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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Puerto Rico defaults on debt payment | What to watch in Indiana | Trump thanks 'Bobby Night' | Bill Nye's Instagram game is strong | WHCD highlights | National Truffle Day

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EVERGREEN HEADLINE (CUE MORGAN FREEMAN VOICEOVER): "IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS TUESDAY'S PRIMARY": Heck, let's just call this Super Tuesday part 5,491. The Hill's Niall Stanage outlines the scenarios for tomorrow's Republican primary in Indiana. If Trump wins and takes all 57 delegates, he'll glide to the nomination. However, a loss would put significant doubt on whether he can close things out before the Republican National Convention. Polling: Overall polling has Trump leading by 5 points. The most recent WSJ/Marist poll has Trump ahead by 15 (!).

IF CRUZ DOES LOSE...: He says a loss in Indiana wouldn't end his campaign. "It's going to be a battle to see who can earn a majority of the delegates elected by the people at the convention. And the reason Donald is so frantic to say the race is over ... is because Donald knows he cannot earn a majority of the delegates that were elected by the people.

It's Monday, and D.C. collectively needs a weekend to recover from WHCD weekend. Filing from the Capitol with a strong coffee in hand, 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.

BAD DAY FOR PUERTO RICO: Via The Hill's Peter Schroeder, Puerto Rico is defaulting today on roughly $422 million in debt payments. Next deadline: Attention now turns to July 1 as the next potential deadline for action. On that date, the island is supposed to make roughly $2 billion in debt payments, and experts do not believe those payments will be made. Where it stands in Congress: The House Natural Resources Committee is still working on crafting a relief bill after progress on the measure stalled back in April.

A HASHTAG YOU'LL SEE ON LAWMAKERS' TWITTER FEEDS: This is #SmallBusinessWeek and #NationalTeacherAppreciationWeek. 

IN GRANITE STATE NEWS -- TRUMP VS. N.H. GOP: Via NH1's Paul Steinhauser, "Trump's campaign is accusing the New Hampshire GOP of manipulating the system by including not a single Trump delegate in the Granite State on a proposed slate of delegate assignments to crucial committees at July's Republican National Convention." An email the state's GOP executive director sent out had a list with a "slate of candidates" including delegates for Kasich, Rubio and Bush.

TALKED ABOUT THIS WEEKEND -- MALIA OBAMA'S COLLEGE PICK: First daughter Malia Obama has decided to attend Harvard University. However, she will take a one-year break before starting as a freshman.

HEADLINE DISCUSSED ON THE MORNING SHOWS -- MAUREEN DOWD COLUMN: The New York Times's Maureen Dowd has a fascinating column about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Hillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Biden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats MORE's foreign policy being more hawkish than Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE. "On some foreign policy issues, the roles are reversed for the candidates and their parties. It's Hillary the Hawk against Donald the Quasi-Dove."



Via Yours Truly writing from the red carpet, Hollywood heavyweights and Washington's power brokers kicked off White House Correspondents' Association dinner weekend with The Hill, Extra and the Canadian Embassy. Guests sipped on custom cocktails by the famous Spike Mendelsohn, ate oysters, appetizers and Chicago-themed bites in honor of President Obama's last dinner -- in addition to Canadian-themed offerings. The video is worth watching:

SPOTTED: Actress Bridget MoynahanNeNe Leakes of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," actress Tamera Mowry, Michael Kelley of Netflix's "House of Cards," HBO's "Ballers" star Jasmyn Simon, Fox News hosts Greta Van Susteren, Jennifer Griffin and Shannon Bream, CNN's Don Lemon and Michelle Kosinski, and MSNBC's Tamron Hall

CNN's Don Lemon admitted to having a little too much fun at last year's party:

"House of Cards" star Michael Kelly told The Hill he won't attend the WHCD if Donald Trump is president:

NeNe Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta: "Donald, cut your s--- out." We have a video of it! It's great:

Fox News's Greta Van Susteren's favorite WHCD memory: Ozzy Osbourne standing on a chair and causing a commotion.

FAVORITE OVERHEARD LINE AT THE WHCD: "Get out of the way, dude. You're blocking Madeline Albright." Keep in mind: Albright is 4' 10" tall. The man who said this was fairly tall.

DESCRIBE OBAMA'S SPEECH IN ONE WORD: "YOLO!": President Obama has become quite the comedian. Here are the best/funniest moments of his speech. Think: "[Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Trump says he'll sign order with 'road to citizenship' for DACA recipients Texas lawmakers ask HHS to set up field hospital, federal resources in the state MORE] went to Hoosier country, called the hoop a basketball ring. What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I'm the foreign one."

IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD HIS FULL SPEECH: I seriously recommend listening to it. There are a lot of funny one-liners. Here's the video. Plug your headphones into your work computer -- your boss will never know! ;)



IJ Review's Joe Perticone (but really, why?! Side note friends: I'm bookmarking this for all of your upcoming birthdays.)
OMG wmata sells metro-themed jewelry. Why?

Donald Trump (He misspelled Bobby "Knight" and Twitter has been all over it. Trump has since deleted the tweet.)
"I will be campaigning in Indiana all day. Things are looking great, and the support of Bobby Night has been so amazing. Today will be fun!"

The Dallas Morning News's Ryan J. Rusak responded: The irony of reporters pointing out other people's typos is just too much for a Monday morning.

Scientist Bill Nye Instagrammed a photo with Arianna Huffington and the famous Instagrammer @TheFatJewish from the WHCD.
"The young people might refer to this photo as 'squad goals.'"

Fox News's Matt Finn (Wow. But yep, this is accurate in my experience.)
Here is a example of what most Trump rallies look like these days. These are protestors. Warning: strong language.



Congress is in recess this week.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton holds a conversation on economic barriers and jobs.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE holds a rally in Fort Wayne, Ind.

2:45 p.m. EDT: Local television anchors participating in "Live from the White House" interview President Obama.

2:45 p.m. EDT: Mercury's Mike DuHaime, Precision Strategies' Stephanie Cutter, Hamilton Place Strategies' Kevin Madden and April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, discuss major narratives on the campaign trail at a Politico event. Live stream: 

4 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in Carmel, Ind.

4:15 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton tours a health and wellness center in Williamson, W.Va. 

6 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton meets with retired mine workers in Williamson, W.Va.

7 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a rally in South Bend, Ind.

7:30 p.m. EDT: Ted Cruz holds a rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.



Today is National Chocolate Truffle Day! Now this is a holiday I can get behind.

GUYS, THIS SHOULD BE PRIME PEOPLE WATCHING: Via DCist's Christina Sturdivant, Eat The Rich, an oyster bar in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood, is celebrating Star Wars this week. Think: Star Wars-themed cocktails, swag, staff dressed up as character -- and 10 percent off if you, too, dress the part.

ROYAL BIRTHDAY: Princess Charlotte is one year old today. Here are some photos of her that have been released:

And with that, here is the most mesmerizing video of a hippo eating watermelons whole. Do yourself a favor and watch it:


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