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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Gorsuch sworn in | Viral video shows United passenger dragged off flight | Priebus holds Kushner, Bannon peace talks | Trump sued over WH visitor logs | Midterm trends threaten GOP majority | Uber offers chance to win NHL playoff tickets

TALK OF THE MORNING -- YIIIKES AND WE THOUGHT UNITED AIRLINES PREVENTING YOUNG GIRLS WEARING YOGA PANTS FROM BOARDING WAS BAD PR...:  Videos on Twitter last night showed officers forcibly removing a man from his seat on a United Airlines flight and dragging the distressed passenger down the aisle by his wrists, as other customers yelled out in protest. Wait, why??: United Airlines says the passenger who was violently dragged off one of its planes refused to leave after no one volunteered to give up their seat on the overbooked flight. Watch: http://bit.ly/2oRBFRS

Why the man refused to leave: The man who was dragged off the plane was apparently one of the customers selected at random, but refused to leave because he said he was a doctor and needed to reach his destination to treat patients. Officers were then brought on board to assist with removing him.

United's response: After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate," a United spokesperson said. "We apologize for the overbook situation." Ooof.

What we don't know: It's unclear whether passengers on the United flight were first offered compensation and how customers were selected to be bumped off the flight. 

It's Monday. 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

BREAKING -- SWORN. IN.: Neil Gorsuch this morning became the 101st associate justice of the Supreme Court and President Trump's first high court appointment. http://bit.ly/2oj60Y2

How the morning went: Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial oath to Gorsuch in the sun-soaked White House Rose Garden shortly after 11 a.m. Hours earlier, Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath in a private ceremony in the justices' conference room at the court.

What Trump said about it: "I've always heard the most important thing a president of the United States does is appoint people, hopefully great people like this appointment, to the United States Supreme Court and I can say this is a great appointment and I got it done in the first 100 days." 

NEW THIS A.M. -- #LAWYERED: Three organizations are suing the Trump administration for not making public the logs that show who is visiting the White House. Details: The suit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security, with groups saying the Secret Service has not provided the log information despite Freedom of Information Act requests. http://bit.ly/2oXQySg

BUT, BUT, BUT! AN ON-AIR WHITE HOUSE DUEL! THE RATINGS!: Via CBS News, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus arranged a recent meeting to soothe tensions between White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and senior adviser Jared KushnerWhere the Kumbaya fest happened: At President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Context: The pair met amid reports that each side believes the other is planting negative stories about them in the media. http://cbsn.ws/2nUCDb1

IN OTHER SHAKE-UP NEWS: Deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland has been asked to step down in another personnel change within President Trump's administration. New gig: McFarland will become the U.S. ambassador to Singapore. http://bit.ly/2oXIDUY

THEME OF THE SUNDAY SHOWS -- *KARATE CHOPS RUSSIA ON A MAP*Top Trump officials on Sunday turned up the heat on Russia following the deadly chemical attack last week in Syria. Russia has long backed Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Who said what: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. missile strike was intended to send a message to Russia. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson similarly criticized Russia on ABC's "This Week," saying the country has not fulfilled its commitments. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said he believes Russia could be part of the "solution." "Russia should ask themselves, 'What are we doing here?'" he said on "Fox News Sunday." http://bit.ly/2oXvCuV

TRUMP'S BIG, BEAUTIFUL WALL WILL HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER DAY: Via The Hill's Rafael Bernal and Mike Lillis, Democrats are winning the war over the wall. Despite President Trump's request for more than $1 billion to fund the southern border wall this year, GOP leaders are expected to exclude the money in the spending bill being prepared to keep the government open beyond April 28.

Republican justification: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNow we know why Biden was afraid of a joint presser with Putin Zaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power MORE (R-Wis.) says the choice is pragmatic and the money will come later. With Democrats united against wall funding, Republicans may not have the votes. For now, they just want to avoid a government shutdown. http://bit.ly/2nxHL9E

SANCTUARY CITY FIGHT ESCALATES: Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, the battle over sanctuary cities is ramping up. Why: Immigration hard-liners are threatening to hold potentially billions of dollars in state grants hostage as they seek to compel so-called sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal law enforcement officials. http://bit.ly/2oXYFOS

IT'S LIKE A GAME OF WHACK-A-MOLE: Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen, a unified GOP Congress might not last past the midterms. House Republicans are seeing signs that Democrats could take a significant number of House seats in the 2018 elections. Why Dems could have the upper hand: Enthusiasm is high, President Trump's approval ratings currently sit in the low 40s -- a historic low for this point in a presidency -- and the GOP Congress has achieved no major legislative goals in Trump's first 70 days in office. Why GOP could have the upper hand: There is still plenty of time for things to change over the next 19 months, and winning back the House will be an uphill climb for Democrats even in the most favorable circumstances. The way district lines are drawn means that only a few dozen seats are seen as competitive. http://bit.ly/2oYfvtW

FUN FACT -- ONLY A SLIM MAJORITY WANT TRUMP TO RELEASE HIS TAXES: According to a new Bloomberg/Morning Consult poll, 53 percent of registered voters think President Trump should be forced to release his tax returns. 45 percent don't care. https://bloom.bg/2opWRgK



The Washington Examiner's Kyle Feldscher
Here it is: The Week In News To The Tune of We Didn't Start The Fire http://bit.ly/2nZLWra 

Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn posted a photo on Instagram
No one can give me a straight answer on what this little door off the Senate floor leads to. http://bit.ly/2o08NTm

Update: She later posted an answer over the tiny, elf-sized Capitol doors. Basically, they are the locations for water spouts in case of a fire. The back story is pretty interesting: http://bit.ly/2oYhIFR



The House and Senate are out.

This morning: Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in to the United States Supreme Court. President Trump attended the ceremony.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney in the Oval Office.

Tonight: President Trump is hosting a White House Passover Seder. Details: http://bit.ly/2nUyyUh

Wednesday: NHL playoffs begin.

Saturday: NBA playoffs begin. 



1:30 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily briefing. Live stream: http://bit.ly/2o0rnuu

Just released: Showtime has debuted a trailer for "Risk," a documentary on WikiLeaks that was granted unprecedented access to the site's operations and its leader, Julian Assangehttp://bit.ly/2oXGicB



Today is National Cinnamon Crescent Day!

YOU GOTTA HAVE A LOOOOOT OF SELF CONFIDENCE TO ORDER THIS BY NAME: Via The New York Times's Brooks Barnes, in a rebranding effort by AMC Theaters to market to a younger audience, the movie theater chain is adding fast food items to the menu. Lol this one!: One new menu item is called "the Bavarian Beast": "It's a pound-and-a-half salted pretzel the size of a steering wheel." Sounds healthyOther menu items: "Beating its national competitors to the punch, AMC Feature Fare will include cheeseburger sliders, [curly fries], four types of stone-fired pizza, chili dogs, salami bites, chicken tenders, three new popcorn flavors and -- for the health-conscious -- seven gluten-free snacks." Timing: This summer. http://nyti.ms/2oisHvF

MILLENNIAL CASH CAB: Uber is adding a "CAPS Trivia" feature in Washington, D.C., right before the NHL playoffs begin. "On Tuesday, April 11, use the promo code ROCKTHERED to request 'CAPS Trivia' from 12-2pm for your chance to be picked up in an Uber with Caps announcer Wes Johnson and team mascot Slapshot. Wes will ask you a series of Caps questions for a shot at playoff tickets." Details: http://ubr.to/2oXOHgh

And because you made it this far, here's a raccoon deciding whether likes grapes: http://bit.ly/2nUycNu


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