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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 ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE is going directly after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRed states find there’s no free pass on Medicaid changes from Trump Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit The Memo: Trump flirts with constitutional crisis 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: 

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 and on Facebook.

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." 

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: 

STORIES FROM A VULNERABLE SENATOR: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThis week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill Trump attending Senate GOP lunch Tuesday High stakes as Trump heads to Hill 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.

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'
Trump: Reporter would have pressed charges even if aide apologized because 'she likes it' 
Trump: 'She shouldn't have been touching me'
Trump: Why didn't she scream?
Trump: 'How Do You Know Those Bruises Weren't There Before?'

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.

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.

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 ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules 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.

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.

And here are five lingering questions about the Apple-FBI case: 

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." 



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.

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

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"

Business Insider's Josh Barro
Looking forward to wall-to-wall OJ-style TV coverage of Corey Lewandowski's simple assault trial.



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 KerryJohn Kerry to NYU Abu Dhabi: We can't address world problems by 'going it alone' Juan Williams: Trump's dangerous lies on Iran Pompeo: US tried, failed to achieve side deal with European allies MORE.

7 p.m. EDT: The Newseum is hosting an event featuring female leaders in the media. Live stream:



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) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE on MSNBC.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenators near deal on sexual harassment policy change Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA Five Republican run-offs to watch in Texas MORE makes his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenJuan Williams: Trump gives life to the left Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Tomi Lahren responds to genealogist's investigation of her family: 'She failed miserably' MORE (D-Mass.) will be on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."



Today is National Turkey Neck Soup Day (?)

SNAPPING IN A Z-FORMATION: In a new video, mean girls read Donald Trump's tweets. Wow.

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.

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.

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.


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