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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: G-7 leaders pledge 1B COVID-19 vaccine doses |  Sights and sounds from the U.K. |  Jill BidenJill BidenEx-Trump doctor turned GOP lawmaker wants Biden to take cognitive test Biden 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 MORE, Kate Middleton meet with schoolchildren |  Kate asked about niece Lilibet | No. 2 at CDC says U.S. not ready for next pandemic | Trump DOJ seized House Dems’ data from Apple |  Progressives wary of bipartisan infrastructure deal |  Md. child’s ‘missing cicada’ poster



A round of COVID-19 vaccines, on the house! — World leaders pledge 1 billion doses: 

Via The New York Times’s Marc Santora, “The leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies are expected to pledge one billion doses of Covid vaccines to poor and middle-income countries on Friday as part of a campaign to ‘vaccinate the world’ by the end of 2022.” https://nyti.ms/2U0B80Q


Jill Biden and Kate Middleton — my worlds are colliding and it’s making my head spin!: Maybe I should also wear pink today. Photohttps://bit.ly/3pQ0daz 

Tidbit about the school: “They visited a state-funded school that works with students who have dealt with trauma and supports their mental health. The children are 4- and 5-year-olds and learn to care about animals as a way to develop their skills for nurturing.” (Via The Hill’s Alex Gangitanohttps://bit.ly/3zdUpMt

CNN’s Betsy Klein added: “The children at this school in Cornwall have been learning about famous landmarks in the G7 countries, including the White House and Buckingham Palace” Photo of first lady Jill Biden and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, talking with the childrenhttps://bit.ly/3wf9Phj

Tidbit about Kate’s new niece:


The Duchess of Cambridge answers questions about her new niece


Watch the Duchess of Cambridge’s full responsehttps://bit.ly/3iyR1pr 

The first lady didn’t seem to love that question: The Daily Mail’s Nikki Schwab tweeted a tidbit from pooler Emily Goodin of The Daily Mail, “A sort of snippy answer from @FLOTUS, who was asked by pool if she asked the Duchess for any advice on meeting the Queen. ‘No I didn’t. We’ve been busy. Were you not in that room? We were talking education.’ ” https://bit.ly/3iGLf50

‘OK, OK, so I gotta know. Where can I get the best ice cream around here?’:




Lol, zoom in on each of their facial expressions:


What did Boris Johnson say?


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3gegWkH

This caption wins:

Finsbury Glover Hering’s Alex Byers equated the G-7 family photo pose to *NSYNC: 


The G-7 "family photo"


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3pLqF5m

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Yikes — you will be hearing about this reporting for months to come:

Via The New York Times’s Katie Benner, Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Adam Goldman, “As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor.” https://nyti.ms/3vbzExz

Including: Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cybersecurity during summit with Putin MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMo Brooks accuses Swalwell attorney who served papers on his wife of trespassing Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas Democrats weigh next steps on Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) told the Times last night that he was notified that his data had been subpoenaed as well. 

In total: “The records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018.”

The full story — it’s a very big dealhttps://nyti.ms/3vbzExz


“It's one thing to view last night's bombshell NYT story about Trump's DOJ thru the perspective of an ex-president who's left the political stage for good. It's another [to] look at it with Trump remaining the GOP's de-facto leader and 2024 frontrunner.” https://bit.ly/3xdcIiX


How do you like them apples!?:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A bipartisan group of 10 senators Thursday afternoon announced an agreement on a ‘compromise framework’ to invest $1.2 trillion in infrastructure over the next eight years.” https://bit.ly/2TPZpGI 

What we know about this deal: “Sources familiar with the deal said it would provide $974 billion over five years. They also said the framework is focused on ‘core, physical infrastructure’ and would not increase taxes, though it includes an option to index the gas tax to inflation. Further, it would provide $579 billion in new funding over what would otherwise be spent without any new legislation.”


Progressives are worried that including all the bipartisan aspects to infrastructure in one bill will make it harder for Democrats to pass another piece of legislation later on. I.e.: They’ve lost all leverage that would sweeten the deal for a future package. https://bit.ly/3znaIGD

Action items that progressives are referring to: “That bigger package could include many progressive prizes, such as climate change legislation, $400 billion for long-term home care and language to lower the cost of prescription drugs.”



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A CDC official is sounding the alarm bells — she says we aren't prepared for the next pandemic:

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel and Reid Wilson, “The No. 2 official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that without consistent, long-term funding for public health, the U.S. won't be any better prepared for the next pandemic.” https://bit.ly/2U0MVMD 

“In an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said the U.S. was not prepared for COVID-19 due to years of inadequate investment in public health infrastructure.” 

Schuchat told The Hill: "I think the critical learning about how to do better next time is the need to greatly invest in public health, and not just respond to emergencies. This is a big job, and it can't be like Ebola or H1N1 where there's emergency funding and then everything goes away. This needs to be sustained, or we will be exactly where we were last year."

Keep in mind: Schuchat has been at the CDC for 33 years and is retiring this month. 


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,427,288 

U.S. death toll: 598,756

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


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 306 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.14 million doses

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

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


Angela, welcome to our nation’s humble abode:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit President Biden at the White House on July 15. https://bit.ly/3wfE4oy

Trying to make that July 4 deadline!:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, Vice President Harris will travel to South Carolina and Georgia next week, her first stops on a national vaccination tour as the Biden administration makes a final push to meet its coronavirus vaccine goal for the Fourth of July.” https://bit.ly/3geGkGX 

Details, if you care: “Harris will visit Greenville, S.C., on Monday and Atlanta next Friday."

The goal: Having 70 percent of U.S. adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4. 


I feel like I’m watching an action movie where I don’t know how it will turn out:





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

6:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. 

9:10 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie Johnson. 

9:20 a.m. EDT: President Biden participated in a family photo with G-7 leaders. The photo — what a beautiful backdrophttps://bit.ly/3wjJBKW 

9:45 a.m. EDT: President Biden attended a G-7 Summit session. 

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivered remarks on the administration's investments in child care.  

1:15 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden participate in a reception, photo and dinner with G-7 leaders and the royal family.

Monday: The Senate returns. The Senate’s full agenda for Mondayhttps://bit.ly/3x6aRfQ


11 a.m. EDT: NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier testified on the defense priorities for 2022. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3wfsee6


Today is National Corn on the Cob Day.

The best thing I’ve read all day — let’s find Tod, team!:


Sign looks for Tod, the cicada

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2TO4JdF 

Here’s the full drawing of Tod if that will help your searchhttps://bit.ly/3xshGbV


And to get your weekend off to a great start, here is a little boy sharing the news to his siblings that he has found a heart transplant donor!: https://bit.ly/3iDVeIr 

Side note: That boy is retired NFL tight end Greg Olsens son.