Today, President Biden is set to make a public plea for Americans to get updated coronavirus vaccine shots, and he will detail his administration’s plans to make the omicron-targeting boosters widely available this fall. His planned remarks from the White House are part of an effort to move the country to a point where people get annual coronavirus shots, much like they get flu shots.
In New York, Stephen K. Bannon, a former top official in Donald Trump’s White House, surrendered to prosecutors on Thursday morning to face a state-level criminal indictment, less than two months after being convicted of contempt of Congress and close to two years after Trump pardoned him in a federal case involving an allegedly fraudulent cash drive to build a border wall.
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12:30 p.m. Eastern time: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefs reporters.Watch live here.
12 p.m. Central (1 p.m. Eastern): Vice President Harris gives remarks at the National Baptist Convention in Houston. Watch live here.
1:45 p.m. Eastern: Biden delivers remarks highlighting the arrival of updated coronavirus vaccines. Watch live here.
7 p.m. Eastern: Biden participates in a reception in Maryland for the Democratic National Committee.
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Analysis: The Civilian Climate Corps was dropped from the climate bill. Now what?
President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Civilian Conservation Corps. President John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps. And President Biden took office with grand plans to launch the first-ever Civilian Climate Corps.
Writing in The Climate 202, The Post’s Maxine Joselow writes that after months of momentum, those plans face an uncertain future on Capitol Hill, potentially ending a streak of presidential initiatives to put young people to work solving pressing societal problems. Per Maxine:
Take a look: Bannon arrives to surrender to N.Y. prosecutors
Stephen K. Bannon arrived to surrender to prosecutors Thursday morning to face a state-level criminal indictment, less than two months after being convicted of contempt of Congress and close to two years after then-President Donald Trump pardoned him in a federal case involving defrauding contributors in a $25 million fundraising effort.
Details of the state court indictment have not yet been made public, but people familiar with the matter say it is related to fraud allegations that were the subject of Bannon’s pardon. In that case, he was accused in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of personally pocketing $1 million from “We Build the Wall,” a Trump-aligned cash collection drive that Bannon helped to orchestrate starting in December 2018.
Your questions answered: How did Trump get classified documents out of White House?
Herschel Walker, the former football star and Republican nominee for Senate in Georgia, is out with a new television ad in which he accuses his opponent, Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), of wanting to divide people based on race. Both candidates in the marquee race are Black.
“Senator Warnock believes America is a bad country full of racist people. I believe we’re a great country full of generous people. Warnock wants to divide us. I want to bring us together,” Walker says in the 30-second spot, which also attempts to use quotes from President Biden, Vice President Harris and Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams to bolster his point.
Noted: Johnson says comments to reporters on same-sex marriage were ‘to get them off my back’
As the Senate moves toward a vote on a bill to provide federal protections for same-sex marriages, the position of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has been among the more challenging to pin down. That’s in no small part because Johnson, by his own admission, told reporters last month that he saw no reason to oppose the legislation “to get them off my back.”
In audio obtained by Heartland Signal, Johnson said at a gathering in Wisconsin last week that he will not support the legislation “in its current state” and instead would introduce his own amendment alongside Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) if the bill comes to the floor because of concerns about “religious liberty.”
On our radar: Treasury will warn White House that crypto needs major regulation
The Treasury Department will warn the White House that cryptocurrencies could pose significant financial risks that outweigh their benefits unless the government rolls out major new regulations, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The Post’s Jeff Stein and Tory Newmyer write that through four separate reports this month, Treasury is expected to make clear that the Biden administration’s top economic officials believe crypto needs strong oversight, as lawmakers weigh new rules for the digital assets. Per our colleagues:
Analysis: The Senate debate over same-sex marriage becomes clearer
First, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a vote will happen “in the coming weeks,” putting Republicans on notice they will have to stake out a position on same-sex marriage — which enjoys broad public support, but is opposed by some key elements of the GOP base — before voters head to the polls in November.
“A vote will happen on the Senate floor in the coming weeks and I hope there will 10 Republicans to support it,” Schumer told reporters.
Second, a bipartisan group of senators is finalizing language concerning religious liberty protections to appease concerns of several Republican senators who are skittish about supporting the bill but who are seen as the among the most likely to vote for the measure. …
The Senate usually is more bipartisan than the House, where in July 47 Republicans — nearly a quarter of the GOP conference — voted for the measure. It would defy the norms of this Congress if a smaller percentage of Senate Republicans than House Republicans ultimately back the bill.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged additional U.S. support for Ukraine during an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Thursday, as the Biden administration seeks to help Ukraine’s military recapture territory now occupied by Russian invaders.
The Post’s John Hudson and Missy Ryan report that Blinken, making his second visit to the Ukrainian capital since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in February, met with senior Ukrainian officials in central Kyiv following an overnight train trip from Poland. Per our colleagues:
On our radar: Biden to detail efforts to make updated vaccines widely available
President Biden plans to deliver remarks Thursday on the arrival of updated coronavirus vaccines and the steps his administration is taking to ensure they are widely available this fall.
The planned remarks from the White House are part of a push by the administration to urge Americans to get newly reformulated omicron-targeting boosters.
Earlier this week, White House coronavirus coordinator Ashish Jha said the new boosters mark an “important milestone” in the U.S. pandemic response, moving the country to a point where a single annual coronavirus shot should provide a “high degree of protection against serious illness all year.”
On our radar: Bannon to surrender to N.Y. prosecutors Thursday morning
Stephen K. Bannon is expected to surrender to prosecutors in New York on Thursday morning to face a state-level criminal indictment, less than two months after being convicted of contempt of Congress and close to two years after former president Donald Trump pardoned him in a federal case involving defrauded contributors to a $25 million fundraising effort.
Reporting from New York, The Post’s Shayna Jacobs writes that details of the state court indictment have not yet been made public, but people familiar with the matter say it is related to fraud allegations that were the subject of Bannon’s pardon. Per Shayna:
Analysis: Hillary Clinton’s claim that ‘zero emails’ were marked classified
“The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified,” former secretary of state Hillary Clinton wrote in a Twitter thread on Tuesday.
Writing in The Fact Checker, The Post’s Glenn Kessler notes that the Justice Department investigation of classified documents found at former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club has brought inevitable comparisons to the controversy over Clinton’s private email server that she used while secretary of state. The FBI investigation into her emails arguably tipped the close 2016 presidential election to Trump.
The latest: Senate negotiators push toward same-sex marriage vote this month
A bipartisan group of senators is readying changes to a marriage equality bill as part of a last-ditch effort to appease Republican concerns and guarantee that federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages become law.
The Post’s Marianna Sotomayor and Leigh Ann Caldwell report that the group of five senators, led by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), is scrambling to get 10 Republicans to support the measure ahead of an expected vote before the chamber adjourns in the next month to campaign for the November elections.
The latest: Judge rejects Oath Keepers founder’s ‘bewildering’ bid to delay trial
The federal judge overseeing the seditious conspiracy case against Stewart Rhodes rebuked the Oath Keepers founder in court Wednesday for trying to delay a trial set to start in three weeks.
The Post’s Rachel Weiner and Spencer S. Hsu report that Rhodes filed a motion Tuesday afternoon in federal court in the District claiming he could not continue with his current legal team because of “a complete, or near-complete breakdown of communication,” and needed at least three months with a new lawyer to file over a dozen motions.
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