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The Hill's 12:30 Report: London mayor criticized for 'part-Kenyan' Obama remark | Trump's olive branch to Rubio | Earth Day | Facebook's election power | National Jelly Bean Day!

SOUNDS LIKE THEY NEED TO GET SOME FISH, CHIPS AND A PINT (OR SEVEN): London Mayor Boris Johnson offered a cold welcome to President Obama. Johnson, a member of the Conservative Party and an advocate for Britain's exit from the European Union, published an article noting Obama's "part-Kenyan" roots while highlighting the often-repeated claim the Obama administration returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy in D.C. Ouch. Also, shout out to whoever picked the photo for this piece. Well done. 

It's Friday, Earth Day -- and Passover starts today! Filing from the Bipartisan Policy Center where 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 McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs MORE's 2008 presidential campaign discuss the process of vice president selection, 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.

DOES RUBIO KNOW YOU'RE SAYING THIS, DONALD?: Donald Trump said he would welcome Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates MORE (R-Fla.) into his presidential cabinet. "Frankly, Marco I'd love to have involved," Trump said on Fox. "I can tell you that Ben Carson is a terrific guy ... Chris Christie is a fantastic guy." Anyone else think some of the clips of primary debate squabbles would be a funny throwback right now? Maybe to Green Day's "Time of your Life"? 

ZUCK WON'T BACK DOWN: Via The Hill's Mario Trujillo, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has increasingly been involved with political issues (immigration reform, the Syrian refugee crisis and showing solidarity with the Muslim community), and he has an enormous influence over the election with Facebook. While the company denied Facebook would ever use its product to affect support for a candidate, a spokesperson said Zuckerberg would continue speaking out on public policy. 

SOMETHING THAT MAY MAKE YOU CRY/SCREAM/PULL YOUR HAIR OUT: Today marks 200 days until the election! :)

TIDBIT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: At the Bipartisan Policy Center's event on selecting a running mate, Mitt Romney's campaign manager Matt Rhoades emphasized the chemistry that must exist between a nominee and the VP pick. Rhoades shared that during the 2012 campaign, he would set aside 15 minutes every day to chat with Mitt Romney – and "during the lead up to the Wisconsin primary, [talking to Mitt about Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanIndiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Inside Biden's preparations for first debate MORE] was like talking to your buddy in high school who had just met a girl he was smitten with."

CONGRATULATIONS! Early Wednesday morning, The Hill's Judy Kurtz gave birth to a new baby girl, Gracie Meira. In Judy's words, Gracie is "the newest gal on the DC scene." Photo of mother and baby: 

SO, HE'S RUNNING!?: Via The Hill's Kristina Wong, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is putting his stamp on Republican foreign policy. It sounds obvious, but this is big! Ryan has spent much of his career focused on domestic policy. Ryan just completed his first foreign trip as Speaker, visiting Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Why that matters: That trip amplified a vision that will compete with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE's foreign policy vision. 

ANOTHER REASON UBER MAY TAKE OVER THE WORLD SOON: Via BuzzFeed's Hamza Shaban, Uber has more than doubled its spending on lobbying -- from $140,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $320,000 in the first quarter of 2016. But they still have a ways to go: Google still leads the tech industry by spending nearly $4 million, while Facebook spent $2.8 million and Amazon spent $2.7 million. 

NO WAY, JOSE, DUDE: On WGN Radio, Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkEx-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby The global reality behind 'local' problems Dems vow swift action on gun reform next year MORE (R-Ill.) pledged he would support Donald Trump if he's the nominee. But in an effort to downplay that pledge, he won't be attending the Republican National Convention. His excuse: "I've got to really do my hair that week." Burrrrrrrn.

YOU'D THINK SHE WOULD SAY VEGGIES AND WATER: First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to lead female celebrity dodgeball team in 'Late Late Show' face-off Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts Obamas sign deal with Spotify to produce podcasts MORE's favorite foods are pizza and fries.



The Hill's Kristina Wong (with video!)
Prince tribute in Farragut Square right now. 

The New York Times' Jonathan Martin
As many reporters as members of the rules committee (56) showed up to see the rules committee do nothing >



Note: Donald Trump is not on this list for the third weekend in a row. Before that, he was on a Sunday show every week since November.

Sunday: Charles Koch joins ABC's "This Week."

Sunday: John Kasich and Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE join CBS's "Face the Nation."

Sunday: Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and Bernie Sanders will join CNN's "State of the Union."

Sunday: Trump's convention manager Paul Manafort will join "Fox News Sunday."

Sunday: Bernie Sanders joins NBC's "Meet the Press." 



The House and Senate are out for the weekend. 

8 a.m. EDT: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

12 p.m. EDT: The advisory committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus will hold a talk on encryption.

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have dinner with Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.

3 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Harrington, Del.

3 p.m. EDT: The Utah State Democratic convention will hold delegate elections.

3-7 p.m. EDT: The Howie Carr Show is broadcasting live from the Maine GOP state convention.

Saturday–Sunday: The outdoor Wine and Food Festival at National Harbor. Tickets/info: 

9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. EDT tomorrow: The Utah State Republican convention.

10 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Waterbury, Conn.

8 p.m. EDT tomorrow: "Monuments in the Moonlight" at the National Mall. It will be a social, 4-mile sneaker hike. 16,000 people have RSVP'd on Facebook:



Today is National Jelly Bean Day!

PLANS THIS WEEKEND: There's a cool glass exhibit from glass artist Dale Chihuly's "Machia" series at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum. The photos look awesome. 

MORE BAD LIP READING, BECAUSE…FRIDAYS: The latest "Bad Lip Reading" video has been released, spoofing Bernie Sanders and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE in the last debate. Enjoy, my friends.

NOT TO MAKE YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT YOUR LUNCH PLANS BUT... Check out the food options at Coachella. Think: bacon, egg, and mozzarella stick-stuffed burger in a bright red bun. It's like they were designed specifically for Instagram! ;) 

And with that, here's a fun fact: Did you know that cats are terrified of cucumbers? If anyone has an explanation, I'd love to hear it. 


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