By Cate Martel - 01/04/16 12:30 PM EST
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ON THE GROUND IN N.H. – TRUMP, TRUMP CITY: While the 12:30 Report was on hiatus, I spent a few days roaming the back halls of campaign events in New Hampshire (in between overloading on cannoli from Mike's Pastry and frolicking in the 65-degree Christmas). Here are some the highlights:
TRUMP IS DEFYING THE EARLY STATES: Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSchwarzenegger: 'If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run' US Army keeping wary eye on Russia Trump: Press 'refusing to report' I'm winning MORE is making his own rules for campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire, mocking early-state traditions in the process. Here's how (and a throwback to when Trump called Iowa voters stupid!): http://bit.ly/22GieHc
TRUMP'S CHANGE IN STRATEGY: There are 36 days until the first-in-the-nation primary, and Trump is going for broke in New Hampshire, heavily ramping up his ground game in the state. How: major TV ad buys (beginning positive, but he won't promise to keep them that way!) and naming 200 town chairmen to organize on-the-ground efforts.
-- A telling quote from a Trump county chair: "Finally after decades of incompetent [political class] leadership, they're going to see a real opportunity for redemption, [which will] translate to actually getting out and voting with their hearts." Note the word "redemption." http://bit.ly/1R64v8K
RETAIL POLITICS, SHMETAIL SHMOLITICS: If you've never been to a Trump rally, read this for a gist of what they are like. Hint: It involved a protester kicked out while yelling "fascist!", raucous cheers for Trump and countless "Make America Great Again" trucker hats. http://bit.ly/1R9MCWH
Happy Monday and welcome back from the holidays! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the afternoon. Send tips, comments, gripes and New Years resolutions that will never last past January to email@example.com and @CateMartel.
DEVELOPING NOW – BILL. IS. BACK.: Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonWhat will be in Obama’s Presidential Library Congress, the president and the fight over expanding the rights of terror victims What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? MORE is hitting the campaign trail today (solo!) for his wife, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonUS Army keeping wary eye on Russia Trump: Press 'refusing to report' I'm winning Crossing fingers: A Canadian observer's view of the US election MORE. Here are a few tweets from his first stop in Nashua, N.H.
Politico's Gabe Debenedetti
Some symmetry here @ Bill Clinton's '16 debut: it's the same gym where Hillary made her return to NH to campaign for Shaheen/Hassan in 11/14 http://bit.ly/1SvhxMn
USA Today's Heidi Przybyla
Bill Clinton closing with a message to the economically disenfranchised, highlighting @HillaryClinton's early work on behalf of poor kids http://bit.ly/1PG4YuY
CNN's Dan Merica
Bill Clinton on his first solo campaign trip: "I don't fit anymore. First of all, I'm a happy grandfather. I'm not mad at anybody." http://bit.ly/1PG5aKO
NEW THIS A.M. – ADS, ADS, ADS: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Donald Trump have released their first TV ads. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton also released new ads. The gist of each:
Kasich ad: Never give up, because the best days in America are ahead. http://bit.ly/1RZpwC7
Trump ad: "Make America Great Again" and touting his stances on immigration and foreign policy. http://bit.ly/1VBoR8I
Cruz ad: Cruz will stand by the country's first principles. Note: Cruz is also kicking off a six-day bus tour in Iowa today. http://bit.ly/1O5YYJd
Bush ad: How to take out ISIS http://bit.ly/1IMvyDt
Clinton ad: Targeting New Hampshire voters and featuring former President Bill Clinton! http://bit.ly/1OGNykW
HAPPY NEW YEAR, NOW BACK TO BUSINESS: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, here are six fights set to erupt in Congress in the next year: #1: resettling Syrian refugees #2: closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility #3: fighting ISIS #4: gun control #5: criminal justice reform #6: restoring normal order on appropriations. http://bit.ly/1ZKkFWC
FEELING THE BERN IN IOWA: Via The New York Times's Trip Gabriel and Amy Chozick, needing an early lift in the race, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAT&T-Time Warner merger: Rigged by cozy regulatory relationships? Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number Trump: Podesta a 'nasty guy' MORE (I-Vt.) is building an Iowa ground operation. Comparing the Sanders campaign to the Clinton campaign, "Pete D'Alessandro, Mr. Sanders's Iowa campaign coordinator, compared his field team to the Continental Army taking on the British Redcoats." Lol. http://nyti.ms/1Ou3bKl
THAT BUNDY THING OVER THE WEEKEND: Via The Washington Post's Carissa Wolf, Peter Holley and Wesley Lowery, a group of armed anti-government activists took over a federal building over the weekend in rural Oregon. Who's leading the protest? Ammon Bundy, the son of Cliven Bundy who led an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014, escalating a years-long fight over government regulations on his land. Why: to protest the treatment of a pair of local ranchers who are reporting to prison today. http://wapo.st/1O57R63
WIN A TED CRUZ SHOTGUN: No, really. You can enter the contest to win a shotgun with Cruz's logo engraved. You don't have to contribute to enter: http://bit.ly/1Jp8Y3x
INTERESTING READ FROM A STACKED BYLINE: Via The Washington Post's Dan Balz, Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Matea Gold, one year, two races: Inside the Republican Party's bizarre, tumultuous 2015. http://wapo.st/1Upt922
A SHORT LEAP TO 'JETSONS' LIVING: Lyft and General Motors are partnering to create on-demand driverless cars by 2025 -- maybe even sooner. http://bzfd.it/1Rb9qpc
Brendan Buck, Spokesman for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), on whether Ryan could be drafted to run for president:
The Washington Post's James Hohmann
RNC chair Reince Priebus: "I'm not one of these people that think that Donald Trump can't win a general election."
Washington Examiner's David Drucker retweeted, adding: File this under "What else is he supposed to say." http://bit.ly/1Z0Xhlq
@Darth, the friendliest Twitter troll that has ever lived, is back! http://bit.ly/1muXRwa
Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist
An armed people are a free people. If our forefathers were not armed before the American Revolution we would all be speaking English today. http://bit.ly/1O55pfL
ON TAP (and live-streams to bookmark):
The House is out until tomorrow; the Senate is out until next week.
1 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the New Hampshire Primary Student Convention in Manchester, N.H. Live stream: http://bit.ly/1Svjokd
2 p.m. EST: President Obama meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon to discuss executive actions to curb gun violence.
6:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Manchester, N.H. http://bit.ly/1Jp43Q5
9 a.m. EST tomorrow: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) speaks at the New Hampshire Primary Student Convention. Live stream: http://bit.ly/1Svjokd
11:55 a.m. EST tomorrow: Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulWhat the 'Bernie Sanders wing of the GOP' can teach Congress GOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election How low is the bar for presidential candidates, anyway? MORE (R-Ky.) speaks at the New Hampshire Primary Student Convention. Live stream: http://bit.ly/1Svjokd
12 p.m. EST tomorrow: The New York Times's Charlie Savage will discuss his new book "Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency" with Michael Glennon, professor of International Law, Fletcher School, Tufts University at a CATO event. Live stream: http://bit.ly/1l12y04
12 p.m. EST tomorrow: API President and CEO Jack Gerard will give an address on the state of American Energy in 2016.
WHAT TO WATCH:
6 p.m. EST: Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect" makes its debut on MSNBC
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...
Today is National Spaghetti Day!
BUZZING ON SOCIAL -- WATERMELON BOY: Meet the boy who ate an entire watermelon at a cricket game. Yes, an entire watermelon -- white and green parts included. http://ti.me/1kETnBn
DAILY OUTRAGE -- BAGEL MURDERERS: Via The New York Post, upon request, some bagel shops in New York will scoop out the bready part of a bagel. This makes me want to cry. The quote that best sums up this blasphemy: "Few things inspire more passionate disdain among New Yorkers -- bagel scoopers are lumped in with people who eat their pizza with a fork or wear flip-flops on the subway." Keep on fightin' the good fight, New York Post. http://nyp.st/1Jp2bHl
And with that, here's HBO's John Oliver with his smart take about New Years' resolutions. It's exactly what you think it would be. http://bit.ly/1SveAve
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