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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden's wide-ranging NBC interview

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden’s wide-ranging NBC interview | Says he doesn’t think Americans are racist | Says schools should all reopen in the fall | Biden in Philly for Amtrak’s 50th | Harris in Cincinnati | Protesters interrupt Biden’s Ga. speech | Harris, Schumer work on massive infrastructure package | Schumer responsible for bringing Biden’s agenda to life | Trump drama divides GOP, muddles message | Pence reemerges

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Gather round, young grasshoppers. I have a lot to tell you.:

In an interview with NBC News that aired this morning on “Today,” 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 weighed in on the news of the day.

HIGHLIGHTS:

On whether schools should all reopen in the fall: “Based on the science and the CDC, they should probably all be open … There’s not overwhelming evidence there’s much of a transmission among these people, young people.” https://bit.ly/3gQEe0B 

On whether Americans are racist: President Biden agreed with Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) assessment that Americans are not racist.  

^ In Biden’s words: “No, I don’t think the American people are racist. But I think after 400 years, African Americans have been left in a position where they are so far behind the 8 ball in terms of education, health, in terms of opportunity … I don’t think America is racist, but I think the overhang from all the Jim Crow and before that, slavery, had a cost and we have to deal with it.” Watch Biden’s full reactionhttps://bit.ly/2QAdI13

On raising taxes as the economy recovers: “That's the reason why it's recovering, 'cause we're investing. Look how rapidly it's recovered since we passed the last piece of legislation.” https://bit.ly/3vA0X58

TIDBIT — ANOTHER PET IN THE WHITE HOUSE!:

President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJennifer Garner to travel to West Virginia with Jill Biden Biden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady' Jill Biden commends moms on Mother's Day for being 'strong and resilient' amid pandemic MORE confirmed that they will be getting a cat! https://bit.ly/3eJH19l 

 

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden on the 'Today' show

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3h4mr6z

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It’s almost May. You know what that means?! I’m obligated to include this gif ;)

 

 

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

My weaknesses? I’ve done too much for the country in the first 100 days. And I care way too much:

“President Biden marked his 100th day in office on Thursday with a trip to Georgia, kicking off a publicity blitz to sell his newest legislative proposals in the state responsible for giving Democrats control of the Senate.” https://bit.ly/3t9Lw22 

The gist of Biden’s remarks: Baaaasically the same themes as his joint address to Congress on Wednesday night.

TIDBIT — IMMIGRATION PROTESTERS INTERRUPTED BIDEN’S SPEECH YESTERDAY:

During President Biden’s speech in Georgia yesterday to mark his 100th day in office, protesters interrupted, yelling "End detention now," "Abolish ICE" and "Our families are dying.” https://bit.ly/3e4dhER 

Biden’s reaction: "I agree with you," Biden shouted back. "I’m working on it, man. Give me another five days." Watch’s Biden’s full reaction to the interruption: https://bit.ly/3t7LVSP

The protesters in the crowdhttps://bit.ly/3t3Zp1W

THE WASHINGTON POST TRACKED THE FALSE CLAIMS BIDEN HAS MADE IN OFFICE:

The Post’s Glenn Kessler, Adrian Blanco and Tyler Remmel tracked President Biden’s claims and compared them to 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 claims in his first 100 days in office. The side-by-side comparisonhttps://wapo.st/2ResESs

IN CONGRESS

Champ Biden insisted he be involved with the negotiations:

 

 

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Vice President Harris, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other top Democrats are working behind the scenes to put together a massive infrastructure and jobs package that is increasingly likely to pass without any GOP votes.” https://bit.ly/3gS6PTd 

To work with Republicans or not — that is the question: “Democratic senators are jockeying to get their priorities added to the proposal — a sharp contrast to the small group of moderate Republicans and Democrats who are trying to craft a slimmed-down, compromise measure.” 

What’s happeninghttps://bit.ly/3gS6PTd

‘JOE BIDEN HAS THE VISION. NOW CHUCK SCHUMER HAS TO BRING IT TO LIFE.’:

Analysis from The New York Times’s Carl Hulsehttps://nyti.ms/3tboLux

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Supply is now outnumbering demand:

Via CNBC’s Nate Rattner, “After months of a steady climb in vaccinations, the U.S. is experiencing its first true slowdown in the rate of daily shots, an indication that the nation is entering a new phase of its inoculation campaign.” https://cnb.cx/3u9gPvc

What next: “Meeting existing vaccine demand is no longer the main challenge, and states are employing strategies to [address] access and hesitancy barriers.”

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,291,267

U.S. death toll: 575,213 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 237 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.63 million doses

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

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

IN OTHER NEWS

When your ex is still sabotaging your future relationships:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “GOP drama is complicating what Republicans view as an opportunity to unite their increasingly fractious party against President Biden’s $4 trillion spending package.” https://bit.ly/3u6IBsd 

What Republicans want to focus on: “Republicans tried to focus their energy this week on attacks on Biden’s plans, which include significant tax hikes on wealthy households, capital gains and corporations, as they look for a foothold heading into 2022.”

But getting in the way: “Much of the focus all week was on the battling within the GOP — between House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' On The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (Calif.) and Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE (Wyo.), the third-ranking member of his leadership team, and between former President Trump and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal McConnell: 'Good chance' of deal with Biden on infrastructure MORE.” 

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3u6IBsd

INTERESTING READ — ‘MIKE PENCE REEMERGES. BUT TRUMPWORLD IS MOVING ON.’:

Via Politico’s Meredith McGrawhttps://politi.co/3aUiNIu

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Awww!!:

 

A drive around DC

  

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3u5F51h

If Jill Biden’s dress on Wednesday looked familiar to you:

 

First lady Jill Biden's inauguration and first address dresses

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3nA3J7I

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. President Biden is in Philadelphia this afternoon and Vice President Harris is in Cincinnati. 

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

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris left for Cincinnati.

10:30 a.m. EDT: First lady Jill Biden participated in an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony. 

12:05 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden left for Philadelphia.

3:40 p.m. EDT: President Biden heads for Wilmington, Del.

3:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris returns to Washington, D.C.

WHAT TO WATCH:

11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3nytNA8

12:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris participates in a roundtable on infrastructure. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3eGVeUp

12:45 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 speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3u7fNjs

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden speaks at Amtrak’s 50th anniversary event in Philly. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2SkkA3b

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Bubble Tea Day and National Oatmeal Cookie Day! And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Chocolate Parfait Day and Sunday is Chocolate Truffle Day.

I want you to meet a friend of mine. His name is Long Boi and although we’ve never met, we are the best of friends:

 

The world's tallest Mallard

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3u1O7fP

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a jolly owl getting a drink: https://bit.ly/333DXzm