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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: DOJ sues Georgia over voting law | Derek Chauvin to be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. in George Floyd’s death | Harris visits the U.S.-Mexico border amid criticism | Biden reaches bipartisan infrastructure deal | Senators join Biden outside White House for announcement | Senate Republicans wrestle over infrastructure strategy | How to see the strawberry supermoon 

 

THE LATEST WITH INFRASTRUCTURE

Is that Joe Biden setting up his boombox to play ‘All I Do is Win’…?:

President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE reached a deal with a bipartisan group of senators on an infrastructure package. https://bit.ly/3h3mVIr

Who this is a win for: The political center

How so: Biden campaigned on being a dealmaker, but there was significant doubt that he could come to a bipartisan agreement. “Many had predicted the talks would collapse or unravel and had said Biden was wasting time." More on why this is big for Biden, via the Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3h3mVIr

THE CATCH — THE DEAL COMES WITH AN ‘IF, AND OR BUT’:

“President Biden on Thursday said he won’t sign the bipartisan infrastructure deal if Congress doesn’t also pass a reconciliation bill, committing to a dual track system to get both bills passed.” https://bit.ly/3qoTgO1

Biden told reporters: “I expect that in the coming months this summer, before the fiscal year is over, that we will have voted on this bill, the infrastructure bill, as well as voted on the budget resolution. But if only one comes to me, this is the only one that comes to me, I’m not signing it. It’s in tandem.”

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From Biden’s announcement yesterday:

 

Biden deal on infrastructure

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2Utoasy

Interesting throwback:

 

Biden at two different stakeouts

 

The side-by-side photoshttps://bit.ly/2U6MikQ 

And here’s a photo of the pack walking out of the White House with big smileshttps://bit.ly/3h3VgXM

WHO WAS PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONS:

The Dems: Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done MORE (W.Va.), Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks MORE (Va.), Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power CIA watchdog to review handling of 'Havana syndrome' cases MORE (N.H.), Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Senate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge MORE (Ariz.), Mark KellyMark KellyHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Poll: Two-thirds of AZ Democratic voters back primary challenge to Sinema over filibuster MORE (Ariz.), John Tester (Mont.), Chris CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBottom line Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package MORE (Del.), Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 Trump says he'd like to see Chris Sununu challenge Hassan Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  MORE (N.H.), John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperManchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas moratorium It's time for US to get serious about cleaning up space junk Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (Colo.) and independent Sen. Angus KingAngus KingNew Senate bill would hurt charities and those they serve Overnight Health Care: CDC advises vaccinated to wear masks in high-risk areas | Biden admin considering vaccine mandate for federal workers Four senators call on Becerra to back importation of prescription drugs from Canada MORE (Maine.) 

The Republicans: Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (Alaska), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure Bill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (Maine), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Senate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama MORE (Ohio), Bill CassidyBill CassidySenate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama Top Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (La.), Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (Utah), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (N.C.), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands GOP senator credits Sinema for infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators MORE (N.C.), Lindsay Graham (S.C.), Mike RoundsMike RoundsEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Schumer sets up key vote on bipartisan deal MORE (S.D.), Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - A huge win for Biden, centrist senators The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill MORE (Ind.) and Jerry Moran (Kansas). 

Context from USA Todayhttps://bit.ly/3de7Dzo

What happens next for Republicans — they’re really not sure:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Republicans are wrestling over their next move on infrastructure after five of their GOP colleagues stood beside President Biden on Thursday to announce a bipartisan deal that is likely to pick up a lot of Democratic support.” https://bit.ly/3gXFaPa 

Some Republicans already have their concerns: They are worried about “whether the proposed funding sources in the framework will really cover the cost of spending priorities.”

BREAKING

The DOJ is suing Georgia:

Via The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch, “The Department of Justice is suing the state of Georgie over its controversial law imposing a number of new restrictions on voting, Attorney General Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandDOJ sues Texas over Abbott order restricting transportation of migrants Graham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Garland floats legal action over Abbott immigration order MORE announced Friday.” https://bit.ly/3jio7u3 

Back story: “The Georgia law, passed in March along party lines in the span of just a few hours, imposes restrictions that voting rights groups say will fall most heavily on minorities: It sets new voter ID requirements for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and even bars passing out food and water to those waiting in line to vote. The suit is the first from DOJ to challenge an influx of state laws they say will limit access to the ballot.”

HAPPENING TODAY

To the border and beyond:

Vice President Harris is visiting the U.S.-Mexico border today with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar DHS imposes mask mandate for employees The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 MOREhttps://bit.ly/3dcIuFl 

Why this is particularly newsy: “Harris’s seeming reluctance to visit the border has drawn criticism from the right. But if that can be dismissed as predictable politics, her performance has also elicited some muttering from within her own party, even among people who don’t want to go on the record criticizing a sitting vice president.” 

Interesting take: “A trip earlier this month to Mexico and Guatemala did not go well. A television interview with Lester Holt of NBC News saw Harris retreat into defensiveness. More generally, the question lingers as to why Harris and her team resisted going to the border for so long, allowing the issue to build to a crescendo … To her allies, the criticisms are founded in bad faith …  But to others, the border issue reignites questions about Harris’s political skills — questions that previously swirled during her 2020 presidential campaign, which started with high expectations but sputtered.” 

Read Niall Stanage’s full columnhttps://bit.ly/3dcIuFl 

 

Harris on the border

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3xXNi9v

IN MIAMI

Keep these families in your prayers:

More than 150 people are unaccounted for after a Miami condo building collapsed on Thursday morning. https://cbsn.ws/3zXDHRE 

Four people have been confirmed dead, according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D). https://bit.ly/3dbQ7vw 

Photos of the condo building: Ugh, this is horrific: https://cnn.it/3h5H68v

EARLY THIS MORNING — BIDEN APPROVES AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION:

“President Biden on Friday approved an emergency declaration for Florida and ordered federal aid to assist response efforts after a building collapse in Miami left at least 4 people dead and about 100 others unaccounted for.” https://bit.ly/3gZcDZK

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT THE BUILDING COLLAPSE:

Via The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/3dgt4Qf

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Interesting read — how Israel is doing:

Via The New York Times’s Patrick Kingsley, “Israel has been a trailblazer in the post-pandemic world, largely returning to normal in May following one of the world’s fastest vaccination drives.” https://nyti.ms/3xWi9TB 

New cases: “But dozens of new cases recently emerged at schools in two cities, Modiin and Binyamina, leading to hundreds of people being quarantined. Israel has made 12- to 15-year-olds eligible for vaccination, but many have yet to get shots.” 

Yes, but (!): “Despite the new outbreak, the country’s current death rate remains close to zero, and only 26 of 729 active coronavirus patients were hospitalized, according to data released by the Health Ministry.”

More on what this meanshttps://nyti.ms/3xWi9TB

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,591,670 

U.S. death toll: 603,187 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 321 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 816,831 million doses

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

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

NOTABLE TWEETS:

*Give me a tune* — ‘The senators on the bus go chat, chat, chat, yap, yap, yap, chat, chat, chat’:

 

Senators leave infrastructure meeting

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/35YrXR3

ON TAP:

The House is in. The Senate left for a two-week recess. President Biden is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris is in El Paso, Texas, today. 

6 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris left for El Paso, Texas. Photo of her departurehttps://bit.ly/3wY0QS6 

9:50 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief. 

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3zZFEwY

10:35 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris toured the El Paso Border Patrol Station.

12:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with advocates from faith-based NGOs.

1:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivers remarks at the El Paso International Airport. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris leaves El Paso, Texas, and flies to Los Angeles. 

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation in the White House. 

5:10 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Camp David. 

Monday, July 12: When the Senate next meets.

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:15 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 is holding a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3vWxx18

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden signs H.R. 49 to designate the National Pulse Memorial into law. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3xTxPaw 

2 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegChasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' JD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary MORE deliver remarks for LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3dgjrku 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced after being found guilty in the death of George FloydLivestreamhttps://bit.ly/3vTRPbt

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Strawberry Parfait Day and National Catfish Day. For planning purposes, tomorrow is National Chocolate Pudding Day and Sunday is National Orange Blossom Day.

Did anyone catch the cool moon last night?:

 

Strawberry moon

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3wY24g7

Photo of the moon over the Bay Bridge: Via photographer Jeff Normanhttps://bit.ly/3zS0MW5

^ You may see the large, colorful moon for one or two more nights! Here’s what we knowhttps://cnn.it/3x2wRJ2

And to get your weekend off to the right start, meet Frank. Frank is particularly annoyed by the human distractions today:  

 

Dog at a window

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3jadDNm