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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump manager charged with battery | Walker endorses Cruz | Tim Tebow open to public office | Garland meets first GOP senator

DEVELOPING NOW -- TRUMP'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER CHARGED WITH BATTERY: Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMuhammad Ali Jr. detained by immigration at Florida airport Two progressive activists were behind Trump Russian flag prank at CPAC Tom Perez embodies the Democratic Party. This is why he should lead it. MORE's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has been charged in the alleged battery of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Here's the footage of the incident and the full story: http://bit.ly/21Rn6Wz 

THIS MORNING -- SCOTT WALKER 'TRUST-TED' ANNOUNCEMENT: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), a former presidential candidate, announced this morning his endorsement of Ted CruzTed CruzBrietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE, in an effort to block Donald Trump. "Ted Cruz is the best positioned by far to both win the nomination of the Republican Party and to then go on and defeat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonReport: New national security adviser breaks with Trump on 'radical Islamic terrorism' EPA head previously used private email for government business Arkansas lawmaker proposes bill that would remove Clinton name from airport: report MORE in the fall of this year. That's the key." http://bit.ly/1pHDA7C

It's Tuesday, and the wind is blowing away the beloved cherry blossoms. Sprint to get those Instagrams before they're gone! 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 all those "unique" cherry blossom photos to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

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STOP TRYING TO MAKE THE NOMINATION HAPPEN. IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN: Republicans who either favor Ted Cruz, or just really don't like Donald Trump, think John Kasich's quest to stay in the race is just helping Trump sew up the nomination. "It's a vanity effort run by a delusional candidate," said Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign. More from The Hill's Jonathan Easleyhttp://bit.ly/1RHDm6S  

IF I HAD A NICKEL FOR EVERYTIME I READ THIS HEADLINE: Donald Trump is threatening to skip CNN's town hall tonight over the network's treatment of him. We get it. Some people are more sensitive than others, especially presidential candidates. http://bit.ly/1ojurRM

RELEASED THIS MORNING -- #NEVERHILLARY AD: American Crossroads, the high-profile Republican super-PAC founded by Karl Rove, has created a 15-second "#NeverHillary" ad set to air in Washington, D.C. Watch: http://bit.ly/1StH1bO 

COME ON. YOU FEEL THE BERN RIGHT? EVEN JUST A LITTLE?: Via The Hill's Ben Kamisar, Lisa Hagen and Harper Neidig, superdelegates who are supporting Hillary Clinton are being pressured to switch to Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Trump's media attacks: He doesn't understand democracy Drug importation won't save dollars or lives Dems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election MOREWhy: Sanders has a significant disadvantage without superdelegates, who aren't bound to a candidate. Each of their votes counts just as much as a state's pledged delegate. Delegate math: Clinton currently leads Sanders by 268 pledged delegates, but that number skyrockets to a 708 advantage when you add in her superdelegates. http://bit.ly/1XZTZiZ 

TIM TEBOW 4 PREZ, OR SOMETHING: Professional football player Tim Tebow said he's open to running for political office in the future. "If there's a chance you could make a difference someday with something, then that would be intriguing." Now picture a Kanye West/Tim Tebow ticket in 2020. You heard it here first. ;) http://bit.ly/1ojAfug

YES, THIS IS AN ACTUAL HEADLINE: The Huffington Post has an opinion piece with the headline, "It's Time for Hillary Clinton to Concede the Democratic Nomination to Bernie Sanders." http://huff.to/1oicClU 

HAA, WE DIDN'T EVEN NEED YOU, APPLE!: Via The Hill's Cory Bennett, the FBI has successfully unlocked the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter without Apple's help. The Justice Department is now withdrawing its case against Apple. Backstory: Apple argued that to unlock the shooter's iPhone, they would have to create a backdoor that would compromise iPhone security forever. Hey readers, this just saved you a lot of updates on this case. It would have been a long and ugly one. ;) http://bit.ly/1MytUqv

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Business Insider's Colin Campbell (I believe that foreign word for a water fountain is pronounced "bub-luh" if you're in New England. Ugh.)
ugh already a Wisconsin "bubbler" reference during the commercials before Scott Walker appears on local radio http://bit.ly/1WUCJeJ

The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff
Unlike Romney, Walker doesn't mention Trump at all when first announcing Cruz endorsement http://bit.ly/1XZUvxi

Politico's Shane Goldmacher
Reminder: Just yesterday Scott Walker was still renting out his email list to John Kasich http://bit.ly/22KZqZQ

 

ON TAP:

Today: Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will have his first meeting with a Republican, Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkLeaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood GOP senator won't vote to defund Planned Parenthood The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Ill.). Kirk's the most vulnerable Senate Republican in 2016.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election Dean: Schumer's endorsement 'kiss of death' for Ellison Michael Moore touts Ellison for DNC chair: ‘We need fresh blood’ MORE and Michael Bloomberg have a joint announcement at Johns Hopkins University. Watch live: http://bit.ly/1RpbqZT

12:30 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha, Wis.

2 p.m. EDT: Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and human rights leaders are holding media availability on Chinese President Xi Jinping's Washington visit.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds an organizing event in La Crosse, Wis. 

2:30 p.m. EST: President Obama speaks at the National Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Summit in Atlanta.

5 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a town hall in Janesville, Wis.

6:15 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds an organizing event in Green Bay, Wis. 

11 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a town hall in De Pere, Wis.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

8 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich participate in a CNN town hall in Wisconsin.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Ted Cruz makes his first appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

12:35 a.m. EDT: Bloomberg's John Heilemann and Mark Halperin appear on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

7 p.m. EDT tomorrow: MSNBC interviews John Kasich during a town hall event.

8 p.m. EDT tomorrow: MSNBC interviews Donald Trump during a town hall event.

9 p.m. EDT tomorrow: MSNBC holds back-to-back one-on-one interviews with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, hosted by Rachel Maddow.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chiffon Cake Day!

HOW TO ANNOY YOUR INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS: A new Instagram update will sort photos on your feed based on what users want to see instead of the time it was posted. This weekend, the Instagram world freaked out and started posting annoying memes asking followers to "turn notifications on" to see their posts. Ignore these pleas. Instagram confirmed this will not matter. See the freak out: http://bzfd.it/1USE2wM 

IN-TER-ESTING: 7-Eleven has unveiled a Slurpee-flavored donut. It's neon pink with shimmery sprinkles and allegedly tastes like wild cherry. I'll take two of those with a heaping side of insulin. http://huff.to/1qc6Y6w 

HAVING A SENSE OF HUMOR IS KEY: Reporters at WGN News Chicago read mean viewer emails on air -- all with a smile. They're hilarious. Also, people can be horrible. http://wapo.st/25sIVk2 

And just in case you need a reason not to eat McDonalds burgers, here's what happens when you pour molten copper over the burger. Yum... http://bit.ly/1LWZCO7

 

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