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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Firestorm over GOP convention rules | Trump practices with teleprompter | $1 subs at Jimmy John's today | Olympic torch lit

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- GOV WATCH FOR 2018: Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) announced she will not run for reelection. She did, however, hint toward a run for governor of Florida in 2018.

It's Thursday, Jimmy John's is giving away $1 subs today and Queen Elizabeth turns 90. Keep reading for the details. Filing from the No Labels lunch where Jon Huntsman and Joe Lieberman are unveiling their playbook for winning the 2016 election, 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.

SO, WHO WANTS A PART OF THE CONVENTION ACTION?: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, Republican lawmakers say they will play a significant role at what is shaping up to be a raucous convention. If it's a contested convention, they're in. If it's a coronation of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE, much are less enthused about involvement. "If it's a Trump coronation, I'm not going," said Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism MORE (R-Ariz.), who had endorsed Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over 'bullying' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad GOP Miami mayor does not commit to voting for Trump MORE (R-Fla.) in his failed presidential bid. "If it's a fight, it may be fun to watch." Yep, that's the gist.

OH, AND WHILE WE'RE ON THE TOPIC: There is a firestorm brewing over the RNC convention rules at a meeting in Florida. Here's the latest from The Hill's Ben Kamisar in Hollywood, Fla.

"CONVENTIONAL" IS THE NOW NEW "WHOA": Via The Wall Street Journal's Monica Langley and Reid J. EpsteinDonald Trump is now practicing with teleprompters and hired a speechwriter, with plans to adopt a more-traditional campaign. The campaign has even said they have plans for Trump to give policy addresses. But what about the tabloid one-liners?!

TRUMP'S NOT HAPPY ABOUT HAVING TO FAN OUT TUBMANS: On the "Today" show this morning, Donald Trump came out against removing former President Andrew Jackson from the front of the $20 bill, saying "pure political correctness" is behind the move. "I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic. I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do a $2 bill," Trump said. 

REVEALED THIS MORNING -- TIME 100: Time Magazine has released its "100 Most Influential People" list for 2016. Included on the list are Mark Zuckerberg, Leo DiCaprio, Nicki Minaj, Caitlyn Jenner and NBC's Lester HoltFull list: 

TRENDING ON FACEBOOK -- HISTORIC SCOTUS MOMENT: Via Reuters's Lawrence Hurley, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts used sign language from the Supreme Court bench as a dozen deaf lawyers were sworn in to argue cases before the court.

NEW INFO -- MORE 9/11 DOCS COULD BE RELEASED: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, lawmakers are growing increasingly optimistic that the federal government will soon release 28 pages of secret documents rumored to tie Saudi Arabia to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

AN INTERESTING READ -- DON'T GIVE BUZZFEED CREDIT FOR CAT VIDEOS: Politico's Jack Shafer explains why the idea of covering exploding watermelon videos and cats doing absurd things is not a new concept that BuzzFeed has coined. The New York Times has had a long history of cat coverage. "With the exception of the 1950s and the 1960s ... the paper has doted on cats over the past century. The paper has honored cats that fly bombing runs (1941) and cats staging heroic long marches to reunite with their owners (2013).



Stig Abell of the Times Literary Supplement
If you get annoying emails from your boss, just remember this one from Donald Rumsfeld and feel better.

Former Rep. John Dingell (he's someone to follow on Twitter if you don't already)
$20 to the first reporter who asks Donald Trump how much he thinks a gallon of milk costs.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Lolol.)
Any chance the $10 bill is still up for discussion? 



The Senate is in today working on the energy and water bill. 

11 a.m. EDT: The House voted on IRS oversight legislation. 

12 p.m. EDT: CIA Deputy Director David S. Cohen is giving the governing intelligence keynote at the New York University Law School. Live stream: 

12 p.m. EDT: After a day of taking it easy in Vermont, Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Puerto Rico primary In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Biden wins Louisiana primary MORE holds a town hall in Scranton, Pa. Note, Pennsylvania votes Tuesday.

2:30 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in Media, Pa.

4 p.m. EDT: Berne Sanders holds a town hall in Reading, Pa.

7:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Oaks, Pa.

6:30 p.m. EDT: John Kasich speaks at the Chester County Republican Dinner in King of Prussia, Pa.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Trump says he'll sign order with 'road to citizenship' for DACA recipients MORE attends the Indiana Republicans' Spring Dinner.

7 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

4:10 a.m. EDT: President Obama attends the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia. Note: This is 11 a.m. Saudi time.

9:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Bipartisan Policy Center is holding a discussion on selecting a vice president. Speakers include Robert F. Bauer and Anita Dunn of the Obama administration, Matt Rhoades of Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and Charles R. Black, Jr. of John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years Senate outlook slides for GOP Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE's 2008 presidential campaign. Live stream: 



5 p.m. EDT: Former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) joins MSNBC's "MTP Daily."

7 p.m. EDT: Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) joins MSNBC's "Hardball."



Today is National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day! It's also National High-Five Day!

IF YOU NEED LUNCH PLANS: Jimmy John's is giving away $1 subs for their first ever Customer Appreciation Day. Five locations in D.C. are participating from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. EDT today. Although, I should let you know, I passed one today and the line wrapped around almost an entire city block – and it was still early. Beware. 

AND IF YOU WANT YOUR COWORKERS TO LOVE YOU TOMORROW: District Doughnuts is offering $1 doughnut delivery in D.C. between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE FREAKING OUT ABOUT (ME INCLUDED): The Disney Channel is airing its 100th original movie ever and to celebrate, they're having a four-day marathon of all 100 movies. Think: "Smart House," "Halloweentown," "Johnny Tsunami, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century" and "High School Musical." It starts on May 27. Don't worry, I'll put a reminder in the 12:30 Report as we get closer. ;)

THE TORCH HAS BEEN LIT: OLYMPICS ARE AROUND THE CORNER!: The Olympic torch for the Rio games has been lit at the ancient Greek site where the games were held for more than 1,000 years. Check out the photos. It's pretty cool.

And to get excited for the season premiere of Game of Thrones this weekend, here's some incredible Game of Thrones latte art.


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