12:30 Report

The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Biden brings in the big guns amid sinking approval

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–> A midday take on what’s happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* 

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

IN THE WHITE HOUSE 

Well, well, well. Look what the cat dragged in

Former President Obama is at the White House today, having lunch with President Biden and promoting the Affordable Care Act in afternoon remarks. https://bit.ly/3DJ3zTV 

The timing: “Obama remains extremely popular with the Democratic base, and his return to the White House comes as Biden has struggled to boost his poll numbers in the face of a flurry of challenges, most notably soaring inflation.”  

Has Obama been to the White House since Biden took office?: No, according to two sources. Obama has stayed out of the public spotlight since leaving office, but he regularly speaks to Biden on the phone, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. 

More on why the timing is significant: https://bit.ly/3DJ3zTV 

‘WHITE HOUSE PROPOSES FIX TO ‘FAMILY GLITCH’ IN OBAMACARE’
This will be announced during Obama’s visit to the White House today, according to The Hill’s Joseph Choi: https://bit.ly/3r5xwYW 

It’s a rainy Tuesday in D.C. 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@digital-stage.thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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NEWS THIS MORNING 

He decided to Upton and leave

^I know, I know. That was terrible. I’ll be here all day 😉  


Longtime House lawmaker, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), announced his retirement from Congress this morning. https://bit.ly/3DIDyDV 

How long Upton has served in the House: Since 1987 (!) 

Tidbit: Upton was one of the 10 House Republican who voted to impeach former President Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. He is the fourth of those House Republicans to announce he will not run for reelection. 

THE LATEST WITH RUSSIA 

The newest Russian sanctions — Putin won’t even get coal in his stocking

Via The Wall Street Journal’s Laurence Norman, “The European Commission is set to propose broad new sanctions on Russia on Tuesday … including a ban on imports of Russian coal, slashing the access of Russian road and shipping goods carriers into the bloc, targeting oligarchs and their families and blocking some machinery exports.” What we know: https://on.wsj.com/3ub4NUM 

By the way: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the U.N. Security Council this morning. Here’s C-SPAN video: https://bit.ly/3j7QsC7 

Op-ed from Harvard Kennedy School’s Graham Allison: “The US can help Putin lose the war — for Russia’s future.” https://bit.ly/3DG9XuS 

New reporting: A ‘hypersonic missile’ — sounds casual

Via CNN’s Oren Liebermann, “The US successfully tested a hypersonic missile in mid-March but kept it quiet for two weeks to avoid escalating tensions with Russia as President Joe Biden was about to travel to Europe, according to a defense official familiar with the matter.” https://cnn.it/3ucneIo

LATEST WITH THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMATION 

And the magic number is … :

Three Senate Republicans are planning to vote “yes” on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination for the Supreme Court. https://bit.ly/36P6UVv 

The Republican senators: Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) 

Last night: All 50 Senate Democrats, plus the three Republicans, voted on a procedural step to further her nomination. 

Timing — what happens now: “Schumer is expected to move on Tuesday to formally tee up an initial vote on Jackson’s nomination for Thursday. After that Republicans could delay a final vote on Jackson’s nomination until Friday if they eat up an additional 30 hours of debate time.”  

GETTING TRACTION 

Elon Musk is dabbling with Twitter now

Via CNN Business, “Elon Musk recently purchased 9.2% of Twitter stock, according to a filing Monday, making him the largest shareholder in the company.” https://cnn.it/3v2WR7k 

What we know about Musk’s reasoning: “Musk’s filing did not disclose the purpose of the purchase or any plans for the company. But he has been a high-profile critic of Twitter policies in the past. Last month he said he was giving ‘serious thought’ to creating a new social media platform.” 

Musk tweeted: “Oh hi lol” https://bit.ly/3Kertci 

He then added: “Do you want an edit button?” The poll’s options are “yse” and “on.” Answer Musk’s poll here: https://bit.ly/3LLBMEP 

WILL ELON MUSK SERVE ON THE BOARD AT TWITTER?
Yes, according to a regulatory filing today. https://cnn.it/3r636pv 

The deal: “As long as Musk is serving on the board, and for 90 days after, he will not be able to own more than 14.9 percent of Twitter’s stock, according to the filing, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing.” https://bit.ly/371tkCG 

LATEST WITH COVID-19 

Let’s review

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday that it will undergo an internal review of the agency. https://bit.ly/3DHUTgo 

Like what?: [CDC Director Rochelle Walensky] said that on Monday, [U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Jim Macrae] will begin evaluating current COVID-19 efforts and “provide me with insight on how the delivery of our science and program can be further strengthened during this critical time of transition.”  

CASE NUMBERS:  

Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 81,497,653

U.S. death toll: 997,191

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

VACCINATION NUMBERS: 

Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 561 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 95,670 doses 

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

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

NOTABLE TWEETS: 

This is terrifying

CNN’s Ben Wedeman reports on the ground in Ukraine where his crew had a close call with Russian fire. Watch the segment from colleague Kaitlan Collins — I’m glad the crew made it out OK: https://bit.ly/3r5ryau

Lol, Frank Underwood would be disappointed

Democratic strategist Adam Parkhomenko tweeted a photo of a sarcastic sign about the orgy and cocaine parties that Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) alleged. “Who did this,” Parkhomenko tweeted. Photo of the sign — it has more than 63,000 likes so far: https://bit.ly/3u7ZeX5 

^ If you’re totally confused, here’s an explainer: https://bit.ly/3tWyVmM 

ON TAP: 

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

10:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden and Vice President Harris received the President’s Daily Brief. 

10:30 a.m. EDT: Two Senate votes. The Senate’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/38yNxk1 

12:30 p.m. EDT: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons.  

2:30 ­­– 4:45 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full agenda today: https://bit.ly/3Jcy4Th

WHAT TO WATCH: 

Late this morning: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the U.N. Security Council. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3j7QsC7 

1:30 p.m. EDT: President BidenVice President Harris and former President Obama (!) deliver remarks on the Affordable Care Act and health care costs. Livestream: https://bit.ly/35HHR67 

3 p.m. EDT: The White House COVID-19 Response Team holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3KeL383 

3:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen Psaki gives a press briefing. Livestream: https://bit.ly/3KgYQuY 

IN LIGHTER NEWS: 

Today is National Caramel Day

And because it’s lunchtime and I’m hoping you have some spare time, could you watch this puppy for a minute?: https://bit.ly/36XxkEn 

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