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     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U   To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   TALK OF THE MORNING *Starts loudly drumming the table* — Let’s get ready to rumble!!:   via GIPHY   Liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen BreyerStephen BreyerProgressives see Breyer retirement as cold comfort Briefing in brief: Biden committed to naming Black woman to Supreme Court The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement MORE is expected to retire at the end of this term, setting up a Senate confirmation battle for whomever President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE chooses to succeed him.   We all watched failed BBB and voting rights bills. Do we expect...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   THE LATEST WITH UKRAINE Vladimir Putin is the very definition of a wild card:   via GIPHY   Via CNN’s Kevin Liptak, “President Joe Biden acknowledged Tuesday a deeply uncertain situation at the Ukraine border, where Russian troops are amassing but few observers have any definitive knowledge of whether or when they might invade.” https://cnn.it/3G30eOZ  How we are preparing: The U.S. has troops on high alert. “[U.S.] and European sanctions have been readied in the event of an invasion. Biden also said he'd be willing to apply sanctions on Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinActing U.S. ambassador to Ukraine: Embassy families evacuated out of 'abundance of caution' Overnight Energy & Environment — 'Forever chemical' suits face time crunch US shipment of military equipment, munitions arrives...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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 Whoops, Joe Biden got the ‘Elf’ quote wrong!:   via GIPHY   President BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE was overheard on his microphone yesterday calling Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a "stupid son of a bitch." https://bit.ly/3AEiq0k   Doocy yelled at Biden: "Will you take a question on inflation? … Do you think inflation is a political liability ahead of the midterms?"   Biden was then heard mumbling to himself: "No, it’s a great asset,” he mumbled sarcastically. “More inflation. What a stupid son of a...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U   To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   TALK OF THE MORNING The decision Joe Biden is currently making: XXX1XXXX Via The New York Times’s Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt, Pentagon officials urged President BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE over the weekend to consider sending 1,000-5,000 troops to Eastern Europe as tensions rise over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine. https://nyti.ms/3578pNh   Is Biden going to move forward with that plan?: We don’t know yet. Biden may decide this week.   Keep in mind: The plan would not be to send troops to Ukraine, just to Eastern Europe where they would be closer.   Some context on where Biden stands: “Biden has made clear that...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden discussed options for bolstering US troop levels in the Baltics and Eastern Europe with his top military officials during a briefing at Camp David on Saturday, according to a senior official.The briefing, which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley attended virtually, included the discussion of troop levels as well as updates on the latest intelligence and ongoing talks with allies on their plans to respond should Russia invade Ukraine, the official said.The New York Times first reported on the options being presented at the briefing and reported that Biden is expected to make a decision as early as this week.One option under consideration is moving between 1,000 to 5,000 troops, according to a senior defense official, and is intended both to shore up Eastern European and Baltic allies and to have them available to help get American citizens out, if necessary. This story is breaking and will be updated.
     Presented by Facebook    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074; Thursday, 857,778; Friday, 860,248. A question in Washington and world capitals this morning is not whether Russia will soon attack Ukraine, but what kind of assault President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinIran announces naval drills with Russia, China Blinken calls for 'global action' against Russia amid Ukraine tensions Putin's options extend well beyond invasion MORE will order and whether public disagreements within NATO and at the White House strengthen Putin’s strategy.  As Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an...
     Presented by Connected Commerce Council  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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 CONGRESS The plan came, it hovered for a bit, and it went:   via GIPHY   Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations Mark Kelly says he'll back changing filibuster rule for voting rights MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Democrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations MORE (D-Ariz.) voted with Republicans last night to officially kill Democrats’ goal to change the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation. https://bit.ly/3FNrsc2 The vote: 52-48 ­– Republicans were united in their opposition.  Was...
     Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074; Thursday, 857,778. As Democrats steeled themselves for Wednesday’s defeat of the party’s voting rights plank in the Senate, President BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE told reporters he accomplished more than any other president in his first year and vowed to take his legislative wish list, including bits of his moribund Build Back Better agenda, out on the campaign trail this year.  During a nearly two-hour news conference, the president defended his leadership, said he plans to seek...
    Tennessee state Rep. Bruce Griffey presented a self-defense bill, named Kyle’s Law, in honor of Kyle Rittenhouse on Wednesday. The Republican lawmaker presented the legislation that would require the state of Tennessee to reimburse costs to defendants who were found not guilty of homicide charges due to having acted in self-defense. The legislation states that the payment amount would be decided by the court but could be denied if there was criminal activity involved. TEENAGER FATALLY SHOT OUTSIDE PITTSBURGH SCHOOL “If someone in Tennessee is placed in the same situation as Kyle Rittenhouse in the future, he/she can at least be financially compensated,” Griffey told WZTV. “My bill will help deter what happened to Kyle Rittenhouse from happening to someone in Tennessee and will help protect the right of Tennesseans to self-defense." Griffey also presented a proclamation to honor Rittenhouse as “a hero who selflessly defended his community, protected businesses, and acted lawfully in the face of lawlessness” and “a symbol of things that the Left is trying to destroy — our Constitution and our...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – “West Side Story,” “Eternals,” “Pose,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Saved by the Bell” were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 33rd annual GLAAD Media Awards. “Eternals” and “West Side Story” were both nominated for outstanding wide-release film along with “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” and “tick, tick…BOOM!” READ MORE: Shawn Smith, Suspect In Brianna Kupfer's Murder At Hancock Park Furniture Store, Arrested In PasadenaNominations for comedy series on television went to “Dickinson,” “Gentefied,” “Love, Victor,” “The Other Two,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Sex Education,” “Shrill,” “Special,” “Twenties” and “Work in Progress.” For drama series, “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Batwoman,” “The Chi,” “Doom Patrol,” “Good Trouble,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The L Word: Generation Q,” “Pose,” “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Supergirl” received nominations. The awards are presented across a variety of media, including film, television, music, video games, comic books, journalism and blogs. According to GLAAD, the awards “honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues.” READ MORE: Shortage Of Drivers Leaves Garbage Piling Up In Costa Mesa StreetsThe GLAAD...
     Presented by Connected Commerce Council  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U   To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   HAPPENING TODAY Hello and welcome to The White House Roast:   via GIPHY   President BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE will take questions from reporters today in his first press conference of the year.  What to expect reporters to grill Biden on: Biden’s stalled social and climate policy bill, his voting rights push and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic   What to expect from Biden today: “Sources close to the White House say Biden will find ways to speak directly to the people to more effectively communicate the work that is being done. Democrats also expect Biden to draw a sharper contrast with...
                              Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074. Senate Democrats have their game plan to deal with voting rights and election reform this week. Unfortunately for them, it still isn’t going to do the trick.   Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE (D-N.Y.) proposed to the Senate Democratic Conference on Tuesday evening that they will employ...
    GOMA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in eastern Congo have arrested two men in connection with the killing of the Italian ambassador and two others nearly a year ago, though police said Tuesday that the prime suspect remains at large. Gen. Aba Van Ang, the commissioner of the police in North Kivu province, said that rebels had killed Ambassador Luca Attanasio in a botched attempt to kidnap him for ransom. The suspects, who were presented to the province’s military governor in front of journalists on Tuesday, apparently had planned to seek more than $1 million in ransom, authorities said. Instead the 43-year-old ambassador was fatally shot along with Carabiniere paramilitary officer Vittorio Iacovacci and a U.N. World Food Program driver, Moustapha Milambo. It was not immediately known when the arrests took place or when a trial might begin. The chief suspect in the ambassador’s killing, identified only as a man named Aspirant, remains at large, police said. On Tuesday, police also presented four other men accused of attacking other humanitarian workers in the region. Italy has formally asked the United Nations...
                                  Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730.    U.S. fatalities from COVID-19 have risen more than 5 percent in one month, based on available data. As public health experts prepare for 1 million COVID-19 deaths, journalists and Boston University collaborated for a USA Today series that disclosed some counties in the South and the West that underreported the number of people dying from the coronavirus.  The time to vote — or at least stage a real debate — is nigh for Senate Democrats, who are set to plow ahead...
    Tom Brady shocked a young cancer survivor over the weekend when he presented him and his family with tickets to Super Bowl LVI. In a heart-warming video posted to Twitter on Saturday by the NFL, the 44-year-old Tampa Buccaneers star shared how inspired he was by 10-year-old Noah Reeb's battle with brain cancer. Reeb, who came to the quarterback's attention early last year after his diagnosis, looked overjoyed to see a video message Brady recorded for him. .@TomBrady surprised 10-year-old brain cancer survivor Noah Reeb with Super Bowl tickets. This is what it’s all about ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Qo6QdjM1qI— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2022 Heartwarming: Tom Brady, 44, left 10-year-old fan and cancer survivor Noah Reeb speechless after he presented his family with Super Bowl tickets in a video message posted Saturday by the NFL The video posted to Twitter featured Brady's original video in a split-screen presentation paired with footage of Reeb and his family watching the message at home in Utah. The football legend started his message by referencing a Buccaneers game from October 2021 in which he presented the...
                                  Presented by Facebook     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported today: 850,605.   As of today, 74.2 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62.3 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of the Americans who have received third or booster doses is 23.7. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day today, President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too...
    HOW do you share the chores in the house to make sure everyone does their bit? For this busy mum, her husband presented her with a chores rota and found it too much. 4How would you deal with the cleaning dispute?Credit: Getty Taking to Mumsnet, she wrote: "My husband asked me to deal with something one week before Christmas and I said I couldn’t, I was at my max capacity mentally getting everything sorted for Christmas and our daughter's birthday which is a week later. "He does help but the lion share of things falls to me as I work 3 days a week. "The task he asked me to do had no fixed deadline so I said let’s pick it up in the new year. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED "My husband got annoyed with this, told me that I’d have more to think about when we start renovating our house so I tried to explain about mental load and how it all falls to me, he didn’t get it. "He took...
    (CNN)Here is a look at the Golden Globe Awards, which are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. January 9, 2022 - The 79th Annual Golden Globes are announced in an untelevised presentation.February 28, 2021 - The 78th Annual Golden Globes are presented with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting. The ceremony typically takes place in January, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.FactsThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), a group representing journalists from 55 countries, presents the awards.Read MoreThe awards are presented in the fields of both television and motion pictures.The motion picture awards were first presented in 1944.Awards for television were first presented in 1955.The Golden Globes were not regularly broadcast on TV until the early 1980s.Meryl Streep is the actor with the most nominations - 32. She has eight wins, also a record.January 7, 2008 - The HFPA announces the cancellation of the traditional Golden Globes ceremony due to the ongoing Writers Guild strike. The winners are announced during an hour-long press conference on January 13.January 7, 2018 - At the 75th Annual Golden Globes a...
     Presented by Altria    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!   Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749; Wednesday, 830,284; Thursday, 832,148; Friday, 833,988. After the speeches, what next?  Events on Thursday to mark a year since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol underscored the fragility and uncertainty in America’s future.  Even President BidenJoe BidenBiden hopes for big jobs number on Friday Jan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent Equilibrium/Sustainability — Climate, democracy emergencies indivisible  MORE — who blamed the deadly insurrection on former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent ProPublica reporter says movement to target government, political opponents had been rising prior to Jan. 6 attack...
     Presented by Altria    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749; Wednesday, 830,284; Thursday, 832,148. The indelible images from the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol live larger than the narratives.  Former President TrumpDonald TrumpPelosi on eve of Jan. 6: Capitol rioters 'lost' bid to stop peaceful transfer of power MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sues Jan. 6 panel over subpoena for phone records Bipartisan Senate group holds call on elections amid reform chatter MORE’s role in mobilizing his armed supporters while wielding a lie about a stolen election resulted in his second House impeachment and Senate acquittal, triggered an ongoing House select committee investigation, led to the arrests of at least 725...
                                        Presented by Altria     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749; Wednesday, 830,284. As Roger Daltrey once sang, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”    That dynamic played out once again on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Winter is here for Democrats Schumer ramps up filibuster fight ahead of Jan. 6 anniversary Corporations, politicians and new tax incentives support carbon mitigation investments MORE (D-N.Y.) laid out his desire to alter the chamber's filibuster rules to enact voting...
                               Presented by Altria     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749. The hush of 8 to 10 inches of snow in Washington put a temporary chill on Senate action on Monday as Democrats searched for a way to resurrect an agenda and turn their attention to the heat of battle over voting rights.   Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCorporations, politicians and new tax incentives support carbon mitigation investments 60 groups urge Senate Democrats to reform filibuster for voting rights Warren Buffett rejects Sanders' request to intervene amid union strike MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a letter...
                                  Presented by Altria     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! Whoa — it’s a new year! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths this morning: 826,064.   As of today, 73.4 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of the Americans who have received third or booster doses is 20.7. Nearly a year ago, Americans reacted to entreaties from former President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney cites testimony that Ivanka asked Trump to 'please stop this violence' on Jan. 6 McCarthy says Democrats...
    From the Gospel according to Luke, in the days after the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas: And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angle before he was conceived in the womb. And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Steelers legend Franco Harris now has a key to the city of Pittsburgh. READ MORE: Allegheny County Reports First Omicron Variant CasesMayor Bill Peduto presented the key to Harris Thursday afternoon, on the 49th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception. The mayor’s office said Harris isn’t just a football icon, but also a “treasured member of the Pittsburgh community.” READ MORE: Police Arrest Suspect In The Murder Of Landscaping Crew Member In Penn HillsDuring the presentation, Peduto thanked Harris for being a part of the community and being an example of a player who gives back to their adopted home. Harris played with the Steelers for 12 years, coming to the city in 1972. He’s supported the community with Pittsburgh Promise, the Heinz Endowments and food insecurity. He’s also become an advocate for the COVID-19 vaccine in Pittsburgh’s Black community. MORE NEWS: Holiday Travel Expected To Reach Near Pre-Pandemic Levels This HolidayThe Immaculate Reception at Three Rivers Stadium against the Oakland Raiders has been voted the greatest moment in...
                  Presented by National Industries for the Blind     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 806,438; Tuesday, 807,952; Wednesday, 810,164.   Note to readers: Morning Report will return on Monday, Jan. 3, following a brief holiday hiatus. We wish everyone a happy, safe new year!  President BidenJoe BidenCollins open to negotiating overhaul of child tax credit set to expire Sounding the alarm on the administration's recent action on abortion pills Overnight Health Care — Biden lays out omicron playbook MORE on Tuesday called on Americans to walk a fine line in the coming weeks as the omicron variant takes hold throughout the country, saying they...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Filmmaker Spike Lee is the latest New Yorker to receive the key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio.For the second day in a row, the mayor presented the honor during his coronavirus briefing.First lady Chirlane McCray introduced the 64-year-old Lee and declared "today is a good day" despite the surge in COVID cases.The seriousness of the situation was not lost on Spike, who quickly shifted to discussing the pandemic while accepting the honor."Driving here I heard about all these Broadway shows closing. We really can't get back to our true 'king of culture' until we rid of this virus because if artists can't perform in front of New Yorkers or the people who come from out of town. Culture is our DNA," Lee said.The filmmaker has produced more than 35 films over the years.Although not a native New Yorker, Lee grew up and spent much of his adult life in the city."I love New York City," Lee said. "I'm a product of a New York City public education and it shaped me. I...
    Congressional lawmakers are calling on technology companies to take the threat of websites that promote suicide seriously and limit their visibility after The New York Times published an investigation detailing how one such website allegedly contributed to the deaths of 45 individuals by suicide. A bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers issued a statement on Monday announcing that it has requested briefings from search engines, web hosting companies, organizations that oversee content delivery networks and pertinent social media platforms “To better understand how this website is able to continue encouraging suicide.” “It is imperative that companies take the threat of such sites seriously and take appropriate steps to mitigate harm,” the lawmakers added. They also said they have asked for briefings from the Department Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Surgeon General to “discuss this growing crisis and efforts to provide support for Americans and counter harmful online content.” Reps. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersLawmakers focus on bridging broadband divide highlighted amid pandemic Democrats to target Section 230 in Haugen hearing Washington redistricting panel reaches late agreement on new lines MORE...
                        Presented by National Industries for the Blind     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 806,438; Tuesday, 807,952. The gist of President BidenJoe BidenFederal class action lawsuit filed over treatment of Haitian migrants Staffer who had contact with Biden tests positive for COVID-19 Overnight Defense & National Security — New rules try to tackle extremism in the ranks MORE’s speech this afternoon about COVID-19 is that the United States faces an uncertain new phase of the pandemic. In a matter of weeks, the omicron variant became the dominant U.S. strain, responsible for nearly three-quarters of new COVID-19 infections, according to the Centers...
                      Presented by National Industries for the Blind     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths this morning: 806,438.   As of this morning, 72.8 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 61.4 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker. Booster or third doses have been administered to 18.1 percent of the population. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) imperiled the Build Back Better Act on Sunday, putting President BidenJoe BidenGoldman lowers 2022 growth forecasts after Manchin says no to BBB Biden's unending dilemma: Dealing with Joe Manchin The day democracy almost died MORE’s top domestic priority...
    President BidenJoe BidenSenate confirms Rahm Emanuel to be ambassador to Japan NY governor plans to add booster shot to definition of 'fully vaccinated' Photos of the Week: Tornado aftermath, Medal of Honor and soaring superheroes MORE, the first lady and members of his family commemorated the anniversary of the death of his first wife, Neilia and their baby daughter Naomi on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.  The president and his family commemorated the 49th anniversary of their deaths in a car crash in 1972.  The Bidens went to Saint Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church in Greenville, Del., to visit the graves of both family members. Both Naomi and Neilia Biden died shortly after President Biden was elected to the Senate.  According to the White House pool report, Hunter Biden was in attendance with his father.  The car crash occurred while the family was on their way to pick up a Christmas tree, the AP noted. The president’s two sons, Hunter and Beau, recovered after suffering serious injuries from the incident. In 1977, Biden later married first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJonas...
    New York Gov. Kathy HochulKathy HochulGovernors grapple with vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Man sought for drawing spate of swastikas in Manhattan: police Trump accuses NY AG of 'weaponizing' office against him MORE (D) announced during a press conference on Thursday that she is planning to introduce legislation that includes a booster shot within the definition of being “fully vaccinated.” While the Democratic governor noted that the legislation needed to be more fleshed out and required more data to be collected, she signaled the change would happen eventually, saying that “at some point, we have to determine that fully vaccinated means boosted as well,” CNY Central reported. Hochul’s remarks come as the country begins to see an uptick of COVID-19 cases again and as health officials grapple with the spread of the omicron variant, which President BidenJoe BidenFlorida man kicked off United flight for using underwear as mask in protest On The Money — Presented by Citi — Build Back Better...late than never? Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden releases lead plan MORE’s chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health...
     Presented by Mastercard  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.    BIDEN’S AGENDA When the 2021 New Year’s resolutions didn’t exactly go as planned:   via GIPHY   Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin-led committee proposing hike to federal drilling fees Schumer, Cruz at standoff over Biden nominees Exclusive: Schumer and Latino leaders tout spending plan's environmental credentials MORE (D-N.Y.) acknowledged this morning that President BidenJoe BidenFlorida man kicked off United flight for using underwear as mask in protest On The Money — Presented by Citi — Build Back Better...late than never? Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden releases lead plan MORE’s Build Back Better bill will likely not pass in 2021 due to the ongoing negotiations with moderate Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHassan backs nixing filibuster on voting rights On The Money — Presented by Citi...
     Presented by Charter Communications     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 797,348; Tuesday, 798,710; Wednesday, 800,473; Thursday, 802,511; Friday, 803,652. Democrats on Thursday all but punted their hopes of advancing the party’s Build Back Better Act until the new year as a Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHassan backs nixing filibuster on voting rights On The Money — Presented by Citi — Build Back Better...late than never? Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden releases lead plan MORE-sized roadblock stands squarely in the way and immigration provisions were struck from being included in a final bill (The Hill). President BidenJoe BidenFlorida man kicked off United flight for using underwear as mask in protest On The Money — Presented...
    Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has rejected the third and most recent plan from Democrats for including immigration reform in the Build Back Better bill, telling senators that it doesn't meet the rules for what can be included in a budget measure bypassing the Senate's filibuster. The guidance is the latest setback for Democrats' hopes of including immigration reform in the spending bill. MacDonough had previously rejected two plans from Democrats that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants. The third plan stopped short of that, aggravating some activists and progressives. It would have granted 6.5 million foreign nationals a temporary parole status that would give them five-year work and travel permits. Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinManchin yells at reporter: 'You're bull----' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress's last-minute debt limit increase The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Charter Communications - Meadows held in contempt; Biden hasn't moved Manchin MORE (D-Ill.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said he was "disappointed" and that Democrats are "considering what options are available." The ruling isn't binding...
     Presented by Mastercard  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN   --> 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.   LATEST WITH BIDEN’S AGENDA ON CAPITOL HILL I’ll let Johnny Rose tell you how the negotiations are going:   via GIPHY   Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Democratic negotiations with centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) over President BidenJoe BidenSinema doubles down on filibuster, in setback for rules change talks Overnight Energy & Environment — Senate panel backs drilling fee hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Senate passes sweeping defense bill MORE’s sweeping climate and social spending bill are close to melting down as Manchin appears to be backing out of an earlier deal with the White House to extend the child tax credit for one year.” https://bit.ly/3E31voe  What’s happening now: “Manchin is now floating the idea of extending the child tax credit for multiple years so that the...
    The college football bowl season is here. A win in the postseason bowl game could put an exclamation point on teams’ seasons while others are hoping a win could boost them to the national championship game. There are 44 bowl games on the docket this season, beginning with two on Dec. 17. The national title game will be played on Jan. 10. The College Football Playoff semifinals will be played on New Year’s Eve. Here’s the list of games and where they will be broadcast. All times Eastern. - CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMFriday, December 17, 2021Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Toledo (Noon/ESPN) Tailgreeter Cure Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Coastal Carolina (6 pm/ESPN2)Saturday, December 18, 2021RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Appalachian State (11 am/ESPN) Cricket Celebration Bowl: South Carolina State vs. Jackson State (Noon/ABC) Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders points during a game against Louisiana Monroe on Sept. 18, 2021, in Monroe, Louisiana. (AP Photo/Mathew Hinton, File) PUBG Mobile New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Fresno State (2:15 pm ET/ESPN) Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl:...
                               Presented by Charter Communications     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Thursday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 797,348; Tuesday, 798,710; Wednesday, 800,473; Thursday, 802,511.  Not even Santa Claus can satisfy the Democratic Christmas wishlist as their hopes to pass the Build Back Better package or a voting rights proposal by next week’s holiday were dimmed significantly on Wednesday.    Talks between top Democrats and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are on the verge of cratering, all but ensuring that the party’s nearly $2 trillion social spending and climate bill will not be passed by Christmas, a self-imposed goal of Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerManchin-led...
    The Biden administration on Thursday announced a multi-pronged effort to improve worker recruitment and retention in the trucking industry, citing it as a way to improve the national supply chain for the long-term. The Department of Transportation and the Department of Labor are partnering on a 90-day initiative to engage with industry leaders, drivers and other stakeholders to improve trucker pay, attract new talent to the industry and better retaining drivers. Transportation Secretary Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHillary 2024? Given the competition, she may be the Dems' best hope The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dems hit the gas on Biden agenda Pence fuels speculation of 2024 presidential bid MORE and Labor Secretary Marty WalshMarty Walsh minimum wage for federal contractors will take effect on Jan. 30 The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pelosi takes victory lap after breaking months-long standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE will join National Economic Council Brian DeeseBrian DeeseOvernight Energy & Environment — Top land...
     Presented by Mastercard  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   LATEST WITH THE DEBT CEILING Whewww, that was a doozy:   via GIPHY   Just after midnight, the House passed a bill to raise the debt limit by $2.5 trillion, sending the bill to President BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to raise debt limit House votes to hold defiant Meadows in criminal contempt Trump lawyer Eastman sues Jan. 6 panel, Verizon to block release of phone records MORE’s desk just in time for the deadline. https://bit.ly/30tNEtn ^ Because the number $2.5 trillion likely doesn’t mean anything to you: That should allow the U.S. to pay its bills through 2022 and into 2023. The vote: 221-209 — one Republican voted yes, but otherwise it was a party-line vote.  What about the Senate vote?: Senate leaders struck a...
                        Presented by Charter Communications     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 797,348; Tuesday, 798,710; Wednesday, 800,473. In the United States, 2021 is ending with loss (The Associated Press). The House on Tuesday voted to hold former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHouse votes to hold defiant Meadows in criminal contempt Hannity, Ingraham knock Jan. 6 panel after revelation of texts to Meadows White House calls Jan. 6 text revelations 'disappointing' MORE in contempt, headlining a busy day on Capitol Hill that included action to raise the debt ceiling and questions about whether Democrats are making any progress to win...
    Share this: Nasty winter tornadoes — like the deadly ones last week that hit five states — are likely to be stronger and stay on the ground longer with a wider swath of destruction in a warming world, a new study shows. The combination of a longer and wider track with slightly stronger winds means some rare winter tornadoes that are killers now will have nine times more the power by the end of the century if carbon dioxide levels continued to rise, according to a study presented at the American Geophysical Union conference Monday. The study, which pre-dates the devastating Mayfield, Kentucky, tornado outbreak, looks at strength and not frequency of big tornadoes as climate change progresses. Not peer reviewed yet, it was presented in poster form as a peak at new research to be published later.
     Presented by Mastercard  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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.   THE JAN. 6 INVESTIGATION Meadows in the middle:   via GIPHY   Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Mike Lillis, “As House investigators charge ahead with their probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, their focus has shifted to a contentious former colleague they increasingly see as a crucial witness: Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt Meadows texts show Hannity, Don Jr. wanted Trump to stop Jan. 6 riot Meadows lawyer argues contempt referral would be contrary to law MORE.” https://bit.ly/3s1Kt7D  Meadows was Trump’s chief of staff during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.  Why Meadows?: Meadows gave investigators thousands of texts, emails, etc. showing the behind-the-scenes events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot. Including: Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows on Jan....
                         Presented by Charter Communications     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 797,348; Tuesday, 798,710. President BidenJoe BidenPoll: 71 percent support Biden's omicron travel ban Invest in kids and families now so that someday I'll be out of a job Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Meadows in contempt MORE and Senate Democrats have themselves a Joe Manchin problem as they ratchet up their attempts to win his support for the Build Back Better agenda in order to pass it by their self-imposed Christmas deadline.   The efforts to reel Manchin in reached a new level on Monday as he and Biden...
     Presented by Mastercard  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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 CONGRESS Spotted — Dems doing warm up jogs around the Senate chamber *immediately imagines ‘80s workout gear*:   via GIPHY   Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Democrats are hitting a make-or-break week in their ambitious effort to pass President BidenJoe BidenPublicist 'not associated' with Kanye West at time of election incident: spokesperson Trump teases 2024 run during Orlando event with O'Reilly Facebook exec says 'people,' not platform, to blame for vaccine misinformation MORE's climate and social spending bill by Christmas.” https://bit.ly/3s2I1xK  What to expect in the next 10 days (i.e. their self-imposed deadline): Lots of negotiations and discussions with the Senate parliamentarian.  Dems are checking off their to-do list to prepare for passing Biden’s bill: They already passed a government funding bill and a short-term fix...
                        Presented by Charter Communications     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of this morning: 797,348.    As of this morning, 72 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 60.8 percent has received two, according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker. December tornadoes that roared through Kentucky and five other states along a 220-mile path of destruction on Friday took the lives of at least 80 people, and officials on Sunday predicted the death toll this week would climb, along with estimates of property damage and business losses.   President BidenJoe BidenPublicist 'not associated' with Kanye...
    MSNBC host Brian Williams delivered a somber sign off during his final show for the network, stating that his biggest worry is “for my country.” “After 28 years of peacock logos on much of what I own, it is my choice now to jump without a net into the great unknown. As I do for the first time in my 62 years, my biggest worry is for my country,” Williams said during his 11 p.m. show, “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.” “The truth is I'm not a liberal or a conservative. I'm an institutionalist. I believe in this place and in my love of country, I yield to no one.” Williams said, however, that the “darkness on the edge of town” had spread across neighborhoods and communities, appearing now “at the local bar and the bowling alley, at the school board and the grocery store, and it must be acknowledged and answered for.” “Grown men and women who swore an oath to our Constitution, elected by their constituents, possessing the kinds of college degrees I could only dream of...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: https://bit.ly/30ARS1U To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/2UoupvN    --> 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 SUPREME COURT A win and a loss for both sides of the abortion fight:   via GIPHY   In a ruling this morning, the Supreme Court is allowing Texas’s 6-week abortion ban to continue, but also allows for a legal challenge to the law to continue.  The gist of the ruling: Abortion providers can sue, but the ban can continue while that plays out.  Some context — the ruling isn’t on the law itself: The Supreme Court didn’t weigh in on the actual law, just the procedure for legal challenges. “The challenges to the Texas law focused not on the law’s constitutionality but on whether the law could be challenged in court by either abortion providers in the state or the federal government.” ...
     Presented by Uber    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 788,364; Tuesday, 789,745; Wednesday, 791,514; Thursday, 793,228; Friday, 794,648. After weeks of backroom dealing, the Senate is on the verge of averting a debt ceiling crisis, putting a partisan clash over the nation’s borrowing authority to the sidelines through the 2022 midterms (The Hill). Heading into Thursday, the main question on Capitol Hill was how many Senate Republicans would follow the lead of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Senate risks Trump's ire with debt ceiling deal Senate passes bill to avoid filibuster on debt ceiling hike Coalition urges Senate to publish bills, amendments online while still under consideration...