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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 ChaffetzOvernight Energy: Obama signs chemical safety reform into law House caucus to focus on business in Latin America Freedom Caucus urges vote on impeaching IRS commissioner MORE (R-Utah) has been speaking favorably of Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: I hope I can trust whoever wins with the nuclear codes Rubio faces Trump-like challenger in primary Rubio on VP: 'It's too late for that' 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: http://bit.ly/1STLS5y

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'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. http://bit.ly/1Z5oovM

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. http://bit.ly/1mBHkXe 

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 cmartel@thehill.com and @CateMartel

NEW EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TRUMP FROM THE HILL: Via Bob Cusack, when Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell: Trump needs to 'catch up fast' on fundraising Rubio: I hope I can trust whoever wins with the nuclear codes O'Malley: Trump is a 'racist' and a 'bigot' 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: http://bit.ly/1Uwa7qA

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. http://1.usa.gov/1n3ZOj4

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 CruzO'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick 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. http://bit.ly/1TEi10Y

BACK AND LOOKIN' FRESH FOR 2016: Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRangel: Trump puts Ryan in tough spot Dems find voice with disruption Democrats plan 'day of action' to keep spotlight on guns MORE (R-Wis.) has dropped the facial hair after sporting the beard since Thanksgiving. Buh-bye, stubble! http://bit.ly/1PeYD77

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. http://politi.co/1mFNogP

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. http://on.recode.net/1TEuKRp

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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 http://bit.ly/1RseALE

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 http://bit.ly/1kLFpNX

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" http://bit.ly/1Z5jted

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. http://bit.ly/1OzYY7X

IJ Review's Joe Perticone 
Lol Jeb Bush's snapchat http://bit.ly/1Pf5vkZ

 

ON TAP:

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: http://bit.ly/1l12y04 

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! http://bit.ly/1Z5lUh2

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."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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. http://bit.ly/1Uuzrxl

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. http://bzfd.it/1PMYsEK

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. http://wapo.st/1Pf5QnA

THROWBACK TO 4TH GRADE: Here's a quiz of how many state capitals you can name. http://bzfd.it/1SzBr8Y

Feeling confident, my friends? Send me your results!

 

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