The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden readies for Putin meeting

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden readies for Putin meeting | Prepares by rallying allies at Group of Seven | Tight-lipped on strategy | Sights and sounds from Europe | Garland contains DOJ fallout of obtaining lawmaker records | Sanders announces opposition to bipartisan infrastructure package | Pfizer looks into rare vaccinated COVID patients for booster | Surplus of Girl Scout cookies

 

THE LATEST FROM BIDEN’S EUROPE TRIP

*Cue me slowly turning up the Rocky theme song on a boombox*:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, Morgan Chalfant and Laura Kelly, “President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training On The Money: Senate braces for nasty debt ceiling fight | Democrats pushing for changes to bipartisan deal | Housing prices hit new high in June Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE is looking to build momentum heading into a highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinKaseya obtains key to decrypt systems weeks after ransomware attack The withdrawal from Afghanistan happened too fast and will have consequences US, Germany reach deal on controversial Russian pipeline MORE on Wednesday.” https://bit.ly/3wvTl4S 

How Biden has been preparing: “Biden has spent the last few days rallying allies in the Group of Seven (G-7) and NATO around the need to confront Russia and meeting privately with foreign leaders to gauge how he should approach his one-on-one with Putin.” 

Basically, Biden’s whispering to other G-7 leaders — ‘Psst, Putin. Pass it on.: “Biden raised Russia in each of his pull-aside meetings with fellow NATO leaders at Monday’s summit, and he has worked to carefully manage expectations for what can come out of the Putin meeting.”

Do we know what Biden will say during his meeting with Putin?: No, Biden has been tight-lipped about his approach. 

What to expecthttps://bit.ly/3wvTl4S

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:

Biden stopped by the 9/11 memorial at NATO’s headquarters: Here’s a photo of Biden visiting the memorial, via The Associated Press’s Jonathan Lemirehttps://bit.ly/2SyC6kw 

Narrator — ‘Time was not of the essence that day’: Via NBC’s Peter Alexander: “President Biden is more than 2 hours late to his NATO news conference. No explanation from the White House for the extended delay.” https://bit.ly/2TXyeK6

It’s Tuesday, the halfway point of June. The best months fly by — slow down, June! 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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Getting traction — Wow, I know a few people who may live to 150 then!:

The New York Times tweeted, “Consuming four or five eight-ounce cups of coffee (or about 400 milligrams of caffeine) a day has been associated with reduced death rates, numerous studies suggest.” https://bit.ly/2SAiZXh 

Read the full article: “The Health Benefits of Coffee: Drinking coffee has been linked to a reduced risk of all kinds of ailments, including Parkinson’s disease, melanoma, prostate cancer, even suicide.” https://nyti.ms/2SDGApX

NEWS THIS MORNING

A deal 17 years (!) in the making:

“President Biden and European Union (EU) leaders reached an agreement Tuesday to end the 17-year trade dispute over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, officials said.” https://bit.ly/3wu1SF8 

What to expect: “The development … is likely to improve relations between the U.S. and Europe at a time when they are collectively trying to counter China’s rise.”  

Details of the dealhttps://bit.ly/3wu1SF8

If you like reading other peoples’ emails:

Via The Hill’s Mychael Schnell, “Newly revealed documents obtained by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform reveal that former President TrumpDonald TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip MORE and his allies pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to back his unproven claims of election fraud in the days and weeks before the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.” https://bit.ly/3gsYgfO 

Read the documents and emailshttps://bit.ly/35rDTKQ

AT THE DOJ

This story isn’t going away anytime soon:

Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Rebecca Beitsch, “Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandBiden administration moves to withdraw death penalty requests in seven cases Federal gun trafficking strike forces launched in five cities Garland restricting DOJ contact with White House officials MORE is scrambling to contain the fallout of a widening Justice Department scandal as Democratic allies and the press express outrage over revelations that his agency secretly obtained records of lawmakers, reporters and dozens of others as it carried out aggressive leak investigations during the Trump presidency.” https://bit.ly/3vjrPWM 

How Garland is responding: He directed the DOJ’s inspector general to look into it.  

And yesterday: “Garland on Monday … met with executives from CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post to explain why the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought records from eight reporters from those outlets.”  

The full response from the DOJhttps://bit.ly/3vjrPWM

IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY, HERE’S A QUICK PRIMER:

Via The New York Times’s Michael S. Schmidt and Charlie Savagehttps://nyti.ms/3iN4MRH

IN CONGRESS

There are a few constants you can count on in life. And a constant infrastructure week is one of those things:

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersProtect women's right to choose how and when they work Senate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (I-Vt.) announced yesterday that he would not support the bipartisan infrastructure package negotiated by five Republicans and five Democrats. https://bit.ly/3iH5tvC 

Why: He argues it doesn’t do enough.

Does that mean the package is doomed?: It means that every Democratic senator voted ‘yes,’ 11 Republican votes would also be needed. It’s possible, but other Democrats seem disappointed by the negotiated bill, so who knows.

^ IT’S NOT JUST AN UNHAPPY BERNIE — THE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE IS GETTING IT FROM ALL SIDES:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Boltonhttps://bit.ly/3d0ik8L

HAPPENING TODAY — TELL US WHATCHA NEED:

Several mayors are testifying before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on their infrastructure needs. Livestream — it started at 10 a.m. EDThttps://bit.ly/3pVowDV

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

New study on post-COVID patients:

Via The New York Times’s Pam Belluck, a new study of health insurance records shows an increase of medical problems among patients who tested positive for COVID-19. https://nyti.ms/3vufGhE

The gist: “The study, tracking the health insurance records of nearly 2 million people in the United States who contracted the coronavirus last year, found that one month or more after their infection, almost one-quarter — 23 percent — of them sought medical treatment for new conditions.”  

What to know about the conditions — there was a pretty big range: “Those affected were all ages, including children. Their most common new health problems were pain, including in nerves and muscles; breathing difficulties; high cholesterol; malaise and fatigue; and high blood pressure. Other issues included intestinal symptoms; migraines; skin problems; heart abnormalities; sleep disorders; and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.” 

The full story and more contexthttps://nyti.ms/3vufGhE

TIDBIT — PFIZER IS LOOKING AT VACCINATED COVID CASES FOR INTEL ON BOOSTERS:

“Pfizer is studying the rare cases in which vaccinated people have gotten infected with the coronavirus in order to determine when booster shots might be needed.” https://bit.ly/3q0eul1

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,475,460 

U.S. death toll: 599,950

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 311 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.11 million doses 

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

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

NOTABLE TWEETS:

*Cracks knuckles and stretches neck*

Well, this is what I’ve been training for!!:

 

Unopened Girl Scout cookies

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3voVCgS

 

The full story from The Associated Presshttps://bit.ly/3wqEFDS

Omg — make sure you watch around the 50-second mark:

 

Rep. Kuster challenger

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2TvvvHQ 

Hat tip to The Hill’s Morning Report author Al Weaver for bringing this clip to my attention. 

ON TAP:

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

3:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. Keep in mind: That’s 9:30 a.m. in Belgium. 

5 a.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Belgium’s King Philippe and Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

6:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden meets with European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

6:50 a.m. EDT: President Biden participates in the U.S.-EU summit.

8:40 a.m. EDT: President Biden leaves Brussels and heads to Geneva, Switzerland. 

10:25 a.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Switzerland’s president, Guy Parmelin

11:30 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate, including a confirmation vote for Lina M. Khan as Federal Trade Commissioner.  

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus meetings.

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate holds a confirmation vote on Kiran Arjandas Ahuja to serve as Director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Senate’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3wqKilG 

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with immigrant women.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3vtB32G

6:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris hosts a bipartisan group of women senators for dinner at the Naval Observatory.

WHAT TO WATCH:

YesterdayVice President Harris delivered remarks at a COVID vaccination event. Here’s yesterday’s livestream linkhttps://bit.ly/3xlCPEp

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenAfrica doesn't deserve last place in the vaccine race Biden says wages will need to increase to solve recruitment problems Just 6.5 percent of rental aid has reached tenants, landlords: Treasury MORE deliver remarks on small businesses.  Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/35oUQWC 

2 p.m. EDT: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies on the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/35tUBJz

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Lobster Day!

I asked my partner what would be a good headline for this video and he said, ‘put ‘em on a poster!!’ ... So there you go, ‘put ‘em on a poster!’:

 

Kawhi Leonard dunk

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3wrlfi5

And to make you laugh, here’s a dog publicly airing its grievances over the nonsense: https://bit.ly/3zppU6j 

^ Lol, wait until the end.