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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Mexico stop immigrant 'caravans' | Trump floated Putin White House visit | Inside Obama's post-presidential life | Trump hosts Easter Egg Roll | Flashback to Spicer as the bunny | HBO MLK documentary | How DC is marking 50th anniversary of MLK's death | NCAA championship predictions

 

In honor of the 140th annual White House Easter Egg Roll, let's take a moment to reflect and to...

Remember that time Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSanders dismisses — but doesn't deny — reports about her exit Spicer joins pro-Trump super PAC CBS: Sanders may leave White House at end of year MORE was the Easter Bunny: 

 

This morning, 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 and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy White House pushes back on Laura Bush criticism of family separation Rosalynn Carter: Separating families at border is ‘a shame to our country' MORE hosted the 140th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2ImWQkA

THROWBACK TO 2008 -- SEAN SPICER: Via The Wrap, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer played the role of the Easter Bunny in 2008, when George W. Bush was president. Spicer even includes this famed role in his GOP website bio. http://bit.ly/2pYwvSa

 

It's Monday -- you made it through April Fools' Day. Congrats. 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

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TALK OF THE MORNING

D-A-C-A -- what does that spell? Headaches all around: 

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Early this morning, President Trump pressed Mexico to stop immigrant "caravans" trying to reach the United States. He tweeted: "Mexico has the absolute power not to let these large 'Caravans' of people enter their country ... Congress must immediately pass Border Legislation, use Nuclear Option if necessary, to stop the massive inflow of Drugs and People. Border Patrol Agents (and ICE) are GREAT, but the weak Dem laws don't allow them to do their job. Act now Congress, our country is being stolen!" Full series of tweets: http://bit.ly/2GRDl6m

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Vladdy, my man.:

Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, President Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet at the White House, but the two governments have not begun planning a possible summit, according to Putin aide Yuri UshakovWhen Trump floated this idea: During a March 20 phone call with Putin, in which the U.S. president ignited controversy by congratulating Putin on his reelection victory. http://bit.ly/2q0BcuJ

 

THIS WEEK

It's the 50th anniversary of MLK's death: 

Fifty years ago Wednesday, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

HAPPENING AT 8 P.M. -- A DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE YOU'LL BE HEARING ABOUT:  Filmmaker Peter Kunhardt created a documentary that follows the final few years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. What to expect: http://bit.ly/2JdB7Nl

POIGNANT FOOTAGE OF MLK'S LAST BIRTHDAY: Via Time magazine, here's an exclusive clip of the HBO documentary: https://ti.me/2Ja1Vh8

ON HOW THE DOCUMENTARY REVEALS A NEW SIDE OF KING: Newsweek's Janice Williams on what we learn about the civil rights leader: http://bit.ly/2H89zbu

INTERESTING LIST -- NEWS THAT HAPPENED THE DAY BEFORE MLK DIED: 
Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "These were the stories that dominated the news on April 3, 1968, before Martin Luther King's killing turned the world upside down." http://bit.ly/2JfcShx

INTERESTING READ -- 'INSIDE THE INTERNATIONAL MANHUNT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S KILLER': Via ABC News: https://abcn.ws/2pXZ5np

HAPPENING WEDNESDAY: A rally and march on the National Mall to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. Actor Danny Glover and Ben & Jerry's founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are among the featured speakers. Details: http://bit.ly/2GOrmXq

 

GETTING TRACTION

Yiiiiikes, this cover: 

New York magazine caused quite the stir with its latest cover, which depicts President Trump as a pig. Photo: http://bit.ly/2q1bYfJ

The cover story: "Corruption, Not Russia, Is Trump's Greatest Political Liability," by Jonathan Chaithttps://nym.ag/2pV5HTS

Back story to the photo: http://bit.ly/2H6c3ao

  

LATEST WITH THE MIDTERMS

Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Trump surprises with consumer agency pick On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump nominates budget official Kraninger for consumer chief | Senate votes to block Trump ZTE deal | Stocks fall on trade tensions | House panel moves to markup budget MORE isn't feeling the love:

Via USA Today's Craig Gilbert, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has been the target in more than a third of the GOP's commercials in House races. Context: Pelosi has been featured in 34 percent of ads. "That compares with 9% in all of 2016 and 13% in 2014." https://usat.ly/2q0Rtkf

THE LAWMAKERS HAVING THE TOUGHEST TIMES RIGHT NOW: Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen, here are the five lawmakers facing the toughest primaries right now: http://bit.ly/2q33fdg

 

IN OTHER NEWS

It's like being a grandparent. All the perks none of the responsibility! ;)

Via The Hill's Amie ParnesPresident Obama is by all appearances enjoying his post-White House life. In the 14 months since he left the Oval Office, Obama's moments in the spotlight have been few and far between. But when he has popped up, he has appeared more zen and carefree while sporting a seemingly ever-present smile in Donald Trump's America. What the Obamas have been up to: http://bit.ly/2H2x85e

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Happy April!: 

  

ON TAP:

Congress is out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., where he hosted the Easter Egg Roll earlier. 

Just announced -- today: President Trump has declared April 2 "World Autism Awareness Day." Trump said in a statement: "On this day, we honor their accomplishments and recommit to ensuring that they enjoy the same opportunities to fulfill their potential that all Americans deserve." http://bit.ly/2uCv0yJ

Today: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) are both in New Hampshire today. Details: http://bit.ly/2pwpoAa

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.

April 9: John Bolton becomes President Trump's new national security adviser. 

  

WHAT TO WATCH:

This morning: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump hosted the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GJibHP

9:20 p.m. EDT: The NCAA men's basketball championship game between the University of Michigan and Villanova University. ESPN predictions: https://es.pn/2pYnj0V

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. 

Anyone else remember this viral 'peanut butter and jelly time' video? 2002 was a weird time for the internet... Watch: http://bit.ly/2pXO4Te

 

Thirteen. Thousand. Year. Old. Footprints.:

Via CNN's Ashley Strickland, "Searching the shoreline sediment of British Columbia's Calvert Island, researchers uncovered 29 footprints that are 13,000 years old. The footprints belonged to two adults and a child, according to a study." Photo of the footprints: https://cnn.it/2pOk23D 

 

And because you read this far, here's a golden retriever puppy trying to disguise itself: http://bit.ly/2uDF6PZ