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Live look at me seeing the WSJ news alert this morning: 

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Corrine Ramey, “The Manhattan district attorney’s office is expected to charge the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer with tax-related crimes on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said, which would mark the first criminal charges against the former president’s company since prosecutors began investigating it three years ago.”

The charges: “The Trump Organization and [Allen WeisselbergAllen Howard WeisselbergEx-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE The Memo: Trump is diminished but hasn't faded The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Biden backs Cuban protesters, assails 'authoritarian regime' MORE, the company’s longtime chief financial officer,] are expected to face charges related to allegedly evading taxes on fringe benefits, the people said.”

What about 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?: “Mr. Trump himself isn’t expected to be charged, his lawyer said.” 

When the defendants will appear in court: Thursday 

Everything we know

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What a MESS:



Via The New York Times’s Katie Glueck, “The New York City mayor’s race plunged into chaos on Tuesday night when the city Board of Elections released a new tally of votes in the Democratic mayoral primary, and then removed the tabulations from its website after citing a ‘discrepancy.’” 

What happened?: The board had forgotten to remove around 135,000 sample ballots that were used to test the software. 

This may not be the end to the complications: “The results may well be scrambled again: Even after the Board of Elections sorts through the preliminary tally, it must count around 124,000 Democratic absentee ballots. Once they are tabulated, the board will take the new total that includes them and run a new set of ranked-choice elimination rounds, with a final result not expected until mid-July.”


This, boys and girls, is what we call ‘overselling and underdelivering’:

Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudo and Amie Parnes, “Democrats facing a legislative logjam and divisions over their strategy are confronting a new problem: the worry that they overpromised supporters when they won back the White House and both chambers of Congress.” 

Where Democrats thought they might be: “The possibility of passing sweeping legislation to tackle inequality and climate change, improve the health care system and secure the right to vote in the face of state measures imposing new restrictions seemed to be within grasp.” 

Yes, but it’s not looking that way: “But just six months into Joe Biden’s presidency, many of those plans look unwinnable. Democrats don’t have the votes to end the legislative filibuster, and they haven’t been able to get all 50 of their Democratic senators behind a $6 trillion spending bill, the For the People voting rights bill or even a significant increase in the federal minimum wage.”

What to expect



GOP House members tour the border



Back story: House Republicans took an emotional trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Hill’s Scott Wong has a good explainer:


One virus, two Americas:

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciIsraeli president receives COVID-19 booster shot AstraZeneca CEO: 'Not clear yet' if boosters are needed St. Louis official says he was targeted with racist slurs over mask promotion MORE, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, warned about the widening gap of Americans who are vaccinated and those who are not.

Fauci told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonOfficer Fanone shares threatening voicemail he got after Jan. 6 testimony Don Lemon defends Tucker Carlson amid confrontation video Lineup for Central Park 'Homecoming' concert includes Springsteen, LL Cool J, New York Philharmonic MORE: "When you have such a low level of vaccination superimposed upon a variant that has a high degree of efficiency of spread, what you are going to see among under-vaccinated regions, be that states, cities or counties, you're going to see these individual types of blips. It's almost like it's going to be two Americas." 

Where the U.S. stands vaccination-wise: “More than 50 percent of Americans have reportedly been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, a total that falls well short of 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's stated goal of 70 percent by July 4.”  

Watch Fauci's appearance

Interesting read — ‘Coronavirus vaccines are widely available in the U.S. So why are scientists working on new ones?’:

Via The Washington Post’s Carolyn Y. Johnson, “Even as vaccine supplies outstrip demand in the United States, the scientific quest for coronavirus shots has scarcely eased. In dozens of academic institutions, government laboratories and companies, the pace of work hasn’t relented."

Why — to create a stronger vaccine for future variants and viruses: "If anything, it feels busier to many scientists working on second-generation vaccines, variant-proof boosters or the ultimate goal — a vaccine that would work against multiple coronaviruses and stop future pandemics.”  

The full story


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,653,426 

U.S. death toll: 604,479 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 325 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 896,412 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:




Some good news outside the White House:


Lafayette Square fencing



Meanwhile in Houston:


First lady, second gentleman attend a baseball game




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

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

1 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “Telos: ESG and Corporate Responsibility in America.” Details and how to RSVP 

2:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today

3:15 p.m. EDT: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Road to Zero-Emission Trucks: Charging Infrastructure.” Details and how to RSVP 

8 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.


9:35 a.m. EDTVice President Harris delivered remarks and led the U.S. delegation to the Generation Equality Forum. Livestream 

11 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris deliver remarks on “the devastating intersection of drought, heat, and wildfires in the Western United States.” 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 and EPA Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganBiden to return to pre-Obama water protections in first step for clean water regulations Overnight Energy: Manchin grills Haaland over Biden oil and gas review | Biden admin reportedly aims for 40 percent of drivers using EVs by 2030 |  Lack of DOD action may have caused 'preventable' PFAS risks Nearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards MORE hold a press briefing. Livestream 

1:30 p.m. EDT: A House hearing on climate-friendly transportation infrastructure. Livestream


Today is National Mai Tai Day!

Wow, COOL!:

Via BBC’s Zoe Kleinman, a flying car has successfully completed a test run between two airports in Slovakia.

Photos and video of the flying car 

Reaction from Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy’s Drew Cline: “I thought we’d have jetpacks first, but I’ll take it…” 

Another reaction: @flglmn tweeted, “new way to die invented”

And because you made it this far, here’s your basic cat stability check: