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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Super Tuesday fallout | Can Trump be stopped in the next 2 weeks? | Social media wants to #FreeChrisChristie | Trump’s son gave interview to pro-slavery radio show | Peak cherry blossom dates

IT'S A 2-WEEK SPRINT TO DEFEAT TRUMP: Via NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann, while Donald TrumpDonald TrumpObama reads mean tweet from Trump on ‘Kimmel’ 5 takeaways from the Pa. Senate debate Report: Clinton ordered operative to troll Trump with duck MORE had a strong night last night, the delegate game may not be in his favor in the next two weeks. Bad news for Trump: The combined delegate haul in the winner-take-all states of Florida and Ohio (165) is bigger than Trump's overall delegate lead over Ted CruzTed CruzBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Juan Williams: When WikiLeaks leaked my cell number 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race MORE. Good news for Trump: None of his rivals have incentives to exit the race, meaning the other four candidates will continue to split up the "anti-Trump" vote.

Happy post-Super Tuesday! For anyone that stayed up for the results, you're probably also feeling like this today. 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.

BREAK IT DOWN NOW: The Hill's Niall Stanage has a great breakdown of where each candidate stands after Super Tuesday.

Winners: Donald Trump, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama reads mean tweet from Trump on ‘Kimmel’ 5 takeaways from the Pa. Senate debate Report: Clinton ordered operative to troll Trump with duck MORE, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie 

Losers: Marco RubioMarco RubioBreitbart, liberal activist cooperated on GOP primary disruptions: report Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Chamber endorses bill to block proposed estate tax rules MOREBernie SandersBernie SandersThe Trail 2016: Who is really winning? The evidence backs Trump: We have a duty to doubt election results A Good Year to Go Green (Party) MORE, John Kasich, the Republican establishment, Mitt Romney and Ben Carson

GOP winners by state: Trump: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia; Cruz: Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas (!); Rubio: Minnesota

Dem winners by state: Clinton: AlabamaArkansasGeorgiaMassachusettsTennessee, TexasVirginia; Sanders: ColoradoMinnesotaOklahomaVermont

Delegate count: Dems need: 2,383 Clinton: 1,001; Sanders: 371. GOP needs 1,237 Trump: 285; Cruz: 161; Rubio: 87; Kasich: 25; Carson: 8. Check out The Hill's interactive delegate count:

OH THIS SHOULD GO OVER JUST SPLENDIDLY!: Via The Huffington Post's Christina Wilkie, Donald Trump's son gave an interview to a pro-slavery, white supremacist radio show. Previous guests on the show have included Neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and Ku Klux Klan leaders. The show's host, James Edwards, promoted the 20-minute interview with Trump in a blog post boasting their access at a Trump rally.

IF ANY OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS ASK HOW 2016 IS GOING: Let's just say that the name 'Donald Drumpf' is beating Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for second in the number of Google searches. Donald Drumpf is the name HBO comedian John Oliver is using to troll Trump. Also, as Super Tuesday results came in, Google searches for, "How can I move to Canada?" spiked 350 percent in four hours.

SO HOW THE EFF DID THIS TRUMP THING HAPPEN?: Via The Hill's Bob Cusack and Ian Swanson, there are seven reasons why Trump is dominating. No. 1: The laws of political gravity do not apply to Trump; No. 2: No candidate knows how to deal with the media better than him; No. 3: His campaign slogan; No. 4: Trump picked the right time to run; No. 5: He got better as a candidate over time; No. 6: He has a knack for hitting his opponents' weaknesses; and No. 7: Voters are tired of gridlock.

BIGGEST ABORTION CASE IN TWO DECADES: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, could decide whether Texas can enforce one of the nation's strictest abortion laws. Implications: The outcome will have broad repercussions on abortion access as well as the election-year fight over replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Tweet From The Post and Courier's Emma Dumain: I found the anti-abortion rally. The two opposing sides are screaming at each other from different microphones outside the Supreme Court. 

FIERY MOMENT LAST NIGHT: Via CNN's Dylan Byers, if the racial tension underlying the 2016 presidential race could be distilled into a single cable news moment, this was it. CNN contributors Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord went at it on air last night. Watch: The Hill's Jesse Byrnes with the context:

HAWKS SWOOP DOWN: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Defense hawks on Capitol Hill are increasingly alarmed at the possibility of Trump as commander-in-chief. Here's how some lawmakers plan to revolt: 

IMAGINE A WORLD WITH ...AN INSANELY BRUTAL BATTLE BETWEEN CLINTON AND TRUMP: Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, “It’s a case of the smartest person in the room against the class clown,” said one longtime friend of Clinton. “And who wants to run against the class clown?” Here’s how the Clinton team is prepping to run against Trump. Cue the Rocky theme song:

NEW THIS AM -- SCOTUS OP-ED: Sen. Bob CaseyBob Casey5 takeaways from the Pa. Senate debate Great Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Help individuals with disabilities achieve the American Dream with the ABLE to Work Act MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Daily News about the Supreme Court vacancy. The gist: Senate Republicans are wrong to deny President Obama the chance to fill Justice Scalia's seat. 




Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamThe Trail 2016: Who is really winning? Graham: GOP Senate could rein in Clinton White House The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-S.C.): "You know Ted Cruz is not my favorite, by any means, but we may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz as the only way to stop Donald Trump, and I'm not so sure that would work."

Donald Trump: "I'm going to get along great with Congress. Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump slams ObamaCare after premium hikes announced The Trail 2016: Who is really winning? Pelosi urges end to Pentagon's clawback of soldier overpayments MORE, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't, he's going to have to pay a big price."

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardLawmakers press Lynch for briefing on Yahoo secret email scanning reports Saudi skeptics gain strength in Congress Lawmakers seek answers on Pentagon employees' casino, strip club charges MORE, Hawaii Democrat and ex-Democratic National Committee official who resigned to endorse Bernie Sanders: "I'll be very honest with you, a lot of people warned me against doing what I did."

Former Mitt Romney aide Ryan Williams: "I'm sure Gov. Kasich is going to get some private calls, and if he doesn't get out, those private calls will turn into public calls."

Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling on Hillary Clinton: "She should be buried under a jail somewhere." Uhhh?

John Kasich: "I'm going to be governor of Ohio. There is zero chance I will be anybody's vice presidential candidate -- period, end of story."

Redskins linebacker Will Compton: I'm officially off the Trump bandwagon. Thought I wanted him for the longest. Has yet 2 show an ounce of leadership or any quality character



Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) 
Photo of my hand before signing 58 bills into law today:

The New York Times's Nick Confessore (tweeted as Chris Christie intro'd Trump)
Christie as beta dog is a weird and unfamiliar thing to behold.

Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Obama
Christie looks like he's reading a hostage statement

The Guardian's Sabrina Siddiqui
Rubio on ABC: "If you look at the map from here on out, it gets better for us."

NBC's Carrie Dunn
Wowza re: Clinton margins with black voters tonight Alabama : 92-6 Arkansas: 90-10 GA: 83-16 OK: 75-22 TX : 80-18 TN: 85-12 VA: 84-16

CNN's Manu Raju

Reid almost accused McConnell of mounting 500,000 filibusters, but pulled back. "I'm sorry, that is a little high."



Today: The Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments for Whole Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, a major abortion case. 

1–2 p.m. EST: The House votes. They will also have votes between 5–6 p.m. EST.

2:30 p.m. EST: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason FurmanJason FurmanWhite House unveils new rules on air travel Overnight Healthcare: ObamaCare pops up at debate | Gruber hits back at Trump | Republican pushes lawsuit to block 'bailout' Economy adds 156K jobs while jobless rate ticks up MORE testifies on ways the federal government can encourage economic growth.

3 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is holding a town hall in Grand Blanc, Mich.

3:10 p.m. EST: President Obama honors college football's national champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

4:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a rally in Shelby Center Township, Mich.

Saturday: Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Maine are next up to vote in their primaries.

March 31–April 3: Announced this morning, these are the dates for peak bloom for D.C. cherry blossoms. We better hope Mother Nature keeps to this announced schedule. ;)



9 p.m. EST tomorrow: Fox News Republican presidential debate in Detroit, Mich. Donald Trump, Ted CruzMarco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson will participate. Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly (!) and Chris Wallace will moderate -- and Trump hasn't refused to appear despite his feud with Kelly.



Today is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

TRENDING ON FACEBOOK -- #FreeChrisChristie: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's annoyed, confused and baffled facial expressions stole the show during Donald Trump's speech. Now, memes are circulating to free the hostage -- Chris Christie.

NICKELODEON IS PLAYING WITH FIRE HERE: Nickelodeon announced they are bringing back 'Hey Arnold!' and 'Legends of the Hidden Temple' -- but as movies. The Hidden Temple movie will follow three siblings in a jungle completing obstacles to stay alive. Just don't mess this up, Nick. Keep the magic alive!

HEY THERE, MISTER GRUMPY GILLS: Ellen DeGeneres introduced the trailer for her much-anticipated 'Finding Dory' film. Watch: 

And with that, this is the most musically inclined dog. I may be delirious, but I laughed so hard I basically cried. You must watch this video with the music:


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