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) SandersModerates see vindication in Lipinski’s primary win Sanders: Fox News 'couldn't handle' town hall on economic inequality Mississippi woman appointed to Senate, making Vermont only state to never have female lawmaker MORE claimed a decisive victory over rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Breitbart News denies readership drop, alt-right label Mellman: The next war 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 TrumpHouse expected to vote on omnibus Thursday afternoon House passes 'right to try' drug bill Spending bill rejects Trump’s proposed EPA cut 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 CruzTrump can save Republicans and restore sanity to California in 2018 Cruz says Cambridge Analytica assured him its practices were legal Dem battling Cruz in Texas: ‘I can understand how people think this is crazy’ MORE, John Kasich, Donald Trump speak at AIPAC. Also delivering remarks is Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller Collins: 'Extremely disappointing' ObamaCare fix left out of spending deal House poised to vote on .3T spending 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 ObamaObamas send handwritten note to Parkland students: 'We will be there for you' Smithsonian moves Michelle Obama portrait to larger space over high demand Trump celebrates St. Patrick's day on Twitter MORE attend a state dinner in Havana, Cuba.

8 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezPoll: Menendez has 17-point lead over GOP challenger Russian attacks on America require bipartisan response from Congress Justice Dept intends to re-try Menendez in corruption case 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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