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*Ha. Ha ha. Haha. Sniff. Ha ha. Sniff. Ha–breaks down crying hysterically.
How I imagine the New York Times reporting spread around the Capitol
The New York Times reported yesterday that the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) expressed concern about fellow far-right Republicans following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Particularly: Rep. Mast Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Mo Brooks (R-Ala.).
McCarthy said about Gaetz, according to the Times“He puts people in danger. And he doesn’t need to do that. We saw what people would do in the Capitol, you know, and those people came prepared with a rope, with everything else.
Scalise said about Gaetz“It’s potentially illegal what he’s doing.”
Read the full report by Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin from The Times: https://nyti.ms/3vkdwUY
^ HOW MATT GAETZ TAKEN THIS NEWS:
Gaetz criticized McCarthy and Scalise as “weak men, not leaders”. https://bit.ly/39akXWa
More of Gaetz’s statement: “Ans. McCarthy and Rep. Scalise had opinions on President Trump and me they shared on whiny calls with Liz Cheneynot us… While I was protecting President Trump from impeachment, they were protecting Liz Cheney from criticism. Read Gaetz’s full reaction: https://bit.ly/39eBpVn
CAPITOL DUNKIN’S TIDBIT – NOOOO, NOT THE OAT MILK!:
Politics Olivia Beavers posted a photo of a sign in the Longworth Dunkin that reads: ‘Due to supply issues oat milk is not available.’ Photo: https://bit.ly/38yLPiA
The silver lining: Chocolate munchkins seem to be plentiful this morning.
TIDBIT THIS MORNING – MCCARTHY STANDED BACK AND GOT A STANDING OVATION:
CNN Melanie Zanona tweeted, “Kevin McCarthy just gave a throaty defense of the Nyt tapes at a House GOP conference this morning, saying he was just floating scenarios about Trump’s future after Jan. 6, and received a standing ovation, by multiple sources in the room.” https://bit.ly/3vhikdP
More from Emily Brooks and Mychael Schnell of The Hill: https://bit.ly/3rUK2Lr
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NEWS THIS MORNING
Without Djokovic and the Russians, it could have been a boring Wimbledon. So I’ll take that as a victory:
via CNN Matias Grez“Novak Djokovic will be able to defend their Wimbledon title this summer after tournament organizers said players not vaccinated against Covid-19 can compete at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC). https://cnn.it/3y14EFA
keep in mind: Djokovic could not participate in the Australian Open after his visa was revoked twice because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. He has missed several US events since.
Who will not participate in Wimbledon?: Russian players Daniel Medvedev and Andrei Rublev.
LAST WITH JAN. 6 INVESTIGATION
You can read Mark Meadows’ text messages from Election Day 2020 until the inauguration:
CNN has obtained more than 2,000 text messages sent or received by former President Trump’s chief of staff mark the meadows from November 3, 2020 to January 20, 2021. https://cnn.it/3rVOFER
Because realistically you won’t read all the texts – here’s the gist: The texts show “the most telling picture yet of how Trump’s inner circle, Republican supporters and lawmakers worked behind the scenes to try to overturn the election results and then reacted to the violence that the efforts unleashed on Capitol Hill on January 6.”
If you wanna take a look: Here are the texts: https://cnn.it/3rVOFER
Specifically, how the Trump team tried to keep him in power: Via The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch, “This effort ranged from selecting other swing state voter lists ahead of the Electoral College vote to leading crowds to the Capitol following Jan. 6 rallies to discuss the possibility of Trump declaring martial law. a few days before he leaves office.” https://bit.ly/3rUDVXm
IN WASHINGTON, DC
Ceremonial dresses with ceremonial masks:
The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner and adjacent parties return this year for the first time since the pandemic began. https://bit.ly/3kj16GK
The dilemma for DC’s movers and shakers: Whether or not to attend. A few weeks ago, more than 70 guests tested positive for COVID-19 after the Gridiron Club dinner.
Another change since 2016: The current President, Joe Biden, will attend the dinner. Former President Donald Trump did not attend the dinner.
More on what to expect — and how this year will be different, via Judy Kurtz of The Hill: https://bit.ly/3kj16GK
LAST WITH COVID-19
*little party dance*:
In an interview with PBS Judy WoodruffChief Medical Advisor to President Biden Antoine Fauci said the United States was out of the “pandemic phase” of COVID-19.
Watch Fauci’s explanation – he says we probably won’t eradicate the virus, but we can live with it: https://bit.ly/3LueNPe
Coronavirus cases in the United States: 81 103 357
Death toll in the United States: 991 977
Breakdown of digits: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y
Total number of vaccines administered in the United States: 574 million blows were given.
Average doses administered over seven days: An average of 92,746 doses
For context: The US population is approximately 331 million.
Breakdown of digits: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH
Tidbit – there’s always that person who insists the car ride sing along:
Sen. Cory Booker (DN.J.) tweeted a video of a van ride with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) and Rep. Mondary Jones (DN.Y.) Booker leads karaoke singing on “American Pie.” Watch – Gillibrand handles it like a champ: https://bit.ly/3LmtLqp
Excuse me while I think deeply about this:
Astronomer dr. James O’Donoghue posted a short video showing the scale of the planets and their movements in the solar system. Watch — Jupiter Makes Me Sick: https://bit.ly/3vlsg66
The House and the Senate are there. President Biden is in Washington, D.C.
9:30 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
3:30 p.m. EDT: A Senate closing vote on a judicial appointment. The full Senate agenda today: https://bit.ly/39arX5q
4-6 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the Chamber. The full agenda of the House today: https://bit.ly/3vi9xZd
WHAT TO WATCH:
10:15 a.m. EDT: Secretary of Health and Social Services Xavier Becerra testified on the budget request for 2023. Direct: https://bit.ly/3Kjq17t
11 a.m. EDT: The funeral of the Secretary of State Magdalene Albright at the Washington National Cathedral. President Biden, former president bill clinton and former Secretary of State hillary clinton words spoken. Direct: https://bit.ly/3kduaiZ List of Biden officials present: https://bit.ly/3vOxGW9
3 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Jen Psaki holds a press conference. Direct: https://bit.ly/3xXqnhR
4 p.m. EDT: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome the 2022 National and State Teachers of the Year from the Council of Chief State School Officers. Direct: https://bit.ly/36Uhjz8
IN LIGHTER NEWS:
Today is national prime rib day.
Oh no. Oh no. Oh, no, no, no, no, no:
@NewYorkNico posted a video of a man at a Yankees game, dunking his hot dog in his beer. The horrible images to prove it: https://bit.ly/3KkULFk
And to leave you on a good note, here is a raccoon and a cat sharing a pleasant meal: https://bit.ly/3OGpRKY