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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Investigation finds Cuomo sexually harassed women | Simone Biles’s return | Wins bronze with altered beam routine | Pentagon under lockdown after nearby metro shooting | Graham’s ‘breakthrough’ COVID case | Spent time with senators on Manchin’s houseboat | What this means for the infrastructure bill | Trump to fight turning over tax records | DCA’s long TSA line | National Watermelon Day



We love you, Simone!:

Via ESPN’s D’Arcy Maine, “After missing the finals on vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, as well as the all-around, Biles made her return to competition Tuesday -- the last day of events for artistic gymnastics.” 

And she won a medal!: She won the bronze medal on the balance beam with a 14.000.

Was it the same routine she usually performs?: No, she adjusted her routine to lower the difficulty, and her dismount didn’t include any twists. And she still won the bronze!  

Oh, and she didn’t expect to even win a medal — Biles said: “My mental and physical health is above all medals that I could ever win. So to be clear, to do beam, which I didn't think I was going to be, just meant the world to be back out there. And I wasn't expecting to walk away with the medal. I was just going out there doing this for me."

Where this puts Simone in the record books: “She ties Shannon Miller as the most decorated Olympian in American gymnastics history. While each gymnast has seven medals to her name, Biles has more golds (4) than Miller (2).” 

Photo of Simone and Suni Lee walking to the event final


Via ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk


More on the importance of today, via the Times’s Juliet Macur

This is pretty amazing:


New 400M hurdles world record



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A new report on Andrew Cuomo:

Via NBC’s Teaganne Finn and Tom Winter, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoLetitia James holding private talks on running for New York governor: report Governors brace for 2022 after year in pandemic spotlight Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' MORE sexually harassed multiple women, including employees in his office, and violated state and federal laws, according to the findings of an investigation by the state's attorney general’s office.” 

“The investigation found that Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees. It also found the governor and his team retaliated against a former employee for coming forward.” 

What Cuomo is saying: “The governor has denied touching anyone inappropriately, but has acknowledged that he may have acted in ways that made people feel uncomfortable … He said that discomfort was unintentional and apologized. He later said that he didn't think his actions should be considered sexual harassment.”  

The full story

The Pentagon is under lockdown after a shooting nearby:

Via NBC Washington, the Pentagon is under lockdown after shots were fired at the nearby metro platform. What we know: 

Video of the Pentagon after the report


Oh jeez:

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses Lindsey Graham: Police need 'to take a firm line' with Sept. 18 rally attendees MORE (R-S.C.) says he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

How is he feeling — mild symptoms: “I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning,” Graham said. “I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for ten days.”  

Tidbit: “Graham was spotted in the Capitol on Monday morning and spoke briefly with reporters. He was wearing a mask and appeared to be in a hurry, both of which caught the attention of reporters.”  

Why this complicates the infrastructure bill: Graham was one of the 17 Republican senators that voted to advance the bipartisan bill.  

Graham was around other senators, as well: A group of senators, including Graham, were on Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE’s (D-W.V.) houseboat this weekend.  

What we know

I mean, it’s a lot of dough:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “The bipartisan infrastructure bill unveiled Sunday night is riding a wave of momentum, but its supporters will soon face the tough job of selling it to skeptical Republican senators who are asking how much it will add to the federal deficit.” 

17 Republicans voted to start debate on this bill last week: Democrats only need 10 Republicans to vote for the bill, but it’s not guaranteed that those Republicans will end up voting “yes.” 

What it will likely come down to: “Whether the legislation passes the Senate rests largely on the internal political dynamics of the Senate GOP conference. GOP leaders say a lot will depend on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) assessment of the legislation.”  

How this could play out


Via Politico’s Burgess Everett, Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week CEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) said, "The Senate is going to stay here until we finish our work.”

If, like me, your takeaway was ‘omg, Joe Manchin lives on a houseboat??’:

Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon wrote about Manchin’s houseboat, named ‘Almost Heaven,’ earlier this year:


Helpful read — when the COVID vaccines may get fully approved by the FDA:

Via The Washington Post’s Laurie McGinley, “Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their request for full approval, called a biologics license application, on May 7, and Moderna began a rolling submission in June. Johnson & Johnson has said it will submit its application later this year. Typically, it takes the agency at least several months to grant a full approval for a vaccine. But some officials have said that the Pfizer vaccine could be approved by late summer or early fall.


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 35,140,422

U.S. death toll: 613,786 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 347 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 673,185 doses

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

Breakdown of the numbers:






No more mister nice Don:

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Corinne Ramey and Sadie Gurman, “Former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE will fight any move by the Treasury Department to turn over his tax returns to Congress, a lawyer for Mr. Trump said Monday, days after the Justice Department directed the agency to provide the documents to a House panel.” 

Trump’s lawyer Ronald Fischetti told WSJ: “There is no evidence of any wrongdoing here and I object to the release of the returns not only on behalf of my client but on behalf of all future holders of the office of the president of the United States.”  

Will there be an outcome anytime soon?: “A judge asked the parties to lay out a time frame for written arguments by Wednesday. It could take months before the judge ultimately decides whether the Treasury Department must hand over the returns to Congress. That ruling could then be appealed.” 

The full story


Seeing a line like this is never fun, but it feels so ~normal~:


Long lines at DCA amid the pandemic



And here’s an overhead view of the line

^ Keep in mind, this was yesterday!



Put ranch on the vaccine?




The Senate is in. The House is out. President BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes 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.

11:45 a.m. EDT: A vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full agenda today

1 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris meet with Latino community members to discuss immigration.


1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — FDA panel backs boosters for some, but not all White House to host global COVID-19 summit next week Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on his administration’s vaccination efforts. Livestream


Today is National Watermelon Day!

People are unhinged:


Filming a dog and her human?



And because you made it this far, here’s a pair of adorable best friends: