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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cruz completely unloads on Trump | Trump links Cruz's dad to JFK assassin | Man tries to hijack DC Metrobus | Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas reportedly buying Martha's Vineyard mansion The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' MORE on 'NCIS' tonight | Bernie's next move?

JUST NOW – CRUZ UNLOADS, AND I MEAN UNLOADS (!) ON TRUMP: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE called Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE an "utterly amoral" bully, narcissist, pathological liar. Day-umm! Cruz prefaced his comments by saying that for the first time, he wanted to say exactly what he thought of Trump. "Donald Trump is such a narcissist that Barack Obama looks at him and says, 'Dude, what's your problem?" "The man is utterly amoral," he continued. Cruz also slammed Trump for going after his wife, and suggesting she wasn't good-looking enough for him. He also noted that Trump defended the boxer Mike Tyson, who was convicted in Indiana on rape charges. Wowza. Trust me, it's worth reading his full comments: 

WHAT SET CRUZ OFF: This morning, Donald Trump linked Ted Cruz's father to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy. "His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous," Trump said. "Nobody even brings it up, they don't even talk about that. ... What was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting?" Trump asked. Cruz's reaction: "It is garbage," Cruz communications director Alice Stewart told The Hill. The campaign also called Trump "detached from reality." 

It's Tuesday and it's Super Tuesday part 10,759 (or just "Indiana votes"). 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

AND WHY NOT CHIME IN, RIGHT OBAMA? In an interview with WMUR, President Obama said Donald Trump is unprepared to be president. "I think that he is not somebody who, even within the Republican Party, can be considered as equipped to deal with the problems of this office. But look, we live in a democracy." 

I BET THEY WON'T BE GETTING FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS ANYTIME SOON: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, outgoing GOP campaign chief Greg Walden (R-Ore.) insists he doesn't have a plan past November. But behind the scenes, he made clear to The Hill he's seriously considering a bid this fall to succeed retiring Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. 

The problem: It would pit Walden against a good friend and well-connected colleague, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who carries more seniority on the panel and has already signaled he's running for the gavel. Sum this up in one phrase: "It's a King Kong vs. Godzilla kind of race," said one senior member of the House GOP Steering Committee.

WHAT TO WATCH IN INDIANA TONIGHT: Donald Trump is hoping for a slam-dunk against Ted Cruz in the Indiana primary. On the Democratic side, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe road not taken: Another FBI failure involving the Clintons surfaces DHS cyber agency to prioritize election security, Chinese threats ABC chose a debate moderator who hates Trump MORE is hoping to win her sixth out of the last seven contests, while Bernie SandersBernie SandersGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE is hoping for a contested convention. Here's what The Hill is watching for tonight: 

  • Do Cruz's gambles work?
  • How much closer does Trump get to 1,237?
  • If Cruz loses Indiana, will the anti-Trump movement fall apart?
  • Can Clinton hold off Sanders?
  • Is Sanders in to win or to influence?

Context for each from The Hill's Lisa Hagen:


  • 57 Republican delegates, 30 of them go to the statewide winner; 27 are awarded to the winners of congressional districts
  • 83 Democratic delegates, awarded proportionally

DEVELOPING THIS MORNING – MAN ATTEMPTS TO HIJACK D.C. METROBUS: Via The Hill's Jesse Byrnes, A pedestrian was killed on Tuesday after a man attempted to hijack a Metrobus in Washington. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed to reporters that a suspect is in custody for attacking a bus driver. The pedestrian was struck and killed after the bus jumped a curb in the parking lot of a gas station, she said. Lanier described the suspect in the hijacking as an adult male, who was "very distraught and violent." More here as the story develops:

HERE'S A HEADLINE FOR THOUGHT: Via The New York Post's Lindsay Putnam, "Pet owners deserve family leave, too." Read it. Process it. Process it some more. Then send me your thoughts about it.

THERE'S THE ROCK. OH! AND THERE'S THE HARD PLACE.: Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Peter Schroeder, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi aimed piercing criticism at Republicans for inaction on a host of issues as varied as the Zika crisis and the national budget. But then Pelosi adopted an entirely different tone regarding Puerto Rico's debt crisis, going out of her way to praise Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) efforts as genuine. This is Congress in an election year, everyone.

IN N.H. NEWS -- MAGGIE HASSAN RELEASES FIRST AD: New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) has released her first ad in her Senate bid against Republican Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteTrump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race MOREThe gist: The ad shares her disabled son's story. Watch:



The New York Times's Nate Cohn (Interesting graph)
The race looks like it's breaking Trump's way. His ratings surging, Cruz plummeting among Republicans, per Gallup

The Boston Globe's Matt Viser (2016, errbody!)
Things you don't expect to hear on election day in a normal campaign season? A candidate talking about his rival's "venereal diseases."



Recess for Congress.

1:30 p.m. EDT: Marie Therese Dominguez, the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, will speak at a Center for Strategic and International Studies. Live stream: 

1:45 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton speaks about jobs and the economy in Athens, Ohio.

2:30 p.m. EDT: The Pan American Health Organization is holding a briefing on the Zika virus featuring National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Obama and Education Secretary John King honor the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.

6 p.m. EDT: The service chiefs of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard will speak at the Council on Foreign Relations. Live stream: 

6 p.m. EDT: Most polls close in Indiana. 

7 p.m. EDT: Remaining polls close in Indiana -- part of the state is Central Standard Time.

7:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Louisville, Ky.

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

8:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow: The American Enterprise Institute is holding an election watch event on delegates, drama and campaign dynamics in 2016. Speakers include AEI's Michael Barone, Karlyn BowmanNorman J. Ornstein, the Bipartisan Policy Center's John Fortier and the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Henry J. Olsen. Live stream: 



8 p.m. EDT: First lady Michelle Obama appears on CBS's "NCIS," hosting a roundtable with military spouses as part of her "Joining Forces" initiative.



Today is National Raspberry Popover, Raspberry Tart Day and Chocolate Custard Days!

HELLO, NEW FRIEND -- ICE CREAM CONE FRAPPUCCINO!: Today, Starbucks has begun offering a Caramel Waffle Cone Frappuccino for the summer. Think: "waffle cone syrup and dark caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces and more dark caramel sauce." Review from Time's Olivia B. Waxman: "Like an ice cream cone married a Frappuccino." I applaud you, Starbucks.

ATTENTION -- THIS ITEM INVOLVES EXTREME MILLENNIAL LINGO: Here's the best, funniest love story of a girl who tries to find the guy in a Vikings jersey on a Snapchat. The story escalates to the point that The University of Wisconsin -- Madison added a geo-tag filter to Snapchat so the entire university could follow the saga.

IN POP CULTURE NEWS -- I MUST CHANGE MY SLEEP SCHEDULE FOR THIS: Starting this week, Freeform TV (formerly ABC Family) is airing throwback TV shows from midnight to 2 a.m. including "Lizzie McGuire," "That's So Raven," "Hannah Montana" and "Kim Possible." On Friday nights at midnight, they will also feature old Disney Channel movies.

And because you made it this far, here's an armadillo with a new toy.


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