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The Hill’s Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin

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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported every morning this week: Monday, 837,664; Tuesday, 839,500; Wednesday, 842,322; Thursday, 844,562; Friday, 846,488.


Can issues worsen for President BidenJoe BidenGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: ‘F— them’ Psaki: Why is GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden calls on employers to mandate vaccines regardless of Supreme Court ruling MORE 

It is hard to think about how, because the president sounded a defeated notice throughout an look on Capitol Hill on Thursday after Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin says he will not vote to ‘remove or weaken the filibuster’ Democracy is on life assist — and the GOP needs to drag the plug Biden: ‘I do not know whether or not we are able to get this accomplished’ MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin says he will not vote to ‘remove or weaken the filibuster’ Democracy is on life assist — and the GOP needs to drag the plug Biden: ‘I do not know whether or not we are able to get this accomplished’ MORE (D-W.Va.) dealt a loss of life blow to his push to enact sweeping voter rights and election reform proposals. 

“I hope we can get this done. The honest to God answer is I don’t know if we can get this done,” Biden advised reporters whereas exiting a Senate Democratic luncheon, delivering the same line 3 times earlier than lastly departing the Capitol (The Hill).

Roughly an hour earlier than Biden delivered a plea to Senate Democrats, it was Sinema who put to relaxation any hypothesis that Democrats will be capable to transfer on the pair of packages that will overhaul American elections. Speaking on the Senate flooring, the Arizona Democrat — who picks and chooses when she speaks on topics extremely fastidiously — tried to string a needle, reiterating her assist for the dual payments, however not at the price of taking away protections for the minority.  

“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Sinema stated, including that she has had “long-standing support” for the 60-vote threshold. “It is the view I continue to hold. It is the belief I have shared many times in public settings and in private settings.” 

“Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy,” she added (The Hill). 

According to Politico, a variety of Senate Democrats had been wholly unaware of Sinema’s speech when Biden greeted them throughout his rendezvous to the higher chamber. At one level through the 90-minute assembly, Manchin requested Biden if the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) ever broke Senate guidelines to alter them, to which Biden responded: “We are in different times now.”

Hours later, Manchin himself adopted Sinema’s lead and issued an announcement citing Byrd, vowing that he is not going to “vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” placing the cherry on the rank-tasting sundae for Biden (The Hill). 

Nevertheless, Biden hosted the pair on the White House on Thursday evening for a dialogue that lasted 75 minutes (CNN). The White House called their discussion “a candid and respectful exchange of views about voting rights.” 

Alexander Bolton, The Hill: Sinema, Manchin curb Biden’s agenda.

Carl Hulse, The New York Times: Sinema rejects changing filibuster, dealing Biden a setback.

The Hill: Democrats’ filibuster gambit unravels. 

The Associated Press analysis: Biden overshoots on what’s possible in divided Washington. 

Also playing a role in the Democratic debate over the rules are external forces that are truly outside their control. Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden’s desperate pitch to keep minority voters Business executives urge Senate to bypass filibuster to pass voting rights Former colleagues honor Reid in ceremony at Capitol MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday night said that Democrats will take up the voting rights and election reform proposals on Tuesday, missing his deadline of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the process. Schumer was forced to postpone his plan due to the snow that is expected to hit the nation’s capital and much of the Northeast on Sunday. 

Adding to the complications, Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Energy & Environment — Manchin raises hopes on climate spending The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Snow day in DC Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid MORE (D-Hawaii) tested positive for COVID-19, putting Democrats one vote down until Sunday at least.

Peggy Noonan, The Wall Street Journal: Biden’s Georgia speech is a break point.



As The Hill’s Niall Stanage writes in his latest Memo, Thursday’s one-two punch of the voting rights effort going down and the Supreme Court’s decision striking down the White House’s vaccine directive for large employers compounds issues for Biden. The president was already facing trouble from the omicron variant, rising inflation and the inability to pass the Build Back Better agenda.  

No matter, the party still sees the voting rights fight as a worthwhile battle and one that could pay political dividends when all is said and done. In his remarks to reporters, Biden noted that every other civil rights bill that ultimately passed took time to get across the finish line.  

“If we miss the first time, we can come back and try it a second time. We missed this time,” Biden stated. “As long as I have a breath in me, as long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all, I’m going to be fighting to change the way these legislatures have moving.” 

Politico: Democrats begin constructing their 2022 case assuming Build Back Better will fail. 

The Washington Post: Senate rejects Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform Holmes Norton: Cruz effort to dam DC pupil vaccine mandate ‘crosses the road’ The Hill’s Morning Report – For Biden, it goes from unhealthy to worse MORE’s (R-Texas) invoice to impose sanctions over Russian pipeline undertaking. 

The Hill: On Saturday, the expanded Child Tax Credit expires, and tens of millions of households will cease receiving month-to-month funds supposed to profit them through the pandemic and past. 




CORONAVIRUS: Thursday’s large headlines: defeat of the administration’s vaccine mandate for large corporations however a victory for its requirement that well being care staff in amenities that obtain federal funds should be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. 

The conservative majority of the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s vaccine-or-test rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) overlaying workers at giant corporations, backing states and corporations that argued the federal government overstepped OSHA’s statutory sway.  

“Although COVID-19 is a risk that occurs in many workplaces, it is not an occupational hazard in most,” the Supreme Court opinion reads. “COVID-19 can and does spread at home, in schools, during sporting events, and everywhere else that people gather. That kind of universal risk is no different from the day-to-day dangers that all face from crime, air pollution, or any number of communicable diseases. Permitting OSHA to regulate the hazards of daily life — simply because most Americans have jobs and face those same risks while on the clock — would significantly expand OSHA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization” (The Hill and Crain’s Detroit).  

Justices, nonetheless, upheld the administration’s separate vaccine mandate overlaying staff at well being care amenities that obtain authorities funds, together with sources via Medicare and Medicaid (The Associated Press). 

CNN revealed textual content of the rulings HERE. 

Despite the courtroom’s rejection of the November OSHA requirement, the administration believes its effort resulted within the inoculations of tens of millions extra workers whereas employers formulated insurance policies through the pandemic’s omicron surge, successfully defending most totally vaccinated and boosted staff from extreme sickness. The rule would have utilized to 84 million folks (The New York Times). 

Should the world anticipate annual COVID-19 booster pictures? Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden strategizes with Senate Dems Scientists, medical professionals defend Fauci after heated exchanges with Republicans Doctors name out Spotify over ‘false and societally dangerous assertions’ on Joe Rogan present MORE, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated Thursday it stays an open query as a result of even when people get vaccine doses yearly or two, the pictures must be efficient in opposition to the ever-mutating coronavirus. The hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine that would block all future variants is underway (NBC News). 

> Tests, masks: More COVID-19 checks and high-quality masks can be out there to Americans, Biden stated on Thursday. The authorities bought a further 500 million checks for distribution to the general public when the primary tranche of 500 million are gone (The Hill), he stated. The administration subsequent week will announce how free high-quality masks can be out there to assist defend in opposition to the extremely transmissible omicron variant, he added (The Hill). 

> D.C.’s proof of vaccination: Washington’s requirement for proof of at the very least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine for anybody 12 and older to enter eating places, bars, gyms, convention facilities and sports activities venues takes impact Saturday morning. Proof of a second dose can be required within the nation’s capital starting Feb. 15, Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserOhio Republican sparks condemnation for evaluating DC vaccine mandate to Nazi Germany The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden champions filibuster reform, however does not have the votes Conservatives push for boycott of GOP membership over DC vaccine mandate MORE (D) has ordered. The Washington Post critiques what residents, staff and guests must know. 



The Hill: Nearly 3,000 unvaccinated U.S. Army troopers acquired written reprimands for not following Pentagon necessities, the Army disclosed on Wednesday.  

The Associated Press: Delta Air Lines Inc. reported Thursday that roughly 8,000 workers examined constructive for COVID-19 prior to now month. The service sustained $408 million in losses within the ultimate quarter of 2021 however predicts restoration later this 12 months.  

Australia on Friday canceled a visa for the second time for tennis star Novak Djokovic, who’s getting ready to compete within the Australian Open with a bid for a file twenty first main title. The match begins on Monday. The choice made in “the public interest” by the nation’s immigration minister might lead to deportation. Djokovic, who beforehand contracted COVID-19, isn’t vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, in violation of Australian necessities. He is anticipated to enchantment (NBC News and ESPN).


POLITICS: The Justice Department on Thursday arrested and charged Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes with seditious conspiracy, a not often used a part of the legislation, within the Jan. 6, 2021, assault. Ten different members or associates had been equally charged, authorities stated (The Associated Press). Rhodes is scheduled to look this afternoon within the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District. He is accused of guiding a months-long effort to unleash politically motivated violence to forestall the swearing-in of Biden, which culminated within the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol (The Washington Post and The Hill). Rhodes has advised right-wing interviewers that there was no plan to storm the Capitol and that the members who did so went rogue. 

The House choose panel investigating the Jan. 6 occasions and what led to the rebellion issued subpoenas to Google via father or mother Alphabet; Facebook, now Meta; Twitter; and Reddit. The committee is reportedly ​​in social media posts and messages that would disclose who was involved with the Trump White House earlier than, throughout and after the Jan. 6 assaults (The Guardian). 

> Redistricting: A latest choice by the Ohio Supreme Court to strike down legislative district maps hints on the relevance of state courts in the way forward for the nation’s political trajectory, The Hill’s Reid Wilson studies. After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling nearly excised the federal judiciary from the redistricting course of, each Democrats and Republicans are turning to the state stage to make their case — and alter the form of Congress within the decade forward.  

> Debating debates: The Republican National Committee is getting ready to alter its guidelines to require presidential candidates in search of the social gathering’s nomination to signal a pledge to not take part in any debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, it knowledgeable the fee on Thursday. The nonprofit, based by the 2 events in 1987 to codify the debates as a everlasting a part of presidential elections, describes itself as nonpartisan. But Republicans have complained for practically a decade that its processes, codecs and choice making favor Democrats (The New York Times). 



The Hill: Fox News’ Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonGlenn Beck says he has COVID-19 for second time Fox News tops rankings for protection on Jan. 6 anniversary occasions The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden comes out swinging in 2022 MORE extends his GOP affect.

Axios: Former President TrumpDonald TrumpGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: ‘F— them’ Psaki: Why is GOP afraid of presidential debates? Democracy is on life assist — and the GOP needs to drag the plug MORE invited visitor audio system to his Saturday rally in Arizona. They share a standard trait: adherence to Trump’s false claims that he gained Arizona and the election in 2020. It’s a part of the previous president’s broader political technique to sideline, muzzle or defeat GOP candidates who problem his falsehoods and to maintain grassroots supporters in his camp. 

The Hill: Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: ‘F— them’ Pressures aligning on Biden, Democrats to forgive pupil loans Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 12 months since Capitol riot MORE (D-Ariz.) stated it’s “past time” Sinema and the Senate defend voting rights. He has not dominated out difficult Sinema in 2024.


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Omicron’s influence in China could lastly give us a supply-chain disaster, by David Fickling and Anjani Trivedi, columnists, Bloomberg Opinion. 

America is falling aside on the seams, by David Brooks, columnist, The New York Times.


The House meets at 11 a.m.   

The Senate convenes for a professional forma session at 11:20 a.m. Members will return to Washington on Tuesday. 

The president will obtain the President’s Daily Brief at 10 a.m. Biden will ship remarks in regards to the bipartisan infrastructure legislation at 12:30 p.m. He will depart for Wilmington, Del., at 6 p.m.  

Vice President Harris at 10:20 a.m. will ceremonially swear in Rufus Gifford to be U.S. chief of protocol on the State Department. He was confirmed by the Senate in December (Washington Blade).

The White House press briefing is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. and can embody Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell. 

Hill.TV’s “Rising” program options information and interviews at or on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. ET at Rising on YouTube.


NORTH KOREA: Pyongyang fired at the very least two ballistic missiles on Friday, its third take a look at in lower than two weeks, simply hours after warning of a robust response to the “provocation” of a U.S. push for brand new sanctions as punishment for the earlier missile checks (Reuters). 

➜ FEDERAL RESERVE: Biden will nominate former Fed governor Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the central financial institution’s high banking regulator (The Wall Street Journal). … “Difficult to thread the needle” was the phrase repeated this week by analysts and information media to explain the central financial institution’s 2022 problem to tighten the spigot on its stimulative financial coverage (with out choking off financial progress) whereas elevating charges in an try to tame inflation (with out crushing demand). On Thursday, market-watchers stated there’s loads of uncertainty about whether or not the central financial institution has what it takes. “The Fed recently acknowledged that inflation is unlikely to be transitory, and it will now attempt to engineer a soft landing, one in which inflation moderates to acceptable levels and economic growth decelerates but doesn’t contract,” Fannie Mae Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Doug Duncan stated. “Whether the Fed is able to thread this historically difficult policy needle is shaping up to be one of the most consequential economic storylines of 2022” (Fox 5 Atlanta). … Lael Brainard, nominated by Biden to change into the Federal Reserve vice chair and presently the only real Democrat on the Fed board, advised the Senate Banking Committee that if she is confirmed, the central financial institution wouldn’t minimize off financing to the fossil gasoline trade or penalize banks whereas weighing local weather change dangers to monetary establishments and local weather repercussions for the U.S. financial system. “We would not tell banks which sectors to lend to or which sectors to not lend to, but we do want to make sure that they are measuring, monitoring and managing their material risks in many large financial institutions,” Brainard (pictured under) stated Thursday (The Hill).



JUSTICE: California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomWhy California wants a Latino state supreme courtroom justice The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden champions filibuster reform, however does not have the votes Equilibrium/Sustainability — NASA hires local weather scientist for key new function MORE (D) on Thursday denied parole to Sirhan Sirhan, 71, who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 in Los Angeles because the senator campaigned for the presidency. Sirhan, who’s serving a life sentence in jail in San Diego, was granted parole in August by a two-person panel of the California parole board after years of denials. Prosecutors had declined to weigh in (The Associated Press).  

Tech: Executives from Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon met Thursday with White House officers to debate latest open-source software program safety vulnerabilities (Verge and US News & World Report).  

EDUCATION: College enrollment dropped by 3.1 p.c in 2021, with a complete lack of 465,300 college students, in accordance with a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Enrollment has fallen by greater than 1,000,000 college students because the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. During the autumn 2021 semester, enrollment at public four-year schools fell by 3.8 p.c (251,400 college students). Private for-profit, four-year faculty enrollment dropped by 11.1 p.c (65,500 college students) (The Hill). 

➜ BRITISH ROYALS: Queen Elizabeth II eliminated honorary navy titles and royal patronages from Prince Andrew, Buckingham Palace stated on Thursday. The queen was urged in a letter to take such motion by greater than 150 military and navy veterans.  A U.S. decide stated Wednesday {that a} civil lawsuit can proceed alleging the royal’s sexual assault of a then-17-year-old woman. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the palace assertion added. Andrew’s legal professionals have stated their shopper, 61, by no means sexually abused or assaulted accuser Virginia Giuffre and that he “unequivocally denies Giuffre’s false allegations against him” (The Associated Press).


And lastly … A rousing standing ovation for this week’s Morning Report Quiz winners! With downbeat headlines about disputes, grievances and losses in thoughts, we formulated a couple of puzzle questions as January will get underway. 

Here’s everybody who went 4/4 as 2022 begins: Jeremy Serwer, Patrick Kavanagh, David E. Letostak, Steven Abern, Nick Favorito, Leslie Wustack, Marc Luca, Michael Fessenden, Tom Wingfield, Terry Pflaumer, Len Jones, Mary Anne McEnery, Tom Oshe, Tim Burrack, Mark Roeddiger, Steve James, Chris Guarino, Shaun Donnelly, Lori Benso, Allen Reishtein, Candi Cee, Mary Wright, Michael Romage, Ken Sparks, Michael Bingham, Randall Patrick, Ki Harvey, John Donato and Lou Tisler.  

They knew {that a} sizzling mic caught a fed-up Anthony Fauci referring to Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallScientists, medical professionals defend Fauci after heated exchanges with Republicans The Hill’s Morning Report – For Biden, it goes from unhealthy to worse Fauci says it is ‘beautiful’ that senator does not know his monetary data are public after calling Republican a moron MORE (R-Kan.) as a “moron” throughout a committee listening to.  

Much of the NFL universe was heartbroken after Sunday evening’s Los Angeles Chargers-Las Vegas Raiders recreation didn’t finish in a tie. 

Before his sudden loss of life at age 65, former “Full House” star Bob Saget headlined a stand-up comedy present in Orlando. 

Finally, tennis star Novak Djokovic was described as “Spartacus of the new world” by his father, Srdjan Djokovic (pictured under), who got here to his son’s public protection throughout a nonetheless unresolved visa and COVID-19 vaccination dispute forward of this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. 


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