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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Manchin on board with spending deal | GOP fumes over Schumer’s hardball strategy | Kasie Hunt leaves NBC | Two charged in plot to blow up Sacramento DNC | Biden says US may help Cuba with internet access | Pro-impeachment Republicans outpace in fundraising | Four personalities viral meme | National Ice Cream Day specials

 

IN CONGRESS

Joe Manchin jumps into the team photo:  

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.Va.), who has been a holdup in Democratic legislative debates, is signaling that he is on board with the $3.5 trillion budget resolution. https://bit.ly/3xKfahH

How we know: Manchin told colleagues during a Democratic luncheon on Wednesday.

What Manchin plans to do: “Senate Democrats say Manchin has indicated he will not stand in the way of the measure moving forward and will be generally supportive as long as he’s kept in the loop on his top concerns: how to pay for the bill and a clean energy provision.”  

What else to expecthttps://bit.ly/3xKfahH

SENATE NEGOTIATORS SCRAMBLE TO DEFANG GOP CRITICISM:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttps://bit.ly/3kqIYMg

REPUBLICANS ARE NOT PLEASED WITH SCHUMER’S HARDBALL STRATEGY:

“Republican negotiators and members of leadership believe [Senate 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.)]  is trying to jam them and warn that they won’t vote to start debate Wednesday even on a shell bill that the Democratic leader is intending to use as a vehicle for the bipartisan deal once it’s finalized.” https://bit.ly/3krMPsG

Happy Friday! I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Kasie Hunt is leaving NBC:

NBC’s Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt announced this morning that she is leaving the network. https://bit.ly/3B8KEjr

Hunt tweeted: “Some personal news, as they say — thank you to all of the viewers, reporters, lawmakers and everyone else who’s gotten up extra early to help make @WayTooEarly better. I loved doing this show. More soon!” Video of Hunt’s announcementhttps://bit.ly/3kq3b4R 

Where is she headed?: She did not say. Hunt did say she will have more news “in the next few weeks.”

Two charged in a plot to blow up the Sacramento DNC:

Via The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch, “Federal prosecutors have charged two men for conspiring to attack the Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, with authorities saying the men also tried to coordinate with an extremist militia group.” The full storyhttps://bit.ly/3kq3HQl

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden wants to get Cubans internet access:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, “President Biden said Thursday that the United States is considering whether it can take steps to restore internet access in Cuba in the wake of protests against the government.” https://bit.ly/3wN8ZYN

Biden told reporters yesterday: “They have cut off access to the internet. We are considering whether we have the technological ability to reinstate that access.” 

What’s happening in Cuba: “Cubans took to the streets over the weekend to protest against the island’s communist government amid a worsening economic crisis. Authorities blocked access to internet and telephone service in an apparent effort to stifle the mass demonstrations, which were being fueled by social media platforms.”

‘YOUNG CUBAN ACTIVISTS CARRY ON THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM STARTED BY THEIR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS’:

Via The Washington Post’s Lori Rozsahttps://wapo.st/3eswSOV

IN EUROPE

The floods are devastating:

Via The New York Times, “The scenes of devastation from the floods came from all around Western Europe as the death toll passed 100 on Friday. Roads buckled and washed away. Cars piled atop one another. Houses were inundated to the roof tiles. Frightened residents were being evacuated in the shovels of earth movers.” https://nyti.ms/3BbyHJR 

The current death toll: More than 120. That number is expected to rise. https://bit.ly/3z6MD5Y

Video from Germany — ugh:

 

Floods in Germany

 

Watchhttps://bit.ly/3eqt0xS

IN THE GOP

Tidbit — Republicans who voted to impeach are bringing in more dough:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood, “Republicans who voted earlier this year to impeach former President Trump are outpacing their primary challengers in the money race.” https://bit.ly/3wJsth4 

For example: “Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPhotos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris Jordan acknowledges talking to Trump on Jan. 6 Stefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism MORE (R-Wyo.), who was ousted from her post as the No. 3 House Republican in May, raked in the most cash of the group in the second quarter of the year, raising nearly $1.9 million and closing out June with more than $2.8 million in the bank.” 

And same with Kinzinger: “Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerBiden asks Pentagon to examine 'how and when' to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for troops Stefanik calls Cheney 'Pelosi pawn' over Jan. 6 criticism Kinzinger primary challenger picks up Cawthorn endorsement MORE (R-Ill.), brought in more than $800,000 for his 2022 reelection bid in the same time frame. He began the second half of the year with more than $3 million in cash on hand.” 

The numbershttps://bit.ly/3wJsth4

WHO IS WINNING THE FUNDRAISING BATTLE:

No. 1: “Senate Majority Leader Chuck 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.) raised more than $11.5 million between April and June” 

No. 2: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to first Black NHL player Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe MORE (R-S.C.) … running for his second term next year, raised $9.6 million — almost $3 million more than he raised and spent in the entire 2014 election cycle…” 

How other senators stacked uphttps://bit.ly/3epjdZ9

Now this is a quote for a framed Home Goods decorative painting:

 

Trump says some of his stars are garbage

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3emPOyr

 

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LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Why the mandates?:

Via Reuters’s David Shepardson, “A senior U.S. health official who signed a sweeping order for masks to be worn on nearly all forms of public transport said they were a key tool in preventing COVID-19 transmission even as some lawmakers call for ending the rules.” https://reut.rs/3es6IMb

From Marty Cetron, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine: "Masks are really powerful and we should make sure they're part of our arsenal. We mask not just to protect ourselves — we mask because it's the way we take care and express our concern for each other."

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 33,978,642 

U.S. death toll: 608,417 

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 336 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 529,879 doses 

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

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

GETTING TRACTION

This photo has been making the rounds on Twitter. People have been making it a meme:

 

Newsroom meme

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3klegEq 

Another favorite, because I’m really enjoying these:

 

Big cities meme

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3eqBftL

Ok, ok, last one. I promise!:

 

Social media hierarchy meme

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3z6MwHO

 

If, like me, you want to see more: Here are a few more: https://bit.ly/3z4lDUL 

And here’s the backstory on the memehttps://bit.ly/3z7zXMu

NOTABLE TWEETS:

What’s on Washingtonians’ minds:

 

D.C. looking for love

 

Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3kprdgo

ON TAP:

The House and Senate are out. 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 Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Biden is heading to Camp David later today.

7:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Virtual Retreat. 

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

12:20 p.m. EDT: President Biden has lunch with Vice President Harris

1 p.m. EDT: President Biden receives a briefing from the White House COVID Response Team. 

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris meets with members of the Black Women’s Roundtable to discuss voting rights. 

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Camp David.

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden receives a weekly economic briefing.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris delivers remarks at a virtual finance event for the Democratic National Committee.

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 hold a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3ikUdmG

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Corn Fritters Day

And for weekend planning purposes, Sunday is National Ice Cream Day!! 

USA Today has a helpful list of where to get free ice cream on Sunday. https://bit.ly/2VQmY3l

And Washingtonian has a list of D.C.-specific specials: https://bit.ly/3et58tI

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a corgi dancing with its ears: https://bit.ly/3hLF8vI