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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Barr ruffles feathers over Trump’s fraud claims | Enrages Dems who think he’s trying to rebuild image | Manchin on board with Dem-only infrastructure package | Wants to see what’s in the bill | Delta variant causes officials to rethink protocols | Bidens to visit building collapse site



Feathers have been ruffled:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels, “Former Attorney General William Barr has created a political firestorm with interviews for a new book that call former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE’s claims about fraud in last year’s election ‘bullshit’ and detail how 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.) pressed him to publicly dispute Trump’s assertions.”

Democrats are not pleased with Barr: “Barr has enraged Democrats and liberal commentators who say he is seeking to rehabilitate an image badly damaged by the Trump years, when he was a forceful advocate for the president, particularly during the release of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report.”


The Atlantic’s Jonathan D. Karl writes: “In the final months of the administration, the doggedly loyal attorney general finally had enough.” The full story:

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The Bidens are visiting Surfside, Fla.:

On Thursday, 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 and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge First lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MORE are visiting the site of the partial building collapse in Surfside, Fla., where at least 11 people have been confirmed dead and 150 remain missing.

Tidbit about the timing: “The White House said previously that officials were conscious of not taking away from local resources on the ground when considering a trip during which Biden could survey the damage of the building.”

From 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: “In terms of a visit by the president, we always want to ensure that we're not pulling from local resources. We don't want to draw resources that are needed in the ongoing search and rescue operations and efforts. We will remain in close contact with officials on the ground.”


Choo choo, Joe Manchin is hopping on the Democratic infrastructure train.

Heck, they could build a literal Democratic infrastructure train with everyone’s wishlist:

Centrist Democratic Sen. 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.V.) said he’s willing to support a Democratic-only infrastructure package that bypasses the Republican filibuster. 

Yes, but: Manchin said it shouldn’t be linked to a separate bipartisan framework. 

Manchin said on MSNBC: “We're going to have to work it through reconciliation, which I’ve agreed that that can be done. I just haven’t agreed on the amount, because I haven’t seen everything that everyone is wanting to put in the bill.” 

Timing: “Manchin's comments come after he told reporters late last week that he viewed a Democratic-only reconciliation bill as ‘inevitable,’ handing a significant boost to Democrats' strategy.”


“President Biden and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) are on a collision course, at least at the moment, as they race to realize their sweeping infrastructure agenda heading into next year's midterm elections.” How so:

A Jan. 6 rioter who encouraged the attack of an NYT photographer was arrested:

Via The Washington Post’s Spencer S. Hsu, “A Pennsylvania woman was arrested Monday and accused of recording and encouraging an assault on a New York Times photographer inside the Capitol when it was stormed on Jan. 6, according to charging papers.” 

The charges: “Sandra Weyer of Mechanicsburg was charged by complaint Friday with obstructing Congress as it met to confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election, a felony, as well as four misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly and disruptive conduct.”


Jill Biden made it on the cover of Vogue:

Via CNN’s Kate Bennett, “After a four year hiatus of first ladies gracing the cover of the fashion magazine, Jill Biden is on the August issue, which goes on sale on July 20. Biden, who posed for the pictures this spring at the White House, wears a navy, floral Oscar de la Renta dress for the cover shot, leaning on the balcony overlooking the South Lawn.” 

Check out the cover


The delta variant is making officials rethink things:

Via CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, “The more dangerous and more transmissible Delta variant has spread to nearly every state in the US, feeding health experts' concern over potential COVID-19 spikes in the fall.”

“The Delta variant now accounts for about 1 in every 5 new coronavirus infections in the US, the CDC has said. And with more than half of the population still not fully vaccinated, according to the CDC, health experts and officials worry that regions with low amounts of virus protection could see surges in the fall and winter.”   

Covid measures could change, even for the vaccinated — here’s an example: “Already in Los Angeles County, the pace of this variant's spread has motivated officials to reinstate mask guidance for public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status.”   

What to know


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,641,487 

U.S. death toll: 604,152

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 324 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 875,452 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:




I know I showed you a similar clip yesterday, but this is pretty interesting:


CNN interview with Trump supporters



Three taken off Trump’s holiday card list:


House GOP impeachment voters together




The House is in. The Senate is out. President Biden is in Wisconsin today. Vice President Harris is in Washington, D.C.

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

10 a.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Wisconsin.

1:15 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden tours La Cross Municipal Transit Utility in La Crosse, Wis.

1:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine TaiKatherine TaiBiden's trade agenda is off to a rocky start Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions Biden's budget vacancy raises eyebrows MORE.

5 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 

6:05 p.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.


11 a.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream 

2 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on infrastructure. Livestream


Today is National Almond Buttercrunch Day. Again, I don’t make the rules.

And to distract you from your Tuesday afternoon, let’s play: Find the Dog: 


Dog through the grass and brush