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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



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A White House official leaked President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE's private schedule for the past three months.

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:

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."

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."


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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.

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 PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 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 BookerSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (N.J.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate Gillibrand unveils mental health plan MORE (N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch MORE (Mass.). The full list: 

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



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 SessionsA better way to run the Federal Bureau of Prisons Trump admin erases key environmental enforcement tool DOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda MORE's dismissal as attorney general.

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:

NEW POLL: According to a new CNN poll, Pelosi's favorability is at its highest since 2007. Full poll:


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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country 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.

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."



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."

JUST NOW — SCHUMER WEIGHS IN: Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted, "It's past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward."


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.

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."




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:


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: 



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:

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

Feb. 27 -- March 2: CPAC 2019 at National Harbor:



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:


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:


And because you made it this far, here's one of the funniest baby costumes I've ever seen: