The Hill's 12:30 Report

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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 Rodham ClintonBiden: ‘Guys, I’m not running’ Trump says email hacking during election 'could've been China' or other groups Maxine Waters: ‘I’ve never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful’ as Trump MORE is going directly after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSeven key players for Trump on immigration Spicer: Media coverage of Trump has not been fair Kasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 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 KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood 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 ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 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 KerryCongress must press Qatar for highlighting hate preacher Egypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach 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 SandersBernie SandersObama makes 0K for speech at A&E event: report Van Jones: Obama should do ‘poverty tour’ Sanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change MORE on MSNBC.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Ted CruzTed CruzKasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 Trump in campaign mode at NRA convention Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit MORE makes his first appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

11:35 p.m. EDT: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenObama makes 0K for speech at A&E event: report Van Jones: Obama should do ‘poverty tour’ Warren reads middle school students' letters on climate change 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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