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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Suspect in Facebook killing dead | New book reveals Clinton camp turmoil -- Hillary's apology to Obama, Why Sanders felt he had to run, How Bill wanted to handle the server controversy | What to watch in Georgia's special election today | Sad DC sports stat | Tax Day deals

BREAKING -- FACEBOOK KILLER IS DEAD: The man who posted a Facebook Live video showing him fatally shooting an elderly man in Cleveland died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound this morning. Steve Stephens had been on the run since Sunday. Back story: In a Facebook Live video, Stephens, 37, could be seen fatally shooting Robert Godwin, 74, in Cleveland. The episode sparked a nationwide search for Stephens, who fled soon after the shooting.

It's Tuesday. Happy Tax Day -- keep reading for how to celebrate! 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.

TALK OF THE MORNING -- CLINTON CAMPAIGN TELL-ALL RELEASED: "Shattered: Inside Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE's Doomed Campaign" by The Hill's Amie Parnes and Sidewire's Jonathan Allen was published today, with fascinating details into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Fun tidbits we learned:

Why the Bern?: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) felt compelled to run against Hillary Clinton in last year's Democratic presidential primary. Basically, Sanders disliked Clinton's way of campaigning and that drove him to enter the race. More details:

Not a fan of the slogan: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn't like Hillary Clinton's "I'm with her" slogan. "It's so phony."

Is it too late to say sorry? (Yes.): Hillary Clinton apologized to former President Obama after her election loss. When Clinton received the call, she realized she had let down the president. "Mr. President," she said on the phone. "I'm sorry." How that went down:

'That was a damn good server': Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBiden painted into a basement 'Rose Garden strategy' corner Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group We have the resources to get through this crisis, only stupidity is holding us back MORE originally did not want Hillary Clinton to apologize for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State. Instead, he thought his wife should explain what she was thinking and why she didn't believe she had done anything wrong with her email setup. How that played out:

An unrelated email story: Clinton gathered top campaign staffers' emails after her 2008 loss to Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGraham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' 'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Biden's immigration plan has serious problems MORE to assess what went wrong. By reviewing the emails, Clinton wanted "to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who," a source told the authors.

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WHAT TO WATCH -- WHATEVER HAPPENS TONIGHT, 'IT'S BLOWIN' UP A STORM': Via The Hill's Lisa Hagen, the highly anticipated Georgia special election is coming down to the wire today. Democrats are looking to deliver a major upset and turn the House race into a referendum on President Trump. Democrat Jon Ossoff is running against a crowded GOP field. If he gets a 50 percent majority, he wins the seat outright. If not, the top two head to a runoff in the conservative district. Here's what to watch:

1. Does Ossoff win outright? -- That's the biggest question of the night and the most closely watched part of the vote.
2. Which Republican makes the runoff spot? 
3. Does Ossoff run up the vote in the right counties?
4. With early voting split, which party will have stronger turnout at the polls?
5. How will Trump react?

WHY A DEM WIN IS SO IMPORTANT: It would be a huge boost for Democrats and a blow to Trump and House Republicans, who have already seen some negative signs that could foreshadow next year's midterm elections.

KEEP IN MIND: Democrat Jon Ossoff doesn't live in the congressional district in which he's running. He lives just outside with his girlfriend, who is finishing medical school. He's vowed to move into the district when she graduates. His argument: "I grew up in this district; I grew up in this community -- it's my home. My family is still there," Ossoff said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

DRAMA IN GEORGIA: Via WSB-TV, Voting machines were reported stolen a day before Georgia's special congressional election. The equipment was stolen last Saturday evening from a Cobb County precinct manager's vehicle. He did not immediately report the theft. Reaction: "It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft," Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said in a statement.

NEW THIS MORNING -- CONSIDER THIS A WARNING SHOT: Via The Guardian's Spencer Ackerman and Justin McCurry, "The US military is considering shooting down North Korean missile tests as a show of strength to Pyongyang, two sources briefed on the planning told the Guardian." Why now: "The Pentagon is looking for ways short of war to pressure North Korea into denuclearization, particularly if Pyongyang goes forward with an anticipated sixth nuclear test."

JUST GIVE ME THE OK TO PANIC. I'LL HANDLE IT FROM THERE: Anxiety over nuclear weapons is rising as President Trump deals with growing volatility on the Korean peninsula. Trump's past statements in support of a buildup of nuclear weapons, combined with North Korea's increasingly bellicose rhetoric, have stoked fears about how the situation will unfold. The latest on that situation:

FOOD FOR THOUGHT -- 2016 IN A NUTSHELL: Vox has a video arguing that "CNN's approach to covering politics prioritizes drama and spectacle over truth telling."



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Nats last 6 postseason losses all by 1 run. 
Caps last 6 postseason losses all by 1 goal. 
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Thousands of spiders create massive spiderweb in New Zealand field while fleeing flooding. "I screamed pretty loudly at my discovery." 



Congress is still out.

This afternoon: President Trump tours Snap-On tools in Milwaukee. Afterward, he'll sign his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order, which includes an overhaul of the H-1B high-skilled visa worker program.

April 23: First round of voting in the French presidential election. What to know:

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: 



3:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks in Milwaukee and signs the "Buy American, Hire American" executive order. Livestream:

9:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks to U.S. service members aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in Yokosuka, Japan. Livestream:

10 p.m. EDT April 24: CNN hosts a town hall with Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich



Today is National Animal Cracker Day!

HOW TO CELEBRATE YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Here's a list of Tax Day freebies and specials at restaurants around the country today.

SNAPCHAT IS UPPING ITS GAME: Via CNN's Kaya Yuriff, Snapchat is adding new 3D lenses to the filter options. They look pretty cool:

And to keep you entertained, here's a fun trick to try with a cat that involves laying masking tape on the floor in the shape of a square.


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