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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Live from Trump's foreign policy address | 'Major' Cruz announcement | Hastert sentenced | Trump needs just 287 delegates | Ryan's Puerto Rico problem | Bernie at WHCD

FOR YOUR RADAR -- THIS IS GONNA BE YUUUUUGE: Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Biden says he will beat Trump in Texas, Georgia and South Carolina MORE is promising a "major announcement" during his 4 p.m. Indianapolis rally. Speculation: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has yet to endorse, and talk persists that he may lend his support to Cruz. And reports this week said Cruz has been vetting Carly Fiorina as a potential running mate and could even announce his No. 2 during the primary. Or maybe he's announcing that 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 will take his place in the presidential race?! Just kidding about that last one ;) http://bit.ly/24jWXD3

BREAKING – FIORINA SPOTTED IN INDIANA: Via NBC's Hallie Jackson, "Carly Fiorina's in Indianapolis - spotted by NBC News cameras." http://bit.ly/24k6Ctj

Happy Hump Day! Filing from The Mayflower Hotel where Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE is delivering his foreign policy address -- and once again testing out a shiny, new teleprompter -- 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

HEY, I LOOK LIKE A PRESIDENT!: In an effort to prove critics wrong, today kicks off a series of policy speeches for Donald Trump. He is discussing his foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Note: the event was originally scheduled for The National Press Club, but was moved at the last minute to the bigger venue. Trump is using a teleprompter for the second time, a major difference from his usual off-the-cuff speeches that tend to make news. Live stream: http://bit.ly/21flTd6 

The Daily Mail's David Martosko
Trump FP brain trust enters, including Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE and Jim Gilmore ... http://bit.ly/1SB6uhv

BREAKING – HASTERT SENTENCED: Former Speaker Dennis Hastert was just sentenced to 15 months in prison in the hush money case. The judge also ruled that Hastert must face 2 years of supervised release, during which he will be prohibited from contacting the alleged victims, noting that his sentencing was limited to the federal financial criminal charges. The crime is what federal prosecutors call his “known sexual acts against” a 14-year-old boy and other teenagers. http://bit.ly/1WSZmCp Here are tweets from the courtroom:

Politico's Natasha Korecki
Judge directly asks Hastert if he sexually abused victims. At Stephen Reinbolt, Hastert pauses: "yes" Jolene Burdge breaks into sobs. http://bit.ly/1T4QGD3

Fox News's Chad Pergram
Hastert attorney on Former Speaker: He sits alone at home confined to wheelchair unable to care for himself. http://bit.ly/236BV8n 

MORE BREAKING NEWS – SANDERS ATTENDING WHCD: Via Politico's Hadas Gold, Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE is attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner as CBS's guest. Tweet from MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald: "I'm told he's not wearing a tux because he doesn't own one." http://bit.ly/24k8eDp

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WINNAHS AND LOSAHS LAST NIGHT: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, Donald Trump is the biggest winner of the night, winning all five states last night, giving him a nudge toward the nomination. Trump now needs 57 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE, who won four of the five Democratic contests last night, is the second biggest winner. Clinton will likely end up over 300 pledged delegates ahead of Bernie Sanders. There's no real doubt she'll be the nominee at this point. Losers: Bernie Sanders had respectable results and even won Rhode Island, but it's a game of delegate math at this point, and Sanders is far behind Clinton. Ted Cruz and John Kasich had a miserable night with such distant finishes that it's going to be hard for them to claim they're credible contenders for the nomination, even if the battle goes beyond the first ballot at the Republican National Convention.

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING ­– OBAMA TO FLINT: Via The Hill's Timothy Cama, President Obama is planning to visit Flint, Mich., next week to speak about the city's ongoing water contamination crisis. The White House said Wednesday in a Medium post that Obama made the pledge to visit in a letter to 8-year-old Mari Copeny, a Flint resident who wrote to him about the crisis. He'll visit May 4. http://bit.ly/1QAD159

SO, COLLEAGUES, HOW DO WE FEEL ABOUT THIS?: Via The Hill's Kristina Wong and Rebecca Kheel, fears are growing in Congress about the deeper U.S. involvement in the Middle East. The latest flashpoint: President Obama's decision this week to send an additional 250 special operations troops to Syria, where they will support forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Obama's side: The president insists the new deployment is not a case of mission creep, arguing the troops are enabling local forces, not directly engaging in combat. http://bit.ly/1UgVScl

HERE'S A FUN FACT: During a Facebook Live interview, The Hill's Jonathan Swan spoke with Brittany Kaiser of Ted Cruz's top data mining firm, Cambridge Analytics, about the data campaigns compile that can predict if and how a person will vote. When Swan asked how many data points the firm would have per person, Kaiser responded, "We would know about 2,000 to 5,000 things about you." Laughs nervously.

RYAN'S GOT 99 PROBLEMS AND A MAJORITY'S ONE (ERR... MOST): Via The Hill's Peter Schroeder, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is pressing his conference to back legislation providing debt relief to Puerto Rico, but it's not even clear if he can muster a majority of votes. Why: Conservatives are grumbling about helping the territory rework a massive debt burden built over decades, saying they won't back a "bailout." http://bit.ly/1XW5kAU

POPULAR VOTE FACTOID: Via Politico's Kyle CheneyDonald Trump has surpassed Mitt Romney's popular vote total from four years ago. Trump is also on the track to break the GOP record. Numbers: Trump has received 9.9 million votes, already 100,000 more than Romney. http://politi.co/1TwsV9T

PAC OF THE DAY: "Delegate Ninjas for Liberty"

A NAME WE ALL KNOW MOVING TO AN OUTLET WE ALL KNOW: Journalist and former MSNBC host Alex Wager is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor. "She will write for The Atlantic, moderate events with AtlanticLIVE, and help to develop video and TV projects with The Atlantic Studios." http://theatln.tc/1MZeZ9a

NEW HAMPSHIRE NEWS: Liz Johnson, Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteSinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race New Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid MORE's (R-N.H.) communications director, transitions this week from D.C. to Manchester, N.H., as communications director for Ayotte's reelection campaign. 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

The Daily Beast's Gideon Resnick (this gif of Chris Christie's wife is painful)
This is brutal http://bit.ly/1Ss1dwf

Yahoo!'s Olivier Knox
Ryan and Obama see their roles the same way. Stay out (-ish) of the primary then try to unite the party. http://bit.ly/1qTrTLI 

Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein
Trump on Clinton, on MJ: "I haven't quite recovered... from her shouting" last night. Added he'll get used to her "shouting" for general. http://bit.ly/1Ss1Aa6 

MTV's Hanif Abdurraqib (haha!)
you can see the exact point where that woman reconsiders her vote [for Ted Cruz] after he says "basketball ring" http://bit.ly/243gR8G

 

ON TAP:

11 a.m. EDT: The Senate took a cloture vote on the energy and water spending bill.

12 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump gives a foreign policy address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

1:45 p.m. EDT: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is holding a town hall with millennials at the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. Live stream: http://1.usa.gov/22gwZzi 

2:30–5:45 p.m. EDT: Two sets of votes for the House on suspension bills.

3 p.m. EDT: President Obama presents the "Commander-in-Chief" trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy football team. 

4 p.m. EDT: Ted Cruz holds a rally in Indianapolis. Note: He will be making a "major" announcement.

6 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally with former basketball coach Bobby Knight in Indianapolis.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Prime Rib Day! To celebrate, Chart House has prime rib for $19.61 -- the year the restaurant was founded. http://bit.ly/1XW7y35 

HISTORY SECTION -- 4,800-YEAR OLD FOSSIL FOUND: A 4,800 year fossil of a mother embracing a baby was found in Taiwan. Here are photos: http://ti.me/1VSqXop

AN EXHIBIT TO SEE THIS SPRING: Last summer's beach exhibit at the National Building Museum featuring 650,000 plastic balls is being repurposed for another exhibit. The new exhibit, called "Raise/Raze," features the same white balls glued together to form building blocks. After one day of tickets on sale, the entire first week is sold out. Act quickly if you want tickets! http://bit.ly/1SAQegt

HOPE YOU DIDN'T GET USED TO THAT WARM WEATHER YESTERDAY: ...because it was a TEASE. The Capital Weather Gang is reporting that today brings a cooler, cloudier and more unsettled weather pattern, which will stick around D.C. into next week. Oh well. Enjoy the cooler weather, I guess. It won't be around for long. http://wapo.st/1TdWdHP

And with that, here is a penguin suffering from a fear of water who learns to swim. It's precious. http://bit.ly/1QAeWvd

 

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This story was updated at 1:05 p.m.