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LATEST WITH THE VOTING RIGHTS BILLS
Live footage of Joe Biden getting home last night to tell Jill about his day:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE in a moment of brutal honesty on Thursday admitted that his push to enact changes to voting laws and the Senate’s filibuster rule may be doomed.”
Biden said after meeting with Senate Democrats for more than an hour: “The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done.”
Biden’s full reaction: https://bit.ly/3zYjJGY
‘DEMOCRATS’ FILIBUSTER GAMBIT UNRAVELS’:
Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney: https://bit.ly/33tOSWB
“President Biden for a second time in two months on Thursday saw his agenda limited by a senator from his own party, curbing the White House’s influence and power and raising questions about what accomplishments his party will bring to this year’s midterms.” https://bit.ly/3tzZNZE
Last time it was Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers On The Money — Economy had post-recession growth in 2021 Progressives apply pressure on Biden, Senate to pass Build Back Better MORE (D-W.Va.) who pulled the plug: But this time it is Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaClyburn calls for full-court press on voting rights Swing-state voters concerned about Build Back Better's impact on inflation: poll Voto Latino CEO: Sinema will have a 'very difficult pathway' in 2024 reelection MORE (D-Ariz.) who effectively shot down Democrats’ voting rights bills.
The interesting dynamic — Sinema supports the bills but doesn’t support altering the filibuster to do so: “Sinema said she would not vote to change the filibuster despite her support for voting rights legislation in a floor speech just before Biden was to speak to the Senate Democratic caucus.”
What happens now: https://bit.ly/3tzZNZE
THE VOTING RIGHTS BILL VOTE IS PUSHED A DAY:
“Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBreyer retirement throws curveball into midterms Schumer vows to vote on Biden Supreme Court pick with 'all deliberate speed' Voting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? MORE (D-N.Y.) announced on Thursday night that the Senate will take up voting rights legislation on Tuesday, missing his self-imposed deadline to hold a vote on changing the filibuster by Monday, Jan. 17.” https://bit.ly/3rg5jy1
Why?: “Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzNew Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress MORE (D-Hawaii) announced he was isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case, leaving Democrats one vote short on their ability to start debate…”
Happy Friday! 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 email@example.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Djokovic is having *pause to decide how to put this lightly* a bad week:
Three days before the Australian Open is scheduled to begin, the Australian government just withdrew tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time (!).
Why his visa was revoked: Djokovic is unvaccinated for COVID-19.
What now?: Djokovic's lawyers are already fighting it. But this raises serious doubts about whether he will be able to play in the tournament.
Yes, this is the second time this has happened this week: His visa was revoked earlier this week when he landed in Australia. A judge then ruled in his favor, allowing him to stay and compete.
Keep in mind: Djokovic has won nine (!) of his 20 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open.
The full story from ESPN: https://es.pn/3quk3Kg
Read the Australian Minister for Immigration’s second cancellation of Djokovic’s visa: https://bit.ly/3KaiLvW
HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND
The child tax credit checks are stopping:
Via The Hill’s Aris Folley, “Millions of families this weekend will stop receiving monthly child tax payments for the first time in months after Congress failed to pass an extension of the expanded credit.” https://bit.ly/3Go1AEV
How many families this will affect: More than 30 million families.
Why the credit expired: It was part of Democrats’ social spending bill, which failed to pass over concerns from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Hospitals in 24 states are uncomfortably close to capacity:
Via The New York Times’s Azi Paybarah and Albert Sun, “The extremely contagious Omicron variant is fueling an enormous coronavirus wave that is pushing hospitals close to their capacity limits in about two dozen states, according to data posted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.” https://nyti.ms/3KfmlFk
Specifically: “At least 80 percent of staffed hospital beds were occupied in 24 states on Thursday, including Georgia, Maryland and Massachusetts, the figures show. More troubling, the data showed that in 18 states and Washington, D.C., at least 85 percent of beds in adult intensive care units were full, with the most acute scarcity of beds in Alabama, Missouri, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Texas.”
The full story: https://nyti.ms/3KfmlFk
‘IS YOUR MASK REAL OR FAKE? CDC ISSUES WARNINGS ON COUNTERFEIT N95, KN95 MASKS’:
The full story from ABC 7 News: https://bit.ly/3tqy1Pg
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 64,084,673
U.S. death toll: 846,506
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 524 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 1.29 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
How Republicans are treating Tucker Carlson:
Via The Hill’s Dominick Mastrangelo, “Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonIs it journalism if the 'news' is crafted to fit audiences' biases? Democrat says Tucker Carlson viewers telling his office US should side with Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report: More of Biden's agenda teeters on collapse MORE isn’t the most powerful conservative in the country. That label still has to be applied to former President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE, who continues to influence the GOP at nearly every level of government as he considers a bid for reelection in 2024.” https://bit.ly/3rfYRqU
“Yet with Trump banned from major social media platforms, Carlson, the top-rated host on Fox, is increasingly seen as a kind of kingmaker within the GOP. And ambitious Republicans looking to climb toward the White House have shown a willingness to bow to him in order to win favor with his audience.”
More on Carlson’s influence within the GOP: https://bit.ly/3rfYRqU
From Associated Press photographer Carolyn Kaster: https://bit.ly/3ewEBbX
Channel 4 News’s Liz Bates posted a video of British Prime Minister Boris JohnsonBoris JohnsonSpokesman says UK's Boris Johnson has not been questioned in party investigation Kremlin: Sanctions wouldn't hurt Putin personally The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Russia attack 'would change the world' MORE lookalikes dancing outside Downing Street in London. Watch: https://bit.ly/3FnM3DD
^ The Hill’s Niall Stanage responded: “Everything’s going very well and normally in the YooKay too.” https://bit.ly/3qqOaSR
The House and Senate are meeting for pro forma sessions. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C. Biden is heading to Delaware later today.
10 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
10:20 a.m. EST: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Rufus Gifford to be Chief of Protocol.
6 p.m. EST: President Biden leaves for Wilmington, Del.
WHAT TO WATCH:
11:45 a.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBriefing in brief: WH counters GOP attacks on planned SCOTUS pick The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems ready for Supreme Court lifeline Biden to deliver remarks with Breyer at the White House on Thursday MORE and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3I4MJzH
12:30 p.m. EST: President Biden gives an update on the implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3tsbHFd
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day. And for important planning purposes, tomorrow is National Bagel Day!
To celebrate, here’s a list of bagel specials tomorrow, via NBC’s “Today”: https://on.today.com/33yHJEC
And to kick off your weekend with a smile, here’s a dog who wants to show you its post-bath look: https://bit.ly/3qqr0vV