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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Super Tuesday III | Last stand for Rubio, Kasich? | RNC sues for Clinton docs | VP talk gets real | Ryan holds "Friends of Ireland" luncheon

NEW TODAY -- RNC SUES FOR CLINTON DOCS: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, the Republican National Committee has filed four lawsuits to force the federal government to hand over documents related to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE's time as secretary of State. Why? The RNC claims that the State Department has for months slow-walked its response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

BAD NEWS BEARS FOR BUDGET: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, the House Freedom Caucus on Monday voted to oppose the House GOP's budget strategy, throwing up a major hurdle to the party's attempt to begin passing spending bills. Why: The conservative group said it opposed the plan presented by the House Budget Committee earlier that night, ending a weeks-long attempt by GOP leaders to unite the party behind a budget blueprint.

It's Tuesday -- and five states vote today, including Florida and Ohio, which could be D-Day for Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP Senate candidates trade barbs in brutal Indiana primary Students gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes MORE and John Kasich. 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.


Florida: All 99 delegates awarded to the winner. 
Illinois: 69 delegates awarded; 15 to the winner, the rest divided by congressional district.
Missouri: 52 delegates; if one candidate wins the majority of votes, they take all; otherwise, delegates are proportional. 
North Carolina: 72 delegates awarded on a proportional basis
Ohio: All 66 delegates are awarded to the winner


Florida: 214 delegates will be divvied up proportionally
Illinois: 156 delegates awarded proportionally
Missouri: 52 delegates; if one candidate wins a majority of votes, they take all; otherwise, delegates are proportional
North Carolina: 72 delegates awarded proportionally
Ohio: 143 delegates will be awarded proportionally

THE NEXT FUN THING FOR PUNDITS TO SPECULATE -- VP PICKS: Via The Hill's Vicki Needham and Mike Lillis, Hillary Clinton is already struggling with white working-class voters in the race against Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders ally pushes Dems on cutting superdelegates Sanders: ‘Trump's agenda is dead’ if Democrats win back majority Hannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' MORE, based on his victory in Michigan. And with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE close to securing the GOP nomination with his populist ideas, Democrats are wondering if Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownTrump VA pick faces challenge to convince senators he’s ready for job Overnight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 MORE (D-Ohio) could be the populist VP pick that could balance Clinton. 

WE'RE ALL IN THIS TO-GETHER: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLieu rips Ryan after Waffle House shooting: ‘When will you stop silencing us?’ To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy House Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots MORE (R-Wis.) reiterated today that he would support Donald Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, even as the Speaker called on the party's front-runner to tone down his rhetoric following violence at recent campaign rallies.

THOSE ARE SOME LUCKY CONSTITUENTS: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Democrats are raising questions about hundreds of thousands in campaign cash longtime Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) spent on lunches and dinners with constituents over the past 18 years of his legislative career. How much: $230,000 since 1998, including $10,000 at restaurants hundreds of miles away from home. What Dem officials allege: Mica is dining with donors. Mica's response: He's done nothing wrong; the attacks are politically motivated.

BACK, BACK, BACK THAT UP: Via, The Hill's Timothy Cama, President Obama is rescinding his proposal to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. What to watch: Interior Secretary Sally JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellInterior Dept. officials call CNN correspondent 'a f---ing idiot' Zinke and his wife took security detail on vacation to Turkey, Greece: report Zinke: I never took a private jet anywhere MORE says more details are coming later Tuesday. It's unclear whether the administration will allow drilling in the Arctic Ocean. Why? Not on my lawn!: Obama faced an outpouring of opposition from coastal communities from Virginia to Georgia and environmental groups.

SCOTUS WATCH – PREPARING FOR BATTLE: Via Susan Cornwell of Reuters, President Obama is expected to announce a Supreme Court nominee any day now! And the Republican Party is assembling a task force to block whoever that nominee might be. This should be fun. The team: The Republican National Committee said the task force is teaming up with America Rising Squared, a conservative group.

ANNOUNCED TODAY -- MOTHER TERESA WILL BE A SAINT: Via CNN's Ralph Ellis and Livia BorghesePope Francis announced today that Mother Teresa will become a saint on Sep. 4.



RUBIO'S LAST STAND: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, it's make-or-break for Marco Rubio today in his home state. Rubio trails Donald Trump by double digits in recent polls, a stunning development few would have predicted in spring 2015. Delegate count: Rubio has 163 delegates, nearly 300 fewer than Trump and 200 behind Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE. Here's what's predicted to happen in Florida today:

NO WAY, JOSÉ! NOPE. NOT UH: If Donald Trump wins the nomination, John Kasich denied any interest in teaming up with him. "There's no way I would team up with Donald Trump," he said on Fox News's "Fox & Friends." "No way, forget it."

IT AIN'T OVER TILL THE FAT LADY SINGS: Via The Hill's Jonathan EasleyBernie Sanders is within striking distance of Hillary Clinton in three of the five states hosting contests on Tuesday, hoping to repeat his surprise win from Michigan. Here's what it would take for Sanders to win the nomination at this point:



The Washington Examiner's Gabby Morrongiello
Attendees park on top of graves at Trump rally 

National Journal's Josh Kraushaar
At Ohio presser, Kasich hints he'll have more to say about Trump after tonight's results...

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe
Not making it up: Guy in crowd answers call from relative from Cuba. He explains to caller "Listen, it's a Cuban guy running for president"



12 p.m. EST: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) hosts a "Friends of Ireland' luncheon featuring President Obama, Vice President Biden and Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland. Live stream: 

12:15 p.m. EST: Former first lady Laura Bush speaks at a "Women Rule" event. Live stream: 

1:15–4:45 p.m. EST: The House votes.

1:30 p.m. EST: The House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a hearing about trade with Cuba. 

2 p.m. EST: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the 2017 budget for U.S. Cyber Command. Details: 

7 p.m. EST: First polls close tonight in most of Florida. Note: Part of the state is Central Time and will close at 8 p.m. EST.

7 p.m. EST: Hillary Clinton's primary night event on Tuesday will be held in West Palm Beach starting at 7 p.m. 

7 p.m. EST: Marco Rubio will hold a primary night event in Miami, Fla.

7:30 p.m. EST: Polls close in North Carolina. 

8 p.m. EST: Polls close in Illinois, Missouri and the rest of Florida.

8 p.m. EST: John Kasich will hold an election night watch party at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio.

8:30 p.m. EST: Polls close in Ohio.

9 p.m. EST: Donald Trump will hold a post-election presser from the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. 



5 p.m. EST: Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joins MSNBC's "MTP Daily" live from the Ted Cruz headquarters in Houston.



Today is National Peanut Lover's Day!

TALKED ABOUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA -- PRINCESS DIARIES 3 IN THE WORKS: While speaking to People Magazine, Director Gary Marshall revealed plans to make a third installment of The Princess Diaries.

HOW TO HANDLE THE MADNESS: Bleacher Report has predictions for every March Madness matchup.

BROAD, BROAD CITY: Hillary Clinton made an appearance on Comedy Central's "Broad City."

And with that, here's a boy who dive-bombs into his aunt's wedding dress as she walks down the aisle. This boy is my spirit animal.


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