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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 498,901; Tuesday, 500,310; Wednesday, 502,660.

Top security officials involved in the response to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol pointed fingers, blamed “intelligence failures” and argued that the Pentagon left officers vulnerable to the deadly attack on the Capitol complex. 


Lawmakers grilled top officials on Capitol Hill, eager to lay blame for the stunning attack, which resulted in five deaths when pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol and attempted to derail the formal Electoral College tally (The Hill). 


Although Tuesday’s witnesses maintained innocence and shifted blame in the direction of others, the four officials who testified agreed the Pentagon dragged its feet in approving and sending National Guard troops on the afternoon of Jan. 6. They told senators there were major intelligence failures leading up to the Capitol siege (The Hill).


Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund told a pair of Senate committees that the Pentagon delayed sending troops to aid in the defense of the Capitol for hours, even after the building was breached by protesters and multiple officers were assaulted. Sund and acting D.C. police Chief Robert Contee noted that they had a call with Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt in a desperate plea for help, but was initially rebuffed as the Pentagon was fearful of the “optics” of Guard troops armed outside the U.S.’s legislative home.


“Lt. Gen. Piatt then indicated that he was going to run the request up the chain of command at the Pentagon,” Sund said. “Almost two hours later, we had still not received authorization from the Pentagon to activate the National Guard” (Politico).


Scott Wong and Mike Lills: The Hill: Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings.


The Washington Post: Former Capitol security officials blame intelligence lapses for deadly Jan. 6 riot.


Pentagon officials are expected to appear before the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Rules Committee next week. 


Sund also told lawmakers that he did not receive a copy of an FBI report warning of violence that was issued on Jan. 5, adding that he was only informed of that report within 24 hours of his appearance on Capitol Hill.


The Hill: Law enforcement officials lay out evidence that the Capitol riot was a “coordinated” attack.


The Associated Press: Takeaways from Congress’s first hearing on Capitol riot.


The Hill: House panel to dive into misinformation debate.





President BidenJoe BidenObama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Biden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP Mondale in last message to staff: 'Joe in the White House certainly helps' MORE’s applause later this week for the expected House passage of his proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan will die down quickly with evident pushback from Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change | Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act | Consumer bureau rolls out rule to bolster CDC eviction ban Miners union to back Biden on green energy if it retains jobs Manchin throws support behind union-backed PRO Act MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).


Democrats always understood that a proposed $15 federal minimum wage was a steep climb in the narrowly divided Senate, and Manchin is now actively working to whittle it to $11 an hour, arguing it’s a more reasonable goal in rural West Virginia, where the current minimum is $8.75 (The Hill). In 2016, Manchin supported raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour (Politico and WDTV).


The power of any Democratic holdout in the Senate is immense. GOP centrists, who could potentially side with the majority party, in that circumstance become more influential. The disagreements among Democrats involve squabbles over rural and urban differences, the definition of a living wage and the intricacies of a budget tool known as reconciliation and policies that fit within its rules.


On Tuesday, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins (pictured above) predicted the relief plan the House will adopt will attract zero support from Republican senators, and she’s blaming Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck Schumer'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party 'Building Back Better' requires a new approach to US science and technology Pew poll: 50 percent approve of Democrats in Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) and Ron KlainRon KlainMedia complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy GOP acknowledges struggle to bring down Biden White House 'horrified' by Indianapolis shooting MORE, the White House chief of staff, for offering the president what she maintains is misguided, partisan advice.


“The administration has not indicated a willingness to come down from its $1.9 trillion figure and that's a major obstacle,” Collins told reporters. “We have indicated a willingness to come up from our $618 billion, but unfortunately the White House seems wedded to a figure that really can't be justified given the hundreds of billions of dollars that are still in the pipeline from the December [$900 billion coronavirus relief] bill,” she added (The Hill).


The Hill: Schumer urged Democrats to stick together on Biden’s relief plan. “I made a pitch today to our entire caucus and I said that we need to pass this bill. The American people, the American public demands it and everyone is going to have things that they want to see in the bill and we’ll work hard to see if we can get those things in the bill,” he told reporters. 


Lawmakers are anxiously waiting for the Senate parliamentarian to determine if minimum wage legislation can be passed using rules of the budget reconciliation process.


> Nominees: Senators on Tuesday asked tough questions about climate aims during a confirmation hearing for Rep. Deb HaalandDeb HaalandOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Tomorrow's energy economy demands reform at the Interior Department OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior says it isn't immediately reinstating coal leasing moratorium despite revoking Trump order | Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump | Debate heats up over role of carbon offsets in Biden's 'net-zero' goal MORE (D-N.M.), nominated to lead the Interior Department (seen below) (NPR), and heard California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: All adults in US now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine | White House launches media blitz to promote vaccines Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border White House launches media effort to promote coronavirus vaccines MORE, Biden’s choice to be secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, describe goals for the mammoth department that reach beyond responding to the pandemic (The Associated Press).


Becerra, who served in the House for more than 20 years, pledged to expand health insurance coverage, lower prescription drug costs and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in medical care. He testifies again this afternoon before the Senate Finance Committee.



Interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland



The Hill: The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE to be secretary of the Department of Agriculture, a position he previously held for eight years. Vice President Harris will swear him in at 6:15 p.m. by virtual hookup.


Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.) voted with six Republicans against Vilsack, making Sanders the first senator who caucuses with Democrats to vote against a Biden Cabinet nominee.


GOP Sens. Rick Scott (Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard Paul15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle MORE (Ky.), Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyHillicon Valley: Apple approves Parler's return to App Store | White House scales back response to SolarWinds, Microsoft incidents | Pressure mounts on DHS over relationship with Clearview AI 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (Mo.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio Rubio15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference MORE (Fla.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party Is the antidote to bad speech more speech or more regulation? MORE (Texas), and Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Congress must address the toxic exposure our veterans have endured GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry MORE (Alaska) also voted against Vilsack returning to the USDA. Hawley has voted “no” on all of Biden’s nominees to date.


The Washington Post: Veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-GreenfieldLinda Thomas-GreenfieldUN ambassador: America's ability to acknowledge its 'imperfections' is 'our strength' Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues Anti-Trump foreign policy group releases lawmaker rankings on global affairs MORE will be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations as soon as she’s sworn in today by Harris at 12:35 p.m.. The Senate confirmed Thomas-Greenfield’s nomination on Tuesday by a vote of 78 to 20.


CNN: Republicans are targeting the president’s domestic policy nominees as Biden’s choice to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera TandenNeera TandenFive ways an obscure Senate ruling could change Washington 2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet White House delays release of budget plan MORE, languishes. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Budget committees are scheduled to vote today on whether to send Tanden’s nomination to the full Senate.


The Washington Post, Karen Tumulty opinion: The people concerned about Tanden’s incivility sure didn’t seem to mind in the Trump era’s.


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban It's not 'woketivism,' it's good business MORE (R-Ky.), who in 1997 voted against Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandGarland warns domestic terrorism 'still with us' on anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing Mazie Hirono: Asian American, Pacific Islander community 'feels under siege' amid rise in hate crimes ABC lands first one-on-one TV interview with Garland since confirmation MORE to become a federal appeals court judge and five years ago blocked consideration of his nomination to the Supreme Court, says he will vote to confirm Garland to be attorney general (Politico).


> Economy & monetary policy: Senators peppered Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell with questions on Tuesday. He did not retreat from his view that recovery in which 10 million Americans remain jobless warrants another fiscal boost and that inflation worries are exaggerated (The Hill). Powell will testify before the House today. “The economic recovery remains uneven and far from complete, and the path ahead is highly uncertain,” Powell said in testimony to the Senate Banking Committee (The Associated Press).


CORONAVIRUS: More help on the vaccine front is on the way. That was the message from vaccine developers on Tuesday as they laid out plans to dramatically increase the total amount of doses in the coming months and indicated that the worst of the manufacturing and distribution of the vaccines is in the rearview mirror.


Executives from Pfizer and Moderna, the only two companies that have approved COVID-19 vaccines, said they will be able to deliver more than 130 million additional shots combined by the end of March. The two vaccine producers are also expected to be able to fulfill their contractual obligations to provide 600 million doses by the end of July, giving the U.S. a major boost in its effort to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to a crawl.


“Because of the dire need to vaccinate more people, we have ramped up production of doses,” Pfizer Chief Business Officer John Young told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, noting that the company has invested significantly in domestic manufacturing sites.


Young added that Pfizer has shipped approximately 40 million doses over the first two-plus months and is on track to make a total of 120 million doses available for shipment by the end of March. 80 million more doses are expected by the end of May.


The U.S. is also likely to receive more help in the form of a third vaccine by Johnson & Johnson. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the vaccination for emergency use in the coming weeks, with the company set to have 20 million doses distributed by the end of March (The Hill). 


The New York Times: Federal regulators are expected to allow the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be stored at standard freezer temperatures.


Reuters: AstraZeneca to miss second-quarter EU vaccine supply target by half.


The Associated Press: “Don’t worry, come forward:” Asian nations get 1st shots.


Reuters: South Africa says Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna vaccines for “immediate use.”



Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine vials



> Guidance for vaccinated: Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: All adults in US now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine | White House launches media blitz to promote vaccines Suspect in custody in deadly Wisconsin tavern shooting White House launches media effort to promote coronavirus vaccines MORE, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expected to release a new set of guidance for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Fauci told CNN that the new set of guidelines should arrive after agency officials “sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation based on the science.” Included in the expected recommendations is that fully vaccinated people no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with COVID-19 (The Hill).


ABC News: New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioWhat the statistics show about police shootings and public safety US cities beef up security ahead of Chauvin verdict Yang expands lead in NYC mayor race: poll MORE (D) says New Yorkers should double mask until early June.


The Athletic: PGA Championship to allow 10,000 spectators each day of event.


> Masks and seafaring males: The CDC partnered with Discovery Channel to create a public service announcement in Alaska to encourage mask use during the pandemic. The 30-second PSA features fisherman from "Deadliest Catch," one of Discovery’s top shows, which attracts white male audiences. The spot airs on Discovery beginning this week (Axios).




ADMINISTRATION: The president is experiencing a short honeymoon, but with patience, empathy and what some believe is a retro supply of optimism about Washington.


Biden has been leaning hard into his role as empathizer in chief in a nation with an abundance of tragic events. This week he mourned the deaths of the more than 500,000 Americans who did not survive their infections with COVID-19. He spent an hour visiting an old friend, former Sen. Robert Dole (R-Kan.), who started treatment for cancer on Monday at age 97 (People). And he will comfort Texans who this month battled bitter cold, rolling blackouts and tainted water supplies (The Hill).


> The president will be in Houston on Friday, White House spokeswoman Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhite House readies for Chauvin verdict The Memo: Russia tensions rise with Navalny's life in balance Top House Republicans ask Harris for meeting on border MORE announced (The Hill).


The Hill’s Niall Stanage writes in The Memo that Biden's challenges are escalating on all fronts.


> Bloomberg Green: Biden’s White House climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior says it isn't immediately reinstating coal leasing moratorium despite revoking Trump order | Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump | Debate heats up over role of carbon offsets in Biden's 'net-zero' goal White House adviser: Climate summit will 'show the world that we're back' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated MORE, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was asked about the power grid problems experienced by the Lone Star State. “What happened in Texas was not a failure of renewable energy — just the opposite,” she said. “It was the fact that they had not invested in their own systems of refineries and they did not have a grid that connected Texas with other states in a way that other states are aligned together. So it made the response much more difficult. … Everything eventually has to be electrified. And so we need to have a grid system that actually allows that to be seamless. Renewable energy is cheaper, so it doesn't matter if you're in a Democratic state or a Republican state.”


> First lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden, Harris commend Mondale in paving the way for female VP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax Bidens attend grandson's confirmation MORE will visit Richmond, Va., today for her first official solo trip outside of Washington since Jan. 20. She plans to tour Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center and meet with researchers (WRIC). 



President Biden



POLITICS: The GOP effort to claw back a Senate seat in Georgia took a hit on Tuesday when former Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueWarnock raises nearly M since January victory Georgia's top election official looks to shake political drama Lobbying world MORE (R-Ga.) announced that he will not launch a bid for the Republican nod to take on Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockSenate aims to pass anti-Asian hate crimes bill this week Loeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory MORE (D-Ga.) in 2022 (The Hill). 


Perdue made the revelation in an email to supporters, saying his decision was “personal” and not a political one. According to a source familiar with Perdue’s decision making, the former senator had put the wheels in motion toward launching a bid, which included a meeting with former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE over the weekend. However, he was deeply concerned with what he heard from the former president, according to the source, including an obsession with the November election, his inability to overturn the results and retribution against the likes of Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump: GOP candidates need to embrace 'make America great' agenda if they want to win Rick Scott warns 'woke corporate leaders' of 'massive backlash' 'Black Panther' director condemns Georgia voting law but says sequel will film in state MORE (R) and Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceySex ed rules passed in Arizona would require parents to sign off on LGBT discussions, info Republican legislators target private sector election grants More GOP-led states risk corporate backlash like Georgia's MORE (R).


“It sounds like the president is just consumed with rage toward these governors,” the source told the Morning Report. “It was very unsettling for Perdue, and he’s just decided maybe this isn’t for him at this time.”


As for who will run instead, former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE (R-Ga.) indicated on Monday that she is exploring a rematch against Warnock. Former Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsCollins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law MORE (R-Ga.) is also a possibility. Trump, however, would prefer to see Collins challenge Kemp in a primary. 


Perdue’s decision is a blow to the party, which is itching to avoid a primary throwdown in a must-win contest. Perdue was viewed as someone who could bridge the gap between the pro-Trump crowd and establishment Republicans.


“I’m pretty disappointed,” Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told CNN


The New York Times: Perdue won’t challenge Warnock in the 2022 Georgia Senate race, after all. 


Politico: South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines Missouri Republicans eying Senate bids to hold fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago Parade of 2024 GOP hopefuls court House conservatives MORE (R) gets a Trump-hosted fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago.


The Hill: Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceSicknick had two strokes, died of natural causes after Capitol riot The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults can get vaccine; decision Friday on J&J vax MORE huddled on Tuesday with senior members of the Republican Study Committee (which he used to chair).


The New York Times: Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyAdvocacy groups pushing Biden to cancel student debt for disabled 15 Senate Republicans pledge to oppose lifting earmark ban The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - All US adults now eligible for COVID vaccines MORE (R-Utah) predicts Trump would win the 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president.



Former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)



> Divided politics: According to The Hill’s Reid Wilson, the U.S. is as politically divided today as at any point in a century, and the results of the 2020 election bears that out. 


Biden captured 224 congressional districts in the November elections, compared to 211 for Trump, with only 16 districts — nine held by Republicans, seven by Democrats — splitting their vote between the presidential contest and congressional races.


The Hill: Democrats look to improve outreach to Asian and Latino communities.


The Hill: Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party.

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The House meets at 10 a.m. The Oversight and Reform Committee at 10 a.m. dives into U.S. Postal Service finances and proposed reforms with testimony from the much-criticized Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTammy Duckworth pressures postal service board on firing DeJoy House Democrats introduce 'DeJoy Act' to block postal service changes Let's end the Postal Service political theater and create needed reforms MORE (The Hill). The Financial Services Committee will hear from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. A subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce panel holds a hearing at 10 a.m. (virtually) on disinformation and extremism in the media.  


The Senate convenes at noon and resumes consideration of the nomination of Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Congress returns; infrastructure takes center stage Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Senate Republican targets infrastructure package's effect on small business job creators MORE to be Energy secretary. The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing at 10 a.m. for William BurnsWilliam BurnsIntelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing Biden aide: Ability to collect daily intel in Afghanistan 'will diminish' Overnight Defense: Biden officially rolls out Afghanistan withdrawal plan | Probe finds issues with DC Guard helicopter use during June protests MORE, nominated to be CIA director. 


The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 9:50 a.m. Biden and Vice President Harris will meet at 2 p.m. to discuss a semiconductor chip shortage affecting U.S. manufacturing with a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers. At 4:15 p.m., the president will sign an executive order aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage, with Harris participating.  


The White House press briefing is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. and will include Sameera Fazili, deputy director of the National Economic Council, and Peter Harrell, senior director for international economics and competitiveness. Separately, the White House COVID-19 response team will brief reporters at 11 a.m. 


Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida at 1 p.m. discusses the U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy with members of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee. Live stream information HERE


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INTERNATIONAL: Buckingham Palace said on Tuesday that Prince Philip, 99, is “comfortable” at a London hospital and is being treated for an infection. According to a statement by the Palace, the longtime husband of Queen Elizabeth II is “comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” having been admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital a week ago. His illness is unrelated to COVID-19 (The Associated Press).


TECH: Facebook's success in getting Australia to amend its law compelling platforms to pay news publishers for links will likely set a precedent as other countries consider similar requirements. After eleventh hour negotiations, the social media giant will have more time to iron out deals with publishers before being subject to government run arbitration processes (The Hill).


POLICING: A new federal grand jury has been empaneled in Minneapolis and the Justice Department has called new witnesses as part of its investigation of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who will go on trial in state court next month charged with murder in the death on May 25 of George Floyd (The New York Times). … New York Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced that none of the police officers who arrested Daniel Prude in Rochester, N.Y., last March would face charges in connection with Prude’s death while he was shirtless in a roadway in the apparent grip of a psychotic episode. A grand jury convened to investigate the case declined to charge any of the seven officers who had been on the scene. Officers had handcuffed Prude, who was Black, placed a mesh hood over his head and pressed him into the pavement until he lost consciousness (The New York Times). … Former New York police officer and former Marine Thomas Webster, who once guarded New York City Hall before retiring in 2011, was arrested on charges that he assaulted a Washington police officer with a metal flagpole during the riots at the Capitol last month. A federal prosecutor said authorities have videos of Webster attacking an officer, first with a metal flagpole that earlier had flown a Marine Corps flag, and then with his bare hands (The New York Times).


And finally … Tiger Woods suffered multiple serious injuries on Tuesday, including a compound leg fracture and a shattered ankle, and underwent surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after being involved in a car accident in a Los Angeles suburb. 


According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Woods, 45, was involved in a single-car crash Tuesday morning that damaged his vehicle. When assistance arrived, he was alone in the car, conscious and in stable condition. Authorities said there was no evidence Woods was impaired when driving.


In a statement released from Woods’s Twitter feed 15 hours after the incident, Dr. Anish Mahajan said his patient is “currently awake, responsive and recovering” after multiple injuries.


Woods, among the best golfers of all time, had been recovering from a back procedure in December and gearing up for the 2021 season. Golfers from across the PGA Tour offered the 14-time major winner their best wishes.


“We are all pulling for you, Tiger,” tweeted Phil Mickelson, among Woods’s top rivals for more than two decades. “We are so sorry that you and your family are going through this tough time. Everyone hopes and prays for your full and speedy recovery” (ESPN).



Tiger Woods