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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Chaffetz endorsing Rubio | Trump more confident than ever | North Korea wants attention

NEW THIS A.M. -- CHAFFETZ MAKING IT OFFICIAL; WILL ENDORSE RUBIO: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzGuess who’s stumping for states' rights? GOP Rep. Gowdy slams Trump team for 'amnesia' on Russia meetings California Dem sworn in as House member after delay MORE (R-Utah) has been speaking favorably of Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioBush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power MORE (R-Fla.) for months and will now make it official by endorsing Rubio for president, first reported by NBC News. Chaffetz plans to campaign with Rubio in Concord, N.H., on Friday. This is Rubio's 25th congressional endorsement, second to Jeb Bush, who has secured support from 30 members of Congress. Here is the full list of congressional endorsements:

'GOLD STAR' FOR THE GOP ON O-CARE, BUT NO REAL RESULT: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, this afternoon, the House is poised to pass a repeal of ObamaCare and send it to President Obama's desk. Republicans say they are closer than ever to dismantling the massive law. But critics note it faces a certain veto and say it's just for show.

SO, NORTH KOREA'S PLAYING WITH NUKES AGAIN: Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen and Julian Hattem, North Korea said it has conducted a successful test of a hydrogen bomb. Laughs nervously. The White House couldn't independently confirm these claims, but if true, it would significantly increase Pyongyang's nuclear capability. Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, allegedly ordered the test. 

Happy Hump Day! I'm Cate Martel with what you missed in the morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, story ideas, comments and gripes to and @CateMartel

NEW EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TRUMP FROM THE HILL: Via Bob Cusack, when Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. represented spy agency: report Poll: Most say Trump Jr. should not have met with Russian lawyer MORE was asked whether he'd win the nomination during The Hill's last interview with him in July, Trump dodged the question. But this time around, in a new interview with The Hill, a much more confident Trump said he will close the deal and win the nomination because, "It's what I do -- I win. Other people don't win. I know more about winning than anyone." On Israel: Trump also said he believes Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel: "The answer is yes." Trump had declined to go that far last month at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington. More from the sit-down:

CLOSED DOOR MEETING ON THE HILL TODAY: Former CIA director and retired Army General David Petraeus is testifying in a private session before the House Benghazi Committee today.

HOVERBOARDS, MAN: A little birdie on the hill tipped off the 12:30 Report that at a House Small Business Committee hearing, Chairman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) introduced Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), who unfortunately injured himself on a hoverboard over recess :( as, "chairman of the subcommittee on agriculture, energy, trade, and hoverboards." Lol.

THE DAILY CAMPAIGN FOOD FIGHT: TRUMP V. CRUZ: ...because that's what this election has felt like. Via The Hill's Jesse ByrnesDonald Trump is going after Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million Senators, you passed ObamaCare repeal-only bill in 2015 — do it again McCain rivals praise senator after brain cancer diagnosis MORE's (R-Texas) Canadian birth, predicting it could become an issue for his Republican presidential rival. Then Cruz's Twitter account tweeted a link to a clip from "Happy Days" suggesting Trump's claim had jumped the shark. Yada, yada, you get the gist.

BACK AND LOOKIN' FRESH FOR 2016: Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: CBO's healthcare estimate is 'bogus' Kushner speech to congressional interns delayed Overnight Energy: Exxon sues feds over M sanctions fine MORE (R-Wis.) has dropped the facial hair after sporting the beard since Thanksgiving. Buh-bye, stubble!

RUBIO'S GROWING PAINS IN THE BELTWAY: Via Politico's Anna Palmer and Shane Goldmacher, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has outgrown his Capitol Hill campaign headquarters and is looking for a bigger space. Since Oct. 1, his payroll has increased from 54 to more than 100 people.

THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST: Twitter is considering changing the character limit of tweets to 10,000 (the limit is 140 now). Twitter COO Adam Bain seemed uneasy about the idea and said if that happens, it's because CEO Jack Dorsey personally wants it to happen.



CNN's Ashley Killough Darth's gif is laugh-out-loud funny if you click Killough's tweet first
Jeb Bush gave Zacharie, 13, a tiny turtle & told him "slow and steady wins the race." Bush carries them in his pocket. 

Darth (the friendly Twitter troll) responds creating an amazing gif: six months later zacharie's turtle has grown uncontrollably and is terrorizing the city #ThanksJeb

Rick Tyler, communications director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
A Vote for Marco Rubio Is a Vote for Men's High-Heeled Booties, via TheCut

The Center for Responsive Politics's Sheila Krumholz
Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)(who announced his retirement from Congress yesterday): I don't think I can spend another day in another call room making another call begging for money"

The Huffington Post's Scott Conroy
Shout-out to Secret Service agent for politely explaining the First Amendment to Trump staffer who tried to stop me shooting video in public.

IJ Review's Joe Perticone 
Lol Jeb Bush's snapchat



12 p.m. EST: David E. Bernstein, author of "Lawless," is speaking at the CATO Institute about the "Obama administration's unprecedented assault on the constitution and the rule of law." Live stream: 

2:15 – 5:30 p.m. EST: The House votes on measures including the repeal of ObamaCare and defunding Planned Parenthood.

7 p.m. EST: From Hooksett, N.H., Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is holding his 50th town hall!

9 p.m. EST: The People's Choice Awards air live on CBS.

9 a.m. EST tomorrow: Carly Fiorina joins New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange."



Today is National Shortbread Day!

POT ADVOCATES GOT THEIR WAY ... FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES: The D.C. Council lifted an emergency ban on private pot clubs. But that lasted for several minutes before several council members changed their mind.

THE COLLECTIVE 'INTERNET' CAN DO GOOD: Two men posted the progression of their alleged sexual assault of a girl on Snapchat. When the video made it to social media, the Internet began tracking down the identities of the suspects, tweeting clues to the police. The entire story is pretty fascinating.

HEY GUYS, YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG: The Washington Post's Holley Simmons has a list of mistakes you're probably making while dining at restaurants. Example: Don't stack empty plates! It just makes it worse.

THROWBACK TO 4TH GRADE: Here's a quiz of how many state capitals you can name.

Feeling confident, my friends? Send me your results!


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