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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Cheney’s GOP battle intensifies | McCarthy says GOP ‘concerned’ she can’t carry out job | Allies vow to oust her | Cheney spox says it’s about ‘whitewashing’ Jan. 6 attacks | Trump critics face wrath of GOP | FDA preparing to authorize Pfizer for teens | Woman unmatches with Ben Affleck on dating app thinking it was fake | Star Wars Day deals



Liz Cheney, public enemy No. 1 for Kevin McCarthy:



Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, “Top allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are vowing to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), one of the harshest critics of former President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE in either party, from her leadership post by the end of the month.” https://bit.ly/3ehr3Ev

Why — she isn’t falling in line with McCarthy’s team: “They argue that the No. 3 Republican has repeatedly contradicted McCarthy and his team, undermining the party’s message and its efforts to take back the House majority in next year’s midterm elections.” 

How Cheney is defending herself: “Cheney … has defended her against-the-grain approach, saying she’s simply trying to tug the party away from its veneration of a single figure and back to its pre-Trump policy ideals. Part of that responsibility, she says, is calling out Trump and his loyal foot soldiers for claiming that the 2020 election was stolen from him.”


In an interview on “Fox & Friends” this morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE (R-Calif.) was asked whether it was the vote to impeach former President Trump that has made House Republicans unhappy with her. https://bit.ly/3xNbcFq

McCarthy’s response: “There's no concern about how she voted on impeachment. That decision has been made. I have heard from members concerned about her ability to carry out the job as conference chair — to carry out the message … We all need to be working as one if we're able to win the majority. Remember, majorities are not given; they are earned. And that's about the message about going forward.”   

Watch McCarthy’s appearance on “Fox & Friends”https://bit.ly/3h7ZtuW

^LATE THIS A.M. — Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Kinzinger plotted to oust McCarthy after Jan. 6 attack Romney: Removing Cheney from House leadership will cost GOP election votes MORE’S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JEREMY ADLER REACTS:

Via Punchbowl News’s Jake Sherman, “This is about whether the Republican Party is going to perpetuate lies about the 2020 election and attempt to whitewash what happened on Jan 6. Liz will not do that. That is the issue.” https://bit.ly/3ehocLF


Via The Hill’s Niall Stanagehttps://bit.ly/2QVysQX

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Hashtag no regrets:


Sen. Hawley defends fist pump toward Jan. 6 protesters



^Throwback: Here is the controversial photo in question: https://bit.ly/3tjvRxp

It’s like knowing a breakup is coming:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “House Democrats are beginning to confront the challenging reality awaiting them in the 2022 midterm elections amid a spate of retirements and dim redistricting prospects.” https://bit.ly/33bo8Xl 

Why Dems have been crossing their fingers: “Democrats had hoped that brightening economic and public health outlooks combined with ongoing discord within the GOP would save them from the kind of electoral thrashing that historically besets the president’s party in midterm elections.”

The slow realization: “But privately, some in the party are beginning to acknowledge the uphill battle they will face next year when their narrow majorities in the House and Senate will be on the line.” 

How this could play out between now and 2022https://bit.ly/33bo8Xl


Joey B’s secret weapon:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “The White House is deploying 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 across the country as a key asset to build support for President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE’s proposed investments in infrastructure, child care and education.” https://bit.ly/3vFMhlk

For example: “The first lady joined the president on a trip to a Virginia elementary school and community college on Monday, and she is scheduled to travel out West later this week to Utah, Nevada and Colorado as the administration coordinates a publicity blitz in support of the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.” 

Why Jill Biden is particularly helpful to the Biden administration: “While first ladies have often hit the road to boost the president’s agenda, experts say Biden is well positioned to build support for the White House agenda because of her experience as a political spouse and her decades spent as a teacher.”


Teens could be next in line!:

Via The New York Times’s Noah Weiland, Apoorva Mandavilli and Sharon LaFraniere, “The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar with the agency’s plans, opening up the U.S. vaccination campaign to millions more people.” https://nyti.ms/3nMDETl

Interesting read — To misquote Amy Winehouse, ‘They tried to make me get the vaccine, but I said, ‘no, no, no’:

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson posted an open invitation for people who do not plan to take a COVID-19 vaccine to explain their reasoning. After speaking with more than a dozen people in that boat, Thompson gave his assessment of what it would take for the vaccine-hesitant in the U.S. to get the shot. 

Excerpt: “I cannot imagine that any amount of hectoring or shaming, or proclamations from the public-health or Democratic communities, will make much of a difference for this group … From my conversations, I see three ways to persuade no-vaxxers: make it more convenient to get a shot; make it less convenient to not get a shot; or encourage them to think more socially.” 

The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3vTlr9x


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,473,835

U.S. death toll: 577,584

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 247 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.29 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/2QQXmRy



An idea to help decarbonize heavy industrial areas



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Getting traction — oh wow, I can’t unsee this:

In the tweet’s replies, lots of people are guessing that a wide-angle lens caused this effect. 


Bidens look large in photo with Carters


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3eR7UYZ 

Social media users had a lot of fun with this. Here are some of the commentshttps://bit.ly/2Sfey3x

Does anyone else see a giant acorn in the background? Just me?:


Dog begs for attention



I had to do a double-take on this story:


PPP fraud case


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3nLu1nG 


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

9:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivered remarks to the Washington Conference on the Americas.

10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

10:55 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris left for Milwaukee.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris visits clean energy laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and participates in a roundtable discussion.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris returns to Washington, D.C.


12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiThe Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel Biden to talk vaccination strategy with bipartisan governors House Republicans press Biden Education secretary on reopening outreach MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3xNwkLs 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination program. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3eRCBxg


Today is National Orange Juice Day

And to celebrate Star Wars Day today, here’s a list of Star Wars sales and deals, via CNet: https://cnet.co/2PMGdYO

Sorry, Ben. Happens to the best of us:

An influencer matched with Ben Affleck on a dating app. She thought it was fake and quickly unmatched. Affleck then sent her an Instagram video saying, "Nivine, why did you unmatch me? It's me." https://et.tv/3b4euKu 

Watch the video — it’s pretty funnyhttps://bit.ly/2Sq8Pbn

And to brighten your Tuesday, here’s a dog who really appreciates technology: https://bit.ly/3aYw9DC