The Hill's 12:30 Report: Controversy over Trump's leaked schedule | White House defends 'different leadership style' | Schumer urges Northam to step down

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump's schedule leaked | 60 percent taken up by 'executive time' | White House defends 'different leadership style' | Latest on Northam controversy | Schumer urges him to step down | Trump to face 2020 challengers as he delivers State of the Union | Pelosi's favorability at highest level since 2007 | Nats Park bans backpacks | Top Super Bowl snack by state | FDA warns public not to drink chunky milk after ad

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

'First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we'll snuggle.':

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A White House official leaked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE's private schedule for the past three months. http://bit.ly/2RFurKV

The biggest takeaway: Trump has spent roughly 60 percent of his scheduled time in the past three months with unstructured 'Executive Time.'

What Trump does during Executive Time: "He spends his mornings in the residence, watching TV, reading the papers, and responding to what he sees and reads by phoning aides, members of Congress, friends, administration officials and informal advisers."

Keep in mind: This list usually excludes one or two meetings a day. This is the schedule circulated to staff.

Read Trump's actual schedule: http://bit.ly/2WIuLMH

REACTION FROM PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS: "President Trump has a different leadership style than his predecessors and the results speak for themselves ... While he spends much of his average day in scheduled meetings, events, and calls, there is time to allow for a more creative environment that has helped make him the most productive President in modern history." http://bit.ly/2RFurKV

REACTION FROM THE DIRECTOR OF OVAL OFFICE OPERATIONS: Madeleine Westerhout tweeted, "What a disgraceful breach of trust to leak schedules. What these don't show are the hundreds of calls and meetings @realDonaldTrump takes everyday. This POTUS is working harder for the American people than anyone in recent history." http://bit.ly/2UDDEFi

 

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Coming up on the prime-time special of 'Real World: West Wing':

President Trump is giving his second State of the Union address tomorrow in the House chamber. http://bit.ly/2Rzu7gA

What to expect:
Themes urging compromise on immigration, trade, etc.

Time: Trump will begin at 9 p.m. EST. The speech will air on all major TV networks.

Keep in mind: Trump was expected to give his address on Jan. 29, but Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Moulton enters 2020 White House race Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) retracted her invitation because of the shutdown.

Who Trump will see in the audience: A sea of Democrats trying to replace him as president. For example: Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Booker: Barr's suggestion of spying on Trump campaign 'eroded' public's trust MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Moulton enters 2020 White House race The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Cory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Warren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college Moulton enters 2020 White House race MORE (Mass.). The full list: http://bit.ly/2S85616 

Giving the Democratic response: Stacey Abrams, who recently lost a hard-fought gubernatorial race in Georgia.

 

ON CAPITOL HILL

What else is happening in Congress this week:

Acting AG testifies: Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is scheduled to publicly testify before the House Judiciary Committee this Friday. The topics: His role overseeing the special counsel investigation and Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAnd the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin The Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump MORE's dismissal as attorney general. http://bit.ly/2Rzu7gA

Syria: The Senate is working a foreign policy bill after Republicans distanced themselves from President Trump's decision to remove troops from Syria.

AG vote: On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on William Barr's nomination to be attorney general.

This land is your land: The Senate may work on a federal lands package this week. Details: "The legislation would reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It also includes provisions aimed at increasing recreational access to federal land and has dozens of specific local provisions to add to national parks and other land holdings."

Context and details for each from The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke: http://bit.ly/2Rzu7gA

NEW POLL: According to a new CNN poll, Pelosi's favorability is at its highest since 2007. Full poll: http://bit.ly/2D63hHI

 

Maybe Billy McFarland has decided to enter the pharmaceutical business…:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersThe biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone GOP Senate campaign arm hits battleground-state Dems over 'Medicare for All,' Green New Deal Warren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college MORE (I-Vt.) is sending a letter to Catalyst Pharmaceuticals asking why the drug that for years has been free to patients now costs $375,000 annually. https://reut.rs/2HSHCbx

What to know about the drug: "The drug, Firdapse, is used to treat Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder, according to the letter, made available to Reuters by the senator's office. The disorder affects about one in 100,000 people in the United States."

 

IN OTHER NEWS

If blackface comes to ANYONE's mind when they think of you, you're having a bad day:

Via The Washington Post's Gregory S. Schneider, Laura Vozzella and Jenna Portnoy, "Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) met with his Cabinet early Monday morning and planned to speak with other administration officials as he considers resigning following two days of controversy over a racist photo in his medical school yearbook."  https://wapo.st/2S8g7zu

JUST NOW — SCHUMER WEIGHS IN: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted, "It's past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward." http://bit.ly/2RI2VMQ

 

Ditch your work bags before you go to Nats games this year:

The Washington Nationals just banned backpacks from its ballpark. Why: To beef up security. http://bit.ly/2D9Q9B8

Where it gets a little complicated: "Most teams have limits on bag size but don't restrict a particular type of bag. But under Washington's new policy, even backpacks that are within the size requirements for other bags will not be permitted."

Details: http://bit.ly/2D9Q9B8

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

If you saw that horrendous chunky milk Super Bowl ad:

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has thoughts.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's the Super Bowl ad from Mint Mobile: https://cnet.co/2UHmLcV

 

My favorite Super Bowl tweet:

It wasn't just this one pillow. Lots of people pointed out that Adam Levine's shirt looked like their pillows and curtains from Target and Walmart. More photos: http://bit.ly/2Bl5Ohc 

 

ON TAP

The House is out. The Senate meets later today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:45 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2HNE0aD

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.

Feb. 27 -- March 2: CPAC 2019 at National Harbor: http://bit.ly/2WGJEir

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Homemade Soup Day.

 

Getting traction -- people have THOUGHTS about this:

The Kitchn published a list of the most popular Super Bowl food in every state. How they compiled the list: Based on which foods were Googled in each state. Highlight -- sorry, Mississippi: Mississippi's most popular Super Bowl food is … granola bars? Map of the winner in each state: http://bit.ly/2HSeCAK

  

I laughed:

In honor of yesterday's big game, The Atlantic published, "Superb Owl Sunday III: A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating these magnificent birds of prey." Celebratory photos: http://bit.ly/2Bk3GpY

 

And because you made it this far, here's one of the funniest baby costumes I've ever seen: http://bit.ly/2BjKUiq