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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside Trump's tax plan | What Roy Moore's win means for Congress | How Trump's reacting to Alabama vote | GOP health-care push on hold indefinitely | Trump considers Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico | 2016 fake news writer found dead | 'Game of Thrones' season 8 news

IT'S TAX DAY!: Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda and Mike Lillis, President Trump is expected to promote his long-awaited tax framework during a rally in Indiana today. What's in it: The Hill obtained a copy of the framework. It would cut the top tax rate for the wealthy, drastically slash taxes for business and eliminate most itemized deductions. But keep in mind: The plan is vague in some areas, leaving most of the details up to the congressional tax-writing committees as they craft legislation. Here's a list of the changes in the new tax framework:

Dem reaction: Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerPoll: Majority of voters say more police are needed amid rise in crime America's middle class is getting hooked on government cash — and Democrats aren't done yet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.) criticized President Trump's tax framework, arguing it would provide a financial "windfall" for wealthy Americans. Puns!: He​ said the GOP tax plan should be called "wealth-fare."

Livestream of Trump's 3:20 p.m. EDT speech:

Happy Hump Day! 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.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: I will be off tomorrow and Friday, but you'll be in good hands -- The Hill's Reid Wilson will be taking over for the rest of the week. Send tips, stories and suggestions to and bug him on Twitter @PoliticsReid


WHY Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal On The Money: Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban | Trump attorney says he will fight release of tax returns MORE COULD USE A HUG RIGHT ABOUT NOW: Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore won the state's Republican Senate runoff on Tuesday night. What that means: His victory sends an ominous message to establishment Republicans. And for Trump: Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangePandemic proves importance of pharmaceutical innovation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE's loss is the first for a President Trump-backed candidate since he took office in January.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE RUNOFF: Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here are main takeaways from Roy Moore's win: 

1) Trump backed the wrong man
2) It's a serious defeat for McConnell
3) Bannon and Breitbart have bragging rights
4) Could more GOP senators eye the exit?
5) Moore could give GOP heartburn -- he's a deeply controversial figure.

IT'S LIKE DELETING AN EX FROM A FACEBOOK PROFILE PICTURE, BUT TAKING IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL: According to journalism nonprofit ProPublica, President Trump deleted several tweets supporting Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) just hours after Strange lost in Alabama's Senate GOP primary runoff. Details and reasoning:

Screenshots of the deleted tweets:

AND WHY MITCH MCCONNELL COULD USE A SECOND HUG: The Republican's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare is on hold indefinitely. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) insisted that Republicans "haven't given up on changing the American health-care system." Yet he made clear that, for now, they are moving on to other priorities. About those other priorities: Tax reform! Why it's a sobering moment for the GOP:

Throwback: Here’s a timeline of the GOP’s failed effort to repeal ObamaCare:

TRENDING -- 2016 FAKE NEWS WRITER FOUND DEAD: A writer of fake political news who previously said he felt responsible for President Trump's election was found dead near Phoenix. Cause of death: It has not been finalized, but a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said there was "evidence at the scene" that "suggested this could be an accidental overdose." He's the guy: His fake news stories often went viral on Facebook and Twitter. He told The Intersect, a Washington Post blog, last year that Trump supporters were especially susceptible to being fooled.

SORRY GUYS, NO BLACK FRIDAY DEALS HERE. WE NEED YOU, AMAZON PRIME: The Trump administration on Tuesday denied a request from several members of Congress to waive shipping restrictions to help get gasoline and other supplies to Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. What they were trying to waive: The Jones Act, which limits shipping between coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels. Keep in mind: This was waived after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Reason for not waiving the restrictions this time: The Department of Homeland Security said that waiving the act for Puerto Rico would not help the U.S. island territory due to damaged ports preventing ships from docking.

UPDATE -- the White House is considering it: The Trump administration said it is evaluating whether to waive the U.S. shipping restrictions for Puerto Rico. But:  A decision is "unlikely" to be made today. 

An interesting tidbit: "Google searches for Maria v. Irma v. Harvey v. Puerto Rico. [People] just not that interested." (From CNN's Hadas Gold) Screenshot of the Google search chart:

Ugh, stay safe Puerto Rico: "About 44% of the population in Puerto Rico is without drinking water, according to the Department of Defense. It's 90 degrees today. (From CBS's David Begnaud)

THE TALK OF TWITTER -- I. JUST. DON'T. LIKE. CHANGE.: Yesterday, Twitter announced that it would allow for 280-character tweets, up from the current 140-character limit. How it works:

REPORTED THIS A.M. -- A STORY ABOUT THE SUPER BOWL LI CHAMPIONS: (I'm just saying that because I can ;-) ) Via CBS Boston, all of the New England Patriots will stand during the national anthem during this week's game. Last week: "Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled."



CQ Roll Call's Amelia Frappolli (This is so great.) 
Trump "insult" word cloud by Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals Overnight Defense: 6B Pentagon spending bill advances | Navy secretary nominee glides through hearing | Obstacles mount in Capitol security funding fight House panel advances 6B Pentagon bill on party-line vote MORE during morning hour ... Now "pumpkin spice latte" will be in the Congressional Record. Happy 2017, everyone. Photo of the word cloud:

Organizing for Action's Jesse Lehrich
Here's Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris 'root causes' immigration plan faces challenges Have our enemies found a way to defeat the United States? Millennial momentum means trouble for the GOP MORE talking about dropping Malia off for college. Screenshot:



The Senate is in. The House is in later today.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Washington, D.C., for Indianapolis to speak about tax reform.

3 p.m. EDT: The House meets.

4 p.m. EDT: After giving remarks, President Trump leaves Indiana for Washington, D.C.

4:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.



Today–Thursday: The Atlantic and The Aspen Institute are hosting the 2017s Washington Ideas conference. Featured speakers include: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Chef Jose Andres, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan and documentary filmmaker Ken BurnsFull schedule and speakers: Livestream:

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump's commission on combating drug addiction and opioid crisis meets. Livestream:  

2 p.m. EDT: House Democrats hold a forum on the new tax reform plan. Livestream:

2:15 p.m. EDT: House Republicans hold a press conference to discuss tax reform. Livestream:

3:20 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks about tax reform at the Farm Bureau Building in Indianapolis. Livestream:



Today is National Chocolate Milk Day. 

IMPORTANT 'GAME OF THRONES' NEWS: Via Entertainment Weekly, the directors of the final season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" have been revealed. Why you should be excited: Miguel Sapochnik will return -- he directed the famous episode "The Battle of the Bastards" and won an Emmy.

In other "Game of Thrones" news: "Game of Thrones" actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) are engaged to be married.

TALKED ABOUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA -- OMG, I MUST KNOW ALL OF THE UPDATES: Back in August, a story went viral about a man who "ghosted" his girlfriend 10 years ago and found out that she's now his boss. Ouch. Well, he posted an update of how it's going. The update:

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More on the back story: They had been living together for years then one day he got a new job in another country, moved out and never told her any of this. 

IT'S LIKE SLEEPING WITH A HUG: Via The Huffington Post, "Creators of a new extra heavy blanket have so far raised more than $1.6 million on Kickstarter to launch their product ... the blanket's heaviness is meant to distribute pressure all over your body, touching pressure points that some research suggests can relieve anxiety and stress, lulling you into a restful sleep." It looks great:

And because you made it to the end, here are some of the funniest white lies parents have told their children. My favorite: "Daddy cannot hear when it is dark. Call mummy if you wake up at night. Actually worked till my wife found out." Lolol.


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