The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hillary's squad | Martin Shkreli trolls Congress | The 1-inch snow storm that crippled DC | Colbert's priceless reaction to Palin's return

NEW POLL -- TRUMP AND CRUZ NECK IN NECK IN IOWA: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE takes 26 percent support over Ted CruzTed CruzThe media couldn't be more blatant in distorting Trump's words on Charlottesville Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Kimmel: Let’s make Trump a king so he has no power MORE's 25 percent in a new Loras College survey. That's well within the poll's 4.4-point margin of error. Marco RubioMarco RubioScarborough: Trump has chosen the 'wrong side' THE MEMO: Trump reignites race firestorm RNC spokeswoman: GOP stands behind Trump's message 'of love and inclusiveness' MORE is at a distant third, with 13 percent support; Ben Carson is at 8 percent; Jeb Bush is at 6 percent; and John Kasich is at 4 percent. http://bit.ly/1PH69YA

NEW TODAY -- ADS, ADS, ADS

It's Thursday and D.C. public schools have already canceled classes for tomorrow. Here's your latest forecast from the Capital Weather Gang -- who really know their stuff! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send your tips, story ideas, complaints and snowfall predictions to cmartel@thehill.com and @CateMartelI'll publish the closest prediction in Monday's 12:30 Report.

FIORINA ACCUSED OF AMBUSHING KIDS FOR ANTI-ABORTION RALLY: Via The Hill's Bradford Richardson, Carly Fiorina has been accused of ambushing a group of Iowa pre-schoolers, who were on a field trip to a botanical garden, with an anti-abortion rally. One parent told The Guardian he never gave the presidential hopeful permission to have his child sit with her onstage at the event. http://bit.ly/1WxQjor 

HILLARY AND HER SQUAD: Via The Hill's Amie ParnesHillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents High-ranking FBI official leaves Russia probe OPINION | Steve Bannon is Trump's indispensable man — don't sacrifice him to the critics MORE is deploying an all-star team of surrogates in the final weeks before the first presidential contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Her squad includes Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), actress Lena Dunham of "Girls," pop singer Katy Perry, soccer hero Abby Wambach and diplomatic powerhouse Madeleine Albright, not to mention former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonCongress needs to assert the war power against a dangerous president House Dems push to censure Trump over Charlottesville response Too many Americans with insurance are being denied coverage MORE and first daughter Chelsea Clinton.  http://bit.ly/1JkfYit

2016 COULD BE A TAXING YEAR: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP chairman to discuss Charlottesville as domestic terrorism at hearing Trump’s isolation grows GOP lawmaker: Trump 'failing' in Charlottesville response MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerDemocrats urge Trump to condemn Charlottesville violence Melania Trump on Charlottesville protests: 'No good comes from violence' It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-N.Y.) are eyeing a new round of election-year talks aimed at winning a deal on international corporate tax reform. Why now: The plunging stock market is one reason they're moving quickly to boost jobs. But it's risky: Senate Republicans are not eager to take politically risky votes on tax policy months before a tight election in which they must defend 24 seats. http://bit.ly/1SzedAT

IF YOU WATCH ONE VIDEO TODAY: Please, please let it be this. CNN's Chris Moody and Jeremy Moorhead have a short video of the presidential debate for lesser-known candidates in the New Hampshire primary. It includes my favorite boot-for-a-hat, pony and zombie-loving, bearded candidate, Vermin Supreme, who gives out candy outside events.  Hint: He wasn't allowed inside this year :( because of an "ordeal" he started at the debate in 2012 -- footage included. But like he does for every political event in New Hampshire, Supreme campaigned outside in the cold. Watch: http://cnn.it/1PqPS9R 

MARTIN SHKRELI IS FIGHTING ON THE TWITTERSMartin Shkreli, the 32-year-old ex-pharmaceutical executive who hiked the price of an infection-fighting drug overnight by 5,000 percent, has been subpoenaed to testify before Congress on the rapid rise of drug prices. He took it to Twitter: (hat tip to The Hill's Sarah Ferris)

@MartinShkreli 
House busy whining to healthcare reporters about me appearing for their chit chat next week. Haven't decided yet. Should I? Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) http://bit.ly/1RVh5YW

@MartinShkreli (A photo if you're curious what being subpoenaed looks like)
Found this letter. Looks important. http://bit.ly/1Qo2FyQ

OK NOW WAS THAT NECESSARY, MOTHER NATURE...?: Wednesday night, two days before the monstrous snow storm Washington is expected to get (help?!), an inch of snow and icy roads unleashed a horrific nine-hour night of traffic. How so: "More than 1,000 reported fender-benders, six- and seven-hour trips home, jammed arteries, impassable frozen exit ramps, compounded by road-treatment crews desperately, but generally belatedly, trying to make things right and, because they hadn't or couldn't, emergency vehicles responding to calls about countless accidents." Well, this is a good sign for tomorrow's potential blizzard (?) And now back to our regularly scheduled pre-snow storm freak out: http://wapo.st/1VaCISH 

PBS's Gwen Ifill
True story. Judy Woodruff offered me a ride home tonight. That was 2.5 hrs ago. #dcsnow #pals4life

Inside the Beltway's Jennifer Harper
1 inch of snow: Left the office at 7:20 p.m. Got home at 2:42 a.m. Spent 5 hours sitting at Pentagon. Happy at home now 

Fox 5 DC's Van Applegate (You need to see this photo)
Baltimore be like "we got this."  http://bit.ly/1ZE4Krc

TENNIS CORRUPTION FOLLOW-UP: A few days ago, BuzzFeed and BBC released a yearlong investigation on match-fixing in professional tennis. Famous tennis players have responded. Here are their reactions to the allegations: http://bzfd.it/1ZEpXRM

 

NOTABLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

The Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand Instagramed a photo of the Post's office building with a giant sign that reads, "Jason Is Free." http://bit.ly/1RBsKvN

WTVC TV (Chattanooga, Tenn.)
Also, kids? Don't [direct message] us pretending you are some school official cancelling school. Closings don't work like that. & we're not that dumb. http://bit.ly/1V9vUEV

The Hill's Cristina Marcos (haha!)
My sister sends this photo from a Giant in Arlington. We need to chill about the snow, people. http://bit.ly/1RAMn71

Politico's Burgess Everett
A little news here: Sen. Tim ScottTim ScottRepublican lawmakers criticize Trump response to Charlottesville Trump turns on GOP Congress Reporter drops notebook, hits GOP senator on head during late-night session MORE (R-S.C.) will not endorse before Iowa but is expected to before South Carolina http://bit.ly/1KsGFfU

 

ON TAP:

12 p.m. -- 6 p.m. EST: The Brookings Institution is holding "The campaign finance crisis in America and how to fix it: A solutions summit." More info and a list of speakers: http://brook.gs/20fyqgt 

1 p.m. EST: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the guest of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics's "Life of the Party" event. http://bit.ly/1Pk02iL

1 p.m. EST: Democratic contender Martin O'Malley speaks at the "Politics, Poverty and the Presidency" forum in Nashua, N.H.

4 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the Politics, Poverty and the Presidency Forum in Nashua, N.H. 

4 p.m. EST: Donald Trump is holding a rally in Las Vegas. 

5:10 p.m. EST: President Obama delivers remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

6 p.m. EST: White House hopeful John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Wolfeboro, N.H.

6:30 p.m. EST: The Atlantic is hosting a discussion on autism. Speakers include: John Donvan of ABC News's "Nightline," Caren Zucker of the PBS series "Autism Now" and James Bennet, editor-in-chief at the Atlantic. Info: http://theatln.tc/1naksOd 

8:30 p.m. ESTHillary Clinton joins singer Demi Lovato in Iowa City, Iowa, for a campaign rally.

11:15 a.m. EST Friday: Hillary Clinton speaks in Rochester, N.H. 

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSavings through success in foreign assistance Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe | Researcher who helped stop WannaCry attack detained | Audit finds OPM systems still at risk Senators advance bill to train small business counselors in cybersecurity MORE (D-N.H.) will be joining C-SPAN "Newsmakers" to discuss the New Hampshire primary. 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF ...

Today is National Granola Bar Day and National New England Clam Chowder (the correct clam chowder, to be clear) Day!

THE CUTEST STORY YOU'LL READ TODAY: A 93-year-old World War II veteran is traveling to Australia to reunite with his wartime girlfriend who he hasn't seen in 70 years. Here's a video of the two reuniting on Skype: http://on.today.com/1nyJOWz

I'VE NEVER SEEN COLBERT SO GIDDY -- AND I KNOW THAT'S A STRONG STATEMENT: Via The Washington Post's Aaron BlakeStephen Colbert could not be more thrilled that Sarah Palin is back in the national spotlight. Colbert said Palin gives him so much material to work with, she's "the original Material Girl." He then delivers his own speech in Palin-ese. And it's laugh-out-loud funny. http://wapo.st/20gUnvz

And with that, send me your snow predictions and stay warm, everyone!

 

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