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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Simone Biles withdraws from team finals | Russia wins gold | Biles cites pressure, says she’s working on mindfulness | Osaka eliminated | House Jan. 6 special committee’s first hearing | Officers describe terror of Capitol siege | CDC to recommend masks for vaccinated in some situations | Best Olympic reactions



Real talk, how do we make sure this *never* happens again?: 

The House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol met this morning for the first time.

Who is on the panel?: Seven Democrats and two Republicans, all chosen by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.). What to know about each of the nine members

Live blog of hearing highlights 

C-SPAN livestream


From U.S. Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell — yikes: “Officer Gonell says Jan. 6 rioters called him a ‘traitor’ + ‘disgrace.’ Some said that ‘I, I, an Army veteran & a police officer, should be executed.’ Some said, ‘If you shoot us, we all have weapons, we will shoot back.’ ‘Or, 'We'll get our guns. We outnumber you. Join us.'"

From D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone: “In this line of work, it probably won’t shock you to know that I’ve dealt with some dicey situations. I thought I’d seen it all many times over ... Yet, what I witnessed and experienced on Jan. 6, 2021 was unlike anything I had ever seen, anything I’d ever experienced or could have imagined in my country.” 

Cheney’s warning to America: “Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse passes sweeping defense policy bill Trump rips Bush for backing Cheney Bush to hold fundraiser for Cheney MORE (R-Wyo.) warned at the start of Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing that a ‘cancer’ will remain in America unless everyone involved in the planning of the Capitol attack is called to testify and held accountable.” 

From D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges: “Officer Hodges repeatedly refers to the pro-Trump rioters who attacked the Capitol as ‘terrorists.’” 

Before the hearing started — House Republicans blamed Pelosi for Jan. 6: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyFifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Watch live: McCarthy holds briefing with reporters The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (R-Calif.) told reporters, "On Jan. 6 these brave officers were put into a vulnerable and impossible position because the leadership at the top failed.” Keep in mind: Pelosi’s office quickly issued a statement pushing back.


  1. How dramatic will the police testimony be?
  2. How will Cheney and Kinzinger work with the Democrats?
  3. How will the two Republicans manage the fire from their own party? 
  4. How will Republicans outside the room react?
  5. How will the lack of partisan fireworks inside the room affect the tone? 

Context and details for each from The Hill’s Cristina Marcos and Rebecca Beitsch

It’s Tuesday. 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Grace, Jordan, Simone and Suni — you are fierce athletes and we are so proud!:

Gymnastics legend Simone Biles pulled out of the team final this morning with a “medical issue.” 

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) then beat Team USA and won the gold.  

OK, what happened to Simone?!: After a stumble on her vault, she left the competition floor with a trainer. She then returned, hugged her teammates and withdrew from the time final before the second of four rotations. 

The final score: The ROC won with a team score of 169.528. Team USA won the silver with 166.096.  

What we know, via ESPN


Biles told NBC’s Hoda Kotb on “Today”: "Physically, I feel good. Emotionally it varies on the time and moment. Coming to the Olympics and being head star isn't an easy feat."

On the silver medal: "I'm OK, just super frustrated, but super proud of these girls and now we're silver medalists,” Biles told NBC. “Something we'll cherish forever. We hope America still loves us." 

Via The Washington Post’s Emma Giambalvo, Biles said, “I just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat and work on my mindfulness.” 

On Biles and the upcoming Olympic events: “We’re going to see about Thursday. We’re going to take it a day at a time. I know tomorrow we have a little bit of a break for training, so that’ll be really nice to have a mental rest day. And then injury, no. Just my pride is hurt a little bit.”


Tennis star Naomi Osaka, who is representing Japan in the Tokyo Olympics, lost to Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round on Tuesday.

Osaka told The Associated Press: “I’m disappointed in every loss, but I feel like this one sucks more than the others ... I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year [it] was a bit much.”

Because the best part of the Olympic games is all the amazing sights and sounds:

Here are a few of my recent favorites: 

Omg, check out the 17-year-old swimmer’s hometown after she won: “After 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby won gold at the #TokyoOlympics, her hometown in Alaska went WILD” Watch — amazing

HAHA — this Australian swimming coach’s celebration made me laugh out loud


Lots of ‘talking the talk’:

Via The Associated Press’s Lisa Mascaro, Alexandra Jaffe and Kevin Freking, “Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Monday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden’s top priority.” 

Keep in mind about the timing: “This is a crucial week after more than a monthlong slog of negotiations ... and senators were warned they could be kept in session this weekend to finish the work.

This is hilariously spot-on:


Getting a deal done in Congress



OK, that was a WILD storm in D.C. last night:


Storm clouds over the Capitol




Photos of the storm and the clean-up, via WUSA9



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Now you see it, now you don’t! Now you may see it again!:

Via The New York Times’s Apoorva Mandavilli, “Reversing a decision made just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend on Tuesday that people vaccinated for the coronavirus resume wearing masks indoors in certain areas of the country.”

Why: “The change follows reports of rising breakthrough infections with the Delta variant of the virus in people who were fully immunized, and case surges in regions with low vaccination rates.”  

Keep in mind if you’re vaccinated — you are still protected: “The vaccines remain effective against the worst outcomes of infection with the virus, including those involving the Delta variant.”  

The full story


Via The Hill’s Justine Coleman


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 34,538,580

U.S. death toll: 611,037

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 342 million shots have been given.

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 590,639 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Sen. Tillis, I don’t know how to tell you this but you have a pet bear, not a dog:


The Senate dog!



How was your day? Well, the president of the United States called me ‘a pain in the neck’ ... so ... great day!!:


Snapping at a reporter




The House and Senate are in. President BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. 

10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: A confirmation vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today 

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

2:20 p.m. EDT: President Biden visits the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and will speak with the intelligence community workforce. 

4:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris hosts a conversation on voting rights with tribal leaders and other Native leaders from Alaska Native and American Indian communities. Interior Secretary Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Haaland calls for attention for slain Indigneous women amid Petito case Haaland calls for 'balance' in federal oil and gas program MORE will also join. 

8 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 


Noon: Vice President Harris delivers remarks to the National Bar Association. Livestream 

12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden administration defends handling of Haitians amid uproar Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal 'Quad' summit is a chance to clarify our Indo-Pacific agenda MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National Scotch Day and National Crème Brulee Day!

And because you made it this far, here’s a bunny enjoying a nutritious snack ... that is roughly the size of its head: