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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump, Cheney trade jabs |  Trump continues false claims of 2020 election |  Cheney accuses Trump of ‘poisoning our democratic system’ |  Cruz, Rubio criticize big business |  GOP wrestles with culture war’s role in party priorities |  Is the U.S. heading towards a housing bubble? |  Herd immunity no longer the goal  | Biden’s Virginia trip



The year is 2006 — ‘So in 15 years, Dick Cheney’s daughter and the guy from The Apprentice will be the biggest enemies in American politics’:



This morning, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair MORE (R-Wyo.) slammed former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE for continuing his false claims that he, in fact, won the 2020 presidential election. https://bit.ly/3ufeuPF 

Trump’s statement this morning: "The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!" Btw, that’s not an excerpt. That was the full statement. https://bit.ly/3ej16Vb 

Cheney’s reaction: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.” https://bit.ly/3ukxFHG

Back story — Cheney is public enemy No. 1 in Trump world: “The Wyoming congresswoman has found herself at the center of a political storm within the Republican Party after she voted in favor of impeaching Trump following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Shortly after her vote, the Wyoming GOP voted to censure her and several ardent Trump allies in Congress called for her to be removed from power as House Republican Conference Chair. Trump has vowed to endorse any Republican primary candidate who runs against Cheney in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.”

It’s Monday — welcome back!.  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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Fascinating read — ‘Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, Turn and face the strange, Ch-ch-changes’:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “It’s a strange time for the relationship between Republicans and big business. Important figures in a party that usually toes the pro-business line are instead throwing jabs at the corporate world. The critics include several potential 2024 presidential contenders.” https://bit.ly/33azRpg 

For example — Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCheney drama exposes GOP's Trump rifts Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls MORE (R-Texas) told The Hill: “If you look at the CEOs of the Fortune 100, there are very, very few who you could even plausibly characterize as right of center. They are almost uniformly Democrat. And they have made the decision to enlist their companies in the political agenda of today’s Democratic Party, which is controlled right now by the radical left.” 

And Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-Fla.) told The Hill: “For the past several years, I have been making the case that far too many American companies were prioritizing short-term financial windfalls at the expense of America’s families, communities and national security. More and more people are coming around to that viewpoint, both in the Republican Party and around the country.”

Why this matters (!): “Their barbs will not be well-received in boardrooms or the Chamber of Commerce. Democrats will roll their eyes and allege opportunism. But an anti-elite GOP base that grew even more populist during former President Trump’s time in the White House could reward the pugnacious tone.”

Where do the culture wars fall on the GOP’s priority list?:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Republicans wrestling over the future of the party are debating whether to embrace the culture wars that helped former President Trump cement his popularity with the GOP base.” https://bit.ly/3389mAX

The timing is important: “The internal rift, which involves congressional leaders and potential 2024 presidential contenders, comes as Republicans have struggled to dent President BidenJoe BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy MORE’s popularity and as they plot their strategy to win back the House and Senate in the 2022 midterms.”  

The debate within the party: “[Some] in the GOP are eager to double down on Trump’s brand of populism, [but] others argue the party needs to return to its roots.” 

I.e.: “Strong on national security, low taxes, limited government, limited regulation and in the broadest sense of the word, pro-business,” according to Republican strategist Vin Weber

How this debate could play outhttps://bit.ly/3389mAX


Herd immunity may unfortunately be a pipe dream:

Via The New York Times’s Apoorva Mandavilli, “Early in the pandemic, when vaccines for the coronavirus were still just a glimmer on the horizon, the term ‘herd immunity’ came to signify the endgame: the point when enough Americans would be protected from the virus so we could be rid of the pathogen and reclaim our lives.” https://nyti.ms/3nFBwww

Where we stand: “Now, more than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.”

What does that mean for us?: Don’t expect a big abrupt end to the pandemic. Instead, the coronavirus will be a manageable threat going forward. ^My interpretation: Sort of like the flu. 

Why reaching herd immunity is hard and what this means for the next few yearshttps://nyti.ms/3nFBwww


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,423,048

U.S. death toll: 577,054

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 246 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.42 million doses

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

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

Op-ed: https://bit.ly/3nGOZnT


Please step up and await our decision:


Facebook to announce Trump ruling


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It’s the wild, wild west out there on Redfin and Zillow:



Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “The staggering rise of U.S. home prices is forcing thousands of aspiring buyers into grueling, often risky bidding wars, raising questions about whether the torrid housing market could be in a bubble.”  

Why the housing market is pretty nuts these days: “For nearly a year, the combination of low mortgage rates, a flood federal stimulus, lockdowns and teleworking — all sparked by the coronavirus pandemic — has fueled a rapid increase in demand for houses.”

Who this is especially a problem for: Entry-level housing buyers. How sohttps://bit.ly/3edNryD



An idea to help decarbonize heavy industrial areas



ExxonMobil is introducing an idea for carbon capture and storage that has the potential to effectively decarbonize the Houston Ship Channel. That's big – like taking 20 million cars off the road. Learn more at EnergyFactor.com




Talk about a throwback to when you could buy a house for $31,500 …


Warren Buffett's house



Lol, kids these days don’t even realize what they have…:


Nerf aisle at a store


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

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

8:40 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden 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 Biden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert MORE left for Newport News, Va. 

9:50 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNASA criticizes China after rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job MORE as NASA administrator. 

10:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit Yorktown Elementary School in Virginia. 

1:05 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit an HVAC workshop at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va. 

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Samantha PowerSamantha PowerThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Trump, Cheney trade jabs The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Washington's split with Turkey widens — but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift MORE as ambassador to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID.) 

4 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden return to the White House.


1:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2Si22QN


Today is National Raspberry Popover Day.

And because you made it this far, here’s one very confused dog: https://bit.ly/3aUnthm