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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump at the WH Easter Egg Roll | No Easter Bunny costume for Spicer this year | Pence warns North Korea not to test Trump | Dems warm to Sanders as party leader | United kicks couple flying to wedding off flight

HAPPENING THIS A.M. -- YOU CAN'T SAY 'EGG' AND 'ROLL' IN THE SAME PHRASE WITHOUT MAKING ME CRAVE CHINESE FOOD: President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE participated in the White House Easter Egg Roll this morning on the South Lawn of the White House. Live coverage: http://bit.ly/2pqn93w

Interesting tidbit -- started from the bottom, now he's here: White House press secretary Sean Spicer once played the White House Easter Bunny during the George W. Bush administration. Photo evidence -- there's no way you're not curious what that looked like: http://bit.ly/2pIUqDF

Trump's message: "'We're right on track. You see what's happening,' President Trump tells a crowd of children while standing with the Easter Bunny." http://bit.ly/2oG5i7j

This. Is. So. Awkward.: "A kid asks Trump to sign his hat at the White House Easter Egg Roll. The president signs ... and then tosses the hat into the crowd." Watch: http://bit.ly/2pa9UnI

Is that ... a ninja turtle?: Here's a photo of characters at the White House Easter Egg Roll. http://bit.ly/2omAqWi

It's a quiet Monday in D.C. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and jelly beans to cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

GUYS, SOMEONE SHOULD TELL UNITED AIRLINES THE 'ALL PRESS IS GOOD PRESS' EXPRESSION IS A JOKING ONE-LINER, NOT A WAY OF LIFE: Via KHOU-TV Houston, a bride and groom -- traveling to their wedding -- were kicked off a half-empty United Airlines flight Saturday. Back story: The couple say they were the last to board the United flight and noticed a man spread across their seats napping. The plane was pretty empty, so they moved up three rows to an empty row. What they didn't know: "United considers Row 21 'economy plus,' which is an upgrade." Uh oh.

What then happened: "After sitting, Hohl said a flight attendant approached and asked if they were in their ticketed seats. The couple explained they weren't and asked if they could get an upgrade, but instead they were told they needed to return to their assigned seats. Hohl said after complying with the flight attendant's demand, a U.S. Marshall came onto the plane and asked them to get off." 

United's reaction: United Airlines said in a statement that the couple tried to sit in an upgraded seat "repeatedly" and they "wouldn't follow crew instructions." http://usat.ly/2omwSDq

TODAY IN TRUMP TWEETS -- HAPPY EASTER, Y'ALL: President Trump spent the Monday after Easter slamming a favorite target: the media. "The Fake Media (not Real Media) has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold them to the truth!" he tweeted. Earlier this morning: Trump hit the media over how it had covered a recent House special election in Kansas, where Republican Rob Estes defeated Democrat James Thompson by 7 points. Context: The previous incumbent, now-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, had won his most recent race in the conservative-leaning district by more than 30 points. http://bit.ly/2oDxjux

Photo of first son Donald Trump Jr. sporting a "fake news" T-shirt: http://bit.ly/2oDwl1y 

LOOOVE, PRESIDENT TRUMP: Trump also poked at Democrats on Twitter by touting a book titled "Reasons to Vote for Democrats," which features about 260 blank pages. "A great book for your reading enjoyment: 'REASONS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS' by Michael J. Knowles." http://bit.ly/2nUQmUl

THIS IS IMPORTANT -- ALL THE OBAMA CH, CH, CHANGES: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has brought sweeping change to the Department of Justice. What he's done so far: Rolled back protections for transgender students, called for a review of reform agreements with local police departments and made immigration enforcement a top priority, including putting "sanctuary cities" on notice. What these changes mean: http://bit.ly/2oOYsgw

BEST THING I SAW ALL WEEKEND: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Zombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Progressives threaten to block bipartisan infrastructure proposal MORE (I-Vt.) spoke to Ben & Jerry's employees in his home state of Vermont. Best part: Check out the podium!! --> http://washex.am/2pIu2K2 

OK, FINE. WE ADMIT THAT WE MAY BE STARTING TO 'FEEL [A MODERATE] BERN': Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, Democrats who were reluctant to support Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) movement are coming around to him. Why: Sanders has become a powerful and welcome voice for a party struggling to find its identity after a devastating defeat in 2016. http://bit.ly/2pIPVce

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- ANOTHER TRUMP PICK: President Trump is slated to pick a former top U.S. Treasury official to serve as the Federal Reserve's vice chairman of supervision. Who: Randal Quarles, who served as the Department of Treasury's undersecretary for domestic finance during the George W. Bush administration. What to know about the position: The position was created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law but was not filled during the Obama administration. http://bit.ly/2oOZxop



NBC's Brad Jaffy
The Obamas partied on a super yacht in French Polynesia with Oprah, Springsteen and Tom Hanks. How was your weekend? Photos: http://bit.ly/2pIph2X

CTV Edmonton (Hahahaha.)
$43M in cash found in empty Nigerian apartment http://bit.ly/2p9GjLg 

Twitter user @MatHouchens retweeted, adding: "Poor guy probably spent the past decade trying to share it but no one ever replied to his email." http://bit.ly/2nUInXe

Media Matters's Lis Power
The subtle nudge from Melania reminding Trump to put his hand over his heart for the National Anthem. Video: http://bit.ly/2nUPVcu


ON TAP -- not much:

Today: Vice President Pence is in South Korea for meetings.

News of the trip so far -- don't mess: Pence warned North Korea not to test President Trump or the U.S. military. http://bit.ly/2oFWYVd

Today: Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear his first arguments on the Supreme Court.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tuesday: Special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District for the House seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Why that's big: http://n.pr/2oi5lDC

Latest: This morning -- the day before the election -- President Trump blasted the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as a "super liberal," saying he "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!" http://bit.ly/2pJszDf Ossoff fired back: "While I'm glad the President is interested in the race, he is misinformed." http://bit.ly/2pJqAyE

11 a.m. EDT Tuesday: Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly speaks at George Washington University. Topic: "Home & Away: Threats to America and the DHS Response." 

April 23: First round of voting in the French presidential election. What to know: http://bit.ly/2oOWcpm

Graphic of how insanely close the polling is: http://huff.to/2oFKLjg

April 26: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will appear in "The Hill's Newsmaker Series: Prospects for Tax Reform." Topics will include key priorities when it comes to overhauling the tax code, prospects for bipartisanship and a timeline for action. RSVP: http://bit.ly/2pa2oZR 



2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2p9IiPv



Today is National Cheeseball Day!

GUYS, I LAUGHED WAY TOO HARD AT THIS: Headline from Fox Sports: "Easter Bunny demolishes Teddy Roosevelt in Presidents' race at Nationals' game." Best part?: The video is even funnier than the headline. http://foxs.pt/2ohZ8I7

LUCY, I'M HOOOOME: Actress Melissa McCarthy made a surprise appearance again on "Saturday Night Live" as White House press secretary Sean SpicerThe gist: McCarthy's character apologizes for his Hitler comments in a bunny suit. Watch: http://bit.ly/2p9XXhJ

ALSO ON SNL: Alec Baldwin returned to "Saturday Night Live" as President Trump this week, with former cast member Jimmy Fallon making an appearance as Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared KushnerWatch: http://bit.ly/2oFV1YS

And because you read this far, here's a grizzly bear playing peek-a-boo with a 6-year-old girl: http://bit.ly/2nV3jO0


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