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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi threatens to oppose budget deal without immigration | Trump says traders making 'big mistake' after market swings | Trump faces pressure to release Dem memo | Kelly under fire after calling some immigrants 'lazy' | New York wants Tide Pods to look less appetizing | Video from the Tesla on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy



You scratch my back, I scratch yours:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Pelosi: GOP's 2019 agenda a 'nightmare' for working families, seniors Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ MORE (D-Calif.) just warned that she would oppose an emerging budget deal without a commitment to consider legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants. What Congress is trying to do: Leaders of both parties in the Senate are close to a two-year deal to raise budget caps and allow Congress to enact long-term spending legislation. It would include hikes to both defense and non-defense spending. Defense spending would increase by a larger amount, but Democrats could get funding for community health centers and disaster relief. Why House leadership needs help from Democrats: Such a deal would likely need support from Democrats given the expected conservative defections. But Pelosi made clear that House Democrats won't hand over their votes without some concessions.

It's Wednesday -- a few Winter Olympic events start TOMORROW. Here's a list of tomorrow's events 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.



When I say 'invest,' you say 'how much?!' 'Invest!' 'How much?!' ' 'Invest!' 'How much?!': 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE said traders selling stocks are making a "big mistake" in his first comments about the wild swings in markets that have cut into stock market gains in his presidency. Trump tweeted: "In the 'old days,' when good news was reported, the Stock Market would go up. Today, when good news is reported, the Stock Market goes down. Big mistake, and we have so much good (great) news about the economy!"



Dems take over the White House speakers to repeat 'release the memo' so quietly Trump doesn't know he's hearing it:

Via The Hill's Katie Bo Williams and Jordan Fabian, President Trump is under mounting pressure to allow the release of a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo that alleges bias in the FBI's handling of the Russia investigation.

How long is the Democratic rebuttal: 10 pages, while the original Republican memo is only four pages.

How long Trump has to block its publication: Until Friday. 

Yesterday: Trump met with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinTrump attack on Sessions may point to his departure Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’ Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ MORE to review the document and "discuss some of the differences" with the GOP document. 

Keep in mind: The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously to release the Democratic memo. 

Could the memo still be released if Trump blocks it?: Yes. "If Mr. Trump tries to block the Democratic memo's release, House rules allow Democrats to seek a closed-door vote of the full House of Representatives to override the president. With some Republicans now arguing for its release, there is a possibility that the House could override the president's decision in a rare rebuke to his authority."



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White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who were eligible but declined to enroll "lazy." The full quote: "There are 690,000 official DACA recipients and the president sent over what amounts to be two and a half times that number, to 1.8 million," Kelly said. "The difference between 690 and 1.8 million were the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn't sign up."

HOW DEMOCRATS REACTED -- AS YOU'D EXPECT: Immigration activists on and off of Capitol Hill pounced on the remarks, arguing that many eligible immigrants avoided the DACA program for fear of revealing their undocumented status to federal authorities.

REACTION FROM A DACA RECIPIENT: From DACA recipient Greisa Martínez Rosas on CNN's "New Day": "I heard a bully. Someone that is picking on people that are afraid, that are scared, that are younger than him and smaller than him, and using the White House as a bully pulpit and to hurt people."

Yes, this is fair for young children. But does it protect against idiotic teens who keep challenging each other?

Via The New York Post, a bill has been introduced in New York to make Tide Pods look less appetizing. "The American Association of Poison Control Centers says more than 10,000 cases of young kids being exposed to single-load detergent packets were reported last year -- and another 606 have already come in this year."

I'm taking betschances of a Kim Jong Un response? Chances the president wears a military helmet?:

Via The Hill's Avery AnapolPresident Trump has asked the Pentagon to explore holding a grand military parade. Trump's talked about this before -- what's different: At a recent meeting between Trump and top military officials, Trump's wishes were "suddenly heard as a presidential directive," The Washington Post reported.

WHAT SPARKED THIS IDEA: Trump repeatedly has expressed an interest in holding a display of America's military might and upped his calls for a parade after witnessing the Bastille Day celebrations on a trip to France last summer.

HOW THE D.C. COUNCIL REACTED: The D.C. Council mocked the president over his proposed military parade. They tweeted: "The DC government will open on time today. DC Public Schools will open on time today. Sadly, the Giant Tank Parade is cancelled. Permanently."

WHEN WAS THE LAST MILITARY PARADE IN D.C.?: "June 1991 to celebrate the U.S. victory in the first Gulf War." How CBS News reported that parade in '91:






The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is in Tokyo.

Today -- Friday: House Democrats, who were scheduled to leave today for their retreat in Maryland, have moved the retreat to Capitol Hill. Why: The looming government funding deadline. Staycation!

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with the chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee. List of who is expected to attend:

6:30 p.m. EST: President Trump hosts the National Prayer Breakfast Dinner in the White House.

Does that mean this is a "brinner"?

February: Black History Month.

Op-ed: Robert L. Woodson Sr. of The Woodson Center on how we can truly honor black history:



1 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives a press briefing. Livestream:

2 p.m. EST: Congressional Democrats hold a news conference at the start of their "staycation" retreat on Capitol Hill. Livestream:



Today is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day.

Let's think about the places we'd rather be:

US News & World Report released its ranking of the best hotels in the world, by country and category. It's pretty interesting:

I mean, are we at all surprised this Tesla was candy apple red?: 

Via The New York Times, "From the same pad where NASA launched rockets that carried astronauts to the moon, a big, new American rocket arced into space on Tuesday. But this time, NASA was not involved. The rocket, the Falcon Heavy, was built by SpaceX, the company founded and run by the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk." Video -- including from the Telsa Roadster on board:

Fun fact: David Bowie played on the rocket speakers:

And because you made it this far, here's a 22-month-old boy who will definitely be drafted into MLB: