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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble to pass border deal as deadline nears | Conservatives push Trump to use executive power | Trump blasts McCabe after bombshell interview | McCabe says DOJ talked 25th Amendment | New drama over Senate Russia probe | Anniversary of Parkland shooting | Clintons attend Dingell's DC funeral | Dating app discloses data breach on Valentine's Day | Parents say cartoon is making toddlers speak in British accent

 

LESS THAN 36 HOURS LEFT TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT

Lay it out for all to see:

Last night, lawmakers released a bill to fund the government and prevent another partial shutdown. http://bit.ly/2SSXRtt

When Congress will vote to keep the government open: The Senate will vote on the bill this afternoon. Then the House will take up the bill this evening. http://bit.ly/2SByiOn

Just now — a change to the House schedule: "NO votes expected in the House on Friday so long as Senate & House pass border deal/funding package tonight, according to lawmakers & aides in both parties. Trump expected to sign it before midnight Saturday to avert shutdown." (Via The Hill’s Scott Wonghttp://bit.ly/2GIRAtQ

What the bill includes: $1.375 billion in funding for physical barriers along the border. Keep in mind: Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in border wall funding. 

Is Trump expected to agree to the deal?: So far, yes. But Trump did say he is "not happy" with the deal, so stay tuned. https://cnn.it/2DC9njf

Exclusive — tidbit about some unhappy conservatives: A group of conservative House members sent a letter this morning urging President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE to declare a national emergency to secure the necessary funds for a border wall. Details via The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke: http://bit.ly/2GFCK7q

To ruffle some feathers: "To try to slow things down, the far-right House Freedom Caucus rolled out a one-week stopgap funding bill, or continuing resolution (CR), to buy lawmakers more time to read the bill — an effort that will be ignored by Democrats who control the floor." http://bit.ly/2SByiOn

Mood at the Capitol yesterday: "Border deal negotiators Henry Cuellar (D) & Chuck Fleischmann (R) were just hugging and laughing while they joked w/ reporters…" (Via Politico's Melanie Zanona) http://bit.ly/2DH56LD

Read the full text of the bill, if you're into that kinda thing: http://bit.ly/2WZ8R81

  

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TALK OF THE MORNING

Not exactly the valentine Trump was hoping for…:

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators MORE gave his first interview since being fired to CBS's "60 Minutes," where he described the Russia investigation. https://cbsn.ws/2GrDmOy

Watch the excerpt: https://cbsn.ws/2GrDmOy

The most newsy part of the interview — behind the scenes after FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Christopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye MORE was fired: CBS's Scott Pelley previewed the interview with this tidbit: "There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment," Pelley said. "These were the eight days from Comey's firing to the point that Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE was appointed special counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the president."

^ Yes, the 25th amendment: That amendment allows the president to be removed from office. What to know about the amendment: http://bit.ly/2I8XtTs

And on wearing a wire in meetings with Trump: "Pelley said McCabe confirms in their interview that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE offered to wear a wire in meetings with President Trump. Previously, a Justice Department statement claimed that Rosenstein made the offer sarcastically, but McCabe said it was taken seriously." 

When the interview will air: Sunday at 7 p.m. EST

 

Late this morning — President Trump has THOUGHTS:

President Trump reacted to the "60 Minutes" interview, mocking former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabehttp://bit.ly/2S2ZHDD

Trump tweeted: "Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a 'poor little Angel' when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax — a puppet for Leakin' James Comey. I.G. report on McCabe was devastating. Part of 'insurance policy' in case I won. Many of the top FBI brass were fired, forced to leave, or left. McCabe's wife received BIG DOLLARS from Clinton people for her campaign — he gave Hillary a pass. McCabe is a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" http://bit.ly/2WZnGr0

REACTION FROM 'FOX & FRIENDS' HOST BRIAN KILMEADE: "Are they trying to overthrow the government? Was this a coup?" Fox's Brian Kilmeade asked Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department House Intel postpones enforcement action after DOJ offer to share some Mueller files Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Nunes did not answer the question directly. Watch the back and forth: http://bit.ly/2IcDrHH

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Breaking — Amazon changes its mind on New York: 

Amazon just announced that it will no longer open a second headquarters in New York City. What we know: http://bit.ly/2DCkc50

Why: Aggressive opposition from local lawmakers and activists. Reasoning: Critics said it would displace poor residents and increase rents. 

Is there an alternative?: No, Amazon said it will not search for another location. 

What about the new D.C.-area headquarters?: Amazon will still open its new headquarters in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. https://wapo.st/2EabwE8

  

Exclusive — Come one, come all to the greatest show on earth:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE is almost certain to enter the 2020 race for the Democratic presidential nomination. From a source: “It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in,” said one source with direct knowledge of the would-be campaign’s moves, adding that Biden is “95 percent there.” What we know: http://bit.ly/2GIVUt4

 

A dating app hack on Valentine's Day — this sounds like a PR student's final exam prompt:

The popular dating app Coffee Meets Bagel announced this morning that the platform had a data breach. http://bit.ly/2Gp26al

What data was breached?: Names and email addresses, not financial information. 

Read the announcement to users: http://bit.ly/2TOuNkb 

 

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

Judge rules Manafort's pants are on fire:

A federal judge ruled that President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid MORE intentionally lied multiple times to the FBI and to special counsel Robert Mueller during his cooperation. http://bit.ly/2Gqwzoq

From Manafort's attorneys: "Mr. Manafort did not lie. Despite the considerable efforts of the Office of Special Counsel … it cannot prove what did not happen."

When Manafort will be sentenced: March 13 in Washington, D.C.

HOW DRAMA IS BUILDING IN THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE'S RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: "The Senate probe is viewed as the most bipartisan congressional investigation into Russian interference, with committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Trump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows MORE (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment Senators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks DOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows MORE (D-Va.) walking in lockstep on most matters. However, fractures have emerged recently after Burr publicly stated that none of their evidence indicates the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign." http://bit.ly/2GGxTmx

  

New poll on the Robert Mueller probe — carry on: 

According to a new Navigator poll, a majority of Americans back special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and believe the probe has "uncovered crimes." Details: http://bit.ly/2GJwuvC

The poll numbers: Fifty-six percent of Americans back the probe. For context: In the same poll in June 2018, only 43 percent of respondents backed the probe. 

  

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY

The shooting in Parkland, Fla.:

Last Valentine's Day, 17 people were killed and 17 were wounded when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  

HOW THE COMMUNITY IS DOING A YEAR LATER: Via The New York Times, here are short interviews with nine members of the Stoneman Douglas community: https://nyti.ms/2UZROk3  

HOW DEMOCRATS ARE ESCALATING THE GUN DEBATE A YEAR LATER: "Democrats have a long wish list of gun reform proposals they'd like to see adopted. They're starting with universal background checks, since the idea enjoys broad public backing. The proposal is a key priority of March for Our Lives, the national advocacy group Parkland students formed to address gun violence after the shooting." Details and what to expect on these proposals: http://bit.ly/2to9LNv

TRIBUTES FROM PARENTS WHO LOST CHILDREN THAT DAY: Here are tweets and photos from parents whose children were murdered: http://bit.ly/2S30c0h

A MESSAGE FROM TRUMP: "One year ago today, a horrific act of violence took the lives of 14 students and 3 educators in Parkland, Florida.  On this somber anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit to ensuring the safety of all Americans, especially our Nation's children." Read the full statement: http://bit.ly/2BBqQIe

FROM FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA: Obama tweeted this morning, "In the year since their friends were killed, the students of Parkland refused to settle for the way things are and marched, organized, and pushed for the way things should be — helping pass meaningful new gun violence laws in states across the country. I'm proud of all of them." http://bit.ly/2DIrnbB

  

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Thanks for this, senator…:

 

Welcome to Congress: 

CNN's Manu Raju then added: "Asked about her tweet this AM attacking Trump for trafficking in hate, she angrily said: 'Yes I tweeted, and there's a response. You can run that. Have a nice day.' And she walked into a meeting." http://bit.ly/2Invxey

 

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ON TAP

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

9:50 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Warsaw Uprising Monument.

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump held a conference call with anti-abortion activists.

2:45 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

6:30 p.m. EST: First votes in the House.

   

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning A funeral service for former Rep. John DingellJohn DingellMcCain and Dingell: Inspiring a stronger Congress Pelosi should take a page from Tip O'Neill's playbook Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history MORE (D-Mich.). Participating: Former President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE and Rep. John LewisJohn LewisPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (D-Ga.). Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GrCyt0

10 p.m. EST Monday: A CNN town hall with presidential candidate Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News Poll: Harris, Warren climb as Biden maintains lead MORE (D-Minn.). Details: http://bit.ly/2DOCaBt

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day. I sincerely appreciate when these holidays are timely.

  

Hahahaha 

*pause to catch my breath* 

 Ahh hahahaha:

American toddlers are starting to speak in a British accent because of the popular children's TV show "Peppa Pig." https://fxn.ws/2SRVuHe

Omg: "Up until the age of 20 months, my daughter was a pristine developmental specimen, untouched by screen-time. Then we flew to Australia. After 21 hours of flight time spent binge-watching Peppa Pig episodes on the iPad, my kid had adopted Peppa Pig's plum British accent, calling me 'Mummy' and finishing her sentences with Peppa's trademark snort ... call it the Peppa effect." http://bit.ly/2WXWyZq

One child now regularly uses the word "straightaway": "Daddy, when we get home do I have to go to bed straightaway?" 

My abs hurt from laughing: "The most entertaining aspect of my life right now is that my toddler has been watching Peppa Pig and now speaks with a British accent." http://bit.ly/2DvMqy0

If anyone has video evidence of the Peppa effect, please, please send it to me. 

 

And because you made it to Thursday afternoon, here's a dog who is definitely in for happy hour tonight: http://bit.ly/2E6tI1u