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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump threatens to veto omnibus over border wall, DACA | White House confident he will sign bill | Bolton replaces McMaster as national security adviser | What the shakeup means | Stormy Daniels's lawyer teases mystery disc | What to know for Saturday's anti-gun violence rallies | Royal wedding invites


Trump: 'Psyyyyyych!'




From 12:40 a.m. until 8:54 a.m. -- No shutdown here!


A little after midnight last night, the Senate approved the massive omnibus spending bill, sending it to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's desk. The vote: 65-32, well over the simple majority needed. Was this expected: Well, senators yesterday were bracing for a potentially long weekend because of objections from a few lawmakers.

As of 8:55 a.m. -- Wait, no. DONALD! I swear to--! If you even--" 

President Trump suggested he may veto the omnibus spending bill, which passed both chambers in Congress. This would mean: Lawmakers likely have the votes to override the veto, but there would be a government shutdown before they had time to vote. Was this expected?: No, Capitol Hill was blindsided by the announcement, with many lawmakers making plans to leave town and some attending the funeral for Rep. Louise SlaughterDorothy (Louise) Louise SlaughterSotomayor, Jane Fonda inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame New York New Members 2019 Democrats see hypocrisy in GOP attacks on ‘liberal mob’ MORE (D-N.Y.). Why the veto threat: Trump cited a lack of funding for his border wall and no fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

He tweeted: "I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded."

REACTION -- A LITTLE REINFORCEMENT FROM SEN. CORKER: Shortly after, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump keeps tight grip on GOP Brexit and exit: A transatlantic comparison Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Tenn.) tweeted support. "Please do, Mr. President. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible."

THE WHITE HOUSE GETS INVOLVED -- DON'T MIND HIM: White House officials are confident President Trump will sign the $1.3 trillion omnibus approved by Congress despite his surprise threat via Twitter to veto the bill. How we know: "I think we'll be OK," White House Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short told CNN. And from an administration source: "I think he just wanted to add a little drama," the source told The Hill. "Everyone here is confident he'll sign it when it arrives at the White House."

Tidbit from yesterday afternoon -- Ohhhh, Sen. Paul. Don't expect too many holiday cards next year: 

T-G-I-F. 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



I'm sorry, everyone, but I can't unsee this:
John Bolton -->
His doppelganger -->

President Trump announced yesterday that he will replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton

Why: McMaster, a three-star Army lieutenant general, will retire from the military. The general has been discussing his departure with Trump for some time, and both men decided to make his exit official now because the constant speculation about his job status was interfering with his duties, according to the White House. 

What to know about John Bolton: The former U.N. ambassador is a foreign policy hawk. Some think "Bolton's bellicose approach will only encourage Trump's more aggressive foreign policy instincts." Five facts about Bolton:

When the change will happen: April 9. 

Nope, wasn't curious. But if I had to see this, then you have to see this ;)



Major teaser -- ummm, what is on that disc?:

Stormy Daniels's attorney hinted that he may have hard evidence that the adult-film actress had an affair with President Trump, posting a photo on Twitter of what appeared to be a compact disc in a safe. Daniels's lawyer tweeted, "If 'a picture is worth a thousand words,' how many words is this worth?????" Yikes

KEEP IN MIND FOR SUNDAY (!!): The '60 Minutes' interview with Stormy Daniels will air this Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT.



Spotted -- ain't no party like a bipartisan book party: 

Via The Hill's Judy Kurtz, Presidential pollster Mark Penn and PR maven Meredith Fineman celebrated the release of their book this week, "Microtrends Squared: The New Small Forces Driving Today's Big Disruptions."

Spotted at the Georgetown book party: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray 'Marie Antoinette' activist attends House hearing to protest Trump Commerce chief The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Senate GOP clash over Yemen, border security MORE; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.); GOP Reps. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report - Government is funded, but for how long? Ex-GOP lawmaker says his party is having a 'Monty Python' moment on shutdown Former GOP lawmaker: Republicans know shutdown is ‘a fight they cannot win’ MORE (Pa.) and Leonard Lance (N.J.); The Hill's editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack; Rep. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority House to vote Thursday on anti-Semitism resolution Ocasio-Cortez rebukes Dem centrists over gun control vote MORE (D-N.J.); former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); RealClearPolitics's A.B. Stoddard; Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist; and AOL co-founder Steve Case.

That's 'March for Our Lives' -- not to be confused with 'March for Life':

This weekend, demonstrations will be taking place all over the country to protest gun violence. What the protesters want: Increased gun control and school safety measures. The name is similar: Don't get this confused with the anti-abortion rights annual protest called "March for Life."


Which cities: "So far, according to Facebook events, there are marches being planned for Los Angeles; Chicago; Miami; Las Vegas; Springfield, Missouri; San Francisco; Dallas; New York City; Birmingham, Alabama; West Palm Beach, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Liverpool, England; and more."

When/where in Washington, D.C.: D.C.'s march will begin at noon Saturday at Pennsylvania Avenue NW and 3rd Street NW. 

Street closures & where to avoid: Here's what you need to know about the Washington, D.C., rally, including what streets to avoid:

Performers in D.C.:



Imagine if these high school kids knew what was coming: 



Congress is out -- welp, for now. Stay tuned for more on the drama with the spending bill.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisPentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing Overnight Defense: Judge says Trump can't implement transgender policy | Trump floats admitting Brazil to NATO | Mattis returning to Stanford Mattis returning to Stanford months after Pentagon resignation MORE, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenHillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video Nielsen calls for greater public-private collaboration on cyber threats The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms MORE and Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in the Oval Office.

1:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Atlanta.

4:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain White House announces spring garden tour dates Trump heard sermon on calling out hate speech at St. Patrick's day church service MORE leave Washington, D.C., for the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

7 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a Georgia Republican Party dinner.

9:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



1 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gives the daily press briefing. Livestream:

4:15 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks about tax reform at an Atlanta event. Livestream:

Sunday morning: Former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiCNN's Chris Cuomo knocks 'state TV' Fox News T-Mobile says it increased Trump hotel spending after Sprint merger announcement The 81 names targeted in Democrats' expansive Trump probe MORE and Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDems request probe into spa owner suspected of trying to sell access to Trump Live video of New Zealand shooting puts tech on defensive The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP MORE (D-Va.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."



Today is National Chips and Dip Day.

Oh, oops. I should have checked my mail today:

Via The Associated Press, the invitations for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding have been sent. Details: "Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. All 600 have also been invited to a lunchtime reception given by Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Hall. Dress code: "Uniform, morning coat or lounge suit for men, or day dress with a hat for ladies." Keep in mind: This is a pretty small gathering. Prince William and Kate Middleton had 1,900 guests.

Photo of the invitation -->

And to get your weekend off to a fabulous start, here's a baby elephant trying to snuggle with a woman. I! Want! One!