House GOP strategizes during Orlando retreat



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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court takes up major gun case | Census state population numbers to be released | Texas, Florida may gain House seats | House GOP retreat in Fla. | Republicans strategize 2022 | GOP worries fiscal conservatism losing its rallying cry | Biden readies for Wednesday address to Congress | Visits Atlanta Thursday to mark 100 days in office



Hello and welcome to sunny Florida! I’m your host for this retreat, Uncle Sam!:

House Republicans are meeting in Orlando, Fla., this week for their annual caucus retreat. https://politi.co/3eAKcQw

The theme, via Politico’s Melanie Zanona: “For House Republicans, it's less about how they can win back the majority and more about: How do they avoid messing things up?”  

Republicans are in a good spot, but can still mess things up: “The next 18 months are littered with political tripwires, from internal divisions over the former president trying to influence them from Mar-a-Lago to the fringe elements in their ranks that threaten to swamp their agenda. Democrats are trying to fan those flames across the aisle by yoking the entire GOP to QAnon and, at every turn, elevating some of the conference's most divisive personalities, such as freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida QAnon site shutters after reports identifying developer Republicans head to runoff in GA-14 MORE (R-Ga.).” 

What to expecthttps://politi.co/3eAKcQw



GOP retreat password is BidenBorderCrisis


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2Qpkk2h 

^By the way: Politico’s Melanie Zanona tweeted, “Last GOP retreat in 2019 was ‘Socialism_Is_Very_Very_Bad’ ” https://bit.ly/2QBcfY2

Interesting read — fiscal conservatism may no longer be as trendy for the GOP:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republicans say fiscal conservatism simply isn’t the GOP rallying cry it used to be, and that’s making it much harder to counter President Biden’s push for trillions of dollars in new government spending.” https://bit.ly/3xq64a8 

Instead, what is now the unifier for Republicans?: “Culture war issues like immigration, religious freedom, LGBTQ rights, Big Tech and the Black Lives Matter movement are taking center stage in conservative politics.” 

How we know — Biden’s big spending bills aren’t angering the GOP enough: “Republicans are having a tough time generating the same outrage over Biden’s multitrillion-dollar spending agenda as they did over former President Obama’s signature initiatives: the American Relief and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act, which cost far less than what Biden is proposing on infrastructure.”

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Updated face mask guidance could be coming soon (!):

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “President Biden is expected to announce on Tuesday updated guidance on masking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two sources confirmed to The Hill.” https://bit.ly/3gGL7l1

What to expect: “The guidance is still being finalized, according to multiple sources, but is likely to ease recommendations that Americans wear masks even while outdoors. Biden is expected to outline the changes in a speech on Tuesday more broadly addressing where the country stands in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

What we knowhttps://bit.ly/3gGL7l1

We’ll hear you out:

The Supreme Court has taken up a major Second Amendment case on carrying firearms in public. https://bit.ly/3aFXpX6

When the case will be heard: During the Supreme Court’s next term, which starts in October. 

Details of the casehttps://bit.ly/3aFXpX6

Happening this afternoon — tell us about our country!:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “The U.S. Census Bureau will release the first results of its decennial survey on Monday after a decade of explosive growth in Sun Belt states that will shift power in the House of Representatives.” https://bit.ly/3sO67Zz

What to expect this afternoon: The state population count 

What we’re generally expecting: “Those results are likely to show a dramatic shift in population, as more Americans leave northern Rust Belt states in favor of sunnier climes where economic opportunity is more plentiful.” 

States that will likely benefit: Texas and Florida, both of which have increased populations and will likely gain congressional seats.


Where there’s a Joe, there’s a Kamala:

Via CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jasmine Wright, “Nearly 100 days into [the Biden administration], [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] have worked to deepen their relationship, spending five hours or more together per day in meetings at the White House, according to aides. Both Biden and Harris shunned work travel in the early days to set an example during the pandemic -- forcing them into closer proximity than their predecessors.” https://cnn.it/3xpcyWu

“She began her tenure attending nearly every one of Biden's events, provided her own speaking slot and always in-frame as the President delivered remarks, an unmissable -- and intentional -- level of visibility.” 

Harris’s big task: “Attempting to stem the flow of migrants from Central America arriving at the southern border through diplomatic engagement with leaders in the region.” 

You know, that tiny project…

How this could play out for Harrishttps://cnn.it/3xpcyWu


On Wednesday: President Biden is giving an evening address to Congress on Wednesday. https://cnn.it/3sNJuER 

On Thursday: Biden is expected to visit Atlanta to mark his first 100 days in office. https://bit.ly/3nlkOlM


New poll — J&J is having a harder time making friends:

Just 22 percent of unvaccinated Americans said they would be willing to take the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after it was briefly halted in the United States due to rare blood clots. https://bit.ly/3nkKkI3

How many people were unwilling: 73 percent, according to a new Washington Post/ABC poll.

The full pollhttps://wapo.st/3nnCnBF


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,078,229 

U.S. death toll: 572,201 

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 229 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.75 million doses 

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

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


Pick your poison — Apple is letting us choose what data is shared:

Via The New York Times’s Brian X. Chen, “On Monday, Apple plans to release iOS 14.5, one of its most anticipated software updates for iPhones and iPads in years. It includes a new privacy tool, called App Tracking Transparency, which could give us more control over how our data is shared.” https://nyti.ms/3sWIYEq

What to expect — a pop-up window that will ask for your permission: “When an app wants to follow our activities to share information with third parties such as advertisers, a window will show up on our Apple device to ask for our permission to do so. If we say no, the app must stop monitoring and sharing our data.”  

What to expecthttps://nyti.ms/3sWIYEq


This took me a little while, too:


Watching the Oscars


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/32RIYep 

Back story: Schumer is mocking former President 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 former adviser Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE who criticized Biden’s climate plan. Kudlow referred to “plant-based beer.”  Here’s the full explanation if you carehttps://bit.ly/2Pn130D

Nature is insane, sometimes:


A rainbow appears alongside a tornado in this image




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

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

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.

5:30 p.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3dU8AxD


Today: The Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Guam v. United States. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3aDh1eJ

Noon: 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 and National Economic Council Director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseOn The Money: Breaking down Biden's .8T American Families Plan | Powell voices confidence in Fed's handle on inflation | Wall Street basks in 'Biden boom' Biden proposes tax hikes for high-income Americans Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan MORE are holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2PolJFH


Today is National Pretzel Day!



And because you made it this far, here’s a monkey who is very confused by the human’s actions: https://bit.ly/3noSe3e