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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Latest as funding talks stall | New deadlock over detention center beds | Trump heads to El Paso for first campaign rally of the year | Declares he is the hardest-working president ever | What you missed at the Grammys | Russian town invaded by polar bears

  

THIS MORNING

What is my weakness, you ask? I work too hard:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE repeated his declaration that he is one of the hardest-working presidents in U.S. history. http://bit.ly/2Ifr8dY

He tweeted: "No president ever worked harder than me (cleaning up the mess I inherited)!" http://bit.ly/2UUonjI

How this came up: Trump defended his extensive use of unscheduled "Executive Time" as president. Yesterday, Trump tweeted, "The fact is, when I took over as President, our Country was a mess. Depleted Military, Endless Wars, a potential War with North Korea, V.A., High Taxes & too many Regulations, Border, Immigration & HealthCare problems, & much more. I had no choice but to work very long hours!" http://bit.ly/2I1EYQO

 

It's Monday -- welcome back! 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 5 DAYS UNTIL ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

^ Well realistically, four more days of negotiations: The House canceled votes for Tuesday so lawmakers can attend the funeral of former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellEnergy efficiency cannot be a partisan issue for Washington Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control McCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress MORE (D-Mich.). 

 

'This is the debate that never ends. It just goes on and on my friends':

Interesting throwback, but be aware you won't get it out of your head

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With five days left of government funding before another partial shutdown, not much has really progressed since the last deadline in December. http://bit.ly/2I8OxNV

Where things stand: Government funding talks have crumbled with no clear way to avert a second shutdown this year. 

Why negotiations fell apart this weekend -- Dems have a new demand: Democrats want to reduce the number of beds in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from roughly 38,00 to 16,000. Why: To force ICE to prioritize serious criminals. 

Context from NBC's Kasie Hunt: "Democrats taking a risk with the stand over detention beds at the 11th hour. The wall seems to have been largely neutralized as an issue, at least in Congress. Beds arguably much more significant policy to debate. But harder to message for Dems." http://bit.ly/2GlXUbt

What about border wall funding?: Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Overnight Energy: Dems subpoena Perry in impeachment inquiry | EPA to overhaul rules on lead contamination tests | Commerce staff wrote statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump Commerce staff drafted statement rebuking weather service for contradicting Trump's hurricane predictions MORE said yesterday, "I've heard that there may be a deal with as much as $2.1 or $2.5 billion for a, for a border fence, then I hear there may be $0 or as little as $800 million for the border fence." Keep in mind: The Trump administration wants $5.7 billion. http://bit.ly/2I8OxNV

If Congress doesn't agree to a deal: Lawmakers will need to pass a continuing resolution to avoid another shutdown. 

The chances of another shutdown: The Senate's top Republican negotiator, Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMeet Trump's most trusted pollsters Contractors fight for pay from last shutdown — and the next one Trump signs stopgap measure, funding government through November MORE (R-Ala.), says the chances are "50-50." http://bit.ly/2I8OxNV

HAPPENING TODAY: Key congressional negotiators are meeting this afternoon after funding talks derailed. Attending the meeting: Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Senator questions agencies on suicide prevention, response after Epstein's death in federal custody During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Vt.) and Reps. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood charges into 2020 | PhRMA CEO warns against Pelosi drug pricing bill | Medicaid work requirements costing states millions MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerCongress hunts for offramp from looming shutdown fight House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November Lobbying world MORE (R-Texas). http://bit.ly/2TKjjOo

HAPPENING TONIGHT: President Trump is holding his first campaign rally of 2019 in El Paso, Texas. The significance: Trump says El Paso was "one of our nation's most dangerous cities" before a barrier was built on the border.  http://bit.ly/2GbZCvW

 

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK:

Yemen: "The House is slated to take up a measure -- spearheaded by Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCongress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds Is Congress too afraid to fight Big Pharma? Democrats probing whether groups booked Trump hotel rooms to earn president's favor: report MORE (D-Calif.) -- that would require troops that were not approved by Congress to be removed from hostilities in Yemen with the exceptions of fighting terrorism."

Federal lands: The Senate is working on a measure to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and increase access to federal land. 

The next AG: The Senate is expected to vote on William Barr's nomination to be the next attorney general. 

John Dingell's funeral: The House canceled votes on Tuesday so members are able to attend the funeral of former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).

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

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Over the weekend -- good time to be in the debate podium industry:

On Saturday: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Mass.) formally announced her 2020 presidential bid. https://nyti.ms/2GjuWsJ

On Sunday: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Analysis: Warren and Booker most cyber-aware 2020 candidates Poll: Democratic support for Warren climbs to record high MORE (D-Minn.) announced that she's running for president in 2020. Keep in mind: She is the fifth U.S. senator to announce a 2020 run. http://bit.ly/2SoX6ca

 

The 2020 field, as summarized by emojis:

 

IN OTHER NEWS

Here's ~just~ enough of what happened at the Grammy Awards to pretend you actually watched it:

Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaObamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Maggie Rogers shares letter from 'huge fans' Barack and Michelle Obama Former Michelle Obama chief of staff Tina Tchen named new head of Time's Up MORE made a surprise appearance: Grammys host Alicia Keys opened the show and said, "So let's just be honest. This is a celebration, and y'all didn't think I was coming out here by myself did you? Please, can I bring some of my sisters out here tonight?" Then: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith joined her.

*The crowd gasps as Katy Heron breaks the Homecoming crown*: Alicia Keys said John Mayer literally broke his Grammy in half, wrote her name on it and gave half of it to her. The two then reunited the 2005 Grammy -- watch: http://bit.ly/2DygYiG

Winners: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande won some of the biggest awards. http://bit.ly/2DygYiG

Here's a list of the Grammy winners: http://bit.ly/2DygYiG

Who wore it best: Here are some of the most interesting outfits: http://bit.ly/2X4hgHg

Everything is political these days: Singers Joy Villa and Ricky Rebel dressed in pro-Trump outfits. Think: A border wall dress. Photos: http://bit.ly/2UMcAUi

  

Getting traction -- It took me a while to see the hidden message:

A Pennsylvania newspaper dropped a syndicated comic strip after a cartoon was published with a hidden, "F--- Trump" message. 

From the newspaper's publisher: "We apologize that such a disgusting trick was perpetuated on the reading public. The Butler Eagle will discontinue that comic immediately." http://bit.ly/2tdIKfQ

Photo of the controversial comic: http://bit.ly/2SLp1lS 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

OK, this is pretty good:

Keep in mind: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Trump admin abruptly delays funding for human trafficking victims: report Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE (D-Ohio) is Connie Schultz's husband. 

Watch: http://bit.ly/2TIlv9j

  

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is meeting later today. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C., but Trump is heading to El Paso, Texas, this afternoon.  

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

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump signs an executive order, "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence."

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2N1CKQu

3:35 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for El Paso, Texas, for a campaign (!) rally. 

5 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence swears in the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

6:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Ms1W2e

  

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WHAT TO WATCH

9 p.m. EST: President Trump holds his first campaign rally of 2019. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2N0Us6k

Tuesday evening: CNN is holding a town hall with former Starbucks CEO Howard SchultzDetails: https://cnn.it/2tpKtPn

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peppermint Patty Day.

 

Ummm, polar bears are invading a town in Russia...:

Via Time's George Steer, "State of Emergency Declared As Dozens of Polar Bears Invade Russian Town." How many bears?: At least 52!  Details and photo: http://bit.ly/2N4oGWs

Where: "Belushya Guba, a town on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, located in the Arctic Ocean." 

In a statement from the deputy head of the administration: "Residents, schools and kindergartens are submitting numerous oral and written complaints demanding to ensure safety in the settlement. The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to let the children go to school or kindergarten."

Video of a polar bear in a family's hallway: http://bit.ly/2BxqPFw

 

And because you made it this far, here's a very expressive bird: http://bit.ly/2tpQxHD