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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.’” https://wapo.st/2VhI4Hu

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More of the unpublished data obtained by the Posthttps://wapo.st/2VhI4Hu


Admiral Brett Giroir, former assistant health secretary under President Trump, warned Americans of how contagious and dangerous the Delta variant is. https://fxn.ws/3xfTkkO 

“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”https://fxn.ws/3xfTkkO



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This is a helpful thread of tweets:


As contagious as chickenpox


Read the full threadhttps://bit.ly/3zXrM5P



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

U.S. death toll: 612,145 

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


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: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

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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.” https://es.pn/3iZxw86 

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 Gaetz (Fla.), Majorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) tried visiting accused Jan. 6 rioters in jail and were turned away by the D.C. Department of Corrections. https://bit.ly/3ffvgsp 

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 Pelosi 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.” https://politi.co/2WEqC0z 

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 expecthttps://politi.co/2WEqC0z


Kamala Harris’s August plans:

Vice President Harris is traveling to Singapore and Vietnam next month as her second international trip as vice president. https://bit.ly/3ff554V

From Harris’s communications director Symone Sanders: President Biden 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 Parneshttps://bit.ly/3fcsfJj



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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.” https://bit.ly/3zUOgEa 

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 forwardhttps://bit.ly/3zUOgEa


This is a lot…:


Cooking meat


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2WDIpFa 

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 todayhttps://bit.ly/3C1dz9Q 

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. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3zXmHdL 

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/2WDnOAT


Today is National Cheesecake Day. And for weekend planning purposes, tomorrow is National Cotton Candy Day and Sunday is Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

For all The Crown fans:


New Queen Elizabeth actress


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/2V2Lyha

And to help you get in the weekend mood, here’s a parrot dancing its heart out: https://bit.ly/3rJP4cv

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