The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden airs frustration over unvaccinated Americans

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden airs frustration over unvaccinated Americans
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Joe: I will turn this car around!!!:



A frustrated President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE expressed frustration yesterday for the pandemic furthered by unvaccinated Americans, announcing a series of aggressive steps to curb the spread of the delta variant.


Biden will require private employers to up their mandates: Biden announced a new rule that will require all employers with more than 100 employees to mandate the COVID vaccine or weekly testing. 

The fingers are pointing: Biden blamed unvaccinated Americans for exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic.

^ And Biden specifically blamed some elected officials: “We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner. These pandemic politics, as I refer to it, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.” 

Watch Biden’s full remarks: Here’s the C-SPAN video:


Via The New York Times’s Jim Tankersley


From former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceEthics group files complaint against former Pence chief of staff Marc Short Pence aiming to raise M ahead of possible 2024 run: report Congress could stop Milley's nuclear weapons quandary from happening again MORE: Pence slammed Biden’s vaccine mandates as “unlike anything I have ever heard from an American president.” Pence continued: "To have the president of the United States say that he's been patient, but his patience is wearing thin, that's not how the American people expect to be spoken to by our elected leaders.” 

^ Keep in mind: This is Pence’s first national television interview in nearly a year (!)

From Niall Stanage’s column, ‘The Memo’: “President Biden is done pussy-footing around on COVID-19 vaccination. And he’s betting most Americans are too. The pugnacious speech Biden delivered late Thursday afternoon marked an abrupt change of tone. It could be a political turning point.” 

Yesterday vs. today:


Biden reassuring



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Via CNN’s Kareem Khadder and Mostafa Salem, “A second Qatar Airways passenger flight arrived in Kabul airport on Friday, Qatari-owned Al Jazeera Arabic television showed, and passengers were later seen boarding the plane.” 

Who is on the plane?: We don’t know yet. 

Allison Williams won’t be reporting on the sidelines of college football this year:

ESPN reporter Allison Williams has chosen to step down because she decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Williams posted her announcement on Twitter: “This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football.  My heart hurts posting this but I’m at peace with my decision.” Read her full post

Keep in mind: ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney, is requiring all employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 


This is worth your time:

In Politico Magazine, Garrett M. Graff published an oral history of the events on Sept. 11, 2001. It captures the day from the perspective of administration officials aboard Air Force One. I link to this every year — it’s worth reading



9/11 tribute




Pentagon on 9/11



How to watch the memorial events:

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  

How the former presidents will honor the day: The Bushes will speak in Pennsylvania then host a screening of a documentary. The Obamas will attend the ceremony at Ground Zero. Details from USA Today

Here are five events in D.C. to honor the victims: Via Washingtonian:

Here are seven events in New York to honor the anniversary 

Former officials reflect on the day: Via C-SPAN, “Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis join other former federal officials to reflect on the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America.” Livestream


France bans unvaccinated Americans:

Via CNN, “A French government decree issued on Thursday bumped the United States and Israel from the country's ‘green’ list, down to ‘orange,’ effectively prohibiting nonessential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 40,613,015 

U.S. death toll: 654,698 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 378 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 786,492 doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers:


Step 1: get on the same page as your teammates:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “A rift is starting to emerge between the chairmen of the two tax-writing committees on Capitol Hill over the size and details of Democratic plans to pay for President Biden’s broad economic agenda.” 

How so


Wow, I cannot WAIT to watch this:

Two unseeded teens will face each other in the U.S. Open women’s final.

Who: Britain's Emma Raducanu and Canadian Leylah Fernandez

When was the last time this happened: “Tt the first major final between teenagers since the 1999 US Open when Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis.”

When’s the final?: 4 p.m. on Saturday


This is a pretty crazy visual:


Category 4 storms



Classic ‘90s shirt:





The House and Senate are out. President Biden is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Harris is in Hampton, Va. 

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

9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden, 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 and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona visited a school in Washington, D.C. Photo

10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris leaves for Hampton, Va. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris toured the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University. 

2:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris returns to Washington, D.C. 

7:55 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave for Queens, N.Y.


10:20 a.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden delivered remarks on how keeping students safe in classrooms. Livestream 

11:30 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID Response Team held a press briefing. Livestream

12:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris convenes a roundtable with STEM students at Hampton University. Livestream

1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France Psaki says White House offered 'early stage call' to Nicki Minaj Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE holds a press briefing. Livestream


Today is National TV Dinner Day.

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here are two dogs with VERY different styles of travel: