The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators
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The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Kidney Care Partners - Trump not 'happy' with border deal | Doesn't say if he will sign or veto | Trump tells rally 'we're building the wall anyway' | Man shoves BBC cameraman at rally | Storm keeps lawmakers from Dingell funeral | El Chapo convicted | Mark Kelly running for Arizona Senate | IRS trying to recover from last shutdown | Olive Garden's bread bouquet
T MINUS 4 DAYS UNTIL ANOTHER GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
*Cue everyone subtly turning their heads to see how Trump would react*:
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. http://bit.ly/2TM90t9
LAST NIGHT: President Trump told the crowd at his campaign rally that he would build the wall regardless of whether Congress agrees to it. http://bit.ly/2SuPl4A
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. http://bit.ly/2WZU7ps
'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 Pence, but it could all fall apart if talks to avert a government shutdown fail." http://bit.ly/2Sr1s2H
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." http://bit.ly/2UWq7Jg
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 firstname.lastname@example.org -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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TRUMP'S FIRST CAMPAIGN RALLY OF 2019
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: http://bit.ly/2Go1W34
Video of the outburst -- yikes: http://bit.ly/2E5LQJ0
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: https://bbc.in/2SQHmOM
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. http://bit.ly/2RXnBk2
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:
OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING
Members of Congress couldn't make it to John Dingell'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. http://bit.ly/2N2UcnA
They needed the temp to rise ONE DEGREE -- from Rep. Billy Long (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" http://bit.ly/2DxO1Ub
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: https://nyti.ms/2I6LzJO
To Washington and beyond!:
Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced he is running for Senate in Arizona. http://bit.ly/2E5d6qR
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 McSally (R), who held the same seat in Congress that Giffords once held. McSally was appointed to fill the remainder of the late Sen. John McCain'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: http://bit.ly/2UOVTrs
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: http://bit.ly/2GmIBiy
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 Pence 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 Manafort'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) http://bit.ly/2GohVOC
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WHAT TO WATCH
Tonight: CNN is holding a town hall with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Details: https://cnn.it/2tpKtPn
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is National Plum Pudding Day.
Brave, Olive Garden:
Olive Garden is promoting breadstick bouquets for Valentine's Day this year. Photo and details: http://bit.ly/2SFUVjV
And because you made it to the end, here are two dogs who seem to be in quite the verbal dispute: http://bit.ly/2SsAYO8