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The Hill's 12:30 Report: 2020 census to include citizenship question | Why Dems are worried | Zuckerberg to testify | Former justice calls for repealing Second Amendment | Retired officers slam new transgender ban | Russia, China pull ahead in missile technology | Trump approval rises in CNN poll

 

TRENDING OP-ED

A former Supreme Court justice: Buh bye, Second Amendment!: 

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, calling the right to bear arms outdated and misunderstood. Keep in mind: Stevens is a Republican, but leaned liberally when on the Supreme Court.

EXCERPT -- WOW: Speaking of the rallies against gun violence on Saturday, Stevens wrote: "That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment." https://nyti.ms/2IYIxUj

TIDBIT -- NEW DETAIL FROM LAST WEEK'S MARYLAND SHOOTING: Via CNN's Jason Hanna, "Although a school resource officer did fire at the teen who'd shot two fellow students at a Maryland high school last week, the shooter died of a bullet from his own gun, authorities say." https://cnn.it/2uo2AbB

It's Tuesday. It's pretty gloomy in D.C. today, but tomorrow is the start of real spring weather! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and puppy videos to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

GETTING TRACTION

A citizen? Or not? That is the question: 

The Commerce Department is adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. How long since this question has been asked: 1950. Why Democrats are worried about this: They are worried that will lead some immigrants not to respond. Some argue "that an undercount in regions with high immigrant populations would lead not only to unreliable data but also to unfair redistricting, to the benefit of Republicans." https://nyti.ms/2pOha6S

OTHER CENSUS CONCERNS: Via The New York Times's Michael Wines, census experts are already worried about the 2020 census. Keep in mind: "Preparations for the count already are complicated by a sea change in the census itself: For the first time, it will be conducted largely online instead of by mail." Other reasons officials are worried about the 2020 census: https://nyti.ms/2IUtqeA

 

FIRST IN THE HILL

Retired generals and admirals are not OK with Trump's transgender ban: 

More than 20 retired generals and admirals released a new statement opposing the latest iteration of President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE's ban on transgender people in the military. Excerpt: "There is simply no reason to single out brave transgender Americans who can meet military standards and deny them the ability to serve," the 26 officers wrote in their statement, obtained first by The Hill from the Palm Center, which researches issues of gender and sexuality. http://bit.ly/2GAOOaF

NOTABLE SIGNATURES INCLUDE: Retired Vice Adm. Donald Arthur, former surgeon general of the Navy; retired Vice Adm. Kevin Green, former deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and policy; retired Lt. Gen. Arlen Jameson, former deputy commander in chief of U.S. Strategic Command; and retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, the first Army women to achieve a three-star rank and a former Army deputy chief of staff for intelligence. http://bit.ly/2GAOOaF

BACK STORY: Last Friday, the White House announced a policy that would ban most transgender people from the U.S. military. Didn't Trump do this before?: Yes, but he rescinded that policy for this updated policy. Exceptions to the ban: "Exceptions to the ban include people who have been 'stable for 36 consecutive months in their biological sex prior to accession,' servicemembers who 'do not require a change of gender' and troops who started serving under the Obama administration's policy prior to the new memo." https://cnn.it/2DYBSWv

 

IN OTHER NEWS

New poll -- I'm telling you, people love the drama: 

A new CNN poll shows President Trump's approval rating is the highest its been in roughly 11 months. Approval: 42 percent approve of the President, up 7 points since the same poll last month. Disapproval: 54 percent of voters disapprove of the president's job performance. Keep in mind: This poll was conducted from March 22 to 25. http://bit.ly/2pN8vRM

Russia and China may soon have a few cooler toys than us: 

Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel, Russia and China are outpacing the United States in the development of super-fast missile technology, Pentagon officials and key lawmakers are warning. How so: Russia says it successfully tested a so-called hypersonic missile this month, while China tested a similar system last year expected to enter service soon. http://bit.ly/2pO3xW7

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Haha, I get why this tweet went viral: 

 

Happens to the best of us
(no it doesn't)

 

 

ON TAP:

Congress is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is traveling to North Dakota and Minnesota.

1:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump signs a proclamation for "Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A."

Keep in mind: All of the president's events today are closed to the press. "Trump has not made public remarks for the last four days and no public events today, per WH schedule." http://bit.ly/2GBuIN8

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a political reception in Fargo, N.D., for Rep. Kevin CramerKevin John CramerPoll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota Trump announces North Dakota rally for June 27 GOP Senate candidates sought support of anti-LGBT group: report MORE (R-N.D.), who is running for Senate.

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSpotlight falls on Russian threat to undersea cables The Hill's Morning Report — 'Sobering' IG report damages FBI Trump poised to slap tariffs on billion in Chinese imports MORE

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a "Great America Committee, Protest the House" event in Minneapolis.

7:25 p.m. EDT: President Trump has dinner with supporters at a private residence in Washington, D.C. 

Just announced: Via CNN's Dylan Byers, Facebook founder Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergAction against Russian meddling cannot threaten our civil liberties Hillicon Valley: Fallout from bombshell DOJ report on Clinton probe | AT&T win could see new wave of mergers | World Cup cyber warning | Facebook comms chief stepping down Facebook's public policy, comms chief to step down MORE will testify before Congress about data privacy in the next few weeks. https://cnnmon.ie/2I7sCBU

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2DYGqwe

3:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax reform at an event in North Dakota. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2DYslip

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Spanish Paella Day.

I'm sorry, did you say boozy drinks that look like Capri Suns?!:

Via Washingtonian's Jessica Sidman, the Washington Nationals have announced a new lineup of food at Nats Park this year. The highlights: Alcoholic Capri-Sun-like drinks, W-shaped soft pretzels with gourmet dipping sauces and street skewers. Photos and full lineup: http://bit.ly/2pOlWlF

And because you made it to the end, here's a dog that lied about having "previous sheepdog experience" on its resume. http://bit.ly/2DYTgdQ