The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: National Review makes big stand against Trump | Rubio would rather be NFL commish than VP | Graham's strong words about Trump and Cruz | Now, cue the snow!

T MINUS 10 DAYS UNTIL SHOWTIME: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and Jonathan EasleyHillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE is defending her role as the "establishment candidate" against rival Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE with only 10 days to go before Iowa holds the first vote of the presidential election. She and Sanders are battling furiously, with some polls showing Sanders overtaking the Democratic front-runner in the state. Here's how the strategy has changed: 

BUH-BYE, NICE ADS: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE, who has launched a major advertising push in early-voting states, has released a new TV spot aimed at Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE's stance on immigration. Flashback: Trump said his ads would be positive unless he feels he's being treated unfairly. Does Cruz closing in on Trump in the polls count as "being treated unfairly?" Watch:

Tweet from The New York Times's Maggie Haberman This ad comes after the Cruz-supportive spot that just using audio of Trump praising Cruz

It's FRIDAY, and the blizzard is moving faster than expected; it should hit the D.C. area between noon and 2 p.m. Cue the hot chocolate. With the snow coming, it is a slow day, but let's do this thing. 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 weekend plans to and @CateMartel.

FIRST BLACK LAWMAKER CALLS FOR OSCARS BOYCOTT: Via The Hill's Judy Kurtz and Haley Britzky, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) is the first lawmaker to support boycotting next month's Academy Awards ceremony over the lack of minority nominees in top categories. Background: No black actors are up for awards in the four major Oscars categories for the second year in a row.

RUBIO TELLING US HOW HE REALLY FEELS: On "The Tonight Show," GOP hopeful Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRyan pledges 'entitlement reform' in 2018 Richard Gere welcomes lawmakers' words of support for Tibet Dem lawmaker gives McConnell's tax reform op-ed a failing grade MORE told Jimmy Fallon that he would rather be the NFL commissioner than Vice President. Lolz.

I'M GONNA TELL MY MOM ON YOU: Jeb Bush has fired up the big guns -- i.e. his mom. Former first lady Barbara Bush is featured in a new ad for Jeb's presidential bid taking a swipe at rival Donald Trump

AIN'T NO STOPPIN' US NOW!: Via The Hill's Bradford Richardson, even with 2 feet of snow on the way to D.C. today, anti-abortion activists aren't canceling their annual "March for Life" rally to protest the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

A YUUUUUGE NUMBER OF CONSERVATIVES LET TRUMP HAVE IT: The cover of National Review magazine features editorials from leading conservatives on why they don't like Donald Trump.

WELL THAT CAME OUT OF LEFT FIELD: Via The Associated Press, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told supporters at a campaign fundraiser that he'd support Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president.

UPDATE: Burr asked for a retraction of the story, tweeting, "'I will support whoever the GOP nominee is.' But the AP stands by its story.



The Washington Post's Philip Rucker
Just saw Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China MORE at MHT airport. When a NH voter told him, "You have my vote," Graham replied: "Not anymore. Give it to Jeb!!" 

The U.S. Capitol (The photo is gorgeous)
Snowy National Mall viewed from the Capitol #OTD 2015 (left) and this morning (right). 

Politico's Blake Hounshell
Lindsey Graham says choosing between Trump and Cruz is like asking if you prefer "being shot or poisoned"

The Hill's Sarah Ferris
In Obama's daily guidance, I hope "will attend meetings at the White House" translates to "bunker down, watch Netflix and eat frozen pizza" 



Congress is not in session, and the House has already canceled votes for Monday ... because snow.

6 p.m. EST: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a town hall in Lebanon, N.H.

6:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) holds a town hall in New Boston, N.H. 

6:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a town hall in Merrimack, N.H. 

7:30 p.m. EST: Former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at the #FITN Presidential Town Hall in Nashua, N.H. 

7:30 p.m. EST Saturday: Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Grassley offers DACA fix tied to tough enforcement measures Five things senators should ask Tom Cotton if he’s nominated to lead the CIA MORE (R-Ark.) and Curt Schilling address the #FITN Presidential Town Hall.

11 a.m. EST Monday: The CATO Institute is holding a policy forum on "America's Invisible Wars." Live stream: 



Today is National Blonde Brownie Day and National Southern Food Day!

SAD NEWS FOR FENWAY FANS: The iconic Citgo sign at Boston's Fenway Park has been put up for sale.

WHAT I EXPECT ALL OF YOU TO DO THIS WEEKEND ... if you're in D.C.: Please watch this five-second video of a dog playing in the snow. The first time: watch the dog. The second time: watch the girl. The third time: watch the adult. Each of their reactions is great.

And with that, have a good weekend and GO PATRIOTS! ;)

... yes, I realize how controversial that is. 


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