Thursday, December 8 2022

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

*Ha. Haha. Haha. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha–collapses crying hysterically.

IN CONGRESS

The plan came, it hovered a little, and it left:

Sense. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinLawmaker arrested amid voting rights protest says he’d ‘do it again’ No Hillary – ‘third way’ is the wrong way WATCH: The Hill recaps the best stories of the week MORE (DW.Va.) and Kirsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaLawmaker arrested amid suffrage protest says he’ll ‘do it again’ These Senate seats are up for grabs in 2022 No Hillary – ‘third way’ is the wrong way MORE (D-Arizona) voted with Republicans last night to officially kill the Democrats’ goal of amending the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation. https://bit.ly/3FNrsc2

The vote: 52-48 – The Republicans were united in their opposition.

Was it a surprise?: Not at all, but it solidifies the Dems’ loss.

What happens now?: “Democrats should move away from the pressure on voting rights and discussions of filibuster as they try to revive a lightened Build Back Better bill and look for potential areas of bipartisanship, including sanctions. against Russia or government funding.”

“THE FIGHT FOR VOTING RIGHTS HAS MOVED FROM FAN TO PERSONAL”:

Via The Hill’s Mike Lilis and Scott Wang: https://bit.ly/3fJiu5e

TIDBIT FROM VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS:

“Asked by [CNN’s Manu Raju] on whether the election would be illegitimate if these ballot bills did not pass… Vice President Harris replied, “Let’s get these bills passed before we have this conversation.” (Tweeted by CNN Ali Zaslav) Photo of Harris in motion: https://bit.ly/3qJPlwS

Now what? How to wrap failed bills in a cute little gift box with a bow:

Via The Hill’s Hanna Trudo“Democratic National Committee (DNC) insiders debate how to handle the disappointments of President BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former senator Donnelly confirmed as associate of Vatican ambassador Giuliani sentenced to one year in prison in campaign finance case MOREthe biggest legislative fallout, adding to the already growing sense of despair of a party seeking a 2022 comeback.” https://bit.ly/3FSjmze

Where are things“While officials are desperate to keep the Democrats in power, some sources say there’s a lack of consensus on how to do that from outside the White House. And the idea that things could go wrong. deterioration further depresses those who support the president’s agenda and want to see him succeed.

What to expect: https://bit.ly/3FSjmze

BIDEN’S AGENDA MAY HAVE REACHED A BREAKPOINT, BUT THERE COULD STILL BE MOVEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE:

Via the New York Times Davenport Coral and Lisa Friedman: https://nyti.ms/3fJWnf4

It’s Thursday. I am Catherine Martel with a brief recap of the morning and what’s to come. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to [email protected] — and follow us on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Congress is considering sweeping antitrust legislation that could hurt the digital economy — and put small businesses at risk. Learn more at connectedcouncil.org

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Biden’s two-hour press conference:

President Biden held a rare press conference yesterday, where he fielded questions from reporters for almost two hours. https://bit.ly/3qJKSu8

The biggest mistake“A predictable question about a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine produced a strange and damaging response. Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” by Kremlin forces might not receive much aggressive pushback from the United States.”

How Biden’s advisers tried to help“White House aides immediately rushed to try to clear up the confusion. They had little success.

More takeaways from Biden’s presser: https://bit.ly/3qJKSu8

‘US AND EU OFFICIALS HOLD TALKS ON CRISIS AS IMPACT IN UKRAINE INTENSIFIES’:

Via the Washington Post missy ryan and Loveday Morris: https://wapo.st/33UUCcg

LEGISLATIVES FROM BOTH PARTIES URGE BIDEN TO SEND MORE AID TO UKRAINE:

Via The Hill’s Ellen Mitchell: https://bit.ly/3tIBF7n

‘THE WASTELAND GROWS BETWEEN BIDEN AND IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES’:

Via The Hill’s Raphael Bernal and Rebecca Beitsch: https://bit.ly/3GQdec2

LAST WITH CORONAVIRUS

Interesting read – ‘Can Omicron cause long Covid?’:

Via the New York Times Pam Belluck“It’s too early to know, say scientists, but mild initial illness may not signal reduced risk.”

What we know, including whether vaccines help long COVID-19: https://nyti.ms/3tIJx8U

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the United States: 68 572 066

Death toll in the United States: 857 781

Breakdown of digits: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccines administered in the United States: 530 million blows were given.

Average doses administered over seven days: An average of 313,885 doses

For context: The US population is approximately 331 million.

Breakdown of digits: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

A MESSAGE FROM THE CONNECTED COMMERCE COUNCIL

Congress is considering sweeping antitrust legislation that could hurt the digital economy — and put small businesses at risk. Learn more at connectedcouncil.org

T-MINUS 15 DAYS BEFORE THE WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES

NBC does not send Olympic announcers to Beijing:

Via USA Today’s Christine Brenan, “As the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics approach and COVID-19 concerns grow, NBC Sports will not be sending any of its announcement teams to China, a spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports. Wednesday afternoon.” https://bit.ly/3tIq1ta

Where will the advertisers be?: At the NBC premises in Stamford, Connecticut.

THIS MORNING – “RALPH LAUREN UNVEILS TEAM USA OPENING OLYMPIC UNIFORMS”:

Details from the Associated Press Leanne Italy — more pictures: https://bit.ly/3GOvCBQ

IN OTHER NEWS

Robert Costa leaves the Washington Post:

Robert Costaone of the Washington Post’s top reporters, announced this morning that he will be joining CBS News.

keep in mind: Costa recently wrote a topical book on the 2020 presidential election with a seasoned journalist Bob Woodward.

Read his full announcement on Twitter: https://bit.ly/3AgfZRp

“Nuff people say they know they can’t believe, Jamaica, we got a bobsleigh team!” :

The Jamaican four-man team has qualified for the 2022 Beijing Olympics for the first time in over 20 years (!)

If you are totally confused, why would I mention this: A Jamaican bobsled team was the premise of the 1993 film “Cool Runnings.”

What to know about the team and why, via NBC’s Scott Stump: https://nbcnews.to/3FL8fIa

LOVE THIS – TEAM JAMAICA LOOKED INTO THE COOL RUNNINGS REFERENCE:

Team Jamaica tweeted: “BREAKING: JAMAICA WE HAVE A BOBSLED TEAM HEADING TO BEIJING! This will be fire on the ice as #TeamJamaica secured their spot at the Beijing 2022 #Winter Olympics. will be the first time that JAM has qualified in 3 Olympic bobsleigh events: four-man, two-man and women’s monobob » https://bit.ly/3qN9Ysl

We’re all rooting for you!

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Oh my God – I can’t believe this woman kept reporting live:

A West Virginia reporter was hit by a car while on air. She says she is fine and continues to do live reporting. She definitely deserves a medal. Video — it already has over 1.5 million views: https://bit.ly/3Imdqjl

Reaction from NBC’s Gary Grumbach“I can’t help but think how awful this is, in a million ways. If a local newsroom doesn’t have the resources to staff enough live photo shoots direct, I’m not sure it’s the journalist who should suffer here. https://bit.ly/3FI0DGh

It’s a *horrible* concept, but I like a good mystery:

CBS News Catherine Watson tweeted an anonymous message to @overhearddistrict. It reads: “I saw a member of Congress order a mayonnaise sandwich for lunch. Just bread and mayonnaise…that’s it. https://bit.ly/3fN4OWE

The anonymous tipster then added that it was “a GOP congressman from North Carolina.”

Watson added: “There are only 7, if I count correctly, we can solve this mystery, guys.”

IN DRAFT:

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

9:30 a.m. EST: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.

10:30 a.m. – noon EST: First and last votes in the Chamber. The full agenda of the House today: https://bit.ly/3nJxgNB

11:15 a.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris met with the infrastructure implementation working group.

Midday: A judicial confirmation vote in the Senate. The full Senate agenda today: https://bit.ly/3Kt17DS

1:00 p.m. EST: The Hill is hosting a virtual event, “The Future of Cities Summit,” featuring mayors from across the country. Details, speakers and how to RSVP: https://bit.ly/3fBONDd

7 p.m. EST: President Biden and Vice President Harris speak at a Democratic National Committee grassroots virtual event.

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden to meet with National Security Team this weekend on Russia-Ukraine The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Dems seek to repackage BBB in salvageable bill Kaleigh Rogers discusses new voting restrictions MORE holds a press conference. Direct: https://bit.ly/33TRnl3

4:15 p.m. EST: President Biden meets with the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology. Direct: https://bit.ly/3FKK1Of

6:30 p.m. EST:NBC Lester Holt interviews the White House chief of staff Ron KleinRon KlainThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden clarifies remarks on Russia Klain: ‘No ambiguity’ on US response if Russia invades Ukraine The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Connected Commerce Council – Democrats regroup as Biden’s agenda stumbles MORE on “NBC Nightly News”.

IN LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Cheese Lovers Day.

And to break up your afternoon, here’s a dog who totally destroyed a few pounds, but had a VERY good reason: https://bit.ly/3GP3ONL

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