The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Congressional Black Caucus PAC backs Hillary | Bernie's Secret Service name | Rubio eyes brokered convention | More Twitter trouble for Trump

NEW THIS MORNING -- CBC PAC backs Hillary: The Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonRussia-linked attack targets government officials, journalists, activists 5 things to watch in Montana’s special election Hannity on attempted advertiser boycott: 'Nobody tells me what to say on my show' MORE's presidential campaign. http://bit.ly/1TeMK7T But that move has also sparked concerns from one member who is backing Bernie SandersBernie Sanders5 things to watch in Montana’s special election GOP on edge over Montana election Overnight Healthcare: CBO fallout | GOP senators distance themselves from House bill | Trump budget chief blasts score | Schumer says House bill belongs 'in the trash' MORE.

Tweet from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.): Cong'l Black Caucus (CBC) has NOT endorsed in presidential. Separate CBCPAC endorsed withOUT input from CBC membership, including me. http://bit.ly/1ouCyLT

Also in his camp is "Banana Boat" singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who endorsed Sanders this morning. Watch the video he released: http://bit.ly/1ouBmrK 

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The endorsements come as Clinton and Sanders look to shore up African-American support ahead of the South Carolina primary. Black lawmakers are closing the ranks around Clinton after her tough defeat in New Hampshire. The Hill's Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos with the story: http://bit.ly/1PoAIVJ

THAT BAD HABIT OF RETWEETING THE GENOCIDE SUPPORTER: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpScarborough links Trump rhetoric, candidate's alleged assault of reporter Trump was smart to abandon NAFTA war, now let’s improve trade 5 things to watch in Montana’s special election MORE is coming under fire once again for retweeting a Twitter user named "White Genocide." The account's profile picture includes the phrase "the man who would be Hitler" alongside an illustration of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Also I should add, this isn't the first time Trump has retweeted this user. The tweet was deleted this morning. http://bit.ly/23Z58Fu

HELP ON THE WAY?: Donald Trump's presidential campaign announced this morning that Dan Scavino has been promoted to director of social media.

ROGER THAT: Bernie Sanders's Secret Service name has been revealed. It's "Intrepid." http://bit.ly/20XF5MF

It's Thursday and the Republican presidential race lost two candidates yesterday: Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. But Ben Carson (who placed eighth in New Hampshire) remains -- and so does Jim Gilmore! I'm Cate Martel with a brief update of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and recipes that involve peppermint patties to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook

SO, THE GOP IS FREAKING OUT A LITTLE BIT: Congressional Republicans are re-evaluating Marco RubioMarco RubioMcConnell on Trump: 'We could do with a little less drama' Taking the easy layup: Why brain cancer patients depend on it Rubio: 'All options should be on table' if Flynn refuses new subpoenas MORE's presidential campaign after his performance in New Hampshire. Here's The Hill's Alex Bolton with what they're saying: http://bit.ly/23YSXIO

Meanwhile, the Republican establishment is deciding whether Donald Trump and Ted CruzTed CruzGOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill Cruz: Jokes about me in Franken's book 'obnoxious' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE can be stopped. The Hill's Niall Stanage has analysis: http://bit.ly/23YT6fo

RUBIO TEAM SEES A LONG SLOG: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Marco Rubio's campaign manager Terry Sullivan is openly discussing the possibility of a brokered convention, saying the nomination fight may drag on through the summer with no candidate securing enough delegates to claim victory. http://bit.ly/1ouKMna

NEW TODAY -- BUNDY ARRESTED: Via The Hill's Timothy Cama, infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested late Wednesday night in Portland, Ore., on his way to the wildlife refuge his allies have occupied. The arrest came as the FBI escalated its ongoing efforts to end the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Burns, Ore., about a six-hour drive from Portland in the eastern part of the state. http://bit.ly/1Sj7Txz

ABOUT THAT LONG WEEKEND: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, under pressure from a federal judge, the State Department will release 550 of Hillary Clinton's emails over Presidents Day weekend. http://bit.ly/1oujVHU

And yesterday, a new report explains that as many as 30 separate email accounts were included in messages on Clinton's private server that have been classified at the highest levels. http://bit.ly/1PF7Eaf

FILE THIS UNDER "YOU GOTTA TELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING": After 28 years, the White House has posted warning signs telling visitors that guns are prohibited. Neither the White House nor the Justice Department could explain why it took so long. http://usat.ly/1Lj4h7g

HOW WILL YOU...REMEMBER ME (ON IRAQ)?: Via The Hill's Kristina Wong, after interviews with dozens of lawmakers and administration officials, here's a fascinating (and very comprehensive) bird's eye view of President Obama's unsettled legacy on Iraq and Afghanistan. http://bit.ly/1V3G8XN 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

IJ Review's Benny Johnson on Instagram:
Vermin Supreme came in 4th in he [sic] New Hampshire Democratic Primary. A few days ago, he gave me an exclusive on his new Space Program http://bit.ly/1muzE8d

The Washington Post's David Fahrenhold:
Hey, Gilmore got 10X more votes in NH than IA. If exponential growth continues: 130,000,000,000 votes on 3/1. http://bit.ly/1SK7XqI

TIME's Zeke Miller:
Woman asks Kasich to talk about his position on Abortion: "I'm pro life" Woman: "Tell us about it" Kasich: "I'm pro-life" http://bit.ly/1Wgh6F7

The New York Times's Maggie Haberman:
Hidden in this lengthy profile is strategic news - the Trump campaign pulled its negative ad in SC on Cruz http://bit.ly/1o2wOZg 

The Wall Street Journal's Tim Hanrahan:
Man tells Rubio: "As far as the robot stuff, let's keep in mind that the Terminator was elected twice in California" http://bit.ly/1SjspOu

 

ON TAP:

1 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a town hall in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1:15 p.m. EST: President Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event in Atherton, Calif.

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate will vote on the nomination of Leonard Terry Strand to be a U.S. District Judge in Iowa.

3:30–4:30 p.m. EST: The House votes.

4 p.m. EST: Rubio holds a town hall in Simpsonville, S.C.

5:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Florence, S.C.

6:30 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush holds a rally in Columbia, S.C.

8 p.m. EST: Obama delivers remarks and takes questions at another DNC event in Los Angeles, Calif.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

9 p.m. EST: Fresh out of a major win for Bernie Sanders and a stinging loss for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the two will participate in a PBS debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

10 p.m. EST: An interview with Sanders airs on MSNBC's "The Last Word" during a special about the outsiders in the race.

3 p.m. EST tomorrow: President Obama appears on Ellen DeGeneres's show. Note: Obama is pre-taping this interview today at 4:25 p.m. EST. 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peppermint Patty Day!

YEP, BOOKMARKING THIS PAGE: Here are six ridiculously good hot chocolates in Washington, D.C. http://bit.ly/20XnSmp

I'M ONLY A BABY -- BE NICE!: This baby can't decide which man is its dad and which is his twin. It's hilarious. http://on.fb.me/1o24LJy

AT LEAST THE FAMILY CAN MAKE LIGHT OF IT: On The Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, Peyton Manning talks to a cardboard cutout of his brother Eli's sad face. It's pretty funny. http://nydn.us/1Qu2Owg

And with that, here's the most intriguing and beautiful dessert I've ever seen. http://bit.ly/1TexTdr

 

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