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The Hill's 12:30 Report: CBO score fallout | Breitbart posts leaked audio of Ryan talking Trump | Colbert mocks Conway over cameras in microwaves | Lawmakers stream their road trip home | National Potato Chip Day

*CUE STAR WARS INTRO VOICE* -- THE INFAMOUS. CBO. SCORE.: The Congressional Budget Office projected that under the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the number of uninsured people would grow by 14 million in 2018, with that number rising to 24 million in a decade.

SENATE GOP REACTION -- THAT'S BAD NEWS BEARS: Senate Republicans are showing fresh signs of concern over the replacement plan, known as the American Health Care Act. How: On Monday they said they were still digesting the CBO analysis but signaled they expect the House bill will need to be changed.

DEM REACTION: Democrats are on the attack, hoping the findings -- and the eye-popping estimate that 24 million more people will be without coverage by 2026 -- will stop the ObamaCare repeal effort in its tracks.

REPUBLICAN DAMAGE CONTROL TIME: Leading House Republicans are fighting to defend their ObamaCare replacement bill in the face of the CBO report. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanStudents arrested protesting gun violence outside Paul Ryan’s office Parkland father calls out Trump, McConnell, Ryan after Santa Fe shooting GOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan MORE's argument: Tout deficit reduction and a decrease in premiums that the report found, while seeking to downplay the coverage losses.

It's Tuesday. Happy Pi Day! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.

Lol.: "Pi Day is just a fake holiday created by math companies to sell more math."

OH COME ONNNN: Here's a photo of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., at 7:45 a.m. after the "blizzard" of 2017.

JUST WAITING FOR THESE TWO TO START PLAYING "PUNCH BUGGIE": Texas Reps. Will Hurd (R) and Beto O'Rourke (D) are road tripping from Texas to Washington, D.C., together. "We'll pick up any member of Congress on the way."

SAY HIIIII!: They've been live streaming their trip. Watch:

NEW -- OH THIS ARTICLE'S PHOTO IS PERFECT: Via The Daily Beast's Gideon Resnick, Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, was reportedly offered a top White House role, but turned down the position. What position: Deputy press secretary.

EYE [CLAP] RON [CLAP] KNEE [CLAP]: Last night, Breitbart's Matthew Boyle posted audio from an October conference call in which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told fellow Republicans he'd never defend Donald Trump again. The audio is from after the leaked "Access Hollywood" tape. Details of the call were reported in October but the actual audio is bound to make things awkward again. Now we just need one of those shots that zooms in on Ryan's face. "You're probably wondering how I got here." 

LATEST — I WISH I COULD GIVE HIM SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) pushed back against the notion that minority groups will one day surpass whites in the American population, saying that Hispanics and blacks "will be fighting each other before that happens."

MUST READ -- KELLYANNE'S KORNER: In The Atlantic's April 2017 issue, Molly Ball has a must-read profile of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, "Kellyanne's Alternative Universe: Will the truth ever catch up with Trump's most skilled spin artist?"

TRENDING -- THE EVIL FUTURISTIC ROBOTS: "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert poked fun at White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she suggested that "microwaves that turn into cameras" could have been used to spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Colbert then replaced his one of his show's cameras with a microwave. It's pretty funny.

HELLO, MY HISTORY NERD FRIENDS!: The Hill has launched a political podcast, "The Hill's History-Cast!" with Reid Wilson. ​In the first season, ​it will explore the fascinating history and culture of American politics, from consequential moments at the White House and in Congress to a murder at the Capitol and the long legacy of Prohibition. Check. It. Out.



Voice of America's Steve Herman (Lol!)
It seems White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a footwear issue at today's press stakeout with HHS Secretary Price and OMB Dir. Mulvaney. Photo:

LSE Government's Brian Klaas 
Trump's team will try to discredit the CBO assessment of its health care bill this week. Here are 13x he used CBO estimates to attack Obama 

Josh Billinson
This GIF of John Gizzi is just amazing

NBC News
Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer Anti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Tax reform postmortem reveals lethal dose of crony capitalism MORE criticizes Snoop Dogg for shooting toy gun at clown dressed like Donald Trump in music video 



The House canceled votes because of the snowstorm.

Today–Sunday: The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Schedule:

12:30 p.m. EDT: President TrumpDonald John TrumpMexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate Jim Carrey takes aim at Kent State grad who posed with AR-10 MORE has lunch with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, deputy crown prince and minister of defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Senate Republicans.

2 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about the American Health Care Act.

6 p.m. EDT WednesdayPresident Trump holds a campaign rally (no, really!) in Nashville, Tenn.



2 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Live stream:

7 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Martha MacCallum interviews House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on "The First 100 Days." 

9 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Tucker Carlson interviews President Trump on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."



Today is National Potato Chip Day!

THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY TO MINT A NEWLY YUPPIFIED NEIGHBORHOOD: A new Whole Foods is opening on H Street in Northeast Washington, D.C., tomorrow.

MAJOR DONUT NEWS: Krispy Kreme announced the addition of four new flavors: Latte Bunny, almond flakes atop chocolate frosting, which covers a donut filled with latte-flavored cream; Brûlée Glazed Cream, custard cream inside with a caramelized topping; Sakura, a sweet and sour doughnut filled with cherry paste, berry purees and whipped cream; and Matcha Adzuki, with green tea-flavored whipped cream and glaze and red bean paste filling.

And because you read this far, here's a moose chasing after snowboarders in Breckenridge, Colo.


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