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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Liberal group wants DNC chief out | Christie mocks Rubio with Adele's "Hello" | Trump steps on Sanders's Vermont turf today

NEW -- RAND WANTS A PART OF THE ACTION: Via CNN's Ashley Killough, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year Despite amnesty, DACA bill favors American wage-earners MORE's (R-Ky.) presidential campaign is throwing punches at Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE's first TV ad (because that's the thing for candidates to do these days to get attention) with a video that lists "5 better ways to spend your time than watching Trump's new ad."

Paul is also wading into the controversy over whether Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE (R-Texas) is eligible to be president because he was born in Canada. "I think without question he is qualified to make the cut to be prime minister of Canada," Paul said on Fox News's "Kilmeade & Friends". More from The Hill's Mark Hensch 

OUCH -- LIBERAL GROUP WANTS DWS OUT: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, the liberal group Credo Action is calling for Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign a day after she accused millennials of "complacency" on abortion rights. Credo also accused Schultz of "rigging the primary process to suppress Democratic turnout," as well as "supporting warmongers by trying to undermine the president's Iran deal," and of courting special interest groups at odds with liberal values. Ouch. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), though, is expressing confidence in Wasserman Schultz.

NEW THIS A.M. -- OBAMA DIETARY GUIDELINES ARE PRO-MEAT (BUT WITH A CONTROVERSY): New federal dietary guidelines tell Americans to follow a healthy eating pattern that includes vegetables, fruit, lean meats (!), grains and fat-free dairy. Why this is big: The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly update the recommendations every five years. There was a major controversy, however, after a federal panel of nutritionists in 2015 told Americans to eat less meat to help the environment.

Happy Thursday! So let's sum up yesterday in political news. Three of the top stories included everyone weighing in on Ted Cruz's Canadian-ness, outrage over Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE's high-heeled boots and why Jeb Bush carries small toy turtles in his pocket. Let's try to do better today, news cycle.  So here we go: 

I'm Cate Martel with what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send your tips, comments and complaints to and @CateMartel.

NEW TODAY -- THE HILL CRUSHES WEB TRAFFIC RECORD: The Hill had a record-breaking traffic month and continued to accelerate its traffic growth, according to Google Analytics. The Hill had 12.7 million unique visitors in December and more than 22.5 million visits to the site. The Hill's previous traffic record occurred in August 2015. 

– Last week, SimilarWeb found that as of November, The Hill had secured the biggest year-over-year increase in traffic among all U.S. publishers. 

THE GOP EYES ISIS WAR MEASURE: Via The Hill's Kristina Wong, House Republicans are testing the waters for an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by holding listening sessions. This could be the most serious effort yet pass a war measure to fight the group. Reaction: It's an ambitious move from Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.). Democrats are very wary of an AUMF. But Republicans are also being cautious, saying that for now the sessions are intended to gather ideas for an AUMF.

HILLARY'S CONFIDENCE IS "TRUMP-ING" IN IOWA: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE is camping out in Iowa in hopes of crushing Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.) next month in the caucuses. Clinton has spent twice as much time in Iowa than she has New Hampshire so far in 2016. Flashback to 2008: Clinton had a devastating loss in Iowa in 2008 -- the beginning of the end to her campaign.

AWKWARD LINE OF THE DAY: "You tried to sell me pot back stage!" Stephen Colbert said to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (whose birthday is today!) when Paul didn't want to discuss marijuana on-air. Without missing a beat, Colbert continued to clarify, "I'm sorry, you tried to sell me on the idea of changing sentencing guidelines for pot. I should have said the entire sentence." 

HELLO, IT'S ME, CHRISTIE ... WITH CULTURALLY RELEVANT POP REFERENCES: A new ad from Chris Christie's presidential campaign taunting Marco Rubio features Adele's pop hit "Hello." The ad mocks Rubio's past support for Christie as governor. Watch (and be prepared to have the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day) 

NEW TODAY -- ONE DONOR BREATHS LIFE INTO JEB'S CAMPAIGN: Via The Wall Street Journal's Beth Reinhard, Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg, who built American International Group Inc. into a worldwide financial powerhouse, has donated $10 million to "Right to Rise," the main super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush 

A HAPPY 71ST ANNIVERSARY TO THE BUSHES: Yesterday was George H.W. and Barbara Bush's 71st wedding anniversary, and Jeb Bush called to wish them a happy anniversary from Exeter, N.H. Here's the Snapchat (h/t Politico's Lindsay Monaghan):

A BAD DAY FOR BILL: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch and Jonathan Easley, a woman who publicly accused Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump’s first year in office was the year of the woman Can a president be impeached for non-criminal conduct? Dems search for winning playbook MORE of raping her in 1978 is resurrecting her claims on social media. The Hill tracked down the woman who had tweeted, "I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now never goes away." Juanita Broaddrick explained why she's coming forward now. 

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Ken Barlow, KSTP meteorologist
Well, good luck Vikings at noon on Sunday. Early forecast for 7am wind chills shown. Noon still -15 to -20. 

Politico's Charlie Mahtesian
In Bernie's backyard, Trump camp issued 20K tickets for rally at a theater that seats only 1,400. Should be epic 

Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughObama: Bannon, Breitbart shifted media narrative in 'powerful direction' DNC chairman to teach at Brown University Trump mocked Obama for three chiefs of staff in three years MORE, President Obama's chief of staff  (who just joined Twitter!)
New Year's Resolution: Join Twitter ✓ And just in time for President Obama's final State of the Union. 

Jeb Bush
Stopped for breakfast in NH & met a fellow space nerd. 7th grader Zacharie asked about my plans to restore NASA.



12:30 p.m. EST: Ways and Means Committee Democrats are holding a forum: "Trading Views" TPP Hearing on Currency Manipulation. 

1 p.m. EST: GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is addressing the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Concord, N.H. 

3:15-4:15 p.m. EST: The House votes on measures, including the SCRUB Act and the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015. 

4:30 p.m. EST: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will hold an ObamaCare repeal enrollment ceremony. Live stream: 

7:30 p.m. EST: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson holds a town hall in Bettendorf, Iowa.



3 p.m. EST: Carly Fiorina will join Kate Snow on MSNBC.

6 p.m. EST: Fox News's Bret Baier broadcasts live from Des Moines, Iowa, and will be interviewing voters.

8 p.m. EST: MSNBC's Chris Hayes has a special from Vermont where he will interview Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- the same day Donald Trump is campaigning in the state!



Today is National Tempura Day!

THINGS TO GET US THROUGH THE DAY: Here's a list of the funniest tweets in 2015 (with the 12:30 Report stamp of approval.)  ;)

COLBERT IS KILLING IT WITH THE IMPRESSIONSStephen Colbert nails his Bernie Sanders impression. It's worth watching:

THE NETHERLANDS IS DOING IT RIGHT: Parts of the Netherlands have turned their frozen streets into a winter wonderland (ice-skating rinks.) Well done.

So to follow up from my earlier rant, do you think today's news cycle was any more tolerable than yesterday? Vent to me. 


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