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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- New Hampshire Edition: Trump's ground game faces big test | Jeb supporter wins Super Bowl | White House seeks $1.8B to stop Zika | Free Bernie tattoos

NEW THIS A.M. -- TRUMP HOLDS FIRM LEAD; RUBIO/CRUZ IN 2ND: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch, in a new tracking poll, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE has the support of 24 percent of New Hampshire's Republican-leaning voters. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate MORE are tied for second with 13 percent apiece. Jeb Bush and John Kasich are tied at 10 percent each. Chris Christie has 5 percent. http://bit.ly/1mnBjMQ

BOI-NIE SAN-DUHS: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch, Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE has a double-digit lead over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE the day before the New Hampshire primary. He has 56 percent support, compared with Clinton's 40 percent. Four percent remain undecided. http://bit.ly/1PKiaR2

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JUST ANNOUNCED -- ANOTHER SENATOR FOR RUBIO: Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle Steve King denied seat on Air Force One for Trump trip to Iowa: report Iowa Democrat calls foul on White House over Trump ethanol tour invite MORE (R-Neb.) has endorsed Marco Rubio's presidential bid. Here's the full list of Congressional endorsements: http://bit.ly/1STLS5y 

Happy Monday! The New Hampshire Primary is TOMORROW. (!!) Filing from The Radio Row at the Radisson Hotel (the center of the action) in Manchester, N.H., I'm Cate Martel. MSNBC's "Morning Joe" filmed from a nearby room, and the hotel breakfast buffet is filled with campaign staffers and journalists. From the area I've staked out, Jeb Bush, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenDemocrats want White House hopefuls to cool it on Biden attacks Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill after Mnuchin announces delay MORE (D-N.H.) have passed by so far. Here's a brief update of what you missed during the morning, what's on tap for the rest of the day and some tidbits from the campaign trail. Send comments, story ideas and predictions for the madness tomorrow to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

 

ON THE GROUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:

TRUMPMENTUM NEEDS TO BE REAL: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Yours Truly, Donald Trump has a firm lead in the polls in New Hampshire, but tomorrow's primary will be determined by the ground game -- just how Ted Cruz's big win was reached in Iowa. There is doubt about Trump's ground game from veteran Republican operatives, but here's what the campaign has to say: http://bit.ly/1UY3sWV

NO, HE COULDN'T HAVE! ...RIGHT?: During the debate, the live feed in the press room glitched when Chris Christie said "fight" so we just heard the first syllable -- "F" -- Cue momentary freak-out. 

SPIN ROOM: Following the debate, candidates spoke to reporters in the spin room. It was such close quarters that your 5' 4" author stood on her toes to see, and when she put her heels back down on the ground there was another person in the crowded area "using that space." Here's a photo for perspective: http://bit.ly/1T8rhNT

TEAM RUBIO SHIPPING UP TO NEW ENGLAND: At a rally for Marco Rubio in Bedford, N.H., a group of the senator's family and friends were spotted in the crowd, who came up from Miami, Fla., sporting custom Rubio football jerseys. One friend, Becky Patron, said she was Rubio's son's kindergarten teacher and was up in the area doing door knocks and other volunteer efforts. Here's a group photo with Rubio's wife Jeanette. http://bit.ly/1RirZqu

MAILER UPDATE: By my latest count, we have received at least 31 political mailers in the past week. Most notably, Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC supporting Jeb Bush, sent out a mailer so big it was essentially a big poster of his face. 

ALRIGHT, SOMEONE MESSED UP: Supporters of Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWe're all on the tarmac, waiting for an Iran policy This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Washington braces for Trump's next move on Iran MORE held a sign wave for the Kentucky senator in Nashua, N.H. One itsy bitsy problem: Paul dropped out. Did that message not get relayed? Photohttp://bit.ly/1PK6Kga 

I'LL SAY IT AGAIN: Via The Hill's Rebecca Savransky, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is fighting off criticism from the media over his repeated attacks against President Obama during Saturday night's GOP debate. In response, a fundraising pitch from Rubio encourages people to donate to his campaign because he will continue to say what he believes: that "Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden to debate for first time as front-runner John Kerry: Play based on Mueller report is 'an act of public service' Obama photographed alongside Clooney on boat in Italy MORE is trying to change the United States of America." http://bit.ly/1K7YhTO

 

AND IN OTHER NEWS...

THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES ON ZIKA: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, the White House is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, hoping to halt the spread of the relatively unknown disease. Timing: The World Health Organization declared a global emergency as of Friday. http://bit.ly/1Q3p2Vq

YEAH, NO PRESSURE. AT ALL: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is about to be dragged into the spotlight in the Clinton FBI probe. If the FBI finds sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into classified information of emails, Lynch will have to decide how to handle. http://bit.ly/1KB3eVb

BEST BUDS TALKING BEST BUD THINGS: IJ Review created a video of Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-S.C.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVeterans group to hand out USS John McCain T-shirts for July 4 on the National Mall Will we ever have another veteran as president? Meghan McCain clashes with Joy Behar as the 'sacrificial Republican' on 'The View' MORE (R-Ariz.) doing a comedy show about the 2016 election. Graham: "Do you think they treated you fairly when you were up there on the debate stage?" McCain: "I've been treated better." Graham: "By who?" McCain: "The Vietnamese!" http://on.fb.me/1KAGfcJ

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- BUDGET, NORTH KOREA: President Obama is expected to release his final budget tomorrow. But hold your horses, Barack: Republicans on Capitol Hill have already indicated they won't take it seriously. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the GOP goal is to produce their budget out of committee during the last week of February and hold a floor vote sometime in early March. 

• North Korea: The Senate is expected to pass new sanctions cracking down on North Korea after the country claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. 

• Energy: A wide-ranging energy bill is back under the spotlight after it was derailed last week over a Democratic-push to include aid for the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis. 

• Scientific research: The House is slated to consider a measure on Wednesday that would establish standards for National Science Foundation research grants to be "worthy of federal funding." 

• Nutrition labeling: A bill that would modify the FDA's menu-labeling rule to add the number of calories. http://bit.ly/1W6rAqk

 

CAMPAIGN TRAIL TWEETS:

The Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal (the photo shows Manning's political contribution history)
Peyton Manning <3 Jeb Bush (hat tip to Open Secrets DC) http://bit.ly/1Rgu1aB

Politico's Hadas Gold
On Colbert, Megyn Kelly says at last Fox News debate they were worried that Trump would show up in the middle of the debate http://bit.ly/1ojIHKV

The Huffington Post's Jennifer Bendery
Trump: "Grab em. Hug em. Kiss em. Whatever. Get the deal done." Clinton: I'll give GOP lawmakers "bear hugs" to get deals. #Hugs2016 http://bit.ly/1okM1oU

 

ON TAP:

The House is out of session on Monday. 

1 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Windham, N.H.

1:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds a meet-and-greet in Raymond, N.H.

3:30 p.m. EST: Cruz speaks at an event hosted by Tea Party Nation and the 603 Alliance in Manchester, N.H.

4 p.m. EST: Kasich holds a town hall at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, N.H.

5 p.m. EST: Donald Trump has a rally at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. This is one of the biggest event spaces in the area. Mitt Romney had his last rally here the night before the general election.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate will vote to confirm Rebecca Ebinger as a federal judge.

6 p.m. EST: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a town hall in Manchester, N.H.

6 p.m. EST: Kasich holds a town hall in Manchester, N.H.

6:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a rally in Nashua, N.H.

6:30 p.m. EST: Carly Fiorina holds a town hall in Concord, N.H.

7:30 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush holds a town hall in Portsmouth, N.H.

7:30 p.m. EST: Hillary Clinton holds a rally in Hudson, N.H.

8 p.m. EST: Kasich holds an election-eve rally in Hooksett, N.H.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

5 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush joins Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "MTP Daily." 

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Molasses Bar Day and National Potato Lover's Day!

OH. MY. GOD.: The mother of a two-year-old and 8-month-old triplets posted a video of what it's like getting the four very active toddlers into pajamas. The video is hilarious but as stressful as watching your favorite sports team in a very close game. Watch: http://on.fb.me/1T7pit1

WE. ARE. FAM. ILY.: During the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, a video shows the Mannings celebrating in their box. Well, except for Peyton's brother, Eli Manning -- quarterback for the New York Giants. What a special moment. http://nydn.us/1QQo6aj

LITERALLY "FEELING THE BERN": A tattoo parlor in Vermont is offering free tattoos of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) http://bit.ly/1LblQWC

And with that, here's a video of two dogs hugging it out in a way too human way. These are the things that get me through the day. http://on.fb.me/1nY7JPI 

 

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