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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Container ship freed in Suez Canal | World cheers | Trump crashes Mar-a-Lago wedding | Gives campaign rally-style toast | Derek Chauvin trial begins | Birx tells all of COVID and the Trump White House | 10 states open vaccine eligibility to all adults this week | Pfizer, Moderna 90 percent effective in ‘real world’ study | Biden to separate infrastructure into two bills | Buttigieg charms Washington
NEWS OF THE MORNING
Now was that so hard?*:
*Yes, yes it was.
The large ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal was freed this morning, reopening traffic through one of the world’s most-used canals. The latest: https://nyti.ms/31uFKwQ
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS:
Lol, THIS!: “You know that feeling when you finally dislodge a popcorn kernel that’s been stuck in your tooth? That, but its a huge ship and a major shipping channel” (Via news producer Patrick Ward) https://bit.ly/31wsyr0
Tugboats honked when the ship moved even just slightly: Here’s video: https://bit.ly/3lZP70V
These photos really show the magnitude of the issue: https://cnn.it/2QH1NOp
Want to see what the boat traffic looks like sans a working canal? — what a mess: A former traffic reporter broke it down. Watch: https://bit.ly/3fj7AnL
This photo is insane:
The estimated cost of the blockage: “About 12% of global trade, around one million barrels of oil and roughly 8% of liquefied natural gas pass through the canal each day … [one estimate suggests] that the Canal’s revenues were taking a $14m-$15m (£10.2m-£10.9m) hit for each day of the blockage.” https://bbc.in/31qnbtD
SOME OF THESE IDEAS AREN’T HALF BAD — CHILDREN OFFERED SUGGESTIONS:
Here’s the video of children trying to fix the problem: https://bit.ly/3dgGb3e
^Godzilla isn’t a terrible idea …
THE MEMES HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND:
The Washington Post compiled a list of the best Suez Canal-related memes. Check them out: https://wapo.st/3m0CAdk
My favorite: It includes some choice language, so you’ll have to open the link if you want to see 😉 https://bit.ly/31vdslz
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The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minnesota police officer who is charged with the killing of George Floyd last May, began this morning.
How to watch — here’s the livestream: It began at 10 a.m. EDT: https://bit.ly/3w6GshM
SETTING THE TONE:
The Floyd family’s lawyer began the trial with a press conference, arguing that the case would be different if the victim was white. Video of his full statement: https://bit.ly/2QQgn6r
George Floyd’s family knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds outside the courthouse: Here’s a photo: https://cnn.it/3w6BnWB
LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
Via STAT News’s Helen Branswell, “A new study suggests the messenger RNA vaccines produced by Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech partnership appeared to be 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 infection in a real-world setting.” https://bit.ly/3fBrPgL
See for yourself — read the study: https://bit.ly/2PE3jAq
“No longer working under the Trump administration, six leading US health officials now reveal to CNN the real challenges they faced during the nation’s fight against Covid-19 over the past year: death threats, mixed messages and in some cases, being kept from sharing information with national audiences.” https://cnn.it/3fi4790
Who participated in the CNN special: Dr. , Dr. , Dr. Brett Giroir, Dr. Stephen Hahn, Dr. Robert Kadlec and Dr.
The gist, via The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond: “Trump officials say coronavirus response was worse than known.” https://wapo.st/31sqqR0
NEWS FROM THE SPECIAL REPORT:
When the pandemic first started: “First, I wanted to make sure that we stopped saying that the risk to Americans was low,” Birx said. “I could see the avalanche coming, and I could see that we were not prepared, and I thought I could do something.”
The feeling within the White House: “There was a group that really believed this wasn’t as a big of deal as we were making it,” said Birx. “Then there was the other group that just was more fatalistic, that no matter what we did, the outcome was going to be the same.”
Birx said the American deaths after the first 100,000 could have been mitigated: https://reut.rs/2QRhX8h
More highlights: https://cnn.it/3fi4790
Via USA Today’s Elinor Aspegren and John Bacon, 10 states are opening vaccine eligibility to all adults this week. https://bit.ly/3fmjA83
Which states: “Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas will remove vaccine restrictions for those 16 and older Monday. Minnesota will follow on Tuesday; Indiana and South Carolina on Wednesday; and Connecticut on Thursday. California will also open up eligibility to all residents 50 and older Thursday.”
Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 30,264,704
U.S. death toll: 549,351
Breakdown of the numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 143 million shots have been given.
Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.71 million doses
For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.
Breakdown of the numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
Via The New York Times’s Sarah Firshein, “As domestic vaccination rates trend upward, more people are traveling or planning to travel. Here’s the latest guidance for doing so safely.” https://nyti.ms/3w4eIu6
Via The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond, Lena H. Sun and Isaac Stanley-Becker, “The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as ‘vaccine passports’ — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen.” https://wapo.st/39qqEga
What to know: “The passports are expected to be free and available through applications for smartphones, which could display a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass. Americans without smartphone access should be able to print out the passports, developers have said.”
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Majority Leader (D-N.Y.) isn’t leaving anything to chance as he heads into his 2022 reelection campaign.” https://bit.ly/3u9v7vH
How Schumer is spending his two-week Senate recess: “He will be traveling around New York during the two-week April recess as part his goal to visit all 62 counties in the state this year.”
Little tidbit: “When Politico reporter Burgess Everett suggested at a recent press briefing that those travels might be related to a certain upcoming election, Schumer bristled at the implication, while throwing in some humor. ‘Do I visit every one of the 62 counties every one of the 22 years I’ve run? Yes or no?’ Schumer said as he walked out of the briefing room, as the assembled group of reporters laughed. ‘Bad comment, Burgess.’” https://bit.ly/3u9v7vH
SCHUMER IS HOPING TO USE DEMS’ ‘GET OUT OF JAIL FREE’ CARD FOR A THIRD BILL:
Details from The Hill’s Jordain Carney: https://bit.ly/3swPvGs
Lol, I had to:
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” White House press secretary said that the Biden administration would split the push for infrastructure into two separate pieces of legislation. https://bit.ly/3tZwDQQ
The likely breakdown of the two bills: “The first proposal will likely address physical infrastructure such as roads, bridges and efforts to expand rural broadband access … [the second] will cover issues such as child care and health care.”
TIDBIT — SECRETARY MAYOR PETE HAS A NEW RIDE:
Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes and Alex Gangitano, “Earlier this month on his way home from work, made a pit stop at a Pizza Hut parking lot to pick up a used road bike that the new secretary of Transportation plans to use to get around Washington, D.C.” How Buttigieg is charming Washington with his accessibility: https://bit.ly/3djF6aZ
IN OTHER NEWS
Via TMZ, Former gave a wedding toast at a Mar-a-Lago wedding over the weekend.
The gist of his toast: Iran, the U.S.-Mexico border, the 2020 election results — and his best friend, Joe Biden. No, seriously!
Video of Trump’s wedding toast: https://bit.ly/3cvsL3Y
Getting traction — this breaks my heart:
Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) posted this story about his son.
Read his full thread of tweets (with more photos) — this boy is the CUTEST: https://bit.ly/3tWHuuE
DC skies were showing off this morning:
The House and Senate are out. and Vice President Harris are in Washington, D.C.
9:50 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief.
1:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris receive a COVID-19 briefing.
WHAT TO WATCH:
10 a.m. EDT: The trial of Derek Chauvin, who is accused of the death of George Floyd, began. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3w6GshM
11 a.m. EDT: The White House COVID-19 Response team held a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/31pUhK6
12:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3m2dmLQ
12:30 p.m. EDT: The Hill’s Future of Defense Summit. The speaker lineup is pretty stacked! Details, speakers and livestream: https://bit.ly/2QF0bom
2:10 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3cBtocF
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…:
Today is National Chiffon Cake Day.
And to brighten your Monday, here is one happy dog in a raincoat:
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