The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate rules change Biden's calculus


I’m picturing a mysterious deep narrator voice from above — ‘You may do it once more. That is all.’:

^ Too bad this isn’t an audio newsletter because I have a ~great~ voice for this headline.



Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “The Senate parliamentarian’s ruling allowing Democrats to sidestep a GOP filibuster only one more time in 2021 is forcing Democratic lawmakers to rethink how they can advance 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’s agenda.” https://bit.ly/3fOpnmw

Why this is newsy: Democrats thought they could pass two (!) more reconciliation bills this year. But nope, just once more.  

What this means: Democrats are thinking that the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package should be even higher because it’s their one big chance to pass a package without Republicans blocking. 

When can they sidestep the filibuster after that one time?: After April 1, 2022 — though that’s a few months before the midterms and the political dynamics could be very different by then. 

How this changes Biden’s calculushttps://bit.ly/3fOpnmw

The most evergreen sentence I will ever write — Joe Manchin is unsure whether to support the Dem bill:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure Harris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina MORE (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that he doesn't yet support Democrats trying to go it alone to pass an infrastructure package, even as a growing number of his colleagues are running out of patience. https://bit.ly/3uPQ4vp

Manchin told CNN: "We need to do something in a bipartisan way. ... We're not going to get everything but we can move forward. These take time. I know everyone is in a hurry right now ... We've got to work together and that takes a lot of time and energy and patience." Watch Manchin’s full reasoninghttps://bit.ly/3vTNMwL

NBC asked Manchin whether Democrats should pass the bill without GOP support: "I don’t think we should,” Manchin replied. I really don’t."

Happy 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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To quote the eloquent musings of Iggy Azalea, ‘I've been up all night, tryna get that rich, I've been work, work, work, work, workin' on my [stuff]:

^ See, I kept that family-friendly ;) https://bit.ly/3pjC4sR 

The U.S. added 559,000 jobs in May, the Labor Department reported this morning. https://bit.ly/3vRfoCt 

Because I know the figure ‘559,000’ means nothing to most of you: Economists had predicted that roughly 671,000 new jobs would be added in May after April’s disappointing 266,000. Even though the jobs report came in lower than expectations, it’s still much better than April.  

The unemployment rate dropped, too!: “The unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent, from 6.1 percent the previous month.”


Local leaders are pressuring Biden: ‘Cancel ‘em, cancel ‘em, Joe! Do it, Joe.’:



Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitano and Marty Johnson, “Local leaders are stepping up the pressure on President Biden to tackle the issue of student debt by taking official action in their own jurisdictions that they hope will urge him to forgive some college loans.” https://bit.ly/3uTyUwZ 

“The District of Columbia and several other city governments have passed resolutions that call on the federal government to act on student loan cancellations. The moves come as Biden laid out new measures toward economic equity this week, an issue that student loan advocates say could be tackled in part by canceling student loans.”


Mike Pence vented a bit:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, “Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceVirginia couple pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges linked to Capitol riot Juan Williams: GOP preparing the ground to steal an election How to investigate Jan. 6 (and other politicized issues) without a commission MORE on Thursday offered his most extensive comments to date on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, calling it a ‘dark’ and ‘tragic’ day in history, but accused Democrats of using the events that day to divide the country.” https://bit.ly/3pmZyx9

Where Pence made the comments: Speaking at dinner in the ever-popular landmark for future presidential hopefuls: New Hampshire. 

What Pence had to say about Trump — they don’t see eye to eye: "You know, President Trump and I have spoken many times since we left office. And I don't know if we'll ever see eye to eye on that day. But I will always be proud of what we accomplished for the American people over the last four years.” 

Video of the eventhttps://bit.ly/2SNZw5b


The options Democrats are mulling, via The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Scott Wonghttps://bit.ly/3pt5zZi


‘Attacks on Fauci grow more intense, personal and conspiratorial’:

Via Politico’s Natasha Korecki and Sarah Owermohle, “For over a year, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciUK study: Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines offer protection against Delta variant The tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Delta variant's UK dominance sparks concerns in US MORE has been a bogeyman for conservatives, who have questioned his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and accused him of quietly undermining then-President Donald 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. But those attacks took on a whole new level of vitriol this week, to the point that one social media analysis described it as highly misleading and at least one platform pulled down some posts, citing false content.” https://politi.co/3fOQ5eM 

Why now: Fauci’s emails were released after a Freedom of Information Act request from several media publications.

The full story is worth readinghttps://politi.co/3fOQ5eM

Getting traction — this made me laugh:


COVID vaccine giveaways


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pjLKmU


Some of these promos are pretty wild. The list, compiled by People’s Sophie Dodd and Janine Puhakhttps://bit.ly/3vTHjSf


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,327,273 

U.S. death toll: 596,445

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 298 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 999,474 doses 

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

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




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OK, there is *a lot* going on here:


New Mexico sheriff hopeful interrupted by drone carrying sex toy


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3vP3FV2


The House and Senate are out. President Biden is on his way back to Washington, D.C. 

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

10:55 a.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 Rehoboth Beach, Del., and head back to Washington, D.C.


10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden delivered remarks on the May jobs report. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3fQeCjF

1 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/34O1tRO 

3 p.m. EDT: Social media briefing from press secretary Jen PsakiLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/3uSxliX


Today is National Doughnut Day!! To join me in celebrating, here’s a list of a doughnut deals across the country today!: https://bit.ly/34IYKJq

For all the Simone Biles fans in the group (me, I am that superfan):

The Washington Post’s Emily Giambalvo has an interesting piece on the “Yurchenko” vault in gymnastics and “the origins of Simone Biles’s revolutionary vault.” https://wapo.st/3fNSPZQ 

Wow: Here’s video of Biles’s insane new skill: https://bit.ly/3fOQ5LW

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here’s a pup who is doing a fantastic job at holding the soccer ball: https://bit.ly/3psxEQj