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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Supreme Court declines to hear transgender school bathroom case | House to vote on Jan. 6 select committee | Biden walks back infrastructure threat | Infrastructure deal back on track after stumbles | Study suggests Pfizer, Moderna vaccines offer lasting protection | White House lit up in rainbow colors | U.S. Olympic gymnastics team selected

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

The Supreme Court is shaking its head ‘nope’:  

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “The Supreme Court on Monday declined an appeal from a Virginia school board in a long running battle over bathroom access, effectively handing a victory to transgender student Gavin Grimm.” https://bit.ly/3xYClo4 

What we know about the appeal: “The court’s denial to grant the appeal means that fewer than four justices agreed to take up the case … The move came in an unsigned order, with two of the court’s more conservative justices, Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasAn obscure Supreme Court ruling is a cautionary tale of federal power Overnight Health Care: St. Louis reimposes mask mandate | Florida asks Supreme Court to block CDC's limits on cruise ship industry Florida asks Supreme Court to block CDC's limits on cruise ship industry MORE and Samuel Alito, indicating they would have taken up the appeal.” 

What this means: “The development leaves in place a federal appeals court ruling in favor of Grimm, a transgender student who first sued his school district in Gloucester County, Va., in 2015 for access to the boys’ bathroom.”  

Details of the casehttps://bit.ly/3xYClo4

THE SUPREME COURT’S BIGGEST QUESTION RIGHT NOW — WILL JUSTICE BREYER RETIRE?:

The implications, via The Hill’s Harper Neidighttps://bit.ly/3w1uF31

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THE LATEST WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL

Cleanup on aisle 46:

Via The New York Times’s Nicholas Fandos, “A fragile bipartisan infrastructure deal appeared to be moving forward once again on Sunday, as moderate Republicans said they had been reassured that 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 would not hold it hostage while Democrats simultaneously work on a larger, partisan economic package.” https://nyti.ms/3xfaik4

“After 48 hours of chaos, the statements by leading Republicans prompted a sigh of relief for the White House, where Mr. Biden and top aides had worked through the weekend to keep the eight-year, $1.2 trillion investment to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure from falling apart.” The full storyhttps://nyti.ms/3xfaik4

The gist of the mess: When Biden announced the bipartisan infrastructure deal, he said he would only sign the bill if it came in tandem with the supplemental Democratic budget reconciliation bill. That infuriated Republicans, and Biden later walked back his comments.

‘BIDEN’S FRANTIC WEEKEND SAVES INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL BUT LEAVES HIM ON THINNER POLITICAL ICE’:

Analysis from CNN White House reporter Stephen Collinsonhttps://cnn.it/2Syze7l

This morning — Mitch McConnell wants a separation:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday demanded that Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) de-link a bipartisan infrastructure deal from a sweeping Democratic-only bill.” https://bit.ly/35ULl1D 

In McConnell’s words: “Unless Leader Schumer and Speaker Pelosi walk-back their threats that they will refuse to send the president a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless they also separately pass trillions of dollars for unrelated tax hikes, wasteful spending, and Green New Deal socialism, then President Biden’s walk-back of his veto threat would be a hollow gesture.” 

Keep in mind: “McConnell’s statement is the first he’s made since President Biden walked back his pledge that he wouldn’t sign the bipartisan deal if it was the only thing that came to his desk, saying over the weekend that the veto threat wasn’t his ‘intent.’” https://bit.ly/35ULl1D

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

Jan. 6, Jan. 6, Jan. 6, Jan. 6:

House Democrats are moving forward with a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack after Republicans blocked a bipartisan independent commission to probe the siege. https://bit.ly/3xVlvq2

When the House will vote on the select committee: This week — before the three-week July 4 recess. 

Though Democrats preferred the failed bipartisan plan, here’s an advantage to Plan B: “A select committee would empower Democratic leaders to dictate the ground rules of the investigation, including the scope, the numerical composition of members, the parameters surrounding the panel's subpoena powers and the timeline for ending the probe.”

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK:

Confederate statues: “The House will vote on legislation to remove statues of people who served the Confederacy or otherwise worked to uphold slavery that are currently displayed in the Capitol.” 

Iraq: “The House is set to vote to repeal the 1991 Iraq War authorization, giving a big boost to a years-long effort to roll back the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).” 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3xVlvq2

A LIGHTER TIDBIT:

CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski tweeted, “Pro (forma) tip. If you're a reporter at the Capitol today and you want the senator presiding to stop and chat, ask him about the AUMF.” https://bit.ly/3jljLSY

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

‘I, Moderna, take you … from this day forward’ ... ‘And I, Pfizer, take you … from this day forward’:

Via The New York Times’s Apoorva Mandavilli, a new study shows that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines may offer extended protection without a booster shot.” https://nyti.ms/2UczmJS 

Details: “The findings add to growing evidence that most people immunized with the mRNA vaccines may not need boosters, so long as the virus and its variants do not evolve much beyond their current forms — which is not guaranteed. People who recovered from Covid-19 before being vaccinated may not need boosters even if the virus does make a significant transformation.”

What we knowhttps://nyti.ms/2UczmJS

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,625,854 

U.S. death toll: 603,966 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 323 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 804,634 million doses

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

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

 

 



NOTABLE TWEETS:

Lol:

 

CNN interview

 

Watch — just a heads up, the language isn’t the nicesthttps://bit.ly/3gYOVhu

This is pretty incredible to watch:

 

Sheep herd

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/2UN96Gw

The White House dressed up:

 

White House is set for Pride Month

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3qxldTP

ON TAP:

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Biden is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris in Los Angeles and will return to Washington, D.C. today. 

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

4 p.m. EDT: President Biden meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the Oval Office.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris leaves Los Angeles and returns to Washington, D.C.

6:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda todayhttps://bit.ly/3dobz0t

WHAT TO WATCH:

12:30 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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3jmUIPE

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Tapioca Day. I don’t make the rules.

Ah, this photo gets me:

 

Team USA gymnasts

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3qx3Dzo 

Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum will represent Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics next month.

Also joiningMyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey will compete as individuals. Everything you need to knowhttps://bit.ly/3gYWsNi

THIS MORNING — NBC TODAY’S HODA KOTB INTERVIEWED THE TEAM THIS MORNING:

Here’s the full interview: https://on.today.com/3qx4IHs

And because you made it this far, here’s a pretty riveting game of ‘Hungry Hungry Hippos’: https://bit.ly/3hbkq6V