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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden picks leader for cancer 'moonshot' | What happened when a girl yelled 'black lives matter!' at a Trump rally | Hollywood donors aid Dems' Senate fight | Bald eagle egg hatches in DC

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- CANCER 'MOONSHOT' GETS A TEAM LEADER: Vice President Biden will announce Greg Simon to be the corporate executive to lead his "moonshot" cancer initiative -- a job Simon might only get to keep for the last 10 months of President Obama's administration. What to know about Simon: Greg Simon served as an aide to Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Washington governor proposes new carbon tax The Renewable Fuel Standard is broken beyond repair MORE from 1991 to 1997. He is battling cancer himself and said he understands the urgency of the task.

It's Friday, and one of the bald eagle eggs at the National Arboretum's has just hatched! Here's live video of the eagle: 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 brunch suggestions to and on Facebook.

HOLLYWOOD'S DOLLA' DOLLA' BILLS, Y'ALL: Via The Hill's Tina Daunt, Hollywood's Democrats are ramping up their fundraising efforts for Senate races in hopes of regaining control of the chamber. GOP senators who aren't thrilled with this: Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanFlake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Overnight Tech: Regulators to look at trading in bitcoin futures | Computer chip flaws present new security problem | Zuckerberg vows to improve Facebook in 2018 MORE (Ohio) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators eager for Romney to join them Senate GOP wary of ending Russia probes, despite pressure GOP on precipice of major end-of-year tax victory MORE (Mo.), who are among the targets of fundraising push.

THE NEW 'OPRAH' -- THE DONALD OFFERS MARRIAGE ADVICE: Via BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, thrice-married Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE offered this advice about marriage: Divorce your "griping and bitching" wife. "Often, I will tell friends whose wives are constantly nagging them about this or that that they're better off leaving and cutting their losses," wrote Trump in his 1997 book. How ro-man-tic.

A SIDE OF KASICH YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN: In Politico Magazine, Laura Turner writes how presidential candidate John Kasich's religion is hurting him with conservatives. He may be one of the most religious of the candidates in the race, and it's going to come back to bite him. "I don't go out and try to win a vote by using God. I think that cheapens God," says Kasich.

WHAT. A. HEADLINE.: From The Washington Post's Sierra K. Thomas, "I yelled 'Black lives matter!' at a Trump rally. This is what happened next." Short answer: A middle-aged man yelled "get your little a-- out of here" and called her the N-word.

TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING – 'NO, NOT TRUMP': Conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks made an impassioned call on Friday for Republicans to reject their party's presidential front-runner Donald Trump, imploring party leaders not to join those who are "selling their integrity for a candidate who will probably lose." Read the column: And here's how it could play out:

EVEN OBAMA UNDERSTANDS WHAT'S AHEAD IN SCOTUS FIGHT: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, President Obama says he used stark language in warning Judge Merrick Garland of the bruising confirmation battle he would face if he accepted his nomination to the Supreme Court. Obama described it as a "war zone."

THE FUTURE IS ALMOST HERE -- AND IT'S A LITTLE CREEPY: Via The Hill's David McCabe, facial recognition technology could transform the way marketers target advertisements. How: By providing tailored ads and combining facial recognition with data from social media. Yep. Creepy. Anyway, business representatives are poised to release draft privacy guidelines that will determine when and how companies need to tell customers that their faces are being analyzed.

YIKES, WE ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT THIS: The MLB regular season hasn't even started and there's already talk to how the Nationals will win the National League East this year. "The formula: Beat the bejesus out of the bottom-dwellers in your division, specifically, and your league more broadly."

SO HOW'S THIS CUBA THING GOING TO WORK?: Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, MLB is looking for a secure path for Cuban players to travel to and from the U.S. as President Obama works on diplomatic ties. Here's the latest on that: 



DO YOU WANT THE SPRINT? OR THE MARATHON? Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, Donald Trump's critics are trying their best to stop him from becoming the presidential nominee at the Republican National Convention in July. But even if that scenario is mathematically possible, it may not be politically feasible to wrest the nomination away from him if he receives more delegates than any other candidate, even if just shy of the 1,237 majority.

STOP TRYING TO MAKE PREZ HAPPEN: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) said there's no chance he'll emerge as the GOP presidential nominee, but he did acknowledge the increasing likelihood of a contested convention.



NBC's Luke Russert
Posted for sale on the notice board outside Cups Coffee in the Russell Senate Office Building. 

The Washington Post's Philip Bump
If you use the word "veepstakes," I will report you for harassment. 

CNN's Elizabeth Landers (or are you!?)
Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE has a new (smaller) airplane. We are not expecting the FL Panthers to join. 



The House is off until next week. The Senate is out until April.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

3 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in Orem, Utah.

4 p.m. EDT: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFlake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (D-Conn.) and Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) campaign with Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE in Litchfield County, Conn.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Kasich holds a town hall in Salt Lake City.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Sanders holds a rally in Salt Lake City.

6 p.m. EDT: To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the start of the Syrian civil war, the U.S. Syrian American community is screening the film "Little Gandhi: The Lost Truth of The Syrian Uprising" at the United States Navy Memorial's Burke Theater.

8 p.m. EDT: Kasich holds a town hall in Kaysville, Utah.

9 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a town hall (!) in Salt Lake City.

10 p.m. EDT: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE campaigns in Phoenix.



Today is National Sloppy Joe Day! If you want to celebrate, a new summer-camp themed bar is opening near Union Market in D.C., featuring sloppy Joes, s'mores, ice cream sandwiches and hotdogs. (h/t Peter Ogburn of "The Bill Press Show")

FREE CUP OF FROZEN SUGAR: To celebrate the chain's 50th anniversary, 7-Eleven is offering free Slurpees today and tomorrow if you bring your own cup.

WHAT'S KEEPING EVERYONE ENTERTAINED ON TWITTER: Yale's big upset yesterday in March Madness now means Yale is playing Duke. The Internet has had a lot of fun with this -->

WELL THIS JUST UPPED THE 3-D PRINTING GAME: A college student created clear braces with a 3-D printer -- and they worked -- all for less than $60.

But hold your horses, there: There's a lot of risk associated with DIY dentistry:

THIS. IS. NOT. A. DRILL. ;-) Guys, a warm-cookie delivery service is coming to D.C.! Breathe, Cate. Breathe.

And with that, here's a little kid that isn't happy the karate instructor was picking on a girl. It's laugh-out-loud funny.

Now, get outside as much as you can today and enjoy the sun. The weather looks pretty dreary this weekend -- with potential for snow (oh, come on now.)


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