The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - More states are passing voting restrictions


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First, it was Georgia. Then it was Florida. Now Texas is passing voting restrictions. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis: Florida officers to respond to 'border security crisis' in Texas, Arizona Sanders 'delighted' DeSantis asked White House to import Canadian prescription drugs Conservative group launches organization billed as 'NRA for families' MORE (R) signed a new bill into law Thursday. 

The Texas state House passed a bill overnight.

^This after more than 52 companies, including Microsoft and American Airlines, signed an open letter opposing new voting restrictions in Texas.  

But wait, that's not all: "Iowa and Georgia have already passed bills that not only impose new restrictions but grant those states’ legislatures greater control over the electoral process." https://nyti.ms/3vR3to6

These bills, pushed by Republicans, include restricting absentee ballots, tightening early voting opportunities and limiting drop boxes.

Happy Friday! I’m Alicia Cohn, filling in for Cate today, 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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I’m no mathematician but this seems…less:

Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, the economy added 266,000 jobs in April, way under the million expected: https://bit.ly/3vNXpwj 

The slowdown in job growth is a sign that the U.S. is still struggling to recover from the pandemic, despite a COVID-19 relief bill working its way through the economy and vaccination rates peaking in April.

Tidbit — leisure and hospitality jobs are a slow burn:

Via the Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://bit.ly/3xSQ8NM


What sectors are seeing job growth?


Because pretty colors might make us all feel better about the news, play with more data charts here: https://bit.ly/2SA3NJq


We’re working on a pill for that:

A man accused of breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6 is blaming watching Fox News. 

“He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political aspect and started believing what was being fed to him,” his attorney said during a hearing, according to multiple reports. https://bit.ly/2RzjX54


Four former Minneapolis police officers, including Derek Chauvin, are charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights last year. Via The Hill’s Marty Johnson: https://bit.ly/3o4y3rC


He said the quiet part out loud:



In their quest to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her position in leadership, her fellow Republicans in leadership such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (La.) have framed the issue as one of distracting from a unified party message.

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in an interview Thursday night on Fox News, made it very clear he sees the choice as between former President Trump’s and Cheney’s versions of the GOP: “I’ve always liked Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: 'It is disgusting and despicable' to see Gosar 'lie' about Jan. 6 GOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE, but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump. I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.” https://bit.ly/3tmJNqk

Much ado over Medicare:

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are facing Manchin madness in their push for lowering the Medicare eligibility age.

“[T]he two progressives face a serious obstacle in [Sen. Joe Manchin (D.W.Va.)], a key centrist in the 50-50 Senate who opposes making Medicare available to millions more Americans, citing concerns about the long-term solvency of the program.”

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton: https://bit.ly/2RsTUwx


Pharma vs. progressives:

Via The Hill’s Peter Sullivan, battle lines are being drawn over President Biden’s support for vaccine waivers: https://bit.ly/3nXZwLe 

Biden said this week that the U.S. will support a waiver for COVID-19 vaccine patents. Progressives have urged the move. However, “[t]he pharmaceutical industry and congressional Republicans blasted Biden’s announcement on Wednesday, saying it undermines incentives for American innovation and will not actually solve the complex problem of getting more doses to lower-income countries.”


Pfizer-BioNTech will be the first company to request an upgrade to full approval from emergency authorization on its COVID-19 vaccine: https://bit.ly/3b9IrJm


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,606,724 

U.S. death toll: 580,076 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 252 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: 2.09 million does a day 

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

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



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



If you have a mother in your life or want to mother yourself (Mother’s Day is Sunday!):


Mother's Day movie release


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2RxbEqL

And if you have a graduate in your life (or want to invest in swag):


Krispy Kreme offers donuts for grads


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'Rona her? I hardly knew her!:


New baby names


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The House has a pro forma session. The Senate is out. President BidenJoe BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE and Vice President Harris are in Washington. Biden is headed to Camp David later today. 

10:30 a.m. ET The White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials held a press conference.

11:30 a.m. ET President Biden delivered remarks on the April jobs report.


12:30 p.m. ET White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of the Treasury Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money: Yellen, Powell brush off inflation fears | Fed keeps rates steady, upgrades growth projections Fed chief brushes off fears of extended inflation Yellen confident rising inflation won't be 'permanent' MORE hold a press conference. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3unQtG1


Today is Roast Leg of Lamb Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Coconut Cream Pie Day and Sunday is National Shrimp Day! 



A lighter read on the White House:

Via Washingtonian’s Jessica M. Goldstein, “The Awkward Feeling of Rooting for the White House Press Secretary: Half of America is smitten with Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden, Putin begin high-stakes summit in Geneva Bishops to debate banning communion for president Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE, while a swath of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is.” The full story: https://bit.ly/3vN8pKo

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here is one happy otter: https://bit.ly/3vXXpu3 


Happy otter

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