The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems near breaking point on infrastructure negotiations





I know I’ve said this before — and I’ll probably say it again — but this is a big day for infrastructure negotiations.

^You can remind me of this headline later on.:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Alex Gangitano, “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 will sit down with Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP senator introduces constitutional amendment to ban flag burning Biden fails to break GOP 'fever' Pelosi: 'No intention' of abandoning Democrats' infrastructure goals MORE (R-W.Va.) on Wednesday as his infrastructure negotiations with Republicans enter a critical and potentially final week.” https://bit.ly/2S47nvp 

Is there a deadline?: “Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican MORE said over the weekend that the Biden administration needs to have ‘clear direction’ on infrastructure by June 7.” https://bit.ly/3ceYjea 

Why today’s meeting is particularly important: “Wednesday’s meeting could be the last opportunity for Biden and Capito, who is leading a group of Republicans, to find a way to come together on a plan to rebuild the nation’s ailing infrastructure.”  

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/2S47nvp


Biden and Capito are meeting at 2:45 p.m. EDT in the Oval Office.

Hey Kamala, can you handle, uh, all of voting rights? K THX!:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “President Biden on Tuesday tasked Vice President Harris with leading his administration's efforts to protect voting rights, adding an urgent and complex issue to her growing portfolio.” https://bit.ly/3pbZYXb 

How Biden made the announcement: “During a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of a massacre in which a white mob killed hundreds of Black people and destroyed a thriving community known as Black Wall Street.”

It’s already Wednesday! 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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Tidbit — check out the New York Times newsroom today:



Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3vJVXvj


Nancy Pelosi reaches into her Mary Poppins bags of tricks:


House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for more people to get vaccinated | Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety | Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shown highly effective in trial MORE (D-Calif.) laid out four potential possibilities for investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection; the bipartisan commission failed to pass in the Senate.


The four alternatives:

1: “Allowing the Senate to vote again on the House-passed bill to create an independent commission”

2: “Creating a House select committee”

3: “Allowing multiple committees to continue their ongoing investigations”

4: “Empowering one House committee, such as Homeland Security, to take the lead on investigating Jan. 6.”

How this could play out, via The Hill’s Cristina Marcoshttps://bit.ly/2SQYgy2


Welcome to your new GOP. I’ll be your host, Donald J. Trump:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “In the later days of his presidency, [former President Trump’s] foes debated whether politics would snap back to normal if he lost his bid for a second term.” https://bit.ly/34Fri6x

The two scenarios: “Some feared he had wrought permanent change on the political landscape. Others viewed his tumultuous presidency as a toxic aberration that might be neutralized soon after he left the White House.”  

The verdict: “So far, it looks like the first camp got it right.”  

Why critics argue this is the new normalhttps://bit.ly/34Fri6x

Maybe he will launch a vlog instead.

‘Click and subscribe! And don’t forget to click the bell for notifications when I post!’:

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 blog, where he used after being banned from Twitter and Facebook, has been shut down. https://bit.ly/34FHa97 

The blog: “From the Desk of Donald Trump” https://bit.ly/3uojgKq

Why — what we know: “Trump senior aide Jason Miller confirmed to The Hill that the blog will not be returning, calling it ‘auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on.’ ”

Presidential debates are in jeopardy:

Via The Hill’s Tal Axelrod, “Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel Tuesday warned she may advise future presidential candidates against joining debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) unless the group makes significant changes.” https://bit.ly/3uSLw7L 

The changes McDaniel wants: The changes include “placing term limits on CPD’s board of directors, enacting a ‘code of conduct’ barring CPD staff from making public comments in support or opposition to any candidate, committing to hosting at least one debate before the start of early voting in any state and publicizing criteria for selecting moderators.”  

McDaniel’s deadline for a response: July 31 

Back story: “The CPD, a nonpartisan forum that has put on presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988, came under withering criticism from Republicans during the presidential race. Trump issued a slew of condemnations over perceived bias he said some of the moderators harbored, and the CPD ended up canceling the second debate between Trump and now-President Biden after Trump said he would not accept a virtual format following his COVID-19 diagnosis.”


Interesting idea — get a haircut, get a shot!:

Via The Washington Post’s Lena H. Sun, a barbershop is offering coronavirus vaccines with its hair services. https://wapo.st/3vK423p 

“A new national model? … Black community leaders, the University of Maryland and Biden White House seek to deliver accurate health information, as well as vaccines, through black-owned barbershops and salons.”  

The full storyhttps://wapo.st/3vK423p


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,288,092 

U.S. death toll: 595,242 

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 296 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.23 million doses 

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

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


OMG — This is one of the wildest videos I’ve ever seen:

I have so many thoughts, but don’t want to give anything away, so watch it for yourself. 


Teenager fights off bear to save dogs



Getting traction — that’s a big NOPE:


People swim in transparent high-rise pool in London




The House and Senate are out. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Biden is heading to Rehoboth, Del., later today. 

9:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Eric LanderEric LanderThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems near breaking point on infrastructure negotiations Overnight Energy: Psaki defends gas prices | Biden budget aims to raise B from cutting fossil fuel tax benefits Hillicon Valley: Facebook to resume some political donations | Microsoft says Russian hackers utilized email system used by USAID to target other groups | Senate confirms Biden's top scientist MORE as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

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

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received a COVID briefing. 

NoonPresident Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together. 

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to discuss infrastructure. 

5:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president Overnight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Sights and sounds from Biden's UK visit MORE leave for Rehoboth Beach, Del.


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 holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fIjurd 

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the COVID response and vaccination efforts. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fIjvvh


Today is National Rotisserie Chicken Day.

And because I found this really cute, here’s a cheetah who sounds so sweet and cuddly: https://bit.ly/3wSfAli 

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