The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Obama in Cuba | Apple unveils new products | How 200 delegates could decide Trump's fate | CNN to host 2016 candidates at 8 p.m. | Did 2000 trade vote lead to Trump's rise?

THIS MORNING -- THE CLINTON/TRUMP WAR ENTERS NEW PHASE: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, in a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual policy conference, Clinton repeatedly hammered Trump as naive about the security challenges facing Israel while declining to mention him by name.

-- "We need steady hands, not a president who says he's neutral on Monday, pro-Israel on Tuesday and who knows what on Wednesday, because everything's negotiable," Clinton said to extended applause.

It's Monday and spring has sprung! 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.

DEMS ABROAD HAVE THEIR GUY: Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE claimed a decisive victory over rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE among Democrats living aboard, according to the Democratic National Committee. Sanders defeated Clinton in the Democrats Abroad Primary 69 percent to 31 percent. 

HAPPY SIXTH BIRTHDAY O-CARE: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, a senior administration official told The Hill what the next chapter of ObamaCare looks like. The gist: The initiatives -- such as delivery system reform and bundled payments -- are non-controversial and have bipartisan support in Congress. Why it's a good time: While still polarizing, the political debate around healthcare has begun to move away from ObamaCare. Polling shows that more Republicans are now concerned with lowering the costs of drugs than repealing the law.

DID ONE VOTE IN 2000 OPEN THE DOOR TO TRUMP'S RISE?: The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley is pinpointing Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Kennedy retirement rumors shift into overdrive Pompeo to outline post-deal strategy on Iran MORE's momentum to one House vote 15 years ago. The gist: Three-quarters of House Republicans voted to extend the status of permanent normal trade relations to China. That effectively unleashed a flood of outsourcing to China, which cost the United States at least 2 million jobs.

BETS ARE FUN: Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) made a bet with IJ Review's Benny Johnson over the Nebraska/Iowa basketball game. Sasse lost and had to wear an Iowa Hawkeye pin on the Senate floor. Small caveat: There was no predetermined limit to the size of the pin. The video is entertaining.

SOME VOTES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Ben Kamisar, with all the talk of a contested convention, here's an interesting tidbit: 200 unbound delegates could decide whether Donald Trump gets the nomination. Several unbound delegates spoke with The Hill about what they're thinking. No pressure.

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- BUDGET: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, the Senate is out for two weeks, and the House is in session through Wednesday, focusing its energy on passing a budget. FAA: The one deadline they face this week is to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration before its programs expire at the end of the month. Female WWII pilots: Tomorrow, the House is expected to consider a bill to reinstate inurnment rights for female World War II pilots at Arlington National Cemetery.

CUBA UPDATE: Here's a video of President Obama and his family touring Old Havana, Cuba in the rain. And here's a rundown of what happened when President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met Monday.

I THOUGHT WE WERE DONE WITH PARODY VIDEOS OF ADELE'S 'HELLO': To celebrate the bipartisan effort to bring GE's headquarters to Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh and Gov. Charlie Baker created a spoof video to Adele's hit song 'Hello.'

LET THE NOMINATIONS BEGIN!: The Hill's 50 Most Beautiful is back for its 13th year, and nominations are open! Sent the name, place of employment, contact info and a good photo to Here's more info: And here's last year's list:



TIME's Zeke Miller
We've entered the Shark Tank portion of AIPAC as we await Hillary Clinton

USA Today
What a sight! Cuban citizens watch as Air Force One lands in Havana

The U.S. Capitol (yay, progress!)
Sunny, but chilly, spring Monday in Washington, D.C. as gradual Dome scaffolding removal continues. 



The Senate is out of session until April.

1 p.m. EDT: Apple will hold a press conference to unveil new products. What's expected: a new smaller iPhone and a smaller version of the iPad Pro. Details: 

1:50 p.m. EDT: President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro deliver statements to the press from Havana, Cuba. 

2:15 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a news conference at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Note, he will huddle with influential Republicans ahead of the conference.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Phoenix. Details:

5 p.m. EDT: GOP presidential contenders Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenators near deal on sexual harassment policy change Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas MORE, John Kasich, Donald Trump speak at AIPAC. Also delivering remarks is Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHillicon Valley: Mnuchin urges antitrust review of tech | Progressives want to break up Facebook | Classified election security briefing set for Tuesday | Tech CEOs face pressure to appear before Congress Feehery: An opening to repair our broken immigration system GOP chairman in talks with 'big pharma' on moving drug pricing bill MORE (R-Wis.). Note: Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate not to speak. He will instead campaign in Arizona, Idaho and Utah, which vote tomorrow.

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. 

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAl Sharpton: Royal wedding shows white supremacy is ‘on its last breath' Meghan Markle's pre-royal 'finishing lessons' and an etiquette of equality Place your royal wedding bets: Website offers odds on surprise American guests MORE attend a state dinner in Havana, Cuba.

8 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea? Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo Poll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger MORE (D-N.J.) speak at AIPAC.



8 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders joins Chris Hayes on MSNBC's "All In."

8–11 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take part in a CNN forum, "The Final Five." Anyone else think we should get brackets?



Today is National Crunchy Taco Day!

NO PRESSURE ON THAT INSTAGRAM (BUT THERE IS): As the cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, TIME magazine has six tips for photographing them properly.

I FEEL THE RUMBLINGS OF A JOHN OLIVER/DONALD TRUMP BRAWL: On Sunday's 'Last Week Tonight,' John Oliver looked at how realistic it is to build Donald Trump's proposed border wall. It isn't pretty.

And to hopefully improve your Monday vibes, please watch this sassy parrot that made me laugh out loud.


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