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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump meeting with British PM | Pence, Conway speaking at March for Life | Priebus on 'Meet the Press' Sunday | Tostitos bag doubles as breathalyzer 

HAPPENING AT 1 P.M. -- BRING YOUR FINEST TEA AND CRUMPETS: Meeting at the White House today, President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May will take their first step toward establishing stronger economic and strategic ties. What they'll discuss: free trade between their countries post-Brexit, the role of NATO and the fight against ISIS. Here are five things to watch for from The Hill's Vicki Needham: 

1. U.S.-U.K. trade deal -- Trump and May have both expressed eagerness for a trade deal between the two countries following the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union.
2. The future of NATO -- May is expected to challenge Trump over his lack of support for NATO.
3. The battle against terrorism -- How to take down ISIS?
4. Conflict in Syria -- May has said that defeating ISIS hinges on a "secure a political solution in Syria and challenging the alliance between the Syrian regime and its backers in Tehran." But that's complicated by...
5. Relations with Russia -- Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the world uneasy. Putin is also a staunch ally of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

HOW TO WATCH: Live-stream of the presser:

Happy Friday! The annual March for Life is happening in D.C. today. Here's a live-stream of the action --> I'm Cate Martel with a recap of the morning and what's to come. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.

EXCUSE ME WHILE I TAKE MY GOLD-STUDDED VICTORY LAP: President Trump's team is breaking with White House precedent by taking a victory lap after a stock market surge. How: His team is tweeting congratulatory messages. Reason this is newsy: Past administrations have typically shied away from embracing stock market surges. Why: The main reason for that, longtime Wall Street observers say, is because what goes up will almost always go back down. Example: Under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Musk and others compromised Trump-backed House candidate leads by only 7 votes in key Texas runoff MORE, the Dow more than doubled in value, but his administration rarely promoted it in his economic record.

LOL, REMEMBER THAT TIME PEOPLE THOUGHT TRUMP WOULD CHANGE AS PRESIDENT?: Via The Hill's Jordan Fabian and Jonathan EasleyPresident Trump has done exactly what we expected. So far: He signed an executive order to begin building a wall on the Mexican border and doubled down on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and repeal ObamaCare. To come: Actions to temporarily suspend visas for people coming to the United States from a number of Muslim-majority nations are expected soon. Oh and then there's Twitter: Trump hasn't stopped tweeting either, nor has he quit his habit of launching into new fights seemingly on a whim.

NEW POLL -- WELL, IF IT'S YOUR GUY... I MEAN...: Supporters of President Trump say he should be allowed to have a private email server, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. Numbers: 42 percent think he should be able to; 39 percent think he shouldn't. Why this is worth mentioning: One of Trump's biggest campaign lines was to criticize Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' Maine poised to allow ranked voting for president after state ruling Trump ad ties Biden to defund police effort, warns Americans 'won't be safe' MORE for using a private server while secretary of State.

*CUE DISNEY VILLAN INTRO MUSIC* -- IT'S THE EVIL, EVIL ... MEDIA: President Trump's chief strategist is lashing out at the media, calling the press the true "opposition party" in a combative interview with The New York Times. "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for awhile," said Steve Bannon.

​TRENDING REACTION -- ​TAPPER ON OFFENSE: CNN's Jake Tapper responded: "A reminder that the president's top aide just told The New York Times the press should keep its mouth shut," Tapper said on air. "No," Tapper added, with a chuckle.

YOU TAKE THAT BACK: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responded: "No, Stephen Bannon, the media should not "keep its mouth shut" and if the Trump administration tries, we'll see them in court."



The Bergen Record's Herb Jackson
Demonstrators in fetal position stage die-in near White House before. Photo: 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamNavarro-Fauci battle intensifies, to detriment of Trump McConnell says he has 'total' confidence in Fauci Dancing with no rhythm: Republican candidates resemble Elaine on Seinfeld MORE (R-S.C.)
Border security yes, tariffs no. Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth ... Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad. 



The House and Senate are out. 

Noon: Vice President Pence and Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway speak at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. Live-stream:

Noon: Author Jay Solomon will speak at The Heritage Foundation about his book, "The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East." Details and live-stream:

Noon: The Heritage Foundation is holding an event on Trump's infrastructure plan. Details and live-stream:

12:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the March for Life rally on the National Mall.

1 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom. They meet for lunch afterward.

3:30 p.m. EST: Adam Parkhomenko, who is running for vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, will chat on the Sidewire app.

4 p.m. EST: President Trump swears in retired Gen. James Mattis as secretary of Defense.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs executive orders at the Pentagon.



9 p.m. EST Sunday: NBC News celebrates Tom Brokaw's 50th anniversary with the networks with a 2-hour special. It will include appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tom Hanks, Jon Stewart, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Powell, David Letterman, Sheryl Sandberg, Lester Holt, Maria Shriver, Lorne Michaels, Nikki Haley, Jim Webb, Wes Moore and Thomas Friedman.

11 p.m. EST Sunday: CBN's David Brody's interview with President Trump airs on Freeform TV. 



ABC's "This Week": Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Pelosi signals flexibility on size of renewed unemployment payments Lincoln Project reports raising .8 million for anti-Trump efforts MORE (R-Ky.) and former defense secretary and CIA director Robert Gates. The panel will include Republican pollster Kristen Soltis, the Washington Post's Dan Balz, NPR's Audie Cornish and ABC News contributor LZ Granderson.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMost in new poll say Biden running mate won't influence their vote Kelly leads McSally by 9 points in Arizona McCain's reset: US-Vietnam relations going strong after 25 years MORE (R-Ariz.). The panel will include: The Atlantic's Molly Ball, radio host Hugh Hewitt, Slate's Jamelle Bouie and the New York Times's Peter Baker.

CNN's "State of the Union": New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

Fox News Sunday: Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, and Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - All eyes on Florida as daily COVID-19 cases hit 15K Democrats see immigration reform as topping Biden agenda GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle MORE (D-Ill.). The panel will include: Former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove, the Associated Press's Julie Pace, Fox's Dana Perino and the Washington Post's Chuck Lane.

NBC's "Meet the Press": White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineFinger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Russian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (D-Va.) and NBC's Tom Brokaw.



Today is National Chocolate Cake Day! Amen after this week...amiright?

FINALLY, A MUSEUM FOR GRAMMAR NERDS: Via Citylab's Kriston Capps, a museum of linguistics will be built in Washington, D.C. It's unclear what that will mean, but I. Am. Excited.

ANOTHER REASON GOOGLE IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD: Via Business Insider's Leanna Garfield, here are some of the free gourmet meals at various cafes on the Google campus in California. Chocolate strawberry roses, I'm looking at you.

MAGIC CHIPS -- THIS IS JETSONS-LEVEL: Frito-Lay has created a "Party Safe" chip bag for the Super Bowl. Basically, you blow into the bag and the bag can detect whether you've been drinking. If so, it turns red along with a message "don't drink and drive" and an Uber code for $10.


To get your weekend off to a great start, here's an Australian swan living the life we should all strive to top. Hint: It involves surfing ;)

And with that, I'm out to track down the best guacamole in D.C. With all this tariff talk -- I'm seriously craving it.


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