White House: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress

White House: How to Watch the Livestream of President Biden’s Address to the Joint Session of Congress. “The President will address a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 9pm EDT. The White House livestream will feature supplemental information from senior Administration officials as part of our enhanced viewing experience. The White House feed will include ASL interpretation for accessibility.”

Politico: Federal watchdog calls for centralized Covid-19 data website

Politico: Federal watchdog calls for centralized Covid-19 data website. “Federal health agencies need to be more transparent about critical Covid-19 data, particularly on race and ethnicity and infections at nursing homes, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday. The watchdog recommended those steps as part of its call for a sweeping overhaul of federal data on Covid-19, based on its probe of efforts to collect and analyze pandemic statistics across agencies.”

Politico: ‘Time is not on our side’ — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar

Politico: ‘Time is not on our side’ — Biden navigates cyber attacks without a cyber czar. “The failure to fill the role, which would be responsible for coordinating the entire U.S. government’s defensive cyber operations, comes as the new administration grapples with how to kick suspected Russian and Chinese hackers out of federal cyber infrastructure following two major breaches. And it lays bare the challenges in setting up a brand new agency that could encroach upon some power centers in the White House, particularly the National Security Council.”

New York Times: White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled again because of the pandemic.

New York Times: White House Easter Egg Roll is canceled again because of the pandemic.. “The event was canceled for the second year in a row over concerns about large gatherings. President Biden’s cautious benchmark — small gatherings by July 4, if Americans keep to social distancing protocols and receive vaccines when they are offered — comes well after the Easter holiday and nowhere near the usual capacity for the egg roll, which draws up to 30,000 people to the White House grounds.”

Shot Chasers: How Officials in Trump’s Lame-Duck White House Scrambled to Score COVID-19 Vaccinations (Vanity Fair)

Vanity Fair: Shot Chasers: How Officials in Trump’s Lame-Duck White House Scrambled to Score COVID-19 Vaccinations. “The quest to get on the White House list—which was closely guarded by Meadows’s office and a small cadre of NSC officials—attracted an array of supplicants. They ranged from the representatives of cabinet secretaries to young White House desk jockeys to those prepared to leverage their connections to President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Among this group, Vanity Fair has learned, were chiefs of staff of cabinet agencies, some of whose bosses had become notorious for publicly disregarding pandemic safeguards like mask wearing.”

CNN: White House races to blunt potential Covid-19 surge

CNN: White House races to blunt potential Covid-19 surge. “The White House is racing to prevent and prepare for a potential fourth coronavirus surge as more transmissible coronavirus variants spread across the US — investing billions of dollars to boost coronavirus preparedness, accelerating the pace of vaccinations and working to prepare the public and governors for the prospect of another surge. In what would be a first, the White House is drawing up plans to surge vaccines to emerging hotspots in an attempt to blunt the virus’ trajectory and protect those at highest risk, two senior administration officials told CNN.”

Federal News Network: A new agency to officially take over the .gov domain

Federal News Network: A new agency to officially take over the .gov domain. “Any agency wanting a brand new website will have to go through a new provider. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is taking over the management of the dot-gov domain. The General Services Administration controlled the dot gov domain since the 1990s. But in 2020 Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the DOTGOV Act into law.”

The Guardian: Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up

The Guardian: Historians having to tape together records that Trump tore up. “The public will not see Donald Trump’s White House records for years, but there is growing concern the collection will never be complete – leaving a hole in the history of one of America’s most tumultuous presidencies. Trump has been cavalier about the law requiring that records be preserved. He has a habit of ripping up documents before tossing them out, forcing White House workers to spend hours taping them back together.”

New York Times: It’s Holiday Party Season at the White House. Masks Are Encouraged, but Not Required.

New York Times: It’s Holiday Party Season at the White House. Masks Are Encouraged, but Not Required.. “The red and gold party invitations make no mention of the coronavirus, nor do they acknowledge the holiday message that public health officials have been trying to emphasize to Americans: Stay home. Instead, the invitations are the latest example of how President Trump is spending his final weeks in office operating in an alternative universe, denying the realities of life during the pandemic.”

Washington Post: Shutdown deadline nears as White House, Congress tangle over VA funding

Washington Post: Shutdown deadline nears as White House, Congress tangle over VA funding. “The Trump administration is injecting new demands into congressional negotiations over a government spending bill that threaten to sink the must-pass package, people familiar with the discussions said. The disagreement concerns how to classify $12.5 billion in cost increases in veterans’ health care, expenses that are part of veterans’ care changes signed into law by President Trump in 2018 with much fanfare.”

HuffPost: White House Plans In-Person Holiday Parties As COVID-19 Cases Rise

HuffPost: White House Plans In-Person Holiday Parties As COVID-19 Cases Rise. “The White House plans to host its annual Hanukkah reception next month, even as coronavirus cases are on the rise around the country. The reception is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 9, according to a copy of the invitation, which was shared with HuffPost by the recipient. There were no instructions included about special coronavirus precautions.”

Add to Biden’s transition challenges: Imposing Covid-19 precautions on cramped West Wing (NBC News)

NBC News: Add to Biden’s transition challenges: Imposing Covid-19 precautions on cramped West Wing. “Biden’s team is brainstorming ways to apply his coronavirus-conscious campaign practices to the presidency, several of his advisers said. Transition officials are trying to determine how — and how many — White House officials can physically work out of the West Wing while maintaining social distancing and other protocols the pandemic requires, the advisers said.”