The Hill's 12:30 Report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Congressional Black Caucus PAC backs Hillary | Bernie's Secret Service name | Rubio eyes brokered convention | More Twitter trouble for Trump

NEW THIS MORNING -- CBC PAC backs Hillary: The Congressional Black Caucus PAC endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll: Majority of Democratic voters happy with their choices among 2020 contenders No presidential candidate can unite the country GOP lawmakers speak out against 'send her back' chants MORE's presidential campaign. But that move has also sparked concerns from one member who is backing Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE.

Tweet from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.): Cong'l Black Caucus (CBC) has NOT endorsed in presidential. Separate CBCPAC endorsed withOUT input from CBC membership, including me.

Also in his camp is "Banana Boat" singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, who endorsed Sanders this morning. Watch the video he released: 


The endorsements come as Clinton and Sanders look to shore up African-American support ahead of the South Carolina primary. Black lawmakers are closing the ranks around Clinton after her tough defeat in New Hampshire. The Hill's Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos with the story:

THAT BAD HABIT OF RETWEETING THE GENOCIDE SUPPORTER: Via The Hill's Mark Hensch, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE is coming under fire once again for retweeting a Twitter user named "White Genocide." The account's profile picture includes the phrase "the man who would be Hitler" alongside an illustration of George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Also I should add, this isn't the first time Trump has retweeted this user. The tweet was deleted this morning.

HELP ON THE WAY?: Donald Trump's presidential campaign announced this morning that Dan Scavino has been promoted to director of social media.

ROGER THAT: Bernie Sanders's Secret Service name has been revealed. It's "Intrepid."

It's Thursday and the Republican presidential race lost two candidates yesterday: Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. But Ben Carson (who placed eighth in New Hampshire) remains -- and so does Jim Gilmore! I'm Cate Martel with a brief update of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and recipes that involve peppermint patties to and on Facebook

SO, THE GOP IS FREAKING OUT A LITTLE BIT: Congressional Republicans are re-evaluating Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE's presidential campaign after his performance in New Hampshire. Here's The Hill's Alex Bolton with what they're saying:

Meanwhile, the Republican establishment is deciding whether Donald Trump and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHow to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy Cruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt MORE can be stopped. The Hill's Niall Stanage has analysis:

RUBIO TEAM SEES A LONG SLOG: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Marco Rubio's campaign manager Terry Sullivan is openly discussing the possibility of a brokered convention, saying the nomination fight may drag on through the summer with no candidate securing enough delegates to claim victory.

NEW TODAY -- BUNDY ARRESTED: Via The Hill's Timothy Cama, infamous Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was arrested late Wednesday night in Portland, Ore., on his way to the wildlife refuge his allies have occupied. The arrest came as the FBI escalated its ongoing efforts to end the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in rural Burns, Ore., about a six-hour drive from Portland in the eastern part of the state.

ABOUT THAT LONG WEEKEND: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, under pressure from a federal judge, the State Department will release 550 of Hillary Clinton's emails over Presidents Day weekend.

And yesterday, a new report explains that as many as 30 separate email accounts were included in messages on Clinton's private server that have been classified at the highest levels.

FILE THIS UNDER "YOU GOTTA TELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING": After 28 years, the White House has posted warning signs telling visitors that guns are prohibited. Neither the White House nor the Justice Department could explain why it took so long.

HOW WILL YOU...REMEMBER ME (ON IRAQ)?: Via The Hill's Kristina Wong, after interviews with dozens of lawmakers and administration officials, here's a fascinating (and very comprehensive) bird's eye view of President Obama's unsettled legacy on Iraq and Afghanistan. 



IJ Review's Benny Johnson on Instagram:
Vermin Supreme came in 4th in he [sic] New Hampshire Democratic Primary. A few days ago, he gave me an exclusive on his new Space Program

The Washington Post's David Fahrenhold:
Hey, Gilmore got 10X more votes in NH than IA. If exponential growth continues: 130,000,000,000 votes on 3/1.

TIME's Zeke Miller:
Woman asks Kasich to talk about his position on Abortion: "I'm pro life" Woman: "Tell us about it" Kasich: "I'm pro-life"

The New York Times's Maggie Haberman:
Hidden in this lengthy profile is strategic news - the Trump campaign pulled its negative ad in SC on Cruz 

The Wall Street Journal's Tim Hanrahan:
Man tells Rubio: "As far as the robot stuff, let's keep in mind that the Terminator was elected twice in California"



1 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a town hall in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1:15 p.m. EST: President Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event in Atherton, Calif.

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate will vote on the nomination of Leonard Terry Strand to be a U.S. District Judge in Iowa.

3:30–4:30 p.m. EST: The House votes.

4 p.m. EST: Rubio holds a town hall in Simpsonville, S.C.

5:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in Florence, S.C.

6:30 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush holds a rally in Columbia, S.C.

8 p.m. EST: Obama delivers remarks and takes questions at another DNC event in Los Angeles, Calif.



9 p.m. EST: Fresh out of a major win for Bernie Sanders and a stinging loss for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the two will participate in a PBS debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

10 p.m. EST: An interview with Sanders airs on MSNBC's "The Last Word" during a special about the outsiders in the race.

3 p.m. EST tomorrow: President Obama appears on Ellen DeGeneres's show. Note: Obama is pre-taping this interview today at 4:25 p.m. EST. 



Today is National Peppermint Patty Day!

YEP, BOOKMARKING THIS PAGE: Here are six ridiculously good hot chocolates in Washington, D.C.

I'M ONLY A BABY -- BE NICE!: This baby can't decide which man is its dad and which is his twin. It's hilarious.

AT LEAST THE FAMILY CAN MAKE LIGHT OF IT: On The Night Show with Jimmy Fallon, Peyton Manning talks to a cardboard cutout of his brother Eli's sad face. It's pretty funny.

And with that, here's the most intriguing and beautiful dessert I've ever seen.


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