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The Hill's 12:30 Report: FBI revs up Clinton probe | Ryan 2020 talk | Ivanka Trump has a baby boy | White House Easter Egg roll today | Bernie cleans up in weekend caucuses

BREAKING THIS MORNING -- COMMENCE NEW PHASE OF THE FBI CLINTON PROBE: The FBI is arranging interviews with some of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE's closest aides over her use of a private email server at the State Department. Prosecutors are also expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though nothing has been scheduled so far, according to the Los Angeles Times

LET'S PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE: 147 FBI agents are involved in the investigation surrounding Hillary Clinton's primate email server and handling of classified material. Why so many: The Washington Post reported that the FBI has accelerated its investigation because officials want to avoid potentially announcing any action close to the November election.

FROM A BIRD'S EYE VIEW: David Graham of The Atlantic has a primer on Hillary Clinton's scandals.

It's Monday and your author's March Madness bracket is officially dead. Good job, Syracuse and UNC. :( The White House's Easter egg roll is happening this morning! 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.

COULD RYAN BE THE GOLD STANDARD, I.E. A FUTURE REAGAN? Via The Hill's Scott Wong, if Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE collapses, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) could be in a prime position. With his youth and sunny, Reaganesque message, Ryan could be a formidable White House candidate in 2020, when the Republican Party may be searching for a safer standard-bearer after the roller coaster ride of 2016.

WELL THIS COULD ESCALATE QUICKLY: Via Yours Truly, if Donald Trump wins the nomination, anti-Trump Republicans are floating the idea of running a third-party candidate. Here's how that could play out, and it could get ugly really quickly. Basically, a few electors who decide to vote against the candidate they're pledged to back on the popular vote could decide who wins the White House in November. It could also force the newly elected House to decide who becomes president. Laughs nervously.

OVER THE WEEKEND -- TERRORIST ATTACK IN PAKISTAN: Via The Washington Post's Annie Gowen, Shaiq Hussain and Erin Cunningham, a suicide bomber detonated explosives in Pakistan Sunday, targeting Christians celebrating Easter in a large park. The death toll has just risen to 71.

IT'S A BOY!: Ivanka Trump gave birth to a baby boy yesterday named Theodore James. Donald Trump is a grandfather again.



TRUMP'S UNIQUE FOREIGN POLICY: Via The New York Times's David E. Sanger and Maggie Haberman, in Donald Trump's worldview, America comes first and everybody else pays. How so: He'd halt oil purchases from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies unless they commit ground troops to fighting ISIS. He would also allow Japan and South Korea to build nukes.

TALKED ABOUT -- ANDREA MITCHELL LAYS INTO TRUMP: On NBC's "Meet the Press," Andrea Mitchell warned that Trump was hiding the fact that he was "completely uneducated about any part of the world." Ouch. It's worth watching.

THIS WEEKEND WAS A BERN: Via ABC's Maryalice ParksBernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE swept Saturday's caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. And he didn't just win them, he won by overwhelming margins. This will definitely boost his fundraising and validate his commitment to an extended primary. What this means: Hillary Clinton has a lot of work to do to bring progressives on board. How this will play out: Bernie is still trailing Clinton by a sizable number of delegates.



Mashable (Oh.)
A tombstone for Donald Trump sprouts up in Central Park

NBC's Luke Russert
This Pete Souza shot of the Easter Bunny at the WH is an instant classic

CNN's Chris Moody
Obama's shirt game today



Congress is out #SlowDay

1 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in West Salem, Wis.

7 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in Madison, Wis.

7:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Milwaukee.

9:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: New America will host a panel discussion to launch the Coalition for Safe Loan Alternatives. Details: 



Today is National Black Forest Cake Day!

PANDAS TAKING BATHS: From the zoo that brought you the video of the panda playing in the snow, here's Tian Tian taking a bath on a warm spring day. Your Monday just got a little better.

THE REAL SCANDAL TODAY: HBO's "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver tried to take down the Cadbury Crème Egg. Bold move, Oliver. Boldddd move.

WELL THIS IS DEPRESSING: Via The Hartford Courant's Kathleen McWilliams, PEZ Candy canceled its annual Easter egg hunt because of chaos. One child got a bloody nose after being pushed to the ground by an adult. Well, I never realized Easter egg hunts were full contact.

And because you made it this far, watch this cat build an igloo for himself in a snowstorm, probably because the humans inside were too unbearable for him.


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