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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump revokes pledge | GOP senator open to voting for SCOTUS nominee | Cruz on Jimmy Kimmel Live | Treasury close to picking woman for $10 bill

RELEASED THIS MORNING -- CLINTON KNOCKS TRUMP IN NEW AD: Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE is going directly after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE, her Republican counterpart, in New York ahead of the state's primary. A new ad opens with Clinton speaking about the diversity of the city, contrasting it with Trump's rhetoric on illegal immigration and Muslims. Watch: http://bit.ly/1MSQqFx 

Happy Hump Day! The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner is one month from today. 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

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JUUUUUST KIDDING: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch, Donald Trump backed down (again) on his pledge to support the GOP nominee, saying there are some Republicans he might not back. "I'll see who it is," he told moderator Anderson Cooper during a CNN town hall in Milwaukee. Trump added that he has been "treated very unfairly." http://bit.ly/25wt8R5 

WE GOT THIS! ...SAID WHILE NEROUSLY REACHING FOR A GLASS OF WINE: Team Hillary Clinton may look calm, cool and collected about wrapping up the nomination soon, but behind the scenes, they are pretty nervous. Here are the five things keeping them awake at night: 

• The Democratic race extends until July
• Money, money, money
• It will be hard to unify Democrats, and the convention will be messy
• The FBI and email controversy 
• An ugly general election -- if the GOP primary is any indication

Context for each from The Hill's Amie Parnes:http://bit.ly/1LZTy7A 

STORIES FROM A VULNERABLE SENATOR: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (R-Ill.) has become the first Republican to say he might be willing to vote for Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. Kirk, who is facing a tough reelection bid, rebuked his colleagues for refusing to even consider meeting with Garland. http://bit.ly/1olTGCN

WHAT A LOVELY USE OF 2016 FOR SHARING IMPORTANT POLICY IDEAS: Since Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged yesterday for simple battery against former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, Trump has vehemently stood by Lewandowski and attacked Fields. Trump changed his tune from "Lewandowski didn't touch her" to "he did it to protect me." 

Here's a primer on the mudslinging: 

Trump: Fields a 'very aggressive person' http://bit.ly/1q1GpB7
Trump: Reporter would have pressed charges even if aide apologized because 'she likes it'http://bit.ly/1UsKlr0 
Trump: 'She shouldn't have been touching me' http://bit.ly/1Tio4Lh
Trump: Why didn't she scream? http://politi.co/1TioBNh
Trump: 'How Do You Know Those Bruises Weren't There Before?' http://bit.ly/1TioJws

LADY MONEY: Via AP's Martin Crutsinger, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says he is getting closer to announcing who will be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in more than a century. What bill: $10, because it's next up for a redesign to keep it safe from counterfeiting. http://apne.ws/1Y0yDBW

IN A TOTALLY UNIQUE CAREER PATH: Via The Hill's Megan R. Wilson, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) has officially registered as a lobbyist. He is part of a team at Baker Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz that is lobbying for the health insurer Aetna, according to forms filed to the Senate. http://bit.ly/1qizu6u

WELL THAT'S NOT A GREAT PR HEADLINE: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, a Democratic House candidate running in Nevada says Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) told him he shouldn't run because he is Muslim. Reid's staffers quickly denied the outgoing Senate Democratic leader made the comment, while acknowledging he met with the candidate in August. http://bit.ly/1VTgCad

THE GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS FOR APPLE: Via AP's Tami Abdollah, the good news: Apple didn't have to create a backdoor to hacking an iPhone. The bad news: Apple doesn't even know how the FBI broke into the phone. This means their security isn't as safe as they thought. http://ti.me/1M05Tc3

And here are five lingering questions about the Apple-FBI case: http://bit.ly/1RqHigF 

IN NH NEWS -- SHAHEEN HOLDS SCOTUS PRESSER: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) held a press conference in Concord, N.H., on the Supreme Court nomination. "The bipartisan tradition of considering Supreme Court nominees is an important one that is now under threat ... Judge Garland deserves a hearing and he deserves a vote." 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Former Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.)
Kasich working hard to court my vote with that completely random "take old people out to dinner more" platform. Brave. http://bit.ly/1ol0EIj

The State Department
Somebody offered you a free trip abroad, but the free luggage they offered is lined with cocaine. Beware of these scams #springbreakingbadly http://bit.ly/1SkM4bK

CNN's MJ Lee
Again, Trump suggesting that he will keep Corey Lewandowski on his team: "I don't discard people."

The New York Times's Alex Burns retweeted adding: His signature line is, literally, "You're fired" http://bit.ly/21S1VUq

Business Insider's Josh Barro
Looking forward to wall-to-wall OJ-style TV coverage of Corey Lewandowski's simple assault trial. http://bit.ly/1pIEMHV

 

ON TAP:

3 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Appleton, Wis.

3:15 p.m. EDT: President Obama meets with Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states When it comes to Colombia, America is in a tough spot 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 MORE.

7 p.m. EDT: The Newseum is hosting an event featuring female leaders in the media. Live stream: http://bit.ly/1UCensI

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

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

8 p.m. EDT: Chris Matthews interviews Donald Trump on MSNBC.

9 p.m. EDT: Rachel Maddow interviews Hillary Clinton on MSNBC.

10 p.m. EDT: Rachel Maddow interviews Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states After Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward MORE on MSNBC.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE makes his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump's SEC may negate investors' ability to fight securities fraud Schatz's ignorance of our Anglo-American legal heritage illustrates problem with government Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee MORE (D-Mass.) will be on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Turkey Neck Soup Day (?)

SNAPPING IN A Z-FORMATION: In a new video, mean girls read Donald Trump's tweets. Wow. http://bit.ly/22OrCef

IF YOU DIDN'T CLICK MY ANTI-FAST FOOD BURGER LINK YESTERDAY: ...then you may still be open to trying this one! ;) Burger King is now offering a Whopper with bright red buns that has hot sauce baked in. It's literally neon red. http://ti.me/1UsNVRV

OH THIS HAS TO BE PAINFUL: This man came painfully close to shooting a basket during a contest at the Orlando Magic game. I can't think of a worse way to lose. http://bit.ly/1Y0G5NF

And to make your Wednesday a little brighter, here's Hunter the abandoned tiger cub and Chelsea the puppy, who are the best of friends. You're killing me here, Hunter and Chelsea. http://bit.ly/1MSKH2n

 

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