By Cate Martel - 03/21/16 12:30 PM EDT
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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. http://bit.ly/1LB6C2V
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, @CateMartel and on Facebook.
DEMS ABROAD HAVE THEIR GUY: Bernie SandersBernie SandersClinton emails dominate Sunday shows Sanders supporters up in arms over Puerto Rico polling locations Latinos key in Democratic battle for California delegates MORE claimed a decisive victory over rival Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination Clinton emails dominate Sunday shows Superdelegate sees sexism in criticism of Clinton MORE among Democrats living aboard, according to the Democratic National Committee. Sanders defeated Clinton in the Democrats Abroad Primary 69 percent to 31 percent. http://bit.ly/1XHu3sm
DID ONE VOTE IN 2000 OPEN THE DOOR TO TRUMP'S RISE?: The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley is pinpointing Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGary Johnson wins Libertarian nomination Clinton emails dominate Sunday shows GOP senator: Did Clinton email setup play a role in Russian invasions? 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. http://wapo.st/1RcBVjI
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. http://bit.ly/1R8ZLOu
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. http://bit.ly/1pvqWbL
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. http://bit.ly/1RcqRTP
CUBA UPDATE: Here's a video of President Obama and his family touring Old Havana, Cuba in the rain. http://bit.ly/1VuvfRe And here's a rundown of what happened when President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met Monday. http://bit.ly/1XHv6IH
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.' http://bit.ly/1S0zY7J
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 50MB@thehill.com. Here's more info: http://bit.ly/1o1GKSt And here's last year's list: http://bit.ly/1pFctdO
TIME's Zeke Miller
We've entered the Shark Tank portion of AIPAC as we await Hillary Clinton http://bit.ly/1o1lqg2
What a sight! Cuban citizens watch as Air Force One lands in Havana http://bit.ly/1WBosTW
The U.S. Capitol (yay, progress!)
Sunny, but chilly, spring Monday in Washington, D.C. as gradual Dome scaffolding removal continues.http://bit.ly/1Rw6xtB
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: http://cnnmon.ie/1S0iubB
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. http://wapo.st/22sbajN
4:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Phoenix. Details: http://hrc.io/1ZjNKYt
5 p.m. EDT: GOP presidential contenders Ted CruzTed CruzMeet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Party chairs see reversal of fortune McConnell: Trump White House will have ‘constraints’ MORE, John Kasich, Donald Trump speak at AIPAC. Also delivering remarks is Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanDole: Gingrich should be Trump's running mate In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker 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 ObamaClinton rules out Sanders while playing 'who'd you rather' to chose running mate First Nigerian girl taken by Boko Haram rescued WATCH: Obama accidentally steps on First Lady's dress at state dinner MORE attend a state dinner in Havana, Cuba.
8 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sen. Bob MenendezRobert MenendezDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World This week: GOP lawmakers reckon with Trump MORE (D-N.J.) speak at AIPAC.
WHAT TO WATCH:
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? http://cnn.it/1RawumF
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...
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. http://ti.me/1T41c2b
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. http://bit.ly/25fplra
And to hopefully improve your Monday vibes, please watch this sassy parrot that made me laugh out loud. http://bit.ly/25fsKXg
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