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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Cheney removed from House leadership over Trump disapproval | Trump celebrates, calls Cheney ‘bitter, horrible human being’ | Ellen ends talk show | Cheney: ‘I will do everything’ to keep Trump from White House | Biden’s meeting with ‘Big Four’ | Dems, GOP skeptical of bipartisan deal | COVID cases explode in Asia |  Biden to deliver COVID remarks |  Gas shortages in DC-area

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

Booted, ejected, dumped, ousted, banished:  

Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, “In an extraordinary bow to former President Trump, House Republicans voted Wednesday to purge GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post, punishing the conservative Wyoming Republican for daring to refute Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen.” https://bit.ly/3y3Uv8P

How many Republicans voted to oust her?: Well, the closed-door decision was made by a voice vote, not an individual recorded vote. So we can’t pinpoint who exactly voted either way, but it was apparently overwhelmingly against Cheney.

CHENEY’S PROMISE AFTER HER REMOVAL:

“I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the Oval Office.” https://bit.ly/3bnq5Vf 

Watch Cheney’s full remarks after she was oustedhttps://bit.ly/33DUlqM

DONALD TRUMP IS HAVING A PRETTY GOOD MORNING:

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE celebrated the news with a statement: “Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP's Stefanik defends Trump DOJ secret subpoenas McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO Democrat Matt Putorti challenges Stefanik for NY House seat MORE is a bitter, horrible human being. I watched her yesterday and realized how bad she is for the Republican Party. She has no personality or anything good having to do with politics or our Country. She is a talking point for Democrats, whether that means the Border, the gas lines, inflation, or destroying our economy. She is a warmonger whose family stupidly pushed us into the never-ending Middle East Disaster, draining our wealth and depleting our Great Military, the worst decision in our Country’s history. I look forward to soon watching her as a Paid Contributor on CNN or MSDNC!” https://bit.ly/3f9ZgoM

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OTHER REACTIONS:

More than 100 influential Republicans are threatening to form a new partyhttps://bit.ly/3eDUTTC 

From former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Trump looms large over fractured Arizona GOP Why Republican politicians are sticking with Trump MORE (R-Ariz.), a fellow anti-Trump Republican: “Cheney is more dedicated to the long-term health of our constitutional system than she is to assuaging the former president’s shattered ego, and for her integrity she may well pay with her career.” https://bit.ly/3hkPbrN

From Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyChina's genocide must be stopped How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (Utah), a Republican and frequent Trump critic: "Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won’t gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.” https://bit.ly/3faBQj3

 

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WHAT’S NEXT FOR CHENEY

Liz Cheney sees herself as the leader of the republic while the empire is in power:

Via Axios’s Jonathan Swan and Mike Allen, “Rep. Liz Cheney has told associates she doesn’t plan on going anywhere — and plans to run for re-election.” https://bit.ly/33zwBEd

What to expect from Cheney going forward: “Cheney will [likely] take her case to the public with speeches and other appearances. Cheney and her team has been intentional about painting the stakes as higher than a squabble about a leadership job, but instead about truth and the future of the Republican Party.”

CHENEY IS SET TO BE THE FACE OF ANTI-TRUMP REPUBLICANS:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillishttps://bit.ly/3f5JJGc 

Yes, but there are still unknowns: “What remains unclear is whether her apostasy leads to a political cul-de-sac or becomes the launching pad to a more prominent role within a Republican Party that’s still grappling with its identity in a post-Trump Washington.”

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Nothing like getting stressed over your self-imposed deadlines:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “The White House has put the pressure on Congress and its own top negotiators with a pair of self-imposed deadlines for action on infrastructure and policing reform.” https://bit.ly/3tFFDdn

For instance: “White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiLawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin Fox's John Roberts says for media, no Biden-Putin presser is a loss Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour MORE told reporters Monday that President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE still hoped to sign a policing bill into law by May 25, the anniversary of George Floyd's death. And she said the White House is looking for progress on an infrastructure bill by Memorial Day, with expectations for Biden to sign a package into law over the summer.” 

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

Hey, everyone is on the same page about today!! ^ That is, everything is skeptical that today will go well…:

President Biden’s meeting with congressional leadership today has both Democrats and Republicans skeptical that a bipartisan compromise will be reached. https://bit.ly/3tIjBGX 

Instead: Both sides think the other just wants the bipartisan photo-op. 

Speaking of the photo-op — here’s a photo from the meeting

 

House, Senate leaders meet with President Biden

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/33CMF81 

^Tidbit: “Press pool in the Oval Office for only about a minute. Only Biden spoke, saying he had hopes for ‘compromise’ on infrastructure. He was then asked how he could do that. His joking response: ‘Easy, just snap my fingers, it’ll happen’” (Via The Associated Press’s Jonathan Lemirehttps://bit.ly/3oeemOa

MEANWHILE — THE HONEYMOON STAGE IS WEARING OFF:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Fissures within the Democratic Party are starting to open up after a three-month period in which liberals and centrists showed impressive unity at the opening of Joe Biden’s presidency.” https://bit.ly/3tHQjbe

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

The situation in Asia is not great:

Via The Associated Press, “Coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia and the Pacific with over 5.9 million new confirmed infections in the past two weeks, more than in all other regions combined, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday.” https://bit.ly/3tEDpL5

TIDBIT — THAT’S A LOT OF NEW FURRY FRIENDS!:

Via The Associated Press’s Kelli Kennedy, “Approximately 12.6 million U.S. households got a new pet last year after the pandemic was declared in March 2020, according to a COVID-19 Pulse Study by the American Pet Products Association.” (h/t Reid Wilsonhttps://bit.ly/3fgCcoj

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 32,780,283

U.S. death toll: 582,867 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 263 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.2 million doses

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

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

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Talladega offering trips on the track for vaccines

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3oed4CO

 

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OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

Ellen DeGeneres is o-u-t, out:

Via The Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose, daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told her staff yesterday that she is ending her show. https://bit.ly/3tGdfHW 

DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”

NOTABLE TWEETS:

A powerful front page this morning in Boston:

 

Zero coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3hjvkce

Yikes!:

 

No gas in NoVa

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3eC6zGx

Back story: Virginia is under a state of emergency amid fuel shortages from the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack. Where there are gas shortages, via WUSA9https://bit.ly/33Djceo 

By the way (!): The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission tweeted, “Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline.” The commission also posted more tips on how to safely transport and store gasoline:  https://bit.ly/33QnLSJ

ON TAP:

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

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris met with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrat says he won't introduce resolution to censure Greene after her apology Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol on Jan. 6 MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' How Biden can get the infrastructure bill through Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process on Wednesday | Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits GOP senator: I want to make Biden a 'one-half-term president' McConnell presses for 'actual consequences' in disclosure of tax data MORE (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse fails to pass bill to promote credit fairness for LGTBQ-owned businesses Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe McCarthy pushes back on Biden criticism of GOP at NATO MORE (R-Calif.).

Noon: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3ygeOA2 

3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3w1a1QQ 

3:30 p.m. EDT: Two more roll call votes in the Senate.

WHAT TO WATCH:

Noon: White House press secretary Jen Psaki is holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3hhtGrK 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3vV3Uxm

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