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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's first congressional endorsements | Nevada caucus chaos | Adelson tries to keep his caucus vote secret | Trump creeps up on Cruz in Texas

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- TRUMP'S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ENDOSEMENTS: Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) are the first sitting members of Congress to endorse Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFrench president rips Trump’s Paris comments By any other name: Revised Trump border rules will still be a Muslim ban Trump's first dinner out in DC: His own hotel MORE's presidential bid. Here's the story:; and here's the most recent list of congressional endorsements: 

NEW POLL -- NOT ON MY HOME TURF, DUDE: Donald Trump is creeping up on Ted CruzTed CruzBrietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE in Cruz's home state of Texas in the Republican presidential primary. Cruz has 29 percent support, followed by Trump, at 28 percent (within the margin of error); Marco RubioMarco RubioAt CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rubio brushes off demonstrator asking about town halls MORE, at 25 percent; John Kasich, at 9; and Ben Carson, at 4.

Happy (cold and rainy) Hump Day! 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 comments, story ideas and upcoming events to and on Facebook.

WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM THE NEVADA CAUCUSES: The Hill's Niall Stanage has a great analysis of the winners and losers last night in Nevada's Republican caucuses.

Winner: Donald Trump
Mixed: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Losers: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), Ben Carson and the Nevada caucuses.
Here's the explanation for each:

LET'S GO TO THE NUMBERS: Here's the breakdown of the numbers in each category from The Hill's Ben Kamisar: With record turnout in Nevada, Trump took 45.91 percent -- his largest win of the cycle, sweeping all ideological segments. The rest of the field: Rubio: 23.85 percent; Cruz: 21.38 percent; Carson: 4.8 percent; and Kasich: 3.6 percent. Here's what that means going forward:

TIDBIT LOOKING FORWARD: The states that have casted ballots so far divide their delegates proportionally among the votes. But beginning on March 15, winner-take-all states will begin casting ballots. This is a grim thought for Trump's rivals.

RNC VS. WAPO IS THE NEW UNION LEADER FIGHT: Via The Hill's Jesse Byrnes, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Wednesday ripped The Washington Post over an editorial that faulted him in part for the rise of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. "That is the stupidest editorial that I've ever seen," Priebus said.

SOME INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING -- HOW ADELSON CAUCUSED: Via The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Berzon and Reid Epstein, "A caucus volunteer, Katherine Cento, handed Mr. [Sheldon] Adelson his ballot. Spooked that a small handful of reporters were standing around watching him vote, Mr. Adelson covered the top half of his ballot with his left hand as he checked a box on the lower third of his ballot -- where the names Marco RubioRick Santorum and Donald J. Trump appear, with his right."

WELL, THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Kristina WongPresident Obama's plan to close the military prison at Guantánamo Bay ran into significant opposition mere minutes after Obama sent Congress his blueprint. How: Republicans declared it dead on arrival. What this means: It underscores how difficult it'll be to fulfill a major campaign promise during his final year.

OBAMA OP-ED THIS A.M.: President Obama described the perfect nominee to replace Justice Scalia in an op-ed on the popular Supreme Court website SCOTUSblog. Summed up: The perfect nominee is someone with impeccable credentials and a non-ideological approach to the law.

ANALYSIS FROM TRUMP'S VICTORY LAST NIGHT: This morning, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a discussion of the Republican race so far looking ahead to Super Tuesday on March 1. Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center provided a theory on why Trump performed so well in Nevada. Olsen pointed to voters who moved en masse from California and who believe their economic and social views are under siege. Trump tells them the past can come back. And to sum up the event, Olsen was asked where the center of gravity is in the Republican Party. "Well, we all saw the movie 'Gravity' a few years ago ... and there was none."

THINGS THAT KEEP ME ENTERTAINED: Attendees at the AEI event received nametags with the company they represent below. One man's nametag labeled him "National Association of." Talk about a stereotypical D.C. title...



Mashable's Emily Cahn
Man here says "it's a disaster." No one is checking in or checking IDs. They're handing out ballots willy nilly. Some guy voted trump twice

The Tampa Bay Times's Alex Leary (wow he looks young)
Marco Rubio working in Miami-Dade for the Dole campaign in 1996. Sign: "Stop lying to America." 

NPR'S Jessica Taylor
Friend from NC just called and said they got a Jeb! mailer today and two [Right to Rise] mailers attacking Rubio & Kasich today. Whoops. 

The Dallas Morning News's Wayne Slater
Mean no disrespect, but CNN is promoting Thursday's GOP debate in Houston as "the biggest battle ever in Texas." Really? 1836, anyone?

NRO's Alexis Levinson
Hearing a lot of angst tonight from Nevada Rs upset that 2015 efforts to switch to a primary failed in the legislature.


ON TAP: Know of an event coming up? Email me and I'll include in future editions.

12:15 p.m. EST: Sens. Chuck SchumerCharles SchumerDean: Schumer's endorsement 'kiss of death' for Ellison How the candidates for DNC chair stack up ahead of Saturday's vote DNC candidate Harrison drops out, backs Perez for chairman MORE (D-N.Y.), Al FrankenAl FrankenEducation's DeVos, unions need to find way to bridge divide and work together DeVos: 'My job isn’t to win a popularity contest with the media' Kentucky Dem lawmaker questions Trump's mental health MORE (D-Minn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Tom UdallTom UdallA guide to the committees: Senate Senate Dems ask DHS inspector general for probe of Trump’s business arrangement Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe MORE (D-N.M.) are holding a press conference on Republican opposition to an Obama Supreme Court nominee.

1 p.m. EST: Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory Five takeaways from CPAC Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez MORE speaks at the State of South Carolina luncheon in Columbia, S.C. Info: 

1:30–2:30 p.m. EST: The House votes, including on the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act of 2015.

3 p.m. EST: Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanIf Democrats want to take back the White House start now GOP grapples with how to handle town halls Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Wis.) and congressional leaders present a Congressional Gold Medal in the Capitol Visitor Center to honor the foot soldiers of the 1965 voting rights marches. Live stream: 

3:15 p.m. EST: Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonClinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez 9/11 hijackers attended my mosque — moderate Muslims could have stopped them. Tom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. MORE campaigns in Alexandria, Va.

4 p.m. EST: The Atlantic Council is hosting a discussion on the cybersecurity of media devices. Live stream: 

5 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Metairie, La. 

5:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) campaigns in Houston.

6 p.m. EST: The Council on Foreign Relations is holding an event on how nations interact, trade and fight in the digital age. Speakers include Adam Segal and James M. Lindsay of the Council on Foreign Relations. Live stream: 

8 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez MORE (I-Vt.) campaigns in Tulsa, Okla. 

11:30 a.m. EST tomorrow: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Kingstree, S.C. Details: 

9:15 – 2:45 p.m. EST tomorrow: The American Enterprise Institute, The Center for American Progress and Brookings hold an event to discuss the country's demographic changes (race, age, marital status, education, and voting eligibility.) Live stream:



1 p.m. EST: Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott will speak on Sirius XM's POTUS channel on the impact of political polarization on governance and public opinion.

9 p.m. EST: Megyn Kelly hosts a Fox News town hall for Republican presidential candidates in Houston. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson will participate on location. Marco Rubio and John Kasich will join via satellite. Donald Trump has said he will not participate. Here's the info: 

8:30 p.m. EST tomorrow: CNN, Telemundo and Salem Radio host the next Republican presidential debate in Houston. CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate.



Today is National Tortilla Chip Day! This should have been the day before National Margarita Day on Monday! Oh well...

THE BAFFLING REASON MILLENNIALS DON'T EAT CEREAL: Warning: It's pathetic. "Almost 40 percent of the millennials surveyed by Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because they had to clean up after eating it." And the cereal industry is struggling because of it.

I. MUST. TRY.: These bottle-shaped gummies are taking over YouTube. Here's how they're made:

NEW WAYS TO "FEEL" ON FACEBOOK: Facebook is now rolling out the emotions to comment on posts. How to get them: Upload the most recent mobile version of Facebook on an Android or iOS in the next few days.

And with that, here is the most adorable dog, posing with its self-portrait.


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