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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Clinton could take hard line with Sanders | Guest list for The Hill's red carpet event | Hillary's secret weapon | GOP women push Trump on VP | Indiana governor endorses Cruz

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BREAKING – PENCE ENDORSES CRUZ: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) is endorsing Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Prospects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Ted Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report MORE's presidential bid, days before their primary contest. Pence made the announcement just now on Greg Garrison's conservative talk radio show in Indianapolis.

It's Friday, and Congress is out for recess -- but staying in town for "Nerd Prom" weekend! Get excited for the one weekend when us nerdy Washingtonians mingle with Hollywood celebs and make sure everyone knows on our social media channels. At least I'm being self-aware, here. ;) 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 celebrity spottings in D.C. this weekend to and on Facebook.

NO, YOU COME TO ME: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, now that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE has basically locked up the nomination, she will want Bernie SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE to help win over his diehard supporters and unify the party. But Sanders will want something in return, and Clinton allies say she won't bow to his demands. Why: She has already moved too far to the left in this primary and can't afford to move any further left.

INSTEAD, HILLARY HAS ANOTHER SECRET (ALMOST MILLENIAL) WEAPON: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) helps Clinton's campaign with what she has been lacking: appeal to younger voters. Here's an anecdote to underscore that: When on the road, the New Jersey senator and a campaign staffer in his car sing along to everything from Prince to Selena Gomez while moving from one event to the next. He then Snapchats this "car karaoke."

YOU HATE POLITICS?! WE HATE POLITICS! LET US LURE YOU IN: Via CNN's MJ Lee, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE's campaign has a new target: Bernie Sanders supporters. "You have two candidates in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders which have reignited a group of people who have been disenfranchised and disappointed with the way Washington, D.C. and career politicians have run the country," said Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. "Bernie Sanders has large crowds -- not as large as Mr. Trump's, but large crowds -- and so there is a level of excitement there for people about his messaging and we will bring those people in."

RED CARPET KICK-OFF TO WHCD WEEKEND: Tonight, The Hill, Extra and the Canadian Embassy are co-hosting an exclusive red carpet soiree to kick off White House Correspondents' Association dinner weekend. VIP guests include Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery, Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Scott Foley of "Scandal," Jaimie Alexander of "Blindspot," New York Knicks's Carmelo AnthonyCandace Cameron Bure of "Full House" and "Fuller House", as well as Dulé HillLisa EdelsteinBridget Moynahan, NeNe Leakes and more. Here's the party preview in AdWeek:

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG: Follow The Hill on Snapchat (@thehilldotcom) and on Facebook for live interviews of the red carpet and what's going on at the Canadian Embassy. They should be entertaining! And keep checking for live updates. 

GUIDE: Here's a FamousDC guide to all the parties happening this weekend and what to wear (men and women!): 

TALKED ABOUT IN THE SPORTS WORLD -- I DID NOT POST. I DID NOT POST.: Minutes before Laremy Tunsil was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, his Twitter account sent out a video of him smoking a bong through a gas mask. Right after, his Instagram posted a transcript of him asking Ole Miss coaching staff to pay his rent. He claims his accounts were hacked.

TOMORROW NIGHT PREVIEW: Politico's Glenn Thrush spoke with Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore about his WHCD speech. Wilmore said that while there will be Obama and Clinton jokes, Donald Trump is the real target (obviously).

A HORRIFYING REALITY -- JOURNALIST BOMBARDED WITH ANTISEMITIC ABUSE: Journalist Julia Ioffe profiled Donald Trump's wife Melania in GQ, and in the day since it posted, she has been hit with a torrent of anti-Semitic, vitriolic and threatening messages from supporters of the Republican front-runner. 

"On Thursday, Ioffe answered a phone call from an anonymous caller who played a Hitler speech. She received another call from "Overnight Caskets". On Twitter, users posted photos of her face superimposed on a mug shot from Auschwitz. The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, attacked Ioffe in a blog post titled: 'Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian K--- Julia Ioffe in GQ!'"

"WE THINK YOUR CAMPAIGN COULD USE SOMETHING:" Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, female lawmakers are starting to openly say that Donald Trump should choose a woman as his running mate. Rep. Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisLiz Cheney and Rand Paul extend war of words Pressure rises on Cheney to make decision Former GOP Rep. Cynthia Lummis files to run for Wyoming Senate seat MORE (R-Wyo.) offered the idea, somewhat unprompted, at a Capitol Hill event hosted by the Heritage Foundation this week. "I would suggest a woman, because some of the remarks he has made about women are not going to help him appeal to some of the 53 percent of the voting populace that are women," Lummis said.



Politico's Seung Min Kim
Here is Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation MORE being adorable with congressional reporter Geof Koss's kiddos

The Hill's Scott Wong
Speaker Ryan asked all staff to leave GOP meeting so members could have a 'family discussion' about the budget/appropriations, aide says



10:30–11:30 p.m. EDT: The House voted. The House and Senate are now out for the week.

7:30 p.m. EDT: President Obama speaks at the International Jazz Day Concert on the South Lawn of the White House.

6 a.m. EDT: Vice President Biden attends Pope Francis's remarks at the Vatican Conference in Rome.

5 p.m. EDT: John Kasich holds a town hall in San Francisco.

10 p.m. EDT: John Kasich speaks at the California GOP Convention in Burlingame.

10 a.m.–2 p.m. EDT tomorrow: Bring your unwanted drugs to the D.C. Police Department for safe disposal. Info:

2 p.m. EDT tomorrow: John Kasich holds a town hall in San Jose, Calif.

2 p.m. EDT Sunday: Ted Cruz holds a rally in Fort Wayne, Ind.

5 p.m. EDT Sunday: Hillary Clinton is the keynote speaker at the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP's annual Flight for Freedom Fund dinner.

7 p.m. EDT Sunday: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in South Bend, Ind.

8:30 p.m. EDT Sunday: Ted Cruz holds a rally in La Porte, Ind.



Sunday: Ted Cruz joins ABC's "This Week."

Sunday: Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Trump's convention manager Paul Manafort and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.) join CBS's "Face the Nation."

Sunday: Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz join CNN's "State of the Union."

Sunday: Donald Trump joins "Fox News Sunday."

Sunday: Ted Cruz joins NBC's "Meet the Press."



Today is National Shrimp Scampi Day!

THIS, MY FRIENDS, IS WHY I'M TERRIFIED OF BIRDS: The cute little innocent bald eagle livestream actually showed two eagles feeding a cat to their eaglets. Excuse me while I freak out a little bit. Here's the video. It isn't gory, but you can see the cat.

KEURIG FOR TORTILLAS: Soon, you will be able to buy a futuristic Keurig-style machine to make homemade tortillas. Essentially there will be pods that turn masa dough into tortillas. I'm very intrigued.

And because you made it to Friday, here is a hilarious video of a pig having a blast in a pool:


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