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*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha–breaks down crying hysterically.



A win and a loss for both sides of the abortion fight:



In a ruling this morning, the Supreme Court is allowing Texas’s 6-week abortion ban to continue, but also allows for a legal challenge to the law to continue. 

The gist of the ruling: Abortion providers can sue, but the ban can continue while that plays out. 

Some context — the ruling isn’t on the law itself: The Supreme Court didn’t weigh in on the actual law, just the procedure for legal challenges. “The challenges to the Texas law focused not on the law’s constitutionality but on whether the law could be challenged in court by either abortion providers in the state or the federal government.” 

More from The New York Times’s Adam Liptak: https://nyti.ms/3lQ1luc

Happy Friday!! –> https://bit.ly/31RW9ig 😉 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 cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook

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Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations, including Section 230


Aaron is one of 40,000 people working on safety and security issues at Facebook. 

Hear more from Aaron on why Facebook supports updating regulations on the internet’s most pressing challenges, including reforming Section 230 to set clear guidelines for all large tech companies.



Prices have felt very high, but we can now put a number to that increase:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, “Consumer prices surged 6.8 percent in the year leading into November and 0.8 percent last month alone as a roaring economy overwhelmed struggling supply chains and fueled inflation, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.” https://bit.ly/3EJ2Mlf 

For context: This is the highest annual inflation rate since 1982. 

Here’s a chart of inflation rates since 1982: Via The Washington Post’s Heather Long. The graphic: https://bit.ly/3oGDlLG


Via The New York Times’s Jim Tankersley: https://nyti.ms/3ydWVSE


Lots of ‘he said, she said’ going on with Joe Manchin:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democratic senators say that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has made it clear to them through what they say are stalling tactics that he has no desire to vote on President Biden’s sweeping climate and social spending agenda before Christmas.” https://bit.ly/30ft1RB 

And, as per usual, it’s up to Manchin: “[Dems] say that if Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) schedules a vote on a motion to proceed to the Build Back Better Act before Christmas that it will get the support of 49 members of the Democratic caucus and that Manchin’s vote is the only question mark.”  

What to expect: https://bit.ly/30ft1RB

I’m so supportive of the holiday cheer:


Sen. Tim Scott makes a Christmas socks video

Watch: https://bit.ly/3EVNHgg

Another photo of the filming: https://bit.ly/30ftFyv


Everyone’s favorite place to point the blame:

Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudo and Brett Samuels, “The Biden White House, plagued by low approval ratings that have weakened the president’s clout and raised fears among Democrats over next year’s midterms, is blaming the media for some of its problems.” https://bit.ly/3yl7P9h 

The argument — it’s pretty much what you’d expect: White House officials are accusing the media of unfairly covering President Biden.  

Several White House officials have shared this Washington Post op-ed to illustrate their point: “The media treats Biden as badly as — or worse than — Trump. Here’s proof.” Here’s Dana Milbank’s op-ed if you want to read it: https://wapo.st/3DVcss1 

What this means for the Biden administration: https://bit.ly/3yl7P9h


Via The Hill’s Zack Budryk, ‘White House seeks to get some credit if gas prices fall’: https://bit.ly/3pOfd9p


Interesting read — ‘For Clues to How Omicron Plays Out in the U.S., Look to the U.K.’:

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Douglas, “How Britain fares against Omicron will offer clues to the U.S. and the rest of the industrialized world about how the variant behaves in a highly vaccinated population, how sick those who are infected get and if its dozens of mutations have given Omicron enough of an advantage on the evolutionary ladder to starve Delta of the hosts it needs to stay on top.”  

What we know: https://on.wsj.com/3lTnfwG


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 49,669,827 

U.S. death toll: 794,685 

Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 477 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.17 million doses 

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

Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH



Why Facebook supports updated internet regulations, including Section 230


Aaron is one of 40,000 people working on safety and security issues at Facebook. 

Hear more from Aaron on why Facebook supports updating regulations on the internet’s most pressing challenges, including reforming Section 230 to set clear guidelines for all large tech companies.



All I picture is Trump singing the new GAYLE song — ‘A-B-C-D-E, F-U … and your job’:

–> https://bit.ly/3dEhY7p 

Via Axios’s Barak Ravid, “Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu were the closest of political allies during the four years they overlapped in office, at least in public. Not anymore. ‘I haven’t spoken to him since,’ Trump said of the former Israeli prime minister. ‘F**k him.’ ” https://bit.ly/3DJPaF2 

Why Trump dislikes Netanyahu: “The final straw for Trump was when Netanyahu congratulated President-elect Biden for his election victory while Trump was still disputing the result.”


This is one of the wildest moments in college sports this year:


Rutgers upsets Purdue 

Watch: https://bit.ly/30eZqYv

I can’t watch this. But I also can’t turn away. … Basically, if you watch this, it’s considered rubbernecking:


A meeting on COVID-19 

Watch: https://bit.ly/3DJ47Hx

Watch a ‘Stop the Steal’ organizer get served:


You have been served 

Watch: https://bit.ly/3IGhoVd 

Back story: https://bit.ly/3GAQYSC


“An alleged rioter bragged about drinking beer inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI arrested him this week.” Full story from The Washington Post’s Timothy Bella: https://wapo.st/3dGXQS4


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

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

11 a.m. EST: President Biden, first lady Jill BidenVice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attended the funeral service for Bob Dole

3 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swears in Jeffry Lane Flake to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey. 

4:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff meet with a group of elementary school students for a holiday celebration. 

5:45 p.m. EST: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden leave for Wilmington, Del.


This morning: A memorial service for late-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) at the National Cathedral. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3dH5CLL Seen at the service: Tom Hanks: https://bit.ly/3lUHM3F

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/338seTo 

1:45 p.m. EST: President Biden delivers closing remarks at the virtual Summit for Democracy. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3pNCUOS 

3:30 p.m. EST: The White House COVID Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3IDLKr7 

TonightPresident Biden will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon. This is Biden’s first late-night appearance of his presidency. https://nbcnews.to/3lOfvMj


Today is National Lager Day!

Christmas card goals:

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted their family’s Christmas card photo. The children look SO big: https://bit.ly/3dDpwaq

*Comes to a screeching halt* — Did someone say, ‘peppermint mocha competition!?’:

Via Washingtonian’s Maya Pottiger, here are 13 food events in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend: https://bit.ly/3oJoujE

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here’s a very confused dog. A very happy dog, but a confused dog: https://bit.ly/3lSOyXN

Tags 12:30 Report Abortion Benjamin Netanyahu Chuck Schumer COVID-19 Donald Trump Doug Emhoff Funeral Inflation Jen Psaki Jill Biden Joe Biden Joe Manchin memorial Supreme Court Tim Scott

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