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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony | 10k fill stadium for 68k | Cleveland Indians change name to ‘Guardians’ | Shooting on D.C.’s busy 14th street | Diners run | 100 U.S. Olympians unvaccinated | House Dems plow ahead with Jan. 6 investigation | Tempers flare as infrastructure negotiations continue



Choo choo, coming through! Move out of the way!: 

Via The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Mike Lillis, “House Democrats are plowing ahead with their investigation into the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, brushing off the boycott from GOP leaders and weighing the addition of other Republicans to help negate criticism that the panel will be overly partisan.”

On Capitol Hill yesterday: “The eight members of the select committee examining the siege huddled for more than an hour Thursday in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid House Democrats unveil legislation to curtail presidential power MORE’s (D-Calif.) office — a strategizing session ahead of the panel’s first hearing next week — as they consider whether to boost their GOP roster beyond Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out MORE (Wyo.).”

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Guardians of the outfield:

Cleveland’s MLB team announced that it will change its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians. 

Watch the team’s announcement video: Hint, it’s narrated by Tom Hanks.


A scary evening on 14th street:

Via The Washington Post’s Ellie Silverman and Clarence Williams, “Two men were wounded by gunfire Thursday evening during a shooting near the heart of the busy Logan Circle area that scattered diners and sent people ducking for cover.”

Timing: “Thursday’s incident in a well-traveled area follows the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Nyiah Courtney on Friday night in Southeast Washington as well as a shootout between vehicles outside Nationals Park on Saturday night that postponed the game and sent people looking for cover in the stadium.”  

What we know



Gunshots in D.C.



CNN’s Kaitlan Collins was there, too: She tweeted, “Was pulling up to the intersection as this happened and watched one gunman shoot at someone multiple times, in the middle of very busy 14th Street.”

The shooting happened right by the Amazon Fresh store that opened yesterday: Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski tweeted, “You see that Amazon grocery store in the background of Ben's photo? It opened today.” 

Video of the police presence after the fact: Wow:

What a mess


Let’s play ball (and other applicable sporting equipment)!:

Via The New York Times, “The opening ceremony of the 32nd Summer Olympics unfolded in subdued fashion on Friday night inside a nearly empty Tokyo stadium, inaugurating a Games delayed by a year and diminished in atmosphere by a tenacious pandemic.”

How many people were there: “In total, 10,400 people filled a stadium designed for 68,000.”

Live updates and photos


Via The Washington Post:

Hey, Jill, heyyy:

First lady Jill BidenJill BidenFirst Lady visits schools to discuss COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden travels west as Washington troubles mount MORE attended the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Tokyo, Japan this morning.


Photo of Biden greeting Team USA virtually 

Tidbit — she will watch a few events: The Daily Mail’s Nikki Schwab tweeted, “And now it's official, @FLOTUS going to the Team USA v. France women's basketball game, Team USA swimming races and the Team USA v. New Zealand women's soccer game tomorrow.” 

A CNN reporter wanted sushi but couldn’t leave her hotel room: The delivery sushi looks very good. Photo: 

Jill Biden wore polka dots at the opening ceremony


^ Tbh, not a whole lot to report:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Tempers are starting to flare on both sides of the aisle as bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on and negotiators face the prospect of missing an informal self-imposed deadline of Monday for getting a deal.”

Democrats’ complaint: “Some Democrats are accusing Republicans of slow-walking the negotiations and reopening negotiating items that were believed to be solved.” 

Republicans’ complaint: “Republicans say Democrats are being unreasonable in some of their demands, such as an insistence on tens of billions of dollars in new funding for transit and broad authority for local governments to decide how to spend infrastructure funds.”

But some good news — negotiators made some progress yesterday:

Via Bloomberg’s Eric Wasson, “A bipartisan group of senators is closing in on a $579 billion infrastructure deal after agreeing to pay for it in part by delaying a costly Trump-era Medicare regulation, but they don’t expect to announce details until at least Monday.”





Great, something else to worry about:

Via The Associated Press’s Eddie Pells, “About 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes descending on Tokyo for the Olympics are unvaccinated, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s medical chief said hours before Friday night’s opening ceremony.”

Dipping his toes in, as they say:

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel, “Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.) has been one of the more consistent GOP voices on COVID-19 precautions and the importance of getting vaccinated … He has consistently worn masks throughout the pandemic and notably declined to go to the White House in the final months of the Trump administration because he disagreed with their lack of COVID protocols.” 

Yes, but: “Experts and political strategists say McConnell's message has been muddied by a reluctance to confront his Republican colleagues who are actively stoking fears and mistrust over the vaccine and discouraging people from getting it.” 

How so


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 34,289,384 

U.S. death toll: 610,218 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 340 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 532,836 doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


This tweet wins:


Seagull hits waterparker



^ Judd added: “Who will be brave enough to write the ‘Innocent seagull hit in body by teenage face’ piece”

It’s the ‘panda-friendly cake’ for me:


Panda birthday




The House and Senate are out. President BidenJoe BidenUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks GOP Rep. Cawthorn likens vaccine mandates to 'modern-day segregation' MORE and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Biden heads to Wilmington, Del., this evening. 

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

Noon: President Biden and Vice President Harris have lunch together. 

8:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Wilmington, Del.


12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiReporters lodge complaint with White House over Biden-Johnson meeting access White House faces increased cries from allies on Haitian migrants Harris 'deeply troubled' by treatment of Haitian migrants MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream 

7:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden campaigns for Terry McAuliffe in Arlington, Va. Livestream What to expect


Today is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Today in yes-this-is-a-real-post-from-a-real-brand:


Oscar Mayer spacehip



This tweet hits home for me:


Taco Bell shortage



And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a clever new transportation system: