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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Poll shows Trump, Clinton statistical tie | Ryan wants to unify GOP | Clinton wins Nebraska, gets 0 delegates | WH buys press doughnuts | No Trump tax returns before Nov. | Chelsea Handler's Netflix premiere

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JUST RELEASED -- CLINTON, TRUMP STATISTICALLY TIED IN NEW POLL: Donald Trump and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio Trump trails Democratic challengers among Catholic voters: poll Sanders under fire from Democrats over praise for Castro regime MORE are tied in a head-to-head match-up for the presidency. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Clinton has 41 percent support to Trump's 40 percent. Nineteen percent of voters are still undecided. More from The Hill's Lisa Hagen: 

It's Wednesday. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS STOPPED USING ALL CAPS FOR FORECASTS AS OF TODAY. SO HERE'S YOUR FIX SO YOU DON'T FEEL UNEASY ABOUT CHANGE! 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.

LATE THIS MORNING -- I'M JUST HERE TO HELP, GUYS: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE pledged Wednesday to play a key role in unifying the fractured Republican Party, just one day before his high-stakes meeting with likely GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Ryan had been saying he's not ready to support Trump, but today was a sharp contrast. He's now saying his meeting with Trump will mark a step toward "real unification" of the warring wings of the party. 

JUST ANNOUNCED – THE HILL NAMES NEW PUBLISHER: Amid rapid growth, Chairman and CEO James Finkelstein today announced that Johanna Derlega is joining The Hill as Publisher. Derlega was previously Senior Vice President at National Journal. Derlega replaces current publisher Adam Prather, who is promoted to Chief Revenue Officer, a new role at The Hill. "We are aggressively accelerating the expansion of our editorial team both to constantly improve and broaden our coverage in order to provide even more value to our readers," said Bob Cusack, Editor in Chief.

LET'S FACE IT -- SOMEONE'S GOING TAKE HEAT: Via The Hill's Julian Hattem, no matter what decision federal prosecutors and FBI investigators make in the Hillary Clinton email probe, there is sure to be a public backlash from the left or the right. If they don't charge Clinton: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department will look like they're covering up for a former cabinet member. If they do charge: Democrats are sure to question the motives of FBI Director James Comey, who is a Republican.

TIDBIT FROM CAPITOL HILL: Tweet from The Hill's Scott Wong: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says it's a "possibility" GOP budget could hit the floor next week.

NO, NO, NO -- WE LOVE YOU. PROMISE. WE PROMISE, OK!?: White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughFormer Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report Trailer shows first look at Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE, alongside press secretary Josh Earnest, made a rare visit to the press area in the West Wing to drop off a box of doughnuts. McDonough and Earnest termed their visit "press appreciation day," seeking to heal the damage done by a New York Times Magazine profile of Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy national security adviser. Rhodes is quoted in the profile ridiculing the White House press corps as too naive to cover world events.

TALKED ABOUT THIS MORNING -- TRUMP WON'T RELEASE TAX RETURNS: AP's Julie Pace and Jill Colvin published a big interview with Donald Trump about his VP search. But the nugget getting the most attention isn't about the VP. It's about his taxes. Trumpsays he doesn't plan to release his tax returns before the November election. "There's nothing to learn from them," said Trump, blaming an ongoing audit for his inability to release them. Oh, but wait: The IRS issued a statement in February saying that nothing prevented Trump from releasing his tax returns after his primary opponents made numerous calls for him to release them. 

YESTERDAY'S PRIMARIES -- WHAT A SIMPLE SYSTEM WE HAVE: Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE won West Virginia, taking a majority of the 29 pledged delegates. But where things get interesting: Hillary Clinton won the Nebraska primary, but gets no delegates. This is because Sanders won the Nebraska caucuses in March, where the delegates were allocated. Here's the full explanation: 

ANNOUNCED TODAY -- GOOGLE IS BANNING PAYDAY LOAN ADS: Via The Hill's Mario Trujillo, Google announced today it will ban all payday loan ads from their site to protect the poor and vulnerable from exploitation through sky-high interest rates. But note: Consumers will still be able to find payday lenders when they search, just not the ads on the top and right.

FOR YOUR RADAR -- FIND OUT WHAT A NEWSPAPER TASTES LIKE: Tomorrow, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank will eat a newspaper after vowing that he'd eat his column if Trump became the GOP nominee. It will be live streamed here:



Politico's Jake Sherman
SPOTTED - Former Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney walking on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. What a town!

New York Magazine's Madison M. K. 
Really impressed with all the time and effort that went into redesigning the Instagram logo.

The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller
Paul Ryan takes four questions. All four on Trump, three from TV reporters. I'm not bitter. Just stating facts.



Today and tomorrow: The Forbes Women's Summit in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Samantha PowerSamantha Jane PowerPresident Trump's strike of choice Obama reveals his top books of 2019 Former US envoy Samantha Power: Trump finding 'new ways to compensate Putin for election interference' MORE and Ivanka Trump are among the speakers. Full agenda: 

Noon: The Senate is holding a cloture vote on an energy funding bill. 

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Biden delivers remarks on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere in Tampa, Fla.

1 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton campaigns in Camden, N.J.

1:15–2:15 p.m. EDT: The House votes. They will also vote from 4:15–5:15 p.m.

2 p.m. EDT: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee is holding a hearing on the administration's budget request for South Asia.

2:30 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Missoula, Mont.

2:30 p.m. EDT: A House Foreign Affairs subcommittee is having a hearing on Boko Haram and other threats to northern Nigeria.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewRussian sanctions will boomerang Obama talks up Warren behind closed doors to wealthy donors On The Money: Lawmakers pile on the spending in .4T deal | Trump-Pelosi trade deal creates strife among progressives | Trump, Boris Johnson discuss 'ambitious' free-trade agreement MORE.

3 p.m. EDT: President Obama's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee is holding a meeting. Live stream: 

3:55 p.m. EDT: President Obama signs the "Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016" in the Oval Office.

4:30 p.m. EDT: New York Times political writer and author Mark Leibovich joins the Sidewire app, speaking with Tracy Sefl.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The House Appropriations defense subcommittee is holding a closed markup of the 2017 defense appropriations bill.

6 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump speaks at the Nassau Republicans' annual Patriots' Reception in Long Island, N.Y.

7 p.m. EDT: BuzzFeed's White House correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro will be interviewing Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenAl Franken blasts Susan Collins: She'll let Trump 'get away with anything' Bill Press: Don't forget about Amy Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far MORE (D-Minn.) for a live taping of BuzzFeed's new political podcast No One Knows Anything, live from the Newseum. Info: 

9 p.m. EDT: Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Billings, Mont.



Today is National "Eat What You Want" Day! Although in America, the land of the double-down chicken burger, the cronut and the Iowa State Fair, this is worrisome.

WHAT TO KNOW -- CHELSEA IS B-A-C-K: Premiering today, Chelsea Handler is launching a Netflix talk show called "Chelsea." New episodes will air Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

And to leave you, here's a mom who tried to pack her high school daughter's lunch and mistakenly gave her a Four Loko alcoholic energy drink. It has gone completely viral.


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