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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Democrats Try to Extend Student Loan Cuts

NEWS TODAY IN THE MORNING

We will definitely take it:

The U.S. added 431,000 jobs in March, according to new Labor Department figures. https://bit.ly/3u0yh7L

Putting this in context: Economists expected an increase of about 490,000 jobs in March, so it is a little lower, but remains stable.

What about the unemployment rate?: Decreased to 3.7 percent.

The takeaway: “[R]”Sustainable consumer spending and historically strong demand for workers have helped the US economy get another job study.”

More on what that means, through The Hill’s Sylvan Lane: https://bit.ly/3u0yh7L

Tidbit by Lane“We’ve talked a lot about the revisions made in the 2021 job reports, but it’s remarkable to see how steady the job growth last year was afterwards compared to how uncertain things seemed for a while.” The graphic, posted on Twitter by Ben Casselman of the New York Times: https://bit.ly/3wQUMhc

Late this morning – hello, hello: President Biden submitted comments to announce the report on new jobs. Video with Biden’s statements: http://bit.ly/2zl0CZY

Good Friday! I hope you are all vigilant about the April Fools’ pranks. I am Kate Martel with a quick summary of breakfast and what’s coming. Send comments, story ideas and events to our radar at cmartel@thehill.com – and follow it on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Throwing a Psaki bomb:

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki leaves her role this spring for a concert on MSNBC. What we know through The Hill by Alex Gangitano: https://bit.ly/3v6JKC7

Is this a surprise?: Not really. Psaki said she would probably stay in the role for about a year. https://bit.ly/3uGPguM

Remember: “Psaki would not be the first official to leave the White House for MSNBC. “Symone Sanders, a former spokeswoman for Vice President Harris, was hired by MSNBC in January as a presenter for a new weekend program.”

Read the Axios report: Sarah Fisher first reported the news of Psaki’s departure. https://bit.ly/3NG42e0

AT THE CONFERENCE

Student debt cessation ends May 1 – but Democrats try to extend it:

Via The Hill’s Mars Foley“More than 90 Democrats in Parliament and the Senate are calling President Biden extend the moratorium on federal student loan payments until the end of the year, intensifying pressure on the White House for further action a few weeks before the end of the break. ” https://bit.ly/3NyAXky

It is included in the list of Democrats who signed the letter: Leader of the majority of the Senate Charles Schumer (NY) and the House Majority Whip James Claiborne (SC).

Remember: The cessation first started in early 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic started. It has been extended several times.

THE LAST WITH JAN. 6 PROBES

Taking Jay-Z’s phrase “I have 99 problems” a little too literally:

Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage“Former President Trump and his allies are facing a host of problems related to the uprising of January 6, 2021 – and it is growing. ” https://bit.ly/38maHtF

The most recent shoe that fell – Alan Feuer, Katie Benner and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times reported: Federal prosecutors have expanded their investigation to include “the possible involvement of other government officials in Mr. Trump’s efforts to prevent President Biden’s victory from being elected to the House of Representatives and to push some of Trump’s allies to run for office.” Read the full New York Times report: https://nyti.ms/3NB1kGN

On the one hand, according to Stanage“The political impact of any new development is likely to be limited. “Voters who remain loyal to Trump have done so through many scandals and controversies since announcing his candidacy for the White House almost seven years ago.”

^ But on the other: “[I]Trump has ambitions to retake the White House, does not help the fact that he is still in the long shadow of January 6, the most serious attack on the Capitol since the war of 1812. Thursday’s story was just the last in a a series of negative developments for Trump only this week “.

How could this be done: https://bit.ly/38maHtF

LAST WITH COVID-19

CASE NUMBERS:

Coronavirus cases in the USA: 80,104,559

The US death toll: 980,642

Analysis of numbers: https://cnn.it/2UAgW3y

VACCINATION NUMBERS:

Total number of vaccinations given in the USA: 560 million shots have been fired.

Average doses of seven days administered: An average of 78,746 doses

For the box: The US population is about 331 million.

Analysis of numbers: https://bloom.bg/3iVTPLH

IMPORTANT TWEET:

Wow, wow, wow, wow:

Twitter user Taylor Vonfeldt recorded a wild slow motion video with lightning in Kansas a few nights ago. Video from CBS News: https://bit.ly/3x1M8g1

^ Looks like a scene from Stranger Things.

Stay skeptical today my friends:

Democratic general Tim Hogan uploaded to Twitter a video that perfectly fits his day “he was trying to convince anyone of anything today”. I’m watching: https://bit.ly/3K2s4xE

ON TAP:

The Parliament is inside. The Senate is out. President Biden is located in Washington, DC Vice President Harris is located in Mississippi.

10:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Harris left for Mississippi.

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT: First and last vote in Parliament. The current agenda of the Parliament: https://bit.ly/35u4VoE

11:15 a.m. EDT: President Biden received the daily briefing of the President.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris is visiting a small business in Greenville, Miss.

3:25 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves for the New Castle, Del.

6:20 p.m. EDT Vice President Harris returns to Washington, DC

3 p.m. EDT Monday: Then the Senate meets. The agenda of the Senate on Monday: https://bit.ly/3J15B2B

WHAT TO WATCH:

10:45 a.m. EDT: President Biden commented on the March Jobs Report. Live broadcast: https://bit.ly/3NyZ9Dz

2:30 p.m. EDT: White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield performs press release. Live broadcast: https://bit.ly/3wSJ1H2

5:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris comments on economic growth in underprivileged communities. Live broadcast: https://bit.ly/3wWKcFj

on Sunday morningFormer Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

AT THE LIGHTER NEWS:

Today is National Bread Day with Yeast.

The sporting event to watch this weekend:

Via ESPN Dalen Cuff“Duke vs. North Carolina, the biggest rivalry in college sports, has created a plethora of iconic moments. On Saturday night, the two-story schools will meet at the NCAA Tournament for the first time in an unlikely clash in the Final Four. https://es.pn/3DtH1q2

Adding to the drama: Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski retires at the end of this season.

When is the game?: Saturday at 8:49 p.m. EDT

Preview for tomorrow’s game: https://es.pn/3DtH1q2

TIBDIT – here is a nice graphic of Axios showing the history of the two teams: https://bit.ly/3wR2AQ2

ANOTHER PREVIEW: Via Axios’s Kendall Baker: “The Final Four is blue (blood)” https://bit.ly/3LDzFDf

Wondering how April Fool’s Day started?:

Via NPR’s Jeff Dean“April Fools’ Day may be the longest-running joke in the world. “Nobody knows how it started.” The full story: https://n.pr/3tYbjOr

And to start your weekend with an adventurous start, here is a man dancing slowly with a literal shark: https://bit.ly/3qWePqB

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