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*Ha. Haha. Haha. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha–breaks down crying hysterically.
Mayor Bill wants to be Congressman Bill:
Former Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio (D) announced this morning that he was running for Congress.
De Blasio announced his candidacy on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”“Polls show that people are suffering. They need help. They need help fast, and they need leaders who can actually help them now and who know how to do it. I have known how to do it for years serving the people of this city,” he said. Watch his ad
➤ BY THE WAY – THIS IS A RARE OPEN SEAT:
The districts were reshuffled due to the redistricting, so there is no incumbent in this seat. Politics Erin Durkin and Sally Goldenberg explain the backstory.
HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS! 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.
What I’ve been listening to all morning:
Singer Harry Styles just released a new album, entitled “Harry’s House”. This is what made him talk about him on social networks this morning.
Listen to the album: From the display panel
➤ HARRY, GOING AROUND:
Styles appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” to discuss the new album: Listen to his interview.
📍In South Korea
Might as well save on shipping and bring home a few Samsung TVs on Air Force One:
President Biden visited a Samsung factory this morning during its stopover in South Korea.
Samsung’s plan for more semiconductors“Biden applauded Samsung’s plans to build a new $17 billion semiconductor plant in Tyler, Texas, saying it would create 3,000 new jobs in Texas.”
Watch Biden’s remarks.
➤TIDBIT OF BIDEN’S ASISA TRIP – TWO SECRET SERVICE EMPLOYEES SUSPENDED HOME:
Two Secret Service employees are being returned to the United States and placed on administrative leave, the Secret Service said in a statement on Friday, after the employees allegedly had a confrontation with a taxi driver in South Korea when they were apparently drunk, via The Hill’s Lexi Lonas.
More from the PA: “An officer and an armed physical security specialist were involved in the alcohol-related incident which included a heated argument with a taxi driver and led to local law enforcement filing a police report , according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly.
🧥To the White House
The new body armor is bright yellow:
Via the New York Times Michael M. Grynbaum“By long-standing bipartisan tradition, decades of White House press officers have passed on a cheeky symbol of their work when responding to failed requests from fiery reporters: a bulletproof vest.”
The jacket is gone. So Jen Psaki found a replacement before leaving work: “[Psaki] found herself trawling a Macy’s for a replacement jacket. She found one, with a modern twist. The new ‘bulletproof jacket’, which now hangs in an office in the West Wing, is a Tommy Hilfiger women’s blazer, size 16, in Hi-Liter yellow, with contrast welt pockets and elbow patches.
PSAKI told The Times: “It’s a women’s jacket. But it’s big enough for any size man.
Read the whole story behind the bulletproof vest.
Photo of the new jacket
Maggie Haberman of The New York Times tweeted“Wait. He disappeared?”
You got a resounding “yes” from the Senate:
Senators yesterday approved a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine.
What the bill will do: “[It] would replenish US arms stocks transferred to Ukraine and provide billions of dollars to keep the Ukrainian government functioning and for humanitarian aid.
What happens next?: President Biden should sign the bill quickly.
The 11 Republicans who voted against aid to Ukraine
A HOUSE BILL PASSED FOR SYMBOLIC REASONS:
House Democrats yesterday passed a bill to tackle “price gouging” for gasoline. https://bit.ly/3MxqxAY
Vote: 217-207. No Republicans voted “yes” and four Democrats voted with Republicans.
Why is it symbolic: This bill has very little chance of passing the Senate.
🍑 In the election campaign
The next big primary to watch – Georgia:
“The stakes are rising day by day for the old President Trump before the Georgia GOP primaries on Tuesday.
Hourly“The election follows key contests this week, particularly in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, where Trump-backed candidates have had mixed fates.”
Quick introduction to running“Trump railed against the outgoing governor. Brian Kemp (R) again and again, supporting his main opponent, the former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). Kemp’s main sin, in Trump’s eyes, is his refusal to support Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
Where is the race, via The Hill’s niall stanage
🦠 Last with COVID
➤ IN NUMBERS
Cases to date: 82.8 million
Number of dead: 998,512
Current hospitalizations: 19,207
Hits administered: 583 million
Fully Vaccinated: 66.5% of Americans
CDC data here.
⛈ In other news
The Colorado crosses it:
via CNN Jennifer Gray“In less than 24 hours, Denver could go from 90-degree weather to a potentially historic and dangerous snowstorm.”
Yeah“Snowfall amounts could reach two to three feet at the highest elevations and up to eight inches in the city of Denver, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Boulder.” What to expect
Lol, congress be congress:
Politics Burgess-Everett tweeted: “The Senate just adjourned for 10 seconds, came back and called it a new day. “Hello,” said Senator Stabenow. The Senate is weird.
I can’t argue with this ingenuity:
@Ygrene tweeted: “[guy taking a bite of corn and then immediately taking a bite of hotdog] There has to be a better way.” This tweet has over 100,000 likes.
What a nickname!:
@jessohackberry tweeted a screenshot of the Washington, DC primary ballot. The third mayoral candidate is listed as “Trayon ‘Washington DC’ White.” Screenshot
Here is the full sample ballot.
The House and the Senate are out. President Biden is in South Korea. Vice President Harris is in Washington, DC, and attending an event in Virginia.
- 7:20 a.m.: Biden left Pyeongtaek, South Korea, and traveled to Seoul.
- 1:45 p.m.: Harris and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Michael S. Regan travel to a school in Falls Church, Virginia.
- 4:05 p.m.: Harris returns to Washington, D.C.
- 6:15 p.m.: Harrisspeaks at the AAPI Victory Power Fund’s first-ever AAPI Victory Celebration.
All times Eastern.
📺What to watch
- 6:15 a.m.: President Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol words spoken. Direct
- 3:40 p.m.: Vice President Harris delivers a speech on the bipartisan infrastructure law. Direct
🥧 In lighter news
Today is National Quiche Lorraine Day.
Tidbit – what a cool speaker for graduation:
Via the New York Daily News’ Pierre Sblendorio, “Taylor Swift received an honorary degree from New York University on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and assured the Class of 2022 in an ambitious commencement speech that it’s okay to make mistakes. Photos of Swift at the ceremony – in her cap and dress
And to start your weekend off right, here is a dog with a new crush.