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The Hill's 12:30 Report: New York primary day | UnitedHealth leaves most ObamaCare states | Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE on Colbert tonight | Don't call Biden 'Goofy Uncle Joe'

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NEW THIS A.M.: UNITEDHEALTH PULLS OUT OF O-CARE MARKETS: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, the insurer UnitedHealth is pulling out of the ObamaCare marketplaces in all but a "handful" of states in 2017, the company announced Tuesday. Why this is big: United is the nation's largest health insurer. This has raised questions about the sustainability of ObamaCare as a whole.

It's Tuesday, and voters in New York head to the polls today. Filing from the NABTU conference in Washington, D.C., where Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Hillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US MORE is speaking, 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 upcoming events to and on Facebook.

HILLARY SPEAKING TO JOBS PEEPS: While New Yorkers are heading to the polls, Hillary Clinton traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak to North America's Building Trades Unions, where she was introduced with a "hard-hat welcome to the next president of the United States." Festive! "I've got a few other things to do but nothing was more important than coming here and being with all of you today," Clinton said to cheers at The Washington Hilton. And because what would a 2016 speech be without a jab at Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (?!), Clinton naturally called him out. "The Republican front-runner actually thinks wages are too high," the former secretary of State said to raucous boos in an audience of progressive labor activists. So far, the speech has been her basic stump speech. She's still speaking. Here's a live stream to tune in:

IT'S D-DAY: Republicans and Democrats in New York vote today. GOP front-runner Donald Trump needs a big victory to prevent a contested convention, and Clinton hopes to put Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE (I-Vt.) in the rearview mirror. Here's what The Hill is watching:  

  • The GOP delegates battle by congressional district
  • Can Clinton put Sanders away?
  • Sanders's quest for a game-changing victory
  • Will Cruz's micro-targeting pay off?
  • Time for Kasich to prove his worth

Context for each from The Hill's Jonathan Easley:


Republicans: 95 delegates, proportional with a 20 percent threshold
Democrats: 291


Donald Trump: 744
Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProspects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Ted Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached MORE: 559
John Kasich: 144
1,237 needed to win the nomination

Hillary Clinton: 1,289 (1,758 including superdelegates)
Bernie Sanders: 1,045 (1,076 including superdelegates)
2,383 needed to win the nomination

<3 BEST BUDS <3 ... NAHHHHT: New York Rep. Pete King (R) offered his harshest words yet for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, slamming him on the day of his state's primary. "Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I'm not endorsing Ted Cruz. I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I'll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination," King said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," prompting a mixture of laughs and mild exclamations from co-hosts. Well, that is awkward.

BEST QUOTE I'VE READ TODAY – DON'T MESS WITH JOEY B: Vice President Biden is not a fan of his "Goofy Uncle Joe" nickname. Biden said voters took him seriously when he considered running for president last summer. "And, by the way, the so-called Goofy Uncle Joe -- if you notice, I beat every Republican in every poll when they thought I was running," Biden said. 

TO BOOKMARK – THE HILL LAUNCHES LATINO VERTICAL: The Hill has launched a Hispanic-focused vertical today, called The Hill Latino. The Hill is partnering with Latino Magazine for content and marketing. Latino Magazine editor Alfredo Estrada will contribute to the site, and Rafael Bernal, a former managing editor at UPI, will lead The Hill Latino's editorial team.

"The Hill's overall audience has grown by 125.5 percent from last year to roughly 14 million unique visitors a month," Bob Cusack, editor-in-chief at The Hill, said in a statement. "With this initiative, we will combine our in-depth reporting of politics and policy with Latino Magazine's unique understanding of the Latino community to illuminate culturally relevant information to a broader community of thought leaders." Check out the new site:



Politico's Helena B. Evich
I can hardly even read about this primary anymore... Trump weighs in on Clinton's hot sauce:

Bloomberg's Kendall Breitman
Trump, who has either big hands or small hands, has let Manafort take over his campaign - whose name LITERALLY means strong hands in Italian

Hillary Clinton (with a gif of her New York Subway fail. Well played, team Clinton)
Go vote, New York. It'll only take you one try.



Noon: The Senate will vote on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. They'll work on the energy bill for the rest of today.

12:30 p.m. EDT: The Global Health Technologies Coalition is holding a congressional briefing on global health research for the Zika virus.

1:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Biden will speak at the White House Forum on increasing access to justice. Live stream:

1:30 p.m. EDT: Kasich campaigns in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

2 p.m. EDT: Sanders holds a rally in Erie, Pa.

2 p.m. EDT: The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold a markup. Details:

2-3 p.m. EDT: The House votes on a series of suspension bills.

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the 2017 budget for U.S. Cyber Command. Info:

3:20 p.m. EDT: President Obama leaves for Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on his way to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) will join the app "Sidewire" live to discuss the New York Democratic primary.

6 pm EDT: Kasich holds a town hall in Annapolis, Md.

7 pm EDT: Sanders holds a rally at Penn State University.

7 p.m. EDT: Cruz holds an election night event in Philadelphia, Pa.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Clinton holds an election night party at the Sheraton New York Times Square.

9 p.m. EDT: Trump holds an election night party at Trump Tower in New York City. Note, Clinton and Trump are the only candidates holding their election night parties in New York. 

9 p.m. EDT: The polls close in New York. Dun, dun, dunnnn.

10 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is holding a hearing on federal rulemaking. Info:

11 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on how cyberattacks threaten both small businesses and the federal government. Info:

12 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) speaks at an AEI event on work and food assistance. Info:

12 p.m. EDT tomorrow: The Heritage Foundation is holding a discussion on "Strategic Defense Challenges for the Next President."  Info:



11:35 p.m. EDT: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will join Stephen Colbert on "The Late Show."



Today is National Rice Ball Day!

WELL, THIS JOKE DIDN'T GO OVER SO WELL: "Saturday Night Live" created a sketch mocking heroin, featuring a fake drug commercial for "HeroinAM." As you can guess, the joke was not very well received from mothers of addicts.

HOW TO ONE-UP YOUR FRIENDS AT THE NEXT PARTY: Here are 15 (non-cake) recipes you can make with a box of cake mix. Definitely bookmarking the Dunkaroo dip.

EASY COME, EASY GO: Uber has ended UberEats, the 10-minute food delivery service, in New York City. This is a small road bump in Uber taking over the world. 

And to get you through the day, here are some of the most disturbingly realistic cakes I've ever seen. I'm very confused why people would order some of these...


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