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The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to watch in tonight's State of the Union | Trump tweets about 'human wall' before speech | Slams Schumer | Tonight's guests | Hose Dems aim to use  to challenge Trump | Senate GOP warns Trump against emergency for wall | Sasse risks primary challenge with Trump criticism | World Nutella Day

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

Trump teases the main event:

Let's do this thing!!

 

Setting the stage for tonight's State of the Union address, President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE again pushed for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

He tweeted: "Tremendous numbers of people are coming up through Mexico in the hopes of flooding our Southern Border. We have sent additional military. We will build a Human Wall if necessary. If we had a real Wall, this would be a non-event!" http://bit.ly/2MOXvyA

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Trump then criticized Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon 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 MORE (D-N.Y.): He tweeted, "I see Schumer is already criticizing my State of the Union speech, even though he hasn't seen it yet. He's just upset that he didn't win the Senate, after spending a fortune, like he thought he would. Too bad we weren't given more credit for the Senate win by the media!" http://bit.ly/2DUFZX2

 

It's a beautiful Tuesday in D.C. It feels like spring! 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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T MINUS 8.5 HOURS

Five things to include on your SOTU Bingo cards:

1. The speech is a much-needed reset button for President Trump.

2. Trump and his aides have hinted at using tonight's speech to lay the groundwork for declaring a national emergency to fund the wall.

3. Will there be a potential olive branch to Democrats? The dynamic this year is very different.

4. Trump can finally explain his recent foreign policy moves in the Middle East to the American people (i.e.: Syria and Afghanistan).

5. Will he share details of the next U.S.-North Korea summit? Trump has been teasing this announcement.

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2Bls5v0

Here is an actual State of the Union 2019 bingo card if you're interested: Via The Washington Post: https://wapo.st/2Gc9jKU

Be my guest, be my guest: Here's a full list of President Trump's special guests at the address: https://nyti.ms/2Bn0qds

The guest getting talked about: Sixth-grader Joshua Trump, who is not related to the president but has been getting bullied because of his name, according to the White House. https://wapo.st/2MNDt7J

Road closures for the address: Here's a list of which roads to avoid today: http://bit.ly/2Tssxih

HOW SENATE REPUBLICANS FEEL ABOUT TRUMP DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY TO BUILD THE WALL: Not great. "GOP lawmakers warned that declaring a national emergency would be met with resistance on Capitol Hill, where Congress could try to block Trump by using a resolution of disapproval." How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2DVfRes

Yeah, but...: Republican Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) predicted that a number of Republicans would back Trump if he declared a national emergency. http://bit.ly/2G8zWjX

WE ALL KNOW THAT PERSON WHO WANTS TO MAKE IT ABOUT THEMSELVES: Here's how Democrats want to use tonight's address to show how they have tried to take on President Trump:  http://bit.ly/2D9dza7

HOW TRUMP IS HOPING TO REBOUND AFTER A ROUGH JANUARY: http://bit.ly/2DfbMAq

  

IN OTHER NEWS

Tidbit -- Ooo la la, Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker fundraises off Biden announcement The symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE has a girlfriend:

Via CNN's Rebecca Buck, Democratic senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker (N.J.) talked about his relationship status and confirmed he has a girlfriend. http://bit.ly/2WDEJih

Aw: "Before I declared for president, I've been dating somebody really special. (Would she make a nice first lady?) "Yes she would."

No pressure here!!: "Asked whether being unmarried should factor into electability, Booker says. 'If Donald Trump can get elected with the personal life that he has? Then anybody can.' But adds, laughing: 'There's two more years. Give me some time.' " http://bit.ly/2WDEJih

Keep in mind: Booker doesn't really talk about his private life. What we do know, via Marie Claire: http://bit.ly/2Gof9YJ

Watch the full interview: http://bit.ly/2RIGs1S

  

Throwing some sass at Sasse:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Conservative Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseAfrica's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? Senate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback MORE (R-Neb.), a frequent critic of President Trump who said he could not support him during the 2016 cycle, is at risk of a significant primary challenge in 2020, according to GOP sources.  A Nebraska Republican official told The Hill there are Republicans interested in running for Sasse's seat, while a senior Republican aide predicted that Sasse will see a primary challenge." http://bit.ly/2TyqJ7s

  

Next up in the tank:

President Trump nominated former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt as his next Interior secretary. Keep in mind: Bernhardt is currently the acting Interior secretary. What to know about him: http://bit.ly/2ScAZWb

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Savage:

New York Times Opinion created a video for Facebook's 15th anniversary, mocking Facebook's friendship anniversary videos. 

Watch: http://bit.ly/2SpeRYd

  

So much spin:

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst (Iowa) took a spin class with Democratic senator and presidential candidate Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Cory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement MORE (N.Y.).

 

Meanwhile in Boston...:

Full-size photo of the diamond necklace: http://bit.ly/2MPTmuj

  

ON TAP

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

12:30 p.m. EST: The Senate breaks for weekly caucus luncheons. 

3:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2SunZdX

8:30 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves the White House en route to the U.S. Capitol.

10:05 p.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

Today: Chinese New Year. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Gcy8pP

Today: It would have been Trayvon Martin's 24th birthday. http://bit.ly/2D8592E

8 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hill is hosting an event on building a 5G world. Featured speakers: Reps. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeHillicon Valley: House votes to reinstate net neutrality rules | GOP lawmakers lay into Twitter, Facebook over censorship claims | Amazon workers push company on climate | Bill targets algorithmic bias | Yahoo to pay 7M in breach settlement Dems introduce bill targeting bias in algorithms Lobbying World MORE (D-N.Y.) and John Curtis (R-Utah). Details and RSVP: http://bit.ly/2UHMa62

9:45 a.m. EST Wednesday: The Hudson Institute holds an event on U.S. missile defense with Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John C. Rood. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2Dbbk69

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

March 6: When President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has to surrender for his prison sentence.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

7 p.m. EST: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection agency limps into 2020 cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration MORE (R-Ky.) will be interviewed on Fox News's "The Story with Martha MacCallum." 

9 p.m. EST: President Trump delivers his State of the Union address. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2G9x9H7

10 a.m. EST Wednesday: Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke to give commencement address at Texas's oldest black college Cornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid MORE (R-Texas) speaks at an American Enterprise Institute event on foreign policy. Details and livestream: http://bit.ly/2GmJAyq

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is World Nutella Day

Here's how to get free personalized Nutella jar today if you're in New York or Chicago: http://bit.ly/2MRG00K

 

I agree it was a boring Super Bowl, but come on:

For a segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," producers went on the streets of Los Angeles and asked people to congratulate the Rams for their Super Bowl victory. It's pretty great. Watch -- it starts around 4:11: http://bit.ly/2MOMkpt

 

And to break up your Tuesday afternoon, here are two dogs who couldn't be left behind while others are sledding: http://bit.ly/2GcKEWB