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Hello from the other side: 

Via The New York Times’s Sheryl Gay Stolberg: It’s the 11th anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. The sweeping legislation is still going strong, providing the means for 200,000 Americans to sign up for insurance through the online marketplace earlier this year.

Times sure have changed: I remember when “ObamaCare” was an insult, before former President Obama embraced the term in his reelection campaign.

Blast from the past: Here’s The Hill’s coverage of Obama signing the bill using 22 commemorative pens:

That signing ceremony was also where thenVice President BidenJoe BidenGood luck, Dan Bongino! The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Conservative group says polling shows Dems’ voting rights bill ‘out of sync with American voters’ MORE called ObamaCare a “big f—ing deal” on a hot mic, which at the time was also a BFD. Video: 

Reminder: Former President Trump made some big changes to the Affordable Care Act, including getting rid of the individual mandate to get insurance coverage. And the recently passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill also included changes involving subsidies:

It’s Tuesday. I’m Alicia Cohn, filling in for Cate, with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Painfully close to home for this Colorado girl:

Via The Hill’s Mychael Schnell, 10 people are dead, including one police officer, after a gunman entered a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., on Monday.

Breaking: The 21-year-old shooting suspect has been charged with 10 counts of murder. 

President Biden is expected to deliver remarks on the shooting within the hour. Watch: 

“It’s absolutely tragic. It’s 10 people going about the day living their lives, not bothering anybody. A police officer who is performing his duties, and with great courage and heroism,” Vice President Harris said this morning.

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisEnemy within: Experts warn US not learning from past pandemic mistakes Ambitious House lawmakers look for promotions Nebraska governor declares pro-meat day to counter Colorado MORE (D) in releasing the names of victims on Tuesday said it “was a simple run for milk and eggs” turned “painful.” 





Via The New York Times’s Neil Vigdor, Will Wright and Azi Paybarah, the Boulder shooting revived old gun control debates:


Scientists, slow your roll:

Via The Hill’s Justine Coleman, The Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), an independent group of experts, said Tuesday “it was concerned … AstraZeneca may have included outdated information … which may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data” of its coronavirus vaccine:

One day ago: AstraZeneca released a U.S. study Monday saying its vaccine was 79 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19. 

What does this mean? Unclear, but the company is likely hoping it doesn’t delay their FDA authorization for use in the U.S. AstraZeneca pledged to engage with DSMB “to share our primary analysis with the most up to date efficacy data … within 48 hours.” 

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes The Memo: Trump battles to stay relevant Overnight Health Care: CDC director warns of ‘avoidable surge’ of COVID-19 amid relaxing precautions | AstraZeneca says COVID-19 vaccine found 79 percent effective in US trial | Trump says Fauci ‘a promoter more than anything’ MORE told “Good Morning America” it was a “harsh note” from DSMB and AstraZeneca needs to “straighten it out.” Watch:


Still waiting on your stimulus check?:

Via The Hill’s John Bowden, House Democrats want to know why some $1,400 direct payments have been delayed:

The problem: While the IRS has already sent out 90 million direct payments since President Biden signed a $1.9 trillion relief bill on March 11, large groups of people including some veterans and Social Security beneficiaries are still waiting.

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane: The IRS said a new batch of checks should be hitting Americans’ bank accounts on Wednesday, but did not provide an update on when recipients of Social Security retirement or disability payments, railroad pensions and veterans benefits would receive their latest stimulus payments.


MSNBC’s Morning Joe discussed the topic Tuesday morning after Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherElon Musk: Not broke, never woke, and in on the joke Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Maher: US ‘lost’ to China, too focused on ‘woke competition’ and ‘lizard people’ MORE came out against it last weekend on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Video:

An opportunity for bipartisanship?: This comes a couple weeks after House Judiciary Committee ranking member Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans call for hearing on border surge ‘Cancel Culture’ is just free speech holding others accountable Gaetz, Jordan ask House Judiciary to probe conservatorships, citing ‘Free Britney’ MORE (R-Ohio) demanded a hearing on “cancel culture,” calling it “censorship.”


Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, The Biden administration is preparing a $3 trillion spending proposal on infrastructure and other domestic priorities such as child tax credits as their next agenda item. Expect a legislative fight over how to pay for the bill:


Via NPR’s Maria Liasson, Biden’s infrastructure plan will test his bipartisan campaign promises:



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Let’s avoid a ‘sick girl summer,’ please:

Via The Hill’s Nathaniel Weixel: “Experts say the U.S. is in a race between vaccines and variants, and by reopening too fast and ignoring public health recommendations, the country may be at risk of losing and bringing on another wave of infections just like the winter.”


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 29,870,995 

U.S. death toll: 543,023

Breakdown of the numbers:


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 127 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 2.49 million doses

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:


Soon the only thing still the same from my childhood will be push-pops:





The Senate is in. The House is in for committee business only. President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Washington, with Biden traveling to Ohio in the afternoon. 

9:10 a.m. ET: Vice President Harris ceremonially swore in Ambassador William BurnsWilliam BurnsThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s next act: Massive infrastructure plan with tax hikes Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Greene account suspended in error | Justice Dept. indicts hacker connected to massive surveillance breach | Trump reference to ‘Chinese virus’ linked to increase in anti-Asian hashtags The Hill’s Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Biden delivers 100 million shots in 58 days, doses to neighbors MORE as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

10 a.m. in GMT+1: Secretary Blinken participated in a moderated conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in Brussels, Belgium. 

5:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris will ceremonially swear in Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor.


12:30 p.m. ET: President Biden delivers remarks on the shooting in Colorado. 

1:30 p.m. ET: The Hill hosts an event “Climate Under Threat” featuring Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), UN Environment Programme ED Inger Andersen, Atlantic Council’s Randolph Bell and more discussing the environment, energy and global cooperation. RSVP: 

3:15 p.m. ET: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer are marking the 11th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a virtual event. Sign up: 

4:50 p.m. ET: President Biden delivers remarks at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Livestream:


Today is National Chips and Dip Day.

And this is funnier than the #SnyderCut: 




Finally, to brighten your Tuesday afternoon, here’s a dog with an automatic rewind function:

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