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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: GOP opposes second Jan. 6-related bill | Urges members to vote against upgraded Capitol security | Record low unemployment claims | Economic data’s new challenges for pandemic recovery | Harris still finding footing as VP| Israel resumes airstrikes | Biden throws curveball in U.S.-Israel relations | Texas bans abortions after six weeks | Pfizer’s extended shelf life | Haaland’s unusual TV backdrop



All I can picture is Ben Stiller looming in the background in Happy Gilmore:  

The House just passed a $1.9 billion spending bill to increase Capitol security after the Jan. 6 attack. https://bit.ly/2QzNawH

^ This a.m.: Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos, “House GOP leaders [had been urging] Republicans to vote against a $1.9 billion supplemental appropriations bill to bolster security at the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection.” https://bit.ly/2SeWypV 

Example of what’s in the bill: “$529 million for upgrading security at the Capitol, including a retractable fence, hardening doors and adding more security screening vestibules and cameras … Another $40 million would go toward covering the costs of fixing physical damage to the Capitol.” 


Yesterday, 175 House Republicans voted against the bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. https://bit.ly/3f1o3fE

The bill passed 252-175, including the support of 35 House Republicans.

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Drop it drop it low, drop it drop it low:

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444,000 people applied for unemployment insurance claims last week, a new record low since the pandemic began. https://bit.ly/3yBRFrY

For context: Last week’s revised total of unemployment claims was 478,000. 

What this means: “The steady decline of jobless claims is an encouraging sign for the U.S. economy amid intense debate over why many businesses have reported trouble hiring new workers. The conflict over jobless benefits boiled over earlier this month after the April jobs report fell far short of expectations, showing a gain of 266,000 jobs despite projections of more than 1 million jobs created.”

Texas banned abortions after *six* weeks:

Via The New York Times’s Edgar Sandoval and Dave Montgomery, “Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law on Wednesday one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion measures, banning the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy and thrusting the state into the advancing national debate over reproductive rights.” https://nyti.ms/2QAGtdP 

Why six weeks is notable: Women often do not know they are pregnant by the six-week mark.

How you may have heard of the law: It’s often referred to as the “heartbeat law.”  

Did we see this coming?: “The bill in Texas also comes two weeks before the end of one of the most staunchly conservative biennial legislative sessions in recent state history. Beyond abortion, Texas lawmakers have taken a very hard-right approach to a number of major issues and culture war subjects, including voting, gun ownership, policing and L.G.B.T.Q. rights.” 

Primer on the new lawhttps://nyti.ms/2QAGtdP


Hold on, everyone! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride:



Via The Hill’s Niv Elis, “An onslaught of surprising economic data is raising difficult questions for President BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting MORE as he attempts to steer the recovery without derailing it.” https://bit.ly/2RwAKWQ 

Where Republicans stand: “Republicans have pounced on unexpectedly high inflation readings and a disappointing jobs report for April, arguing they are the products of an overzealous government response that could kneecap the economy.” 

Where Democrats stand: “Democrats counter that price hikes will be temporary, and that government programs and spending are needed to ensure a quick rebound and avoid the kind of multiyear sluggish recovery that followed the Great Recession.”  

What the neutral arbiters — economists — think: “Economists say both sides, to a certain degree, are flying blind given the potential quirks of an economy reawakening from a pandemic-induced slumber. It could take months before either side is vindicated.” 

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/2RwAKWQ

Kamala is still figuring it out — aren’t we all on some level?:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Morgan Chalfant, “Four months into her time as vice president, Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE is still finding her footing in the role.” https://bit.ly/3f2414I 

The learning curve: “She has struggled to break through as she juggles an evolving portfolio, adapts to a new staff and builds a relationship with Biden, who has a completely different style than her own.”

Keep in mind — Harris is a huge asset to Biden: “Harris is seen as a major reason why President Biden won the White House, and she’s considered an heir apparent for the Democratic nomination in 2024 or 2028.”  

How Harris’s role is evolvinghttps://bit.ly/3f2414I


SooOoo, that means Netanyahu’s answer was a … no…:

Via Reuters’s Nidal Al-mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller, a day after President Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE that he expects de-escalation in Gaza, Israeli airstrikes have resumed. https://reut.rs/3v4L7zR

Did the airstrikes pause?: Yes, for eight hours.

How Biden threw a bit of a curveball:

Via The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan and Sean Sullivan, “President Biden's unusually blunt demand Wednesday that Israel de-escalate its military attack on Gaza is creating a rare rift between the two countries and dismaying some of Israel's supporters in the United States, while heartening Democrats who have increasingly pushed for a tougher U.S. stance toward Israel.” https://wapo.st/3v4c0Us 

Why this is big: “It was the clearest evidence yet of a rapidly changing political dynamic, at least among Democrats, that is far less accepting of actions Israel says it is taking in self-defense.”  

Where we go from herehttps://wapo.st/3v4c0Us

This week has been getting traction:


Children in Gaza save their fish


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2SeNFwz


Two members of Congress got into it:


House reps discuss mask wearing




“Once votes are finished this morning, the House won't vote again until June 14” (Via Punchbowl News’s John Bresnahanhttps://bit.ly/3yjRp0q



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Pfizer vaccines have a longer shelf life now! Whoop, whoop!:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccines to remain thawed for up to a month. https://bit.ly/3f2lyd2 

How long the shots can be thawed now?: Up to five days

This man is the GOAT:


Man wears a vaccine lanyard


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3bJ98VA 

You order that extra bacon and chocolate chip pancakes on the side, sir!


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,027,456 

U.S. death toll: 587,883

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 277 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.8 million doses

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

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


Omg, this took me a min. to see:


Cabinet staffer seen crawling on Zoom


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3v40RmA

This is pretty interesting — the difference is striking:


Real time views of Tel Aviv and Gaza




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.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3f3H4hs

Noon: A roll call vote in the Senate.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Another roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3f8UJnP


12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Biden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3oADrmE 

2 p.m. EDT: President Biden signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law. President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2QAsIMl


Today is National Quiche Lorraine Day.

And because you stuck with me today, here’s a pigeon showing off with a backflip: https://bit.ly/3oxngGB