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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump slams 'Little Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Rosenstein drama dominates the day | Biz, regulators focus on 5G revolution | New questions over Trump cyber strategy Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee MORE,' praises Nunes as 'Great American hero' in memo fight | House Intel expected to vote on releasing Dem memo | Two senators to introduce new immigration bill | Ed Rendell leads Eagles chant | World Nutella Day (!) 



'Little Adam Schiff'? Wouldn't 'Small Schiff' or 'Shrimpy Schiff' have a better ring to it? Just saying.: This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE bashed Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Trump tweeted: "Little Adam Schiff, who is desperate to run for higher office, is one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington, right up there with Comey, Warner, Brennan and Clapper! Adam leaves closed committee hearings to illegally leak confidential information. Must be stopped!" Who he was referring to: Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWhy must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Trump to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday MORE; Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerKey House Dem's objections stall intel bill as deadline looms Russia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community Hillicon Valley: North Korean IT firm hit with sanctions | Zuckerberg says Facebook better prepared for midterms | Big win for privacy advocates in Europe | Bezos launches B fund to help children, homeless MORE (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE; and former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperNational security leaders: Trump's Iran strategy could spark war FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment Foreign hackers a legitimate concern for ballot machines, says cybersecurity expert MOREWhy Trump is going after Schiff: Schiff has been a vocal critic of the controversial Republican-released memo that accuses the Justice Department of abusing surveillance powers.

SCHIFF FIRES BACK: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) tweeted back at the president: "Mr. President, I see you've had a busy morning of 'Executive Time.' Instead of tweeting false smears, the American people would appreciate it if you turned off the TV and helped solve the funding crisis, protected Dreamers or...really anything else."

LATER TODAY: The House Intelligence Committee will vote on whether to release the Democratic rebuttal to the controversial Republican memo.

OP-ED: Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and of the National Security Agency, explains the danger of injecting politics into oversight of American intelligence agencies.

SCENARIOS FOR THE DEM RELEASE: Politico's Kyle Cheney explains what will need to happen for the Democratic memo to be released: 

-- "If House Intel votes today to release the Democrats' memo, President Trump has five days to review it."

-- "If he objects to its release, the committee then votes on whether to send it to the full House."


-- "If the committee votes to send it to the full House, then any single member can force a secret session to vote on overruling the president."

 -- "One twist though: If Trump disapproves, it would force lawmakers to release information that is still CLASSIFIED. By declassifying the GOP memo, Trump gave lawmakers cover from attacks they were revealing classified intel."

Nunes didn't get a nickname :( -- no 'Knowledgeable Nunes, 'Daring Devin' or 'Nimble Nunes': President Trump this morning praised House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward House panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems MORE (R-Calif.) for leading efforts to release a classified memo that accuses the Justice Department of surveillance abuses. Trump tweeted: "Representative Devin Nunes, a man of tremendous courage and grit, may someday be recognized as a Great American Hero for what he has exposed and what he has had to endure!"

We're all allowed to have an extra cup of coffee this Monday morning. 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.



New immigration legislation -- but don't get too attached to this just yet: Via The Wall Street Journal's Kristina Peterson and Laura Meckler, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsJudiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh Kavanaugh allegations could be monster storm brewing for midterm elections      Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed MORE (D-Del.) are introducing immigration legislation in an effort to reach a budget deal before the federal government's current funding runs out on Friday. What the deal would include: It would provide recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program an opportunity for citizenship while ordering a study to figure out what border security measures are needed. Why the president may not be thrilled: This deal wouldn't provide funding for the border wall. 



Shut 'er down -- take 5: Republican lawmakers fresh off their annual GOP legislative retreat will be confronting an all-too-familiar problem when they return to Washington on Monday: avoiding a government shutdown.

The likely plan: A six-week funding bill that would keep the government's lights on until March 23. 

Could we have another shutdown?: Yes, but it's unlikely. It is still unclear whether frustrated defense hawks will go along with the plan to pass a funding bill without a boost for the military. 

Later this week: House Democrats leave for their retreat Wednesday, so Congress is hoping to pass legislation tomorrow to keep the government open.


Sexual harassment legislation: Bipartisan legislation to overhaul Capitol Hill's sexual harassment policies is expected to move forward this week.

Nominations: At 5:30 p.m. EST today, the Senate will vote on Andrei Iancu's nomination to be the director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



Back, back, back it up: Via Reuters, the U.S. military has started to draw down its troops in Iraq. Why now: Iraqi forces announced they have defeated the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. For context: "The United States had more than 5,500 troops in Iraq at the height of the battle of Mosul in July 2017, making up about half the total force deployed by the coalition in the country."



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The House is in. The Senate will meet this afternoon.

10:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerMcConnell urges GOP senators to call Trump about tariffs Companies brace for trade war MORE.

11 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Vice President Pence.

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet MORE leave the White House for Cincinnati.

1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and first lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's Morning Report — Ford, Kavanaugh to testify Thursday as another accuser comes forward The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips 'ridiculous' spending bill | FBI dragged into new fight | Latest on Maryland shooting The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — GOP again has momentum on Kavanaugh rollercoaster MORE leave Washington for Anchorage, Alaska.

2 p.m. EST: First lady Melania Trump participates in a briefing on opioids at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

2:10 p.m. EST: President Trump tours Sheffer Corporation in Cincinnati and delivers a speech on tax reform.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. Their schedule today:

5 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive back at the White House.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on a nominee to head the patent office.

6:30 p.m. EST: Votes postponed in the House. Their schedule today:

9:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a United States Northern Command briefing with aerospace and missile defense leaders.

10:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence leave Alaska for Tokyo.

February 14: The Hill is hosting an event on America's opioid epidemic and the role that recovery support services can play. Details and how to RSVP:



2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks about tax reform at Sheffer Corporation. Livestream:



Today is World Nutella Day! 

To celebrate, Time magazine has a list of five incredible Nutella recipes. I'm lookin' at you, Nutella hot chocolate:

Happening tomorrow -- having a car in space is just practical: Via Time, "a ruby red Tesla Roadster owned by billionaire Elon Musk is set to be fired-off into space tomorrow on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket. Musk's space company hopes to launch the rocket, which it calls 'the most powerful operational rocket in the world,' from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday in a bid to see if it can send a payload into orbit." Photos:

Just in case you missed this celeb news, here's the short version: After months of speculation over whether reality TV star Kylie Jenner, 20, was pregnant, Jenner announced last night that she had a baby girl. Why I'm even mentioning this: The Kardashian-Jenner clan kept her pregnancy a secret, which only made the speculation more intense. Also: This family is public about nearly everything. The 11-minute video Jenner released:

And because you made it this far, here's an owl sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night snack: