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The Hill's 12:30 Report – Super Tuesday edition: Ryan rebukes Trump over KKK controversy | Rand might run again? | Fake Warren endorsement | Rolling Stones headed to Cuba

BREAKING THIS MORNING – RYAN AIN'T HAVIN' IT WITH TRUMP: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (R-Wis.) delivered a scathing rebuke of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE over his comments related to the KKK, warning the GOP presidential front-runner that he cannot engage in "evasion" or "games" when it comes to rejecting white supremacy groups. Re-upping this: I cannot believe we're arguing over whether to denounce the KKK in 2016. http://bit.ly/1pmH0gj

–– But he still did vow to support the eventual Republican nominee when specifically asked about Trump. Here's @darth the friendly Twitter troll's response: http://bit.ly/1VOJZbn Lol. 

YEP, WE DEFINITELY TAKE THAT BACK: Joe McQuaid of the New Hampshire Union Leader retracted the newspaper's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) following Christie's backing of Donald Trump. "Boy, were we wrong [about Christie.]" http://bit.ly/1VOpzQ2

–– AND BREAKING: ANYONE ELSE FEEL LIKE THIS ELECTION HAS TURNED INTO ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ?  Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) tweeted that if the Union Leader endorses him, he'll un-suspend his presidential campaign. http://bit.ly/1RDKEve

Happy Super Tuesday! Today will be beautiful in D.C., in the 60s, but snow may be headed our way for the end of the week. COME OOONN.  I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, comments, story ideas and suggestions for how I too can make ice- cream-filled, Nutella-lined donuts to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

NERDY SUPER BOWL DAY IS HERE: (eeeek!) Today is Super Tuesday and 595 of the 2,472 total Republican delegates and 865 of the more than 4,000 Democratic delegates will be awarded today. Here's what The Hill is watching for: 

How much will Trump dominate?
Can Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE win anywhere?
Is a Texas win enough for Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats slide in battle for Senate O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue MORE?
Will Tuesday winnow the GOP field?
Is Super Tuesday the end for Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders: Trump setting 'terrible example' for our children Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE?

Here's context for each question from Jonathan Easley: http://bit.ly/24yG34G 
And here's The Hill's Niall Stanage on the GOP panic over Trump: http://bit.ly/1Lu89Ye

PULLING OUT THE BIG OL' AAA MAP: On the Republican side, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia will award delegates today.  On the Democratic side, Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and American Samoa will award delegates.

TEAM CLINTON VS. STATE DEPT. WATCHDOG: Via The Hill's Amie ParnesJohn Podesta, the chairman of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Gabbard considering 2020 run: report Claiming 'spousal privilege' to stonewall Congress MORE's presidential campaign, says there are "serious questions" about the integrity of the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG). Why it matters: The OIG is locked in an increasingly contentious fight with Clinton's campaign on a host of issues, including her use of a private email account during her time as secretary of State. http://bit.ly/1TOP3O4 

BET THE CLINTON TEAM IS HAPPY THIS STAGE IS OVER: Via The Hill's Rebecca Kheel and Megan R. Wilson, the State Department released the final batch of emails turned over from Hillary Clinton's private server. Total classified emails: 2,079. Here's a closer look: http://bit.ly/1QRtqO5

WHY OLDER PEOPLE TELL US SOCIAL MEDIA IS EVIL AND RUINING THE WORLD: A fake New York Times article claimed that Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDNA is irrelevant — Elizabeth Warren is simply not Cherokee The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump seizes on immigrant 'caravan' for midterms | WHCA criticizes Trump for praising lawmaker who assaulted reporter | Trump takes harder line on Saudis Clinton aide: Chances 'highly unlikely' but 'not zero' Hillary will run for president again MORE (D-Mass.) had endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president. The fake article has been viewed over 50,000 times on Facebook, with 15,000 shares. Why this is big: Massachusetts votes today. Warren has yet to endorse, but her backing could change the outcome. http://nyti.ms/1WTfzoB

WELL THE OPTICS HERE DON'T LOOK SO HOT... : Via The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs, Donald Trump ordered Secret Service agents to remove a number of black students who were quietly standing on the bleachers from his Georgia rally last night. "We didn't plan to do anything," said Tahjila Davis, student who was removed. "They said, 'This is Trump's property; it's a private event.' But I paid my tuition to be here." Watch the video: http://usat.ly/1TknopM

Trump's Communications Director Hope Hicks told Jacobs: "Campaign had no knowledge of this incident before being alerted to your false reporting." 

Jacobs responded via Twitter: "Suggesting Valdosta students lied?" http://bit.ly/1LSFB5I

ALL RIGHT, SO REAL TALK HERE FROM DEMS REGARDING TRUMP: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis, most leading Democrats view Trump as an election-year gift, alienating women, minorities and keeping GOP establishment-friendly voters away from the polls. But there's another group of Dems warning that Trump's unconventional approach means the rules underlying past elections are out the window this time. Why this matters: This could affect congressional Democrats vying for reelection. http://bit.ly/1SeZaM9

TALKED ABOUT ON SOCIAL – POTENTIAL BOMBSHELL IN OFF- THE-RECORD TAPES? The New York Times is refusing to release an audio recording from an off-the-record meeting with Donald TrumpWhat's on the tape: There's speculation that Trump discusses how he'd follow through on his immigration promises if elected. How they could be released: The off-the-record agreement means the presidential hopeful would have to sign off on the newspaper releasing the conversation. http://bit.ly/1Qp8okr

UPDATE: Trump later said much of his immigration policy is flexible, dismissing reports that the off-the-record interview contradicts his public rhetoric. "It's negotiable," he said.  And of the NYT, Trump said, "Yeah, of course they're leaking it," he said. "[It is] the most dishonest media group. And it's also failing. I call it the failing the New York Times. It's doing so badly, it's dying." http://bit.ly/1Qqea8L 

GOT THOSE MOVES (IN CUBA) LIKE JAGGER: The Rolling Stones announced they will play a free concert in Havana, Cuba, on March 25, becoming the biggest act to play on the island since 1959. http://bit.ly/1LtZQMe



CBS's Jacqueline Alemany (the video is worth watching)
Reporter at Trump Rally accuses SS agent of choking him. http://bit.ly/1RDg58T

The Hill's Jonathan Swan has the full story on the chokeslam: http://bit.ly/1WTuv6p

Politico's Jake Sherman (about a lawmaker who resigned from office in 2015) 
SPOTTED walking out of Longworth this morning: Aaron Schock! http://bit.ly/1TOnk18

Fox News's Chad Pergram
McConnell on SCOTUS: We will observe the 'Biden Rule.'..Americans..by now become well-acquainted with that advice from the Vice President http://bit.ly/1Sfqqu0

The Washington Post's Katie Zezima (ooooof that we're at this point.)
Outside a polling place in Houston where Ted Cruz will cast his ballot. http://bit.ly/1TOPLeb 



11:30 a.m. EST: President Obama met with leaders of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy.

1 p.m. EST: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on encryption. FBI Director James Comey and Apple will both testify. Should be interesting. Live stream: http://1.usa.gov/1QRGvXv 

1:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) campaigns in Andover, Minn.

2 p.m. EST: The House Financial Services Committee is having a hearing on helping the developing world fight terror financing Info: http://1.usa.gov/1Rj9WfB 

2-3 p.m. EST: The House votes. 

3 p.m. EST: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaTrump rebukes Holder, Clinton with 'jobs not mobs' refrain Nikki Haley powerfully rebuts Trump Eric Trump calls out Holder on kicking comments: 'Who says this?' MORE and Jill Biden will honor female veterans in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

4 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a rally in Louisville, Ky. Details: http://bit.ly/1Qp9nAY 

6 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a Super Tuesday rally in Essex Junction, Vt. Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will be performing!

6:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, are holding a reception at the Naval Observatory in honor of Black History Month.

7 p.m. EST: Polls close in Vermont, Georgia and Virginia.

7 p.m. EST: Ben Carson holds an election night party in Baltimore, but Maryland doesn't vote until April 26.

8 p.m. EST: Polls close in Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee and most of Texas.

8 p.m. EST: Rubio holds a Super Tuesday rally in Miami; Florida votes on March 15.

Tonight: Hillary Clinton will also hold a campaign event in Miami, Fla. The exact time has not been announced.

8 p.m. EST: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds an election night party in Stafford, Texas.

8:30 p.m. EST: Polls close in Arkansas.

8:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will give his Super Tuesday remarks in Hilton, Miss.

9 p.m. EST: Polls close in Minnesota, Colorado and the rest of Texas.

9 p.m. EST: Trump holds a Super Tuesday press conference in Palm Beach, Fla.

Midnight: Polls close in Alaska. 



Today is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day! Two thumbs up ;)

THERE'S A SCARY FUTURE AHEAD OF US: Bloomberg Politics's Matt Negrin posted a video interviewing college students at "Thirsty Thursday" about their presidential preferences. These are our future leaders errbody. Gulp. http://bit.ly/1Qp4Xdv

WHY NOT MAKE YOUR JEANS MATCH YOUR HAIR?: There's a new trend of dying hair the color of denim. See for yourself: http://bzfd.it/1VOwcBV

I DON'T KNOW WHETHER TO BE HORRIFIED OR MYSTIFIED BY THIS: A café in Prague has created donuts in the shape of ice cream cones, filled them with soft-serve ice cream and lined this beauty with some Nutella (or berry compote if you're into that kind of thing.) Discuss. http://bzfd.it/1QRyKAW

And with that, here are photos posted by a veterinarian of a puppy with braces -- and they're going insanely viral: http://on.fb.me/1TkvIpB


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