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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Internal CDC document says Delta is as contagious as chickenpox | Trump health official’s warning to unvaccinated | Gaetz, Greene, Gohmert turned away from visiting Jan. 6 rioters in jail | Pelosi tackles Biden’s last-minute eviction moratorium request | Harris travels to Singapore, Vietnam in August | Simone Biles shows ‘twisties’ at practice | Deletes video



The CDC is equating Delta to the chickenpox:  

Via The Washington Post’s Yasmeen Abutaleb, Carolyn Y. Johnson and Joel Achenbach, “The delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and spreads as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal federal health document that argues officials must ‘acknowledge the war has changed.’”

This isn’t your 2020 COVID: “The document strikes an urgent note, revealing the agency knows it must revamp its public messaging to emphasize vaccination as the best defense against a variant so contagious that it acts almost like a different novel virus, leaping from target to target more swiftly than Ebola or the common cold.”  

More of the unpublished data obtained by the Post


Admiral Brett Giroir, former assistant health secretary under President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE, warned Americans of how contagious and dangerous the Delta variant is. 

“Anyone who’s not vaccinated and who did not have COVID previously, the Delta variant is so contagious that you’re going to get it. It is just a matter of time. If you have prior immunity you do have some protection, but more and more data are telling us that that protection is not so good against Delta.” Watch his full explanation on Fox News’s “America Reports”



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This is a helpful thread of tweets:


As contagious as chickenpox


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Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 34,757,653 

U.S. death toll: 612,145 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 344 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 615,404 doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:

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Via ESPN, “The United States women's national team are through to the Tokyo Olympic soccer semifinals after a 4-2 penalty shootout win against Netherlands following a 2-2 draw after extra-time.” 

The ending was pretty epic: “Megan Rapinoe scored the winning penalty in the shootout as Alyssa Naeher saved two to set up a semifinal showdown against Canada.”


The jail: ‘I said good day!’:



Republican Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally Police brace for Capitol rally defending Jan. 6 mob MORE (Fla.), Majorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRepublicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 Washington ramps up security ahead of Sept. 18 rally MORE (Texas) tried visiting accused Jan. 6 rioters in jail and were turned away by the D.C. Department of Corrections. 

Gohmert’s reaction: “The supervisor came down and was standing right here and turned her back on me. The other one said she won’t talk anymore and that we’re trespassers …  We’re in totalitarian, Marxist territory here. This is the way third-world people get treated.” 

A spokesperson for the D.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) told The Hill: A spokesperson said the members showed up “unannounced with an unauthorized camera crew requesting a facility tour … By doing so, these officials compromised safety and security operations at the DOC.”


Gaetz, Gohmert and Green attempt to visit a prison



The last item on the agenda … well, hopefully:

Via Politico’s Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle, “Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden pushes back at Democrats on taxes Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE and her leadership team are scrambling to nail down the votes for an eleventh-hour push to extend the federal eviction moratorium — likely to be the House’s final task before the departing for its lengthy August recess.” 

Was this expected? Not really!: “The Democrats’ push came as a surprise to many in the caucus, and some in leadership, after a last-minute demand from the White House that arrived just before the national halt on evictions will expire. Without the moratorium, millions of families could be at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.”  

What to expect


Kamala Harris’s August plans:

Vice President Harris is traveling to Singapore and Vietnam next month as her second international trip as vice president.

From Harris's communications director Symone SandersSymone SandersHarris facilitates coin toss at Howard University football game Harris to campaign for Gavin Newsom ahead of recall election Harris drops plan to campaign with Newsom after Kabul attack MORE"President BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE and Vice President Harris have made it a top priority to rebuild our global partnerships and keep our nation secure, and this upcoming visit continues that work – deepening our engagement in Southeast Asia. Vice President Harris will be the first Vice President to ever visit Vietnam.”


Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudo and Amie Parnes



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Donald Trump didn’t have the best week:

Via The Hill’s Max Greenwood and Brett Samuels, “Trump's preferred candidate in a special House election in Texas lost on Tuesday to another Republican who was likely boosted by some protest votes against the former president. And on Wednesday, 17 Senate Republicans voted to advance a bipartisan infrastructure deal that Trump spent weeks railing against.” 

Why this is worth mentioning: “While Trump remains a towering figure in the GOP, the back-to-back blows have led some to question whether his influence may have started to wane since he left office.”  

What this could mean going forward


This is a lot…:


Cooking meat



Simone Biles shows what ‘the twisties’ looks like:

Keep in mind, she has since deleted the videos from her Instagram.


Simone Biles has the "twisties"




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

9 a.m. EDT: The House met. The House’s full agenda today 

9:45 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

10:30 a.m. EDT: The Senate met.

4:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden hosts Cuban American leaders at the White House to discuss the recent demonstrations.

6 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for Camp David.


11:45 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris met with governors to discuss wildfire prevention. Livestream 

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreRoger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview Democrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight White House says law enforcement in 'heightened state of alert' ahead of J6 rally MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream


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