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Trump’s first return to DC:
Ancient President Trump is making a comeback in Washington, DC, this week to urge Republicans to back his potential re-election campaign.
The details: Trump will address the America First Agenda Summit of the America First Policy Institute (AFPI).
Who else is talking?: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway10 senators including Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (RS.C.). The full list of speakers — there are many familiar names
Watch former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump board Air Force One for the last time: The day of President BidenInauguration of — January 20, 2021. The footage
➤ “TRUMP RETURNS TO DC TO PRESENT OTHER REPUBLICANS ON HIS RETURN”:
From Philip Elliott of the time
➤ ALSO SHOP THE TOUR:
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks today at the Heritage Foundation. Livestream – it starts at 5 p.m. EDT
IT’S MONDAY. I am Catherine Martel with a brief recap of the morning and what’s to come. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Register here.
💻 In Congress
Joe Manchin has COVID-19:
The key centrist senator. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) announced Monday morning that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
How does he feel ?: “Mild symptoms”
Other Dems with COVID: Meaning. Tom Carper (D-Delete) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.)
why it matters“If more Democrats test positive next week, that could be a barrier to passing a health care measure that would lower prescription drug prices and continue to improve financial assistance under Affordable Care Act Manchin is a key vote on the measure in a Senate split evenly between the two parties.
^ Also, Leahy is out“In an additional potential complication on the vote count, Senator. patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recovering from a broken hip and had additional surgery last week.
Learn more about what this meansvia The Hill’s Peter Sullivan
Week to knock out the laundry list:
This week, the vote is expected to be on a bill to bolster semiconductor production in the United States — or the Helpful Semiconductor Production Incentives (CHIPS) for America Act. .
Other Senate bills on the docket this week: Senators can also vote on the bill passed by the House to codify same-sex marriage rights or on a bill to help Finland and Sweden join NATO.
big cats: The House is expected to vote on a bill to ban private ownership of big cats. Yes, like in the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King”.
Telehealth: The House is also expected to vote on a bill to codify telehealth policies that have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Context and details for eachvia The Hill’s Mychael Schnell
➤ ‘DEMOCRATS REV UP FINAL PUSH HIGH STAKES TO DROP DRUG PRICES’:
Via Peter Sullivan of The Hill
🏛 January 6
Committee looks at DOJ, then Trump, then back to DOJ, then back to Trump:
“Four members of the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot pushed the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday to criminally investigate former President Trump.”
For example — committee vice chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”“I think Donald Trump – the violation of his oath of office, the violation of the Constitution that he committed himself to – is the most serious misconduct by any president in the history of our nation.”
Will the committee recommend charges against Trump?“The panel has yet to decide whether to issue a criminal referral for Trump, which could add public pressure on the DOJ to open a criminal investigation, but Cheney confirmed that the panel is still considering the ‘option.”
The problem of prosecuting a former president: Fellow Republican on panel, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told ABC’s “This Week” that prosecuting the previous administration is quite dangerous. “[That’s] what you see in failing democracies… But there’s a huge difference between “I’m going to sue the last administration for political revenge” and not prosecuting an administration that literally attempted a failed coup. »
An overview of the competing pressures facing the DOJvia The Hill’s Julia Müller
📶 Get traction
Yikes – ‘FBI Investigation Determines China-Made Huawei Equipment Could Disrupt US Nuclear Arsenal Communications’:
via CNN Katie Bo Lillis“Since at least 2017, federal officials have investigated purchases of Chinese land near critical infrastructure, closed a high-level regional consulate considered by the US government to be a hotbed of Chinese spies, and blocked what they considered such as clear efforts to install listening devices near sensitive military and government installations.
A pretty wild example: The Chinese government wanted to build a garden at the Arboretum in Washington, DC. “But when US counterintelligence officials began digging into the details, they found many red flags. The pagoda…would have been strategically placed on one of the highest points in Washington DC, just two miles of the US Capitol, a perfect place for signals intelligence gathering… It was also alarming that the Chinese authorities wanted to build the pagoda with materials shipped to the US in diplomatic pouches, which US customs officers are not allowed to to examine.
^ This project has been killed.
Read CNN’s full report
Watch Lillis elaborate on her reporting on CNN’s “New Day”
➤ “WHO DECIDES IF THE UNITED STATES IS IN RECESSION? »:
A group of eight economists you’ve probably never heard of. CNN Business’ Nicole Goodkind explains the process.
➤ “WHY THE HOUSING SHORTAGE IN THE UNITED STATES IS LIKELY TO WORSEN”:
Rising interest rates and economic headwinds, says The Hill’s Sylvan Way.
A little explanation: “The Federal Reserve has been working for months to ease the sting of inflation by raising rates and slowing the housing market. As a result, home sales and construction have fallen off a cliff this summer. Sales of new and existing homes also fell for months after the Fed hiked mortgage rates.But experts say these rate hikes, coupled with supply shortages and historically low inventory will only exacerbate the shortage.
What Experts Predict Will Happen
➤ NEW REPORT — ‘AROUND HALF OF OLDER AMERICANS CANNOT COVER ESSENTIAL EXPENSES’:
By Gianna Melillo of The Hill
🦠 Last with COVID
Republicans’ first target to investigate if they win in November – Anthony Fauci:
Why…?: “Republicans have been quick to launch investigations into America’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on the origins of the virus and whether the federal government — and by extension, Fauci — helped fund controversial research that could have played a role in its creation.”
Why would it matter if Republicans win the House or the Senate?“Although Republicans were in the minority, those investigations didn’t gain much momentum. But with the majority, the GOP would have the power to issue subpoenas to the administration to force it to turn over documents.
Republicans’ plans to investigate Faucivia The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel
➤ COVID-19 FIGURES
Cases to date: 89.9 million
Number of dead: 1,021,546
Current hospitalizations: 36,622
Hits administered: 601 million
Fully Vaccinated: 67.2% of Americans
CDC data here.
It must have been terrifying:
ABC News tweeted that “a whale struck a fishing boat off Plymouth, Massachusetts with a breach then landed on the vessel. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.” look at the images
The Senate entered. The Chamber is out. President Biden isolates himself at the White House. Vice President Harris is in Indiana today.
- 8:45 am: Harris left for Indianapolis.
- 9:30 a.m.: Biden received the President’s Daily Brief.
- 12:30 p.m.: Biden delivers a *virtual* keynote address at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) conference.
- 2:15 p.m.: Biden is hosting a virtual meeting with CEOs and labor leaders to discuss the importance of the semiconductor bill.
- 3 p.m.: The Senate meets. Senate agenda today.
- 3:20 p.m.: Harris returns to Washington, D.C.
- 5:30 p.m.: A vote of closure of the Senate.
All times Eastern.
📺What to watch
- 11:30 a.m.: Harris summoned Indiana state lawmakers to discuss reproductive rights. Direct
- 3:10 p.m.: White House Press SecretaryKarine Jean-Pierre and COVID-19 Response Coordinator Ashish Jha hold a press conference. Direct
🍨 In lighter news
Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.
And because you’ve come this far, here is a dog enjoying his time at the beach.