Top Stories this AM: Biden's big speech, Moderna's booster shot, MyPillow's 'Jimmy Kimmel' moment

Good morning and welcome to your weekday morning roundup of the top stories you need to know.

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What’s going on today:

  • President Biden laid out his plan for a post-pandemic America on the eve of his first 100 days in office. The president spoke on gun control, immigration, and foreign policy, and outlined his ambitious plans for healthcare, jobs, and infrastructure — doubling down on his promise to not raise taxes for Americans earning under $400,000 a year. Watch the highlights here. 
  • Republicans spent Biden’s speech sleeping and live-tweeting. Lauren Boebert found a space blanket and a sleepy Ted Cruz was caught with his eyes closed, while Kevin McCarthy complained “this whole thing could have just been an email.”
  • This is what history looks like: Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi took their places behind during President Joe Biden’s Wednesday night congressional address, marking the first time two women have held those positions. “Madam Speaker and Madam Vice President,” Biden said as he took to the stage. “No sitting US president has ever said those words. It’s about time!”  
  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell made a much-anticipated visit to “The Jimmy Kimmel Show.” Spoiler alert: Lindell is still ride or die for former President Donald Trump, and still believes the 2020 election will be overturned.
  • Moderna announced it’ll be ramping up production efforts to supply an additional three billion vaccine booster shots. “We believe that there will continue to be significant need for our mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and our variant booster candidates into 2022 and 2023,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said.
  • How realistic are movie scenes of bank robberies, really? Let this reformed bank robber tell you!

That’s all for now. See you tomorrow.


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