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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 EnziMike EnziTop Dem: Trump's State Dept. cuts a 'Ponzi scheme' Republicans eye strategy for repealing Wall Street reform Lawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure MORE (R-Wyo.) announced his committee is postponing action this month on the budget. Why? Disagreements in the House over spending cuts.

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. 

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 and on Facebook.

NEW POLL – KASICH CLOSING IN ON MICHIGAN: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump official and TV surrogate leaving White House: reports Biden: I regret not being president De Blasio blames Trump for 'dynamic of hatred' in US MORE is leading in Michigan with 36 percent of the vote. Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Texas) came in second with 23 percent, closely followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) at 21. Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder 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 Rodham ClintonComet Ping Pong shooter pleads guilty Time for 'J. Edgar' Comey to take his leave Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE takes 55 percent support over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Aftermath of failed healthcare bill Michael Moore warns Dems: Now is not the time to gloat Warren: 'Today is a great day... but I'm not doing a touchdown dance' MORE's 42 percent. Note, this poll was conducted before last night's debate in Flint, Mich.

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 ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker 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.

CONTESTS OVER THE WEEKEND: Bernie Sanders won two of the three contests on "Super Saturday," giving him seven states so far. 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.

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." 

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: 

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.

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..."

"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.

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.

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

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

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

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

The Washington Post's Rebecca Sinderbrand
The lack of a Family Feud time bell in this [debate] is... disorienting

The Hill's Sylvan Lane (haha!)
Texts from Dad: "Ted Zeppelin. Pass it on."



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: 



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.



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.

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.

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.

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

And with that, here's a full in-depth analysis of the trendy "sushi-rito" that has captivated the D.C. lunch crowd. 


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