The Hill's 12:30 Report

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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 CruzGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias GOP lawmaker delays House for second week GOP lawmaker delays House for second week 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

NO, YOU COME TO ME: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, now that Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE has basically locked up the nomination, she will want Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally 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. http://bit.ly/1r1PU3e

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." http://bit.ly/1UlwrpT

YOU HATE POLITICS?! WE HATE POLITICS! LET US LURE YOU IN: Via CNN's MJ Lee, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally 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." http://cnn.it/1VXyCRM

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: http://bit.ly/1WXlCv2

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 TheHill.com for live updates. 

GUIDE: Here's a FamousDC guide to all the parties happening this weekend and what to wear (men and women!): http://bit.ly/1WvjeLm 

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. http://nydn.us/1TAdxt7

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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). http://politi.co/1UlC1c5

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!'" http://bit.ly/1SD6dKZ

"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 LummisFormer Wyoming GOP lawmaker mulling Senate bid to replace Enzi Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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. http://bit.ly/24oZ2h1

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Politico's Seung Min Kim
Here is Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Hillicon Valley: Hacker group targeted electric grid | House Democrats press CBP over facial recognition program | Senators offer bill to protect health data | Groups file FCC complaint over carriers' use of location data Klobuchar, Murkowski introduce legislation to protect consumer health data MORE being adorable with congressional reporter Geof Koss's kiddos http://bit.ly/1VE5Llw

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 http://bit.ly/1SP02pt

 

ON TAP:

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: http://bit.ly/1VWP3hQ

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.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

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

Sunday: Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Trump's convention manager Paul Manafort and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Shanahan drama shocks Capitol Hill, leaving Pentagon rudderless Shanahan drama shocks Capitol Hill, leaving Pentagon rudderless 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."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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. http://wapo.st/1N6Lkei

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. http://ti.me/1rnsWnz

And because you made it to Friday, here is a hilarious video of a pig having a blast in a pool: http://bit.ly/249xC1O

 

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