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 TrumpTrump sends FBI director nomination to the Senate Alec Baldwin's Trump will return to SNL Carter Page questioned in FBI Russia investigation: report MORE takes 26 percent support over Ted CruzTed CruzFive takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill Overnight Healthcare: CBO score imperils ObamaCare repeal | Breaking down the numbers | WH hits back over score | Trump phones holdouts | Dems plan floor protest New CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal 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 RubioRubio: 'I hope' Mexican elections won't end partnership against cartels Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security Will Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? 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 ClintonAmazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods underscores the threat posed by ‘big data’ Pro-Trump group blasts 'rigged' Russia probe in ad starring Tomi Lahren Trump believes Russia 'probably' behind election hacking 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 ClintonJared Kushner hires Abbe Lowell for legal team Overnight Energy: Trump White House kicks off 'Energy Week' Bill Clinton: 'The water is going to keep rising’ whether US stays in Paris or not 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 RyanWinner of Georgia special election sworn in GOP chairman: More tax-reform hearings coming in July Speaker Ryan, the fate of our policy toward Russia rests in your hands MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSenate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Senate Dems plan floor protest ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Dem senator: Don't bet against McConnell on ObamaCare repeal 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 ScottIs Senate ObamaCare repeal bill too mean? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers celebrate National Selfie Day on Twitter 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 ShaheenDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal Russia sanctions deal clears key Senate hurdle 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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