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*Cue everyone subtly turning their heads to see how Trump would react*: 

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 slammed the bipartisan deal. Trump just told reporters: “I can’t say I’m happy. I can’t say I’m thrilled.” SooOoo, would he veto the deal?: He would not say.

EARLIER THIS MORNING... THE WHITE HOUSE WAS ALSO IN THE DARK: White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said this morning that he isn't sure whether President Trump would sign the deal.

LAST NIGHT: President Trump told the crowd at his campaign rally that he would build the wall regardless of whether Congress agrees to it.

In Trump's words: "Just so you know, we're building the wall anyway." 


Back story — negotiators now accepting any and all congratulations: 

Last night, lawmakers reached an agreement "in principle" to avoid another partial government shutdown.

'Well that was easy!': This agreement came after the core negotiators met three times (!) last night. 

What's the deal?: "A congressional source told The Hill that the bill will include $1.375 billion for physical barriers, the same amount included in the 2018 fiscal year bill. The tentative agreement, according to the source, also specifically prohibits the use of a concrete wall. But senior congressional aides separately noted that it will fund approximately 55 new miles of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley sector." 

^ Keep in mind: Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in border wall funding, and this deal may not increase the 2018 funding. I.e.: That would be a win for Democrats. 

What about the cap on ICE beds?: Lawmakers refused to discuss the outcome of that debate. Back story: Over the weekend, Democrats demanded that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reduces the number of detention beds. 

It isn't a given that both parties will vote for the deal: "Progressive Democrats may not want to cast votes to fund any measure of physical barriers, while conservative Republicans could balk at any potential limits on ICE or details they see as too soft on border security." 

TIDBIT -- WHY LAWMAKERS WANT A DEAL THIS WEEK: Via Defense News's Joe Gould, "The U.S. is set to send its largest congressional delegation yet to the 2019 Munich Security Conference, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceLouisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff 2020 general election debates announced Trump's concerning vision for international religious freedom MORE, but it could all fall apart if talks to avert a government shutdown fail."

THE IRS IS DEALING WITH ISSUES FROM THE LAST SHUTDOWN: Via The Hill's Naomi Jagoda, "The IRS faces a number of challenges as a result of the recent 35-day government shutdown, including a backlog of correspondences and a decline in the level of service on its telephone lines, the agency's in-house watchdog said in a report released Tuesday."




It's a dreary Tuesday. 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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Ugh, this is getting dangerous:

"A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat barreled into the press pit at Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night and started shoving reporters, knocking over their equipment, and yelled 'F--- the media,' minutes after the president had lashed out at journalists." Details:

Video of the outburst -- yikes:

A BBC CAMERMAN WAS VIOLENTLY SHOVED BY A MAN IN A MAGA HAT: A man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat shoved and swore at BBC's Ron Skeans before he was pulled away. From Skeans: It was a "very hard shove" from his blindside. How President Trump reacted: Trump saw the attack and gave Skeans a thumbs up to confirm he was OK. Watch the incident:


OK, but how cute would a puppy be?:

During President Trump's rally last night, he explained why he doesn't have a dog in the White House.

In Trump's words: "I wouldn't mind having one, honestly, but I don't have the time. How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn? Feels a little phony, phony to me." I appreciate this honesty.


Meanwhile, about a football field away from Trump's rally:

Potential 2020 contender and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke hits back at Buttigieg over criticism of his gun buyback proposal Booker hits Buttigieg over gun buyback comment: NRA doesn't 'need our help' White House condemns violent video MORE (D-Texas) held a competing rally right near the venue for President Trump's campaign event.



Members of Congress couldn't make it to 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's funeral:

Via The Detroit News's Melissa Nann Burke, "Two military planes transporting members of Congress to the funeral of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell were unable to land in Michigan due to bad weather and had to turn back, according to two Democratic House aides." The bad weather: Freezing rain and mist. Where the military planes went: Back to Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C.

They needed the temp to rise ONE DEGREE -- from Rep. Billy LongWilliam (Billy) H. LongT-Mobile merger poses more questions than answers GOP pushes back on net neutrality bill at testy hearing The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (R-Mo.): "We held an impromptu service at 30,000 feet for @JohnDingell lead by @repjohnlewis @SpeakerPelosi and @RepFredUpton After a delayed start we took off for #Detroit  & circled there for an hour waiting for the temperature to rise one degree. It didn't and we're back at @Andrews_JBA"


BREAKING — El Chapo was just convicted: 

"The Mexican crime lord known as El Chapo was convicted on Tuesday after a three-month drug trial in New York that exposed the inner workings of his sprawling cartel, which over decades shipped tons of drugs into the United States and plagued Mexico with relentless bloodshed and corruption." Details:


To Washington and beyond!:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced he is running for Senate in Arizona.

Keep in mind: Kelly's wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), survived an assassination attempt in a 2011 mass shooting that killed six people.

About the Senate seat: "Kelly will face another former aviator, Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Republicans wrestle with impeachment strategy 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 (R), who held the same seat in Congress that Giffords once held. McSally was appointed to fill the remainder of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Cindy McCain condemns video of fake Trump shooting political opponents, late husband MORE's (R) term after McCain's first replacement, Jon Kyl, stepped down at the end of last year. McSally had run for an open Senate seat last year, losing narrowly to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D)."

Watch his campaign announcement:



Yeah what? This definitely doesn't help


If you click on one thing today -- I watched this entire video with my jaw dropped:


And once you've watched this video, go back and rewatch the last 15 seconds: "The trainer pushing Gabby away at the end is [perfect]. 'Don't get cocky'." Hahahahaha omg:



The Senate is in. The House has a pro forma session today with no votes expected. President Trump and Vice President Pence are both in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump holds a Cabinet meeting.

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in the Oval Office.

4:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes. 

6:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — House Dems subpoena Giuliani associates Trump feud with Minneapolis mayor to take center stage at rally Karen Pence launches an Instagram account MORE host a 210th birthday celebration of former President Abraham Lincoln.

8:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence leave for Warsaw, Poland.

1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday: "Tomorrow's sealed hearing in Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper Schiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment MORE's DC case has been pushed back from 9:30am to 1:30pm. The judge is set to announce her findings about whether Manafort intentionally lied to investigators, per the unsealed transcript from the last sealed hearing." (Via BuzzFeed's Zoe Tillman)

Monday: Presidential candidate 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.) will stop by Saint Anselm College during her first New Hampshire trip since announcing her bid.



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Tonight: CNN is holding a town hall with former Starbucks CEO Howard SchultzDetails:



Today is National Plum Pudding Day.


Brave, Olive Garden:

Olive Garden is promoting breadstick bouquets for Valentine's Day this year. Photo and details:


And because you made it to the end, here are two dogs who seem to be in quite the verbal dispute: