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The hindsight for 2021 is 20/20:
After months and months of fruitless negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), Democrats openly question their overtaking strategy President Bidenlegislative program.
A quick reminder: Biden’s infrastructure initiatives were separated from his climate and social spending bill in negotiations with Manchin. It was a risk for Democrats to separate the two because they would lose their bargaining chip.
The plan at the time“The plan was to pass a traditional infrastructure bill with Republican votes to mark a bipartisan achievement for Biden, then follow it with a budget reconciliation measure passed with only Democratic votes that included more controversial elements of the president’s agenda.
But now it seems that the social and climate proposals are collapsing.
What Democrats are saying about the strategy nowvia The Hill’s Alexander Bolton
➤ ‘DEMOCRATS WANT BIDEN TO GO SCARNED ON GOP’:
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🌡 The heat
Meanwhile in Europe… :
Vox’s Neel Dhanesha and benji jones write“It’s so hot in Europe that the roads are literally warping: the world was not built for this heat.
Why buildings can’t take the heat“Part of the problem is that many buildings, highways and other infrastructure in Europe are old and built with outdated temperature extremes in mind,” said Mikhail Chester, associate professor of engineering at Arizona State University. They simply cannot tolerate the new normal, he said. Hence things like the railway fires in London. What this could mean for Europe
➤ “THE BRUTAL HEAT DOME IS MOVING EAST, WITH CENTRAL EUROPE BEGINNING TO SWELTER”:
➤ “HERE ARE SOME AMERICAN CITIES THAT SET RECORDS ON TUESDAY AS TEMPERATURES RISE TO 115 DEGREES”:
By CNN’s Robert Shackelford
“Record heat has terrifying effects”
💬 January 6
Tuesday came – and Tuesday went:
The Secret Service missed a Tuesday deadline to turn over deleted text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, to the committee investigating the pro-Trump mob attacking the US Capitol.
Why?: The agency claims to have found no new text messages.
What the committee received — Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) told MSNBC“We received a letter today which provided us with a lot of documents and some data. However, we did not receive the additional text messages we were looking for.
What we knowvia The Hill’s Rebecca Beitsch and Mike Lilis
➤ ‘JAN. 6 THE COMMITTEE SHOW WHAT BIPARTISM IS – AND WHAT IT IS NOT’:
Read the Washington Post editorial of jennifer rubin
Interesting! Mike Pence was applauded by House Republicans for January 6:
Via The Hill’s Emily Brooks“House Republican lawmakers applauded former vice president Mike Pence for his actions on Jan. 6, giving him a warm welcome as he addressed members of the conservative Republican Study Committee on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
Why it’s worth mentioning“On January 6, 147 lawmakers voted against the election results, including many members of the Republican Study Committee and its chairman, Rep. Jim Banks (Rind.).” Read more about today’s significance
🌈 In Congress
The politics of this vote should be quite fascinating:
The House voted on Tuesday to protect same-sex marriage rights after the Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas questioned it.
The vote: 267-157. All Democrats voted “yes”, 157 Republicans voted “no”, 47 Republicans voted with Democrats, and seven Republicans did not vote.
What the bill would do: Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which states that marriage is between a man and a woman. It would also require legal marriages in one state to be recognized in others.
And now?: He is heading to the Senate, where he could face a questionable vote.
This is a list of the 47 Republicans who voted ‘yes’ to codify same-sex marriage rights:
➤ TIDBIT – REMEMBER THE DEMS WILL NEED MORE THAN 10 REPUBLICANS TO PASS THE BILL:
The hills Alexander Bolton tweeted“Sen. Thomas Tillis (RN.C.) says he is considering the same-sex marriage bill passed by the House and will “probably” vote for it.
🚶 Get traction
How world leaders get uncomfortable:
Russian President Vladimir Poutine traveled to a meeting with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan but he stood there awkwardly for about 40 seconds until Erdoğan arrived.
Joyce of the National Karam gave some context to this decision: “It is also sweet revenge for Erdogan who in 2020 was humiliated by Putin as he made him wait 2 minutes in a power play in Russia. 2022 in Iran, many tables have turned.
Putin also did this to other world leaders: Business Insider writes: ‘Putin may not be used to such treatment, but he’s no stranger to handing it out: in previous years he’s kept leaders like the former German Chancellor Angela Merkelformer Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovychand former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wait for hours when they were in power, Radio Free Europe reported. Read Business Insider’s full story about the interaction
💐 It’s happening today
Rest in Peace Ivana Trump:
Ivana Trumpthe mother of Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka Trump and ex-wife of former President Trumpwill be buried on Wednesday in New York.
Where will his funeral be held? according to ABC News: At St. Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church on Manhattan’s Upper East Side
➤ TIDBIT – TRUMP REMEMBERS IVANA AS ‘BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT’:
Former President Trump called out a longtime friend and New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams talk about Ivana Trump.
Trump said, according to Adams: “She was exceptional. Beautiful inside and out. We started it all, our lives together, with such a beautiful relationship. More Judy Kurtz from The Hill
🦠 Last with COVID
➤ COVID-19 FIGURES
Cases to date: 89.4 million
Number of dead: 1,019,596
Current hospitalizations: 33,333
Hits administered: 599 million
Fully vaccinated: 67.1% of Americans
The Baltimore banner tweeted, “What you said: Order pizza for 40,” followed by “What I heard: Order 40 pizza.” Photo of the 40 pizzas ordered
The House and the Senate are there. President Biden is in Massachusetts. Vice President Harris is in Washington, DC, with no public events scheduled.
- 9:30 a.m.: Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
- 11:45 a.m.: Biden left for Massachusetts.
- 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: First and last votes in the Chamber. The agenda of the House today
- 3:30 p.m.: Biden returns to Washington, D.C.
All times Eastern.
📺What to watch
- 12:40 p.m.: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Direct
- 1 p.m.: The Hill Hosts Virtual Latino Leaders Summit. Direct
- 2:45 p.m.: Biden delivers remarks on the climate crisis and clean energy. Direct
🍭🌭 In lighter news
Today is national lollipop day and National Hot Dog Day.
We have gone too far:
Washingtonian Andre Beaujon tweeted“DC is finally getting Velveeta infused martinis.”
Because it sounds like a troll – here’s proof it’s real: “‘The Veltini’ is available at BLT Steak in DC and in home delivery cocktail kits.” Photos and full story
And because you’ve come this far, here is a standard and normal FaceTime call.