The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Chris Cuomo says advising brother was a 'mistake'


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Yeppp, probably not the best look: 

According to a Washington Post report yesterday, CNN anchor Chris CuomoChris CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin Club for Growth bashes CNN in social media ad The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby - Biden, Capito meet today as deadline looms MORE helped his brother, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCNN insults #MeToo movement, provides happy ending for Jeffrey Toobin New York lawmakers pass bill allowing gender-neutral 'X' on state ID Republican NY state senator: Single-payer health care bill won't get a vote this week MORE (D) with how to handle his sexual harassment allegations.

How so, from the Post report: “[Chris] Cuomo, one of the network’s top stars, joined a series of conference calls that included the Democratic governor, his top aide, his communications team, lawyers and a number of outside advisers … The cable news anchor encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not to resign from the governor’s office, the people said. At one point, he used the phrase ‘cancel culture’ as a reason to hold firm in the face of the allegations, two people present on one call said.” The full storyhttps://wapo.st/3wlZ78w

Some context to why this is not ok: Columbia Journalism School professor and New Yorker staff writer Nicholas Lemann explained, “If you are actively advising a politician in trouble while being an on-air host on a news network, that’s not okay.”

Cuomo then apologized on-air last night:


Chris Cuomo apologizes


Watch his 2-minute apologyhttps://bit.ly/2TayiWE 


Yikes — check out today’s cover of the New York Posthttps://bit.ly/3bJaoId

It’s Friday! 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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A little problemo with the Jan. 6 probe:

It’s looking unlikely that the bipartisan independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attacks will pass in the Senate, so Democrats are starting to look into other options. https://bit.ly/3oFkAqy 

What key Democratic chairman do not want: Their own committee investigations

An alternative Democrats are considering: Setting up a select committee, similar to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. 

The difference: A select committee would be controlled by Democrats instead of the bipartisan committee that Senate Republicans are likely to vote down. 

Why Republicans are against the bill to create the bipartisan commission: They want the scope of the investigation to include all political violence, not just Jan. 6. I.e.: Republicans want to downplay the Capitol siege. 

What to expect: Via The Hill’s Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/3oFkAqy

This made me laugh:


Heading for the weekend ... on Thursday


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3ywokik 

^That’s Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill Rising crime rejuvenates gun control debate on campaign trail MORE (D-Conn.) by the way.


Things have calmed down, at least for now:

Via CNN’s Amir Tal, Andrew Carey and Angela Dewan, “Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire, after more than a week of conflict left hundreds dead, most of them Palestinians. The truce signals an end to the immediate bloodshed, but will likely leave both sides further apart than ever.” https://cnn.it/3v9LI3j

The extent of the bloodshed: “Israeli airstrikes killed 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, according to the Hamas-run health ministry there. At least 12 people in Israel, including two children, have been killed by Palestinian militant fire from Gaza, according to the IDF and Israel's emergency service.”



REACTION FROM 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:

Biden said in brief remarks, “We have held intensive high-level discussions hour by hour, literally … with an aim of avoiding the sort of prolonged conflict we have seen in previous years when hostilities have broken out …  I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live in safety and security  … My administration will continue our quiet and relentless diplomacy toward that end. I believe we have a genuine opportunity to make progress and I am committed to working toward it.” Context to Biden’s remarks: https://bit.ly/3415SR8


The Secret Service is racking up quite the tab at Mar-a-Lago:

Via The Washington Post’s David A. Fahrenthold and Josh Dawsey, “Former president Donald Trump charged the Secret Service more than $40,000 this spring for rooms that Trump’s own protective detail used while guarding him at his Mar-a-Lago Club, according to federal spending records.” https://wapo.st/342e4kb

How??: “The records show that Trump’s club charged the Secret Service $396.15 every night starting Jan. 20, the day he left the White House and moved full-time into his Palm Beach, Fla., club.”

The full story — and recordshttps://wapo.st/342e4kb

I’m the gift that keeps on givin,’ ya’ll!:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, Democrats are torn over whether former President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE’s absence helps or hurts the party. https://bit.ly/2RClYxN 

Dems’ new reasoning for their congressional losses: “Democrats have a new explanation for why they performed poorly in congressional races in last November’s election, even as President Biden swept into the White House. A large part of the answer is: Trump.” 

Why: “A post-election ‘autopsy’ by the House Democrats’ campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), suggests that then-President Trump juiced Republican turnout in a way that neither pollsters nor his political opponents predicted.”


I can’t believe how happy these, normally fairly boring photos make me feel:


East Room shows signs of normalcy


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3oEj87u


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,057,617 

U.S. death toll: 588,559 

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 279 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.83 million doses

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

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



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Because I love and respect you all too much, I will not display any cicada photos in this newsletter without warning:

^ But… for anyone that’s curious, the 17-year Brood X cicadas have emerged and it’s really … something. 

Here are some photos of the cicada invasion in the Washington, D.C.-area — click at your own peril:

In Fairfax, Va.https://bit.ly/3v4IspM 

This is not a drillhttps://bit.ly/3oD4uxw  

On Capitol Hillhttps://bit.ly/2Sgccla 

Ugh, check out the porch of this househttps://bit.ly/2SfOw00 

Here’s a video of a cicada trying to emerge from the ground: This reminds me of the beginning of ‘Jurassic Park.’Watchhttps://bit.ly/3v7QZZ2

The collective sound of billions of cicadashttps://bit.ly/2T3tQZz

My blood pressure is so high from finding these photos and videos for you. I think I’m going to turn my attention to the happy animal closing video now…


An unnamed family member, who has been enjoying my misery over the cicadas, flagged this Reuters article for me today.  

‘Guess who's coming to dinner? Virginia chef serves up tasty cicada tacos’  

Here’s the link if you’re so inclined: Though I’ll warn you, it does include a photo of the horrendous concept for a snack: https://reut.rs/3wqUKJA


This is pretty funny — don’t hate the player, hate the rules that you set for the game:


Newsom releases taxes for just 90 minutes


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3fF5WLN

Sen. Richard Burr found a comfy perch in the Capitol:


Senator waits for train


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3wnbKQL


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

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

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.  

12:35 p.m. EDT: President Biden welcomes South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the White House. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden participates in a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.


11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3oDjkE9 

Noon: 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 is holding a press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3hJTugy 

1 p.m. EDT: President Biden awards the Medal of honor to Army Colonel Ralph Puckett in the East Room of the White House. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/344DYng 

5 p.m. EDT: President Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hold a joint press conference. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3hJTNrI


Today is National Pizza Party Day. Though I would argue that any day can be Pizza Party Day if you try hard enough. 

And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Vanilla Pudding Day and Sunday is National Taffy Day.

I have a few questions, but my first reaction — New York City is its weird self again!:

Writer Laura Bassett tweeted, “Just walked past a woman in Manhattan cradling four ferrets as she walked down the street. No leashes, no bag, just a pile of loose ferrets.” https://bit.ly/3oASfBw 

Is anyone else wondering about the logistics of holding four, unleashed ferrets?

And to get your weekend off on the right foot, here are two dogs who are just a lot of talk: https://bit.ly/3f5JhJi