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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Mexican president curses Trump on TV | Graham's got Cruz jokes | Don't add 'chocker' and 'honer' to your vocabulary | Ted CruzTed CruzO'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' Va. GOP delegate files lawsuit over bound convention votes Our most toxic export: American politick MORE... Zodiac killer?

CYBER WAR AGAINST ISIS -- SAY BUH-BYE TO YOUR TINDER ACCESS: Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams, the U.S. has launched an aggressive cyber war campaign against ISIS to target the terrorist group's ability to communicate and spread propaganda online. http://bit.ly/1OAydeU

LINE OF THE DAY -- FORMER MEXICAN PRESIDENT SWEARS ON LIVE TV: Via The Hill's Neetzan Zimmerman, former Mexican President Vicente Fox addressed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Trump shifts immigration plan: No 'mass deportations' Evangelical leader applauds Trump for 'relationship with Christ' MORE's plans for a border wall, saying, "I am not going to pay for that f---ing wall." Lolol. http://bit.ly/1TbNU4A

Happy Friday! T minus 4 days until D-Day -- errr Super Tuesday! South Carolina Democrats will head to the polls tomorrow. 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 brunch plans to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

WINNUHS AND LOSAHS: The Hill's Niall Stanage has a great breakdown of the winners and losers from last night's debate. http://bit.ly/1QKssmK

Winners: 
Donald Trump: Not necessarily his best debate but that's never hurt him in the past.
Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: 'I didn't run for the Senate to run for president again' Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval O'Malley gives Trump a nickname: 'Chicken Donald' MORETrump's most effective challenger.

Losers: 
Ted Cruz: No real disasters but an underwhelming performance when he needed something to give his campaign new vigor.
John Kasich: Didn't do anything wrong but was unmemorable at a time when it's make or break for him.
Ben Carson: Ceased to be memorable a while ago.

WELL THIS MAY BE A LONG SHOT, MR. TRUMP: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Donald Trump suggested the IRS auditing him may be because he is a "strong Christian." Where's this coming from, you ask? It's a reference to accusations that the IRS under President Obama audited a number of conservative groups. Why does the audit matter? Trump says he can't release his tax returns because of an audit. http://bit.ly/1QBFooz 

UPDATE: An ex-IRS agent said it's 'very unusual' that Trump has been audited for 12 years. Here's why: http://bit.ly/20ZFEUh 

THINGS THAT MAKE ME BREAK OUT LAUGHING AT MY DESK: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) joked that Donald Trump may have wet his pants during the debate. "First, he had this little makeup thing applying makeup around his mustache because he had one of those sweat mustaches. Then, he he asked for a full length mirror... maybe to make sure his pants weren't wet." Seriously, what the heck with this election!? Thank you for making my Friday, guys. http://bit.ly/1RtaySm 

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YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO NEED TO STEP IN HERE, GUYS: Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams, lawmakers, officials and industry leaders increasingly believe Congress will be forced to resolve the FBI's controversial bid to compel Apple to help unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. http://bit.ly/1KQ8oNx

SAAAAY WHAT NOW: Via The Hill's Bradford Richardson, Public Policy Polling asked respondents in Florida if they believe Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. Ten percent responded yes. http://bit.ly/1Q7EiE7

TODAY'S A BIG DAY POST-IRAN DEAL: Via Al Jazeera, today, Iran votes in the first elections since the nuclear deal and lifting of sanctions. Here's what's predicted to happen: http://bit.ly/1oMztXY

IF I COULD JUST BOTTLE UP ALL OF GRAHAM'S ONE-LINERS FOR A RAINY DAY: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (R-S.C.) spoke at the Washington Press Club Foundation's Congressional dinner last night, where he mocked his former rivals in the Republican race, joking his "party has gone bats--- crazy." The room erupted in laughter. Another entertaining moment happened when Graham threw shots at President Obama. "I will say that our Canadian is better than your Kenyan," he joked. "I know exactly when Ted is going to drop out of the race. March 12 -- that's Canadian week in Myrtle Beach, when all of our Canadian friends get 10 percent off." You can watch his remarks here: http://nbcnews.to/1n1qK2f

ONE, TWO AND... CHAAAAARGE: Via The Hill's Bradford Richardson, During Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval Bernie fights for relevance Sanders shares star power with NY House hopeful MORE (I-Vt.) campaign speech in Chicago, a woman holding a sign charged the stage. Sanders put up his hand to signal for the woman to stop – and a Secret Service agent ran on stage to shield the Vermont senator. http://bit.ly/1pcAnge 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Politico's Blake Hounshell
New line of attack from Team Rubio: Trump is a 'con artist'. http://bit.ly/1pc1l7O

THE WORDS THAT DOMINATED TWITTER THIS MORNING -- "CHOCKER" AND "HONER": These are the two typos Donald Trump has tweeted this morning. Ugh. The first, chocker, is Trump's insult for Marco Rubio for being a choker. He didn't make this typo just once though -- 3 times! He also tweeted how winning the debate last night was a "honer" (aka "honor") and that Rubio's a "leightweight." Anyway, Twitter's been having a ball with that, and I'm going home now. I'm done with this day. 

Business Insider's Brett LoGiurato
I Was Going To Vote For Trump, And Then He Misspelled "Choker" -- 3 Times http://bit.ly/1VIMSKW

The Huffington Post's Scott Conroy
Don't let autocorrect tell you what to do. http://bit.ly/1RsT8Fq

The New York Times's Josh Barro
The messages that will punch through are that Trump can't spell and that Rubio is a leightweight chocker. Net gain for Trump. http://bit.ly/1TbMiI8

UPDATE: Trump is deleting and reposting his tweets. http://bit.ly/1R7tmnq

 

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

11:30–12:30 p.m. EST: The House votes.

Today through tomorrow: The G20 meeting in Shanghai, China.

1 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a rally in Fort Worth, Texas.

3 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) campaigns in Oklahoma City.

4:45 p.m. EST: Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonClinton camp blasts Trump over Brexit response: 'He patted himself on the back' Clinton camp raffling 'Hamilton' with Hillary Sunday shows preview: Next steps after Trump upheaval MORE participates in a "Breaking Down the Barriers" event at South Carolina State University.

7 p.m. EST: Trump holds a rally in Oklahoma City. 

8 p.m. EST: Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonClinton slams Trump on immigration in Arizona op-ed The Trail 2016: Berning embers Poll: Most say Trump should cut business ties MORE campaigns with Hillary Clinton in Columbia, S.C.

7 a.m. -- 7 p.m. EST tomorrow: The polls are open for South Carolina Democrats to vote in the primary.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Pistachio Day! And for planning purposes, tomorrow's a big day. It's National Chili, Strawberry and Kahlua Days!

I MEAN I LOVE THEIR PIZZA TOO, BUT COME ON: The popular D.C. fast-casual pizza chain &Pizza is performing free wedding ceremonies on Pi Day -- March 14. http://bit.ly/1Liam9g

JON OLIVER SHOWS ADDED: HBO comedian Jon Oliver will be performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in August. All the shows sold out, so they've added another. Tickets: http://bit.ly/1QoTJuG 

PARTY LIKE IT'S FEB. 2015: One year ago this week, marijuana became legal in D.C. But excited stoners are sharing this article on social media this week as if it's happening tonight (hat tip to National Journal's Daniel Newhauser. http://bit.ly/1TDi4fn

And with that, here's a monkey dressed in overalls and a puppy stuck on a floating device in the water. They are attached together by a leash. Watch how they handle the situation. #FridayVibes http://on.fb.me/20ZEIzl 

 

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