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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate GOP postpones budget | So long, RGIII | Trump towers, Sopranos style | Sanders, Clinton on Fox News tonight

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- SENATE GOP PUMPS THE BREAKS ON BUDGET: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Senate Budget Committee Chair Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion Overnight Finance: Breaking down Trump's budget | White House finally releases infrastructure plan | Why it faces a tough road ahead | GOP, Dems feud over tax-cut aftermath | Markets rebound MORE (R-Wyo.) announced his committee is postponing action this month on the budget. Why? Disagreements in the House over spending cuts. http://bit.ly/1M2Pzl8

ALSO TODAY -- RGIII IS O-U-T: The Redskins' Robert Griffin III is now a free agent looking to revitalize his career with another franchise. http://bit.ly/1LM3P74 

It's Monday, and it'll feel like late spring in D.C. this week! Cue my slow-motion jump for joy. 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

NEW POLL – KASICH CLOSING IN ON MICHIGAN: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE is leading in Michigan with 36 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R-Texas) came in second with 23 percent, closely followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) at 21. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R-Fla.) came in last at 13 percent. But the poll shows Kasich gaining ground in recent days. On the Dem side, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE takes 55 percent support over Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE's 42 percent. Note, this poll was conducted before last night's debate in Flint, Mich. http://bit.ly/1X76OaS

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- HEROIN, FLINT: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, the House is off this week. The Senate is hoping to finish work on a bill to combat the opioid crisis. Where it stands: The bill needs 60 votes. Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) had suggested that Dems might block it unless they agree on all their amendments. But now, Reid has confirmed it'll glide through. Flint aid: Senators are hoping to revive the long-stalled deal to address the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. http://bit.ly/1UMJEI6

CONTESTS OVER THE WEEKEND: Bernie Sanders won two of the three contests on "Super Saturday," giving him seven states so far. http://bit.ly/1X6Eaq5 On the Republican side, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump each took two of the four contests. Marco Rubio had one won this weekend in Puerto Rico. http://bit.ly/21Seepb

SandersMaineKansas and Nebraska
TrumpKentucky and Louisiana
CruzKansas and Maine
RubioPuerto Rico

LET ME FIX THIS: During last night's debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders called for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) to resign because of the Flint water crisis. Today, Snyder responded, tweeting, "I will fix this crisis and help move Flint forward." http://bit.ly/21h9sM7 

THE MOST AWKWARD MOMENT LAST NIGHT: During the debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yelled, "Excuse me, I'm talking" during a heated exchange with Hillary Clinton about the 2008 bailouts for Wall Street and the auto industry. This morning, a Sanders adviser defended him, saying he wasn't being "disrespectful" and claiming that Clinton was constantly interrupted the senator. Watch: http://bit.ly/21SO4SY 

TALKED ABOUT ON TWITTER THIS MORNING -- TRUMP TOWERS, SOPRANO STYLE: Bloomberg's Jesse Drucker exposes how a Trump-branded tower in New Jersey is partially funded by Chinese investors who pay money for immigrant visas. How: A "Sopranos"-themed video with Chinese subtitles was used to attract the investors through a controversial immigrant visa program for the building. But wait: Meanwhile on the trail, Trump is criticizing China for taking away jobs and money from the U.S. http://bloom.bg/1nrdc0b

OVER THE WEEKEND -- NANCY REAGAN PASSES AWAY: Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday at age 94. Lou Cannon, who has written several books about former President Ronald Reagan, wrote her obituary in The New York Times. "Nancy Reagan, the influential and stylish wife of the 40th president of the United States who unabashedly put Ronald Reagan at the center of her life but became a political figure in her own right..." http://nyti.ms/1StURfY

"I'LL BE BACK!" -- THE AWWHH-NOLD ENDORSES: Playing the part of a millennial Sunday, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) via Snapchat (!) But wait: This isn't a big surprise. Schwarzenegger has been campaigning with Kasich for the past month. http://bit.ly/1U7b1vD

DEMS NOW WORRIED ABOUT THEIR 'GODSEND': Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, Democrats on Capitol Hill once thought fighting Donald Trump in the general election would be a cakewalk. But now they're worried his unorthodox message and populist appeal could erode their hold on working-class support. http://bit.ly/21gVeuW

FUN FACT OF THE DAY -- YOU DATING LIARS!: Dating website, 'WhatsYourPrice' asked members if they have ever lied about their political affiliation on a date. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans said yes, they have lied about it; just 18 percent of Democrats also said they've lied about political affiliations on a date. 



BuzzFeed News (tweeted shortly after it was announced she died. Ouch)
Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson's Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died http://bit.ly/1ptXraA

Politico's Dan Diamond
Total votes in primaries so far
Clinton –– 3.9 million
Trump –– 3.4 million
Cruz –– 2.7 million
Bernie - 2.3 million
Rubio - 2.1 million http://bit.ly/21gOZXW

CNN's Manu Raju (This tweet angered a lot of people)
Cruz claims to CBS's John Dickerson that reporters tell him they are sitting on Trump bombshells but won't publish til summer. Cruz won't say who http://bit.ly/1QxkIBe

Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur
Hot damn, suddenly [last night's debate] has the wrath and fury of a Republican debate (minus the junk jokes). http://bit.ly/1X6Mvub

The Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand
The lack of a Family Feud time bell in this [debate] is... disorienting http://bit.ly/1W36ObF

The Hill's Sylvan Lane (haha!)
Texts from Dad: "Ted Zeppelin. Pass it on." http://bit.ly/1RwHmHC



1:30 p.m. EST: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-Mich.) campaigns with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. 

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate will take a procedural vote on a bill to combat opioid abuse. 

Tomorrow: Idaho, Michigan and Mississippi vote in their primaries. Hawaii Republicans will also caucus. 

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. EST tomorrow: The Center for American Progress is holding an event on strategies for women's economic empowerment. Details: http://ampr.gs/1TwvQCp 



5 p.m. EST: Nancy Reagan's Chief of Staff James Rosebush joins MSNBC's "MTP Daily."

6 p.m. EST: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will join Fox News's Bret Baier for a special town hall-style broadcast. This is Clinton's first appearance on Fox News in more than two years. http://bit.ly/1TVeUVT



Today is National Cereal Day!

OMG DO BETTER, AMERICA...: California doesn't vote in their primary until June, but Jimmy Kimmel's team went out in California and asked people who they voted for this morning -- and found a bunch of liars. http://on.fb.me/21cstzv

HOW TO RIG THE SYSTEM. LOVE, THE POLICE: The police department of Bangor, Maine, posted a photo of a defrauded car registration sticker with a pen coloring the year '15 to '16. They then post some "helpful" tips on how to correctly fake your registration sticker. Lol. http://on.fb.me/1Tks52D

J.K. ROWLING IS BACK: J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, is publishing a new set of books bringing fans back to 1920s New York City. It's coming out this fall. http://ti.me/1X6XvHO

TALKED ABOUT FROM THE WEEKEND -- SNL RIPS TRUMP: Saturday Night Live created a campaign advertisement, "Racists for Trump." Watch: http://bit.ly/1paVIqL 

And with that, here's a full in-depth analysis of the trendy "sushi-rito" that has captivated the D.C. lunch crowd. http://wapo.st/1M2T0It 


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