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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Senate to vote on elections bill | GOP expected to filibuster | What happens next | Increasing pressure to nix the filibuster | White House to acknowledge missing July 4 vaccine deadline | Liberal activists, Dem senators at odds over Breyer’s future retirement | NYC’s Dem. mayoral primary | What to watch | Fake In-N-Out truck roaming D.C.| NYT’s eel headline the talk of Twitter 


The Senate is expected to vote on the sweeping election reforms bill today, in which Democrats do not have the votes to overcome the filibuster.

How many votes Democrats need: At least 60 to overcome the filibuster

How many votes Democrats have: “The legislation is co-sponsored by 49 Democratic members of the Senate. The one holdout, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Manchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget MORE, D-W.Va., has opened the door to supporting a compromise version and is expected to vote with his party on the procedural motion.”  

Should we expect any Republicans to vote for the bill?: “Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign MORE, R-Mo., a member of McConnell's leadership team, told reporters Monday that he expects every Republican to vote to block the bill.” 

What to expect, via NBC’s Sahil Kapur


From Obama: "We can't wait until the next election because if we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought about Jan. 6, if we have that for a couple more election cycles, we're going to have real problems in terms of our democracy long-term.”


Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudo, “Top liberal groups, strategists and organizers are shifting away from their core policy areas to focus on the need for the Senate to approve sweeping voter rights legislation, underscoring the deep fears in progressive America that state Republicans will lock in restrictions without federal action.”


Here’s the Senate’s full schedule for today:

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If and when that bill fails, what happens next?:

Expect increased pressure for Democrats to nix the filibuster. 

I.e.: So Democrats can pass bills with a simple 51-vote majority without Republicans blocking it. 

How many Democrats support changing or nixing the filibuster: According to a Washington Post “Fix” review, “over the past year no fewer than 45 senators have called for changing or eliminating the legislative filibuster.” 

^Where things get tricky — 39 of those 45 senators supported the filibuster when Republicans were in control: The full story from The Washington Post’s JM Rieger

^BTW, SEN. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Schumer: Democrats 'on track' to pass bipartisan deal, .5T budget Ocasio-Cortez: 'More than enough' votes to prevent infrastructure from passing without reconciliation bill MORE DOES *NOT* WANT TO ELIMINATE THE FILIBUSTER:

In a Washington Post op-ed, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) argued why she thinks the filibuster should be kept in place. 

Her reasoning — the filibuster can later be used against her priorities: “Once in a majority, it is tempting to believe you will stay in the majority.” 

An example from Sinema: “To those who want to eliminate the legislative filibuster to expand health-care access or retirement benefits: Would it be good for our country if we did, only to later see that legislation replaced by legislation dividing Medicaid into block grants, slashing earned Social Security and Medicare benefits, or defunding women’s reproductive health services?” Read her full op-ed


Let’s find out how big the Yang Gang is:

New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary is happening today!

The gist of the race: “The leading Democratic contenders include Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, former New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia and former presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis Eric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence MORE, three centrists, and civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley, who is backed by many progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups. Polls show that while Adams leads the crop, the race remains up for grabs for any of the four top contenders.”


  1. “Can progressives clinch a late victory at the polls?”
  2. “Do concerns over crime dominate the race?”
  3. “Does the Garcia-Yang alliance boost them in the home stretch?”
  4. “What will turnout be like?”
  5. “What impact does ranked choice voting have?”

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Tal Axelrod


OK, this headline wins:

The New York Times’s Sabrina Imbler writes, “When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray.” 

(It took me a minute to get the headline.)

The full story — plus video of the eel climbing the ramp! 

^I’ve seen several tweets calling for this headline to win a Pulitzer.


It must be a weird feeling when all your buds are debating when they want you to retire:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Liberal activists fearful of Democrats losing control of the Senate are pushing for stalwart liberal Justice Stephen Breyer to retire this year, but Democratic senators don’t share their enthusiasm, knowing a fall confirmation battle could quickly become a partisan circus.” 

Why Democratic senators aren’t eager for Breyer to leave: “They aren’t spoiling for another bruising Senate confirmation fight, which could put President BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE’s legislative agenda on hold and further fuel partisan tensions in the chamber.”

Tidbit — where Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCalifornia Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Pelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election MORE (D-Mass.) stands on the issue: Oh, I have no comment on that. None,” Warren said. 

The debate


Biden knows that his July 4 deadline will likely be a miss:

Via NBC’s Mike Memoli, “The Biden administration planned to concede Tuesday that it will likely fall short of President Joe Biden’s goal of partially vaccinating 70 percent of American adults by Independence Day, but insist it has ‘succeeded beyond our highest expectations’ in returning the nation to a pre-pandemic normal.” 

Where the White House stands — we will hit the goal for 27+, not 18+: “Jeffrey Zients, the head of the White House COVID-19 response team, was scheduled to announce that the administration has hit its 70 percent vaccination target among Americans ages 30 and older, and is poised to reach that threshold for those 27 and older by the Fourth of July. But it will take ‘a few extra weeks’ to include all Americans 18 and older to that group, he is to acknowledge.” 



Just over 45 percent fully vaccinated




Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,555,224

U.S. death toll: 602,118

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 319 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.13 million doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:



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Great, this toddler could likely beat me in tennis in a year or two:


Serena with her daughter



Today in ‘Wilmington Heavily Leans Into Being The President’s Hometown’:


Biden portraits on a Dunkin Donuts wall




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

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

11:45 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden has lunch with Vice President Harris.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell and Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Another roll call vote in the Senate.

5:30 p.m. EDT: A cloture vote in the Senate.

6:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

1 p.m. EDT Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “America's Unfinished Business: An LGBTQ+ Summit.” Speakers and how to RSVP


10 a.m. EDT: D.C. Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Overnight Health Care: Biden tells federal workers to get vaccinated or submit to testing | President calls on states to offer 0 vaccine incentives | DC brings back indoor mask mandate starting Saturday House GOP stages mask mandate protest MORE (D) testified on statehood for Washington, D.C. Livestream

12:30 p.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream 

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Hunter Biden blasts those criticizing price of his art: 'F--- 'em' MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream 

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Mental Health, Addiction & the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Speakers and how to RSVP


Today is National Chocolate Eclair Day and National Onion Ring Day!

I want you to hear this from me before you briefly get your hopes up:

Via Washingtonian’s Jessica Sidman, “An Imposter In-N-Out Food Truck Is Roaming Around DC.” 

“Photos of the imposter began circulating on Reddit earlier this week after it was spotted around the National Mall. The red truck touted a rip-off logo, photos from the In-N-Out website, and a copycat menu including a ‘Double-Double,’ cheeseburger, burger, French fries, and shakes. Prices were scrawled by hand.” 

Here’s a photo 

And here’s the Reddit thread

And to brighten your Tuesday afternoon, here’s a puppy that is striving to be an individual, to stand outside the pack, to be its own canine:  

If everyone jumped off a bridge, this lil’ guy sure wouldn’t, let me tell you!


This pup is not waking up!