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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Acela Primary Edition: What to watch | Trump tops 50 percent in national poll | Biden-Clinton tensions | Fishy photoshopping? | National Pretzel Day | Ryan on 'Morning Joe' tomorrow

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WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS? ... WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?!: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and Jordan Fabian, tensions linger between Vice President Biden and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAre Democrats turning Trump-like? The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE at a time when Biden could be very helpful on the campaign trail. Why: Observers say Biden and Clinton have found it difficult to get past the tensions that bubbled up last summer as Clinton's presidential campaign wavered and Biden considered running against her. The problem: Biden is popular with white, working-class voters and could be very, very helpful for Clinton when she needs to unite the party in the fall.

It's "Acela primary" Tuesday, which makes me wonder two things: Is there wine? And can we please have a version of the quiet car today? Filing from a steamy D.C., 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.

ACELA PRIMARY DAY: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE and Hillary Clinton are poised for big wins tonight in states along the East Coast. And Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump moves forward with F-16 sale to Taiwan opposed by China The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape O'Rourke says he will not 'in any scenario' run for Senate MORE and John Kasich will test out if their "split the vote" alliance can work. Trump obviously doesn't think so. Here's what The Hill is watching for tonight, via Jonathan Easley


Connecticut: 28; winner-take-all if they hit 50 percent -- Trump is in good shape for every state today, especially Connecticut.
Delaware: 16; winner-take-all
Maryland: 38; 14 of them are winner-take-all; rest are by congressional district
Pennsylvania: 71; 17 winner-take-all; 54 completely unbound (!) -- These 54 unbound delegates could decide if Trump gets the nomination.
Rhode Island: 19; proportional above a 10 percent threshold


Connecticut: 70; awarded proportionally
Delaware: 31; awawarded proportionally
Maryland: 118; awarded proportionally -- This is Clinton's safest bet
Pennsylvania: 210; awarded proportionally -- Sanders's campaign manager called this state a must-win
Rhode Island: 33; awarded proportionally


Donald Trump: 845
Ted Cruz: 559
John Kasich: 148

Hillary Clinton: 1,944 (including superdelegates)
Bernie SandersBernie SandersVolatile presidential polls spark new round of anxieties GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' British Bookmaker: Warren has replaced Biden as Democratic primary favorite MORE: 1,192 (including superdelegates)

SCOOP -- AMERICORPS VOLUNTEERS HELPED WOMEN GET ABORTIONS: Via The Hill's Sarah Ferris, AmeriCorps volunteers helped young women get abortions, directly violating federal funding rules. How: Volunteers helped young women with transportation to/from abortion clinics and also helped with emotional support. The problem: That is directly prohibited in the federal grants that help fund the program.

YEAH, A SHIELD MAY NOT BE A BAD IDEA: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian, the United States is readying a "shield" to protect itself from "low-level" threats from North Korea, which has conducted multiple nuclear and ballistic missile tests this year, according to President Obama. Oh. Notice in Obama's statement: The comments suggest the U.S. is moving ahead with plans to deploy a new missile defense system in South Korea.

TRAILER RELEASED – OH I AM PUMPED TO WATCH THIS: The first trailer of "Weiner," the documentary about Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), has been released.  This looks amazing.

RELEASED THIS A.M. -- TRUMP BREAKS 50 IN A NEW POLL: Donald Trump is above the 50 percent mark nationally in a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll. Trump has been in the mid 40-percent range since last month. Ted Cruz lost 2 points in the latest poll to fall to 26 percent, while John Kasich is at 17 percent, also down 2 points.

EITHER WAY, THIS WON'T BE PRETTY: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis on the ground in Baltimore, Democratic voters in Maryland head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of two of the party's most promising stars. Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards are vying in the Democratic primary to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE, and the stakes are enormous. Here's what that race looks like:

VIRAL IN MEXICO -- FISHY? NOT FISHY? YOU DECIDE: Last week, the Mexican president posted photos of visiting a petrochemical plant that exploded. The photos quickly went viral because of a theory that he was photoshopped into the backdrop. Here's an investigation into the photos. See for yourself:

NOTE ABOUT D.C. LIBRARIES: As an FYI, all libraries in D.C. are closed today for staff training.



Politico's Seung Min Kim
Monday in the Senate 

Bloomberg's Jonathan Nicholson
Tornadoes are becoming like snow forecasts in DC, enough to have school districts canceling school ... 

Time's Ryan Teague Beckwith
Challenge for DC/NY journalists: Name an Amtrak line other than the Acela.



The Senate is back and voted on amendments to an appropriations bill at 11 a.m.

12 p.m. EDT: Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks MORE (D-Ill.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape Dayton Democrat launches challenge to longtime GOP rep Dayton mayor: Trump visit after shooting was 'difficult on the community' MORE (D-Ohio) hold a press conference to call for the FDA to ban powered caffeine.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Rep. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 Mellman: Is the DCCC in successful chaos? MORE (R-Ind.) moderates a bioterrorism panel focusing on public-private partnerships to fight infectious diseases like Zika, Ebola and Anthrax. 

4:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Biden swears in Education Secretary John King in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

6 p.m. EDT: Georgetown University is holding a launch event for the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance. Speakers include Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation's Sonal Shah, who is the former director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Details: 

6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes on suspension bills.

7 p.m. EDT: Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (R-Colo.) and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calf.) speak at the Generation Opportunity millennial policy forum at George Washington University.

8 p.m. EDT: The polls close in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

8 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds an Election Night event at a convention center in Philadelphia.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Huntington, W.Va.

9 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump gives remarks at the Trump Tower in New York City.

10:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on strategic challenges and opportunities in U.S.-China relations. Info: 



11:35 p.m. EDT: Chris Wallace of "Fox News Sunday" will be on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" tonight. 

6 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Donald Trump joins MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

8 a.m. EDT tomorrow: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEmbattled Juul seeks allies in Washington Ex-Parkland students criticize Kellyanne Conway Latina leaders: 'It's a women's world more than anything' MORE (R-Wis.) will join MSNBC's "Morning Joe."



Today is National Pretzel Day!

POPULAR ON SOCIAL -- JOHN OLIVER ON PUERTO RICO: On "Last Week Tonight," HBO's John Oliver had a popular segment on Puerto Rico. Watch: 

THAT IS A BOLD MOVE, DUDE: The Coast Guard rescued a man attempting to run across the Atlantic Ocean in a giant bubble. Oh, also, this wasn't the first time the man tried this feat. You have to watch the video:

RAINBOWS ARE COOL. I GET IT: The Washington Post's Maura Judkis has an explainer of the phenomenon of rainbow foods that have gone viral. Bottom line: It's cool and looks captivating on Instagram.

And with that, here is a DCist list of the best local snacks in D.C. you have to try. I'm looking at you, "Toll House Mini Chocolate Chip" at Fine Sweet Shoppe. Bookmark this page, immediately. 


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