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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders, Clinton fight worries Dems | Latest on Texas Air Base shooting | 43 most insane campaign moments | Bernie and the pope | National Empanada Day!

DEVELOPING THIS MORNING -- SHOOTING IN SAN ANTONIO: Local authorities are reporting an active shooter situation at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. At least two people are dead, the Bexar County sheriff's office tweeted. A post on the base's Facebook page said that there is a "real world active shooter situation" and advised people to call 911 to report suspicious activity.

It's Friday! And because the universe hates us, there might be snow in D.C. tomorrow. COME. ON. 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 comments, story ideas and weekend plans to and on Facebook.

COOL YOUR JETS, GUYS. EYE ON THE PRIZE.: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Democratic senators are alarmed by the tough rhetoric coming from presidential candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump: Cohen only became a ‘rat’ after FBI 'broke into' office Giuliani indicates Trump Tower Moscow discussions took place up until November 2016 Hillary Clinton writes letter to 8-year-old girl who lost class president to male classmate MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ Former Trump aide: President has 'thick skin’ MORE, worried the hard feelings will trickle over into the general election. So maybe those "you're not qualified to be president" lines may not have been the best move. Evidence: A new poll shows one-quarter of Sanders supporters said they wouldn't vote for Clinton in the fall. Notably worried: Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Dems demand Pompeo brief Congress on whether he discussed Assange with Ecuadorian official MORE (D-Calif.), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsSenators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Dem senator: Trump 'seems more rattled than usual' Dem: 'Disheartening' that Republicans who 'stepped up' to defend Mueller are leaving MORE (D-Del.) and Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiAthletic directors honor best former student-athletes on Capitol Hill Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree MORE (D-Md.).

BUT WAIT, SANDERS EASED UP A BIT TODAY: On "Today," Bernie Sanders backed down on his claims that Hillary Clinton isn't qualified to be president, saying "of course" the former secretary of State is qualified. Here's the back and forth: 

SOMETHING EVEN SCHUMER AND CRUZ CAN AGREE ON: Via Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ Trump risks clash with Congress over Chinese executive Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll MORE (R-Texas), Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynTrump finds himself isolated in shutdown fight Trump risks clash with Congress over Chinese executive GOP set for blame over shutdown MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats must stand up for Israel Retired Gen. McChrystal: Sending troops to build wall could be seen as ‘misuse of power’ ‘It’s called transparency’ works for Trump on TV, not so much on campaign finance MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced legislation to recover artwork seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Note: This announcement came just one hour before Cruz toured a matzah bakery in New York. The Republican presidential candidate is spending a lot of time in the state ahead of its upcoming primary. 

QUICK PIT STOP IN IRAQ: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Baghdad, Iraq, for an update on the fight against ISIS. This was his first trip in 18 months. Outcome: Kerry announced that the U.S. will be giving nearly $155 million in new humanitarian aide to support people affected by ISIS.

BECAUSE IT'S FRIDAY: Let's reminisce about the 43 most insane moments of the 2016 campaign. Think: Trump giving out Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOcasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Former FBI official says Mueller won’t be ‘colored by politics’ in Russia probe MORE's cellphone number, Trump comparing Ben Carson to a child molester, Carson pronouncing "Hamas" as "hummus" and Reince Priebus "Reince Pubis" and Hillary Clinton barking like a dog. Wow, I love my job. But as for the future of our country, send help.

SCOOP -- CONSERVATIVE ANTI-TRUMP AD ON MEDICARE: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, the influential conservative group the American Action Network will spend $2.3 million on ads attacking Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily says Trump travel ban preventing mother from seeing dying son Saudi Arabia rejects Senate position on Khashoggi killing Five things to know about the Trump inauguration investigation MORE's call to let Medicare negotiate drug prices -- a perennial Democratic proposal.

BERNIE IN THE (POPE'S) HOUSE: Four days before the New York primary -- and the day after the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders is taking a break from the campaign trail to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican. Why: The pope is hosting a conference on social, economic and environmental issues.



Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) (ouuuuch)
Wow - Ernie Els had as many putts on that green as Donald Trump had positions on abortion this week. Sad!

Tribune DC's Lisa Mascaro
By the way, the dome may be back, but Senate is still undergoing renovation. #metaphor

The New York Daily News's Jennifer Fermino (Dayyyyyum!)
I think Kasich is enjoying the Bronx



The Senate is out until Monday; the House is still out until Tuesday.

12 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds a roundtable on "Growing jobs and raising incomes" in Buffalo, N.Y.

12 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in Fairfield, Conn.

3 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump will hold a press conference at the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. He defended his light campaign schedule on Twitter:

3 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in the Brooklyn, N.Y.

4:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Biden speaks at the University of Colorado for the It's on Us Week of Action campaign targeting campus sexual assault.

5 p.m. EDT: Susan Sarandon campaigns with Bernie Sanders in Brooklyn.

6 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Rochester, N.Y.

6 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in Syracuse, N.Y.

Friday evening: Vice President Biden will speak at a private event for Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetWould-be 2020 Dem candidates head for the exits The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — What the Michael Flynn news means California primary threatens to change 2020 game for Dems MORE (D-Colo.).

This weekend: Ted Cruz and Ohio Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanDrug company to offer cheaper opioid overdose treatment after hiking price 600 percent The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown On The Money: Trump touts China actions day after stock slide | China 'confident' on new trade deal | GM chief meets lawmakers to calm anger over cuts | Huawei CFO arrested MORE (R) speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition's spring meeting.

Saturday: Ted Cruz is the only Republican presidential candidate to address the Colorado State GOP Convention in Colorado Springs.

11 a.m. EDT Saturday: John Kasich holds a town hall in Rochester, N.Y.

4 p.m. EDT Saturday: John Kasich holds a town hall in New Rochelle, N.Y.

6:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: John Kasich speaks at the Rockland County GOP Lincoln Day Victory Ball in Pearl River, N.Y.

3 p.m. EDT Sunday: Donald Trump holds a rally in Rochester, N.Y.

5 p.m. EDT Sunday: Terry and Dorothy McAuliffe holds a barbeque fundraiser with Hillary Clinton in McLean, Va.



Sunday morning: Bernie Sanders joins ABC's "This Week."

Sunday morning: Bernie Sanders and John Kasich join CBS's "Face the Nation."

Sunday morning: President Obama joins "Fox News Sunday."



Today is National Empanada Day! And to celebrate, here are the 15 best places to get empanadas in Washington, D.C.

WHAT A BOLD STRATEGY: Here are companies who use Twitter in a bold way to respond to customers and readers. Thanks for the listicle, BuzzFeed.

WHAT IS ANGERING FACEBOOK -- NETFLIX UPS ITS PRICE: Starting in May, Netflix is increasing their monthly price, even for users who are grandfathered into the old rate. The gist of reactions: people ain't happy:

WEEKEND PLANS -- FIREWORKS ON THE WATERFRONT: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is hosting a day of activities, including a firework show on the waterfront. It goes from 1–9 p.m. EDT. Info: 

And with that, continue to send me your predictions for the GOP nomination for my poll. I'll compare these results in July. Let's see how many readers can correctly guess! ;)

Have a great weekend. Monday. Same time, same place.


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