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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Shots fired at Capitol after driver tries to run over cops | Trump tries to regain momentum | Veteran WH reporter's clash with Spicer | Senators brace for Supreme Court showdown | Trump company eyes second DC hotel

CAPITOL HILL NEWS OF THE MORNING -- SHOTS FIRED: Shots were fired near the Capitol this morning after a driver tried to hit Capitol Police officers. Where: Police officers at the Capitol told The Hill that shots had been fired on Independence Avenue near the Botanic Garden. From ABC News: A suspect struck a Capitol Police car and tried running over officers who were on foot. The report said the suspect was taken into custody and nobody was hit by the suspect's car.

Yikes: "LAWMAKER sends video to me of shooting incident near Capitol. He was stuck in an Uber..." (From The Hill's Scott Wong) Part 1 of the video: Part 2 of the video:

It's Wednesday. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to and on Facebook.

NEXT UP IN THE SENATE (SHARK) TANK -- PSHHH, CORDIALITY IS OVERRATED ANYWAY: Senators in both parties are gearing up for a showdown over Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination. Where we stand: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks Overnight Health Care: Ohio governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit | US shows signs of coronavirus peak, but difficult days lie ahead | Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready 'right around' Election Day MORE (R-Ky.) confidently predicted yesterday that the Senate would confirm Gorsuch on April 7 -- before recess. But as Democratic opposition grows, Republican leaders are signaling they're prepared to use the "nuclear option" to change the Senate's rules and push him through.

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe: "The problem with waiting until next week to vote on Gorsuch? It leaves plenty of time for nasty floor speeches from members of both parties."

Latest vote count: 32 Dems are now opposing Gorsuch. Updated whip list count: 

THIS A.M. -- YEAH, NOPE. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN: President Trump tweeted this morning: "Remember when the failing NYTimes apologized to its subscribers, right after the election, because their coverage was so wrong. Now worse!"

TURN AROUND, EVERY NOW AND THEN I GET A LITTLE BIT TERRIFIEDVia The Hill's Niall Stanage, President Trump is looking for fast action to restore momentum after his crushing defeat in attempting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This week has already seen a flurry of moves: an executive order reversing former President Obama's climate change policies, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE made a surprise appearance to talk about so-called sanctuary cities and Trump announced a new White House Office of American Innovation. But it's an open question as to whether this burst of activity can help Trump find his footing or settle jangled nerves on the right.

PICK YOUR POISON.: Days after the ObamaCare repeal crashed and burned, Republicans are torn on what to do next. What House Republicans want: House Republicans are vowing to give healthcare reform another shot until they "get it right." What the White House wants: President Trump is publicly signaling he wants to move on to tax reform and maybe team up with Democrats on something bipartisan, such as an infrastructure package. What Senate Republicans want: The GOP-controlled Senate is focused on trying to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court and appears to have little interest in another healthcare war.

NEW POLL -- WE BELIEVE YOU: Nearly three-quarters of Republicans believe President Trump's claim that former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Hearing for Twitter hack suspect Zoom-bombed by porn, rap music Read: Sally Yates testimony MORE wiretapped him last year, a new poll shows.  Seventy-four percent of Republican respondents said it is "very" or "somewhat" likely Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in 2016, according to a new CBS News poll.

YOU'RE DONE HERE: Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) says the Senate Intelligence Committee should lead the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election following controversy over its House counterpart. "It's unfortunate where we are in the House," Dent said Wednesday on "CNN Newsroom." "It seems like there's not going to be a House report on intelligence, on the Russian meddling." House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has been under fire from Dems for briefing Trump on claims the intelligence community incidentally collected information on his transition team.

TO QUOTE A POETIC INSPIRATION, PITBULL -- WE'RE AT THE HOTEL, MOTEL, HOLIDAY INN: Via The Washington Post's Jonathan O'ConnellPresident Trump's company is actively considering opening a second hotel in Washington, D.C. "Unlike the luxurious Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue ... the more affordable Scion hotels would be owned by other developers who would pay the Trumps' company for licensing rights and management."

LOL, WHAT A LINE -- SEAN SPICER AT THE PRESS BRIEFING YESTERDAY: "If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection."



C-SPAN's Howard Mortman
A May 7, 1990, House hearing included several bags of popcorn. Photo:

American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan

Context: Ryan tweeted this after "White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer snapped at [the] female reporter on Tuesday over a question about the administration's image, telling the veteran White House correspondent to 'stop shaking your head' -- a snide comment that drew rebuke from Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE and several prominent women journalists." Ryan's tweet has over 25k likes so far.

Update: Ryan talked about the incident on CNN. Clip: 

JUST NOW: Spicer called on April Ryan first during the press briefing today.



The House and Senate are in.

12:30 p.m. EDT: Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus New polls show tight races for Graham, McConnell Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing MORE (R-S.C.), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyMcConnell goes hands-off on coronavirus relief bill GOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (R-Iowa), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Air Force general officially becomes first African American service chief | Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure | State Department's special envoy for Iran is departing the Trump administration Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure Trump signs major conservation bill into law MORE (R-Utah) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal MORE (R-Texas) hold a press conference about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch outside of the Supreme Court.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

4 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

5 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the swearing-in of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.



Noon: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Live stream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: Maria Shriver testifies about treatment and possible cures for Alzheimer's disease. Live stream:

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the Women's Empowerment panel in the East Room of the White House. Live stream:

6 p.m. EDT: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will appear on MSNBC's "For the Record" with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the Russia probe.



Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.

THE WORLD HAS HIT A NEW LOW: High heels for babies are now a thing. Photos:

THIS LOOKS LIKE A TRANSFORMATION FROM 'PLANET EARTH': C-SPAN's Jeremy Art has the same photo taken two weeks apart in D.C. March, maaaaaan.

And because you read this far, here's a baby laughing in his sleep:


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