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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 TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE takes 26 percent support over Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets 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 Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers 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.


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 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. 

HILLARY AND HER SQUAD: Via The Hill's Amie ParnesHillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support 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 ClintonAll five living former presidents to attend hurricane relief concert The Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

2016 COULD BE A TAXING YEAR: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico 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.

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: 

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)

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.)

@MartinShkreli (A photo if you're curious what being subpoenaed looks like)
Found this letter. Looks important.

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: 

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."

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:



The Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand Instagramed a photo of the Post's office building with a giant sign that reads, "Jason Is Free."

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.

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

Politico's Burgess Everett
A little news here: Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Senators grill ex-Equifax CEO over stock sales Wells Fargo chief defends bank's progress in tense Senate hearing MORE (R-S.C.) will not endorse before Iowa but is expected to before South Carolina



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: 

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.

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: 

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. 



Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenHomeland Security searching some social media doesn't violate privacy The feds shouldn't blackball Kaspersky without public evidence Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny MORE (D-N.H.) will be joining C-SPAN "Newsmakers" to discuss the New Hampshire primary. 



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:

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.

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


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