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The Hill's 12:30 Report: SCOTUS nominee could come any day now | Trump, Palin rally cancelled | Romney hits the trail | Get your brackets ready | Today is Pi Day

JUST ANNOUNCED – TRUMP RALLY WITH PALIN CANCELLED: Sarah Palin was scheduled to hold a rally for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Pruitt spent K flying aides to Australia to prep for later-canceled visit: report Rosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report MORE today in The Villages, Fla., but the event's been canceled. "Governor Palin wishes her best to Mr. Trump in the upcoming primaries," reads the brief press release without further explanation.

It's Monday, the clocks have changed and it's T-minus 6 days until spring! And on a drearier note, the D.C. metro system has been a mess this morning after a cable fire at McPherson. Delays of 30–60 minutes are expected today (!), so avoid that area as much as possible! 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.

RELEASED THIS MORNING - TRUMP IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Via The Hill's Jesse Byrnes, Donald Trump has extended his lead over Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA The Hill's 12:30 Report Steps Congress can take to defend America against foreign influence operations MORE in Rubio's home state of Florida, according to a new poll. Trump has 44 percent, followed by Rubio at 27 percent. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA DOJ denies reports judicial nominee once called illegal immigrants 'maggots' MORE takes 17 percent, followed by John Kasich at 8. Florida will vote tomorrow. http://bit.ly/1pGTOhB

DEVITO'S FEELING THE BERN: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves Bill Press reflects on Clinton, Sanders and a life in politics Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan MORE received a surprise endorsement from actor Danny DeVito. "We need you, Obi-Wan!" DeVito told a crowd in St. Louis. DeVito called Sanders a man "who speaks the truth, a man who's got the knowledge, a man who's been there for us since the beginning of his career." http://bit.ly/1WkOCdz 

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- FLINT, IMMIGRATION: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, here's what Congress has on tap this week:

Flint: A package to provide assistance to Flint, Mich., and other areas affected by water contamination will be the focus of this week in Congress. 

Immigration: Twenty-six states are challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration, and the House is voting this week to authorize the Speaker to file an amicus brief opposing Obama's immigration actions before the Supreme Court.

Budget: GOP members of the House Budget Committee are expected to meet tonight to discuss options for the budget. 

Education secretary: The Senate will vote on a nominee to lead the Department of Education.

GMOs: The Senate could also wade into a fight over mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. http://bit.ly/1RgVv1m

THE TRUTH SQUAD: Politico's Daniel Lippman, Darren Samuelsohn and Isaac Arnsdorf chronicled 4.6 hours of Donald Trump's stump speeches and press conferences and found over 60 factual errors. Yep, that's roughly one misstatement every five minutes. Check out the list. It's fascinating: http://politi.co/1YR572J

THE HILL RANKS AS A TOP MEDIA INFLUENCER ON 2016 VOTER OPINION: The MIT Media Lab conducted a study designating the top 150 influencers in the 2016 election. The Hill comes in as third most influential in the media organization category -- behind just CNN and Fox. The Hill beat The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and Politico. http://prn.to/1U0JoX6



WELL THIS ESCALATED: Donald Trump's rally in Chicago was canceled amid huge protests against him. Videos show massive booing and physical altercations breaking out. The Trump campaign canceled the event, claiming law enforcement said the situation was unsafe. The Hill's Niall Stanage has a fascinating look at whether Trump can unify the GOP. http://bit.ly/1pja5bS

BUT WAIT: Chicago PD said they never suggested Trump should cancel the rally, contrary to what the candidate said in interviews. http://bit.ly/1Wkuc4l

POINTING FINGERS: Trump tried blaming Bernie Sanders's supporters and President Obama's divisiveness for his canceled rally. Ehhh? http://bit.ly/1YQVnp7

GUYS, IS THIS THE APOCALYPSE? Former presidential candidate Ben Carson, who recently endorsed Trump, conceded that violence at Trump's rallies could get worse if Trump supporters start fighting back against protesters. This could start getting scary. http://bit.ly/1RZzKjF

IT HAS COME TO THIS: A Trump supporter yelled "Go to f------ Auschwitz" at protesters while raising his arm in a Nazi salute. Here's the video. Sigh: http://bit.ly/1MhQhuW

THIS SNL CLIP PLAYED MULTIPLE TIMES ON THE MORNING SHOWS: This weekend, Saturday Night Live spoofed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJustice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers Justice Dept inspector asks US attorney to consider criminal charges for McCabe: reports 'Homeland' to drop Trump allegories in next season MORE turning into Bernie Sanders. It's worth watching: http://bit.ly/1pjaVFR

SO WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED HERE?: Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields claims Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski forcefully pushed her at a rally (leaving a bruise) when Fields tried to ask a question. The Trump campaign refuted these claims, saying the incident hadn't been documented. In the back and forth, a Breitbart spokesperson resigned, citing "resistance" at the outlet to supporting its reporter. http://bit.ly/1RhM77o

UPDATE: Michelle Fields and Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro both resigned Monday over Breitbart's handling of the matter. http://bit.ly/1UbfzT6



Politico's Jake Sherman
consider this: come January, Marco Rubio will likely be out of office, and Charlie Crist could be in congress.http://bit.ly/1M232Pf 

C-SPAN's Howard Mortman
Hillary Clinton introduces Danny DeVito at May 2000 WH Conference on Raising Teenagers http://bit.ly/1LmaYLt 

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake
Yep. CNN is actually calling this "Super Tuesday #3." This is also the 4th "Super" day, including "Super Saturday."

The Blaze's Leigh Munsil: If all Tuesdays are Super, no Tuesdays are Super http://bit.ly/1XqexRl



Today -- SCOTUS watch: The White House is expected to nominate a Supreme Court Justice as soon as today. http://nyti.ms/1nIM1Ow

Today: Ahead of tomorrow's contests, presidential contenders are hitting the trail. Marco Rubio campaigns in Florida (duh), John Kasich campaigns in Ohio (also duh), Hillary Clinton holds events in Chicago and North Carolina, Bernie Sanders campaigns in Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, Donald Trump will be in North Carolina and Ted Cruz in Illinois.

2 p.m. EST: Mitt Romney campaigns for John Kasich in Ohio. Why this is big: Romney has said he won't endorse a candidate, but this is the first time he's hit the trail in 2016: http://bit.ly/24ZPudr

5:30 p.m. EST: The cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" performs at the White House.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on John King of New York as Education secretary.

6 p.m. EST: Kasich, Romney and Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTax rules will be subject to more OMB review under new memo Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today Doctors bristle at push for opioid prescription limits MORE (R-Ohio) campaign in Westerville, Ohio. 

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes, including on energy amendments. Details: http://bit.ly/1pptcBO 

Tomorrow: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois and Missouri vote in the controversially named "Super Tuesday III."



7 p.m. EST: Chris Matthews will moderate an MSNBC Town Hall with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Springfield, Ill.



Today is National Potato Chip Day! And it's also Pi Day!

THE TIME CHANGE IS ALLOWED TO BE AN EXCUSE TODAY: The Washington Post's Heather Murphy explains why time change is hard for people -- with her light-up dinosaur made of germs. Nope, not a typo. She actually has a light-up dinosaur made of living microorganisms that turn into a glow-in-the-dark snow globe when shaken. COOL! http://nyti.ms/22fBXwe

PI DAY CELEBRATIONS: In honor of 3.14, here's a list of the pie specials in Washington, D.C., today. Pizzeria Paradiso has $3.14 beer with pizza, Bayou Bakery has $3.14 pie slices and &Pizza has transformed one of its restaurants into a "Vegas-style" wedding chapel with free ceremonies. http://bit.ly/1QSteMt

START PREPPING YOUR BRACKETS: The NCAA has released the March Madness brackets for this year's tournament. Here's the bracket and schedule: http://on.ncaa.com/1MhW83j

FUN (SAD) FACT: The American Gaming Association is predicting Americans will wager $9.2 billion on March Madness and complete more than 70 million brackets this year. That is likely more than the number of Americans who will vote for president this year.

And because you made it this far -- and on a Monday -- you deserve to watch this. It's a puppy and a baby sharing popsicles. http://on.fb.me/1TIzNnr


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