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You get a wall! And you get a wall!:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE just announced that he will declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and build an $8 billion wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Where Trump plans to find the border wall funding: "Trump plans to redirect $3.6 billion in military construction funding toward the border project. Trump will also take separate executive action repurposing about $2.5 billion from the Defense Department's drug-interdiction program and $600 million from the Treasury Department's asset-forfeiture fund."

The line that's getting traction — Trump on this approach to border wall funding: "I didn't need to do this, but I'd rather do it much faster." Watch the back and forth:

Trump on why the border wall has been such a fight: "The only reason we're up here talking about this is because of an election."

I'm not pointing fingers but if you ~were~ to point fingers: Trump took a shot at Congressional Republicans. "I'm very disappointed in certain people, a particular one, for not having pushed this faster," Trump said.  Asked if he was talking about former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 MORE (R-Wis.), Trump said, "Let's not talk about it. What difference does it make. They should have pushed it faster."

Trump predicts the court fights to come: "And we will have a national emergency. And we will then be sued. And they will sue us in the 9th Circuit even though it should be there. And we will possibly get a bad ruling. And then we’ll get another bad ruling. And then we'll end up in the Supreme Court. And hopefully we'll get a fair shake. And we'll win in the Supreme Court. Just like the ban…” Watch starting at the 1-minute mark — it turns into quite the sing-song rhythm: 

Livestream of the announcement:



Did Trump use a teleprompter?: Nope, Trump gave an improvised speech.

Agreed!: "There are a lot of things about government I will never understand. One is why the White House leaves its patio furniture out all winter." (Via The Hill's Tristan LejeunePhoto:

It's like reminiscing about last night's party to your friends: "'Tremendous crowd, tremendous crowd,' Trump says in the Rose Garden of his El Paso rally."

At the announcement: Newly sworn-in Attorney General William Barr

^ Trump asks Barr to stand: "Such an easy job he's got, he's got the easiest job in government."

^ And at the end of the press conference, Trump brought it back to Barr: "Enjoy your life," Trump said to William Barr. 

View from the press area:



Pelosi's slippery slope argument: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (D-Calif.) warned Republicans that the next Democratic president could issue a similar national emergency — but on guns. Her full reasoning:

Senate Republicans are pretty lukewarm: Senate Republicans are pretty divided on President Trump's declaration of a border wall.

Which GOP senators are notably not supportive: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Congress must press Interior secretary to act on climate change MORE (Alaska) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment The Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending MORE (Ky.). Yeah, but: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE (R-Ky.) announced support for the measure.  


Happy Friday!  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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'The Handmaid's Tale' is filming on the National Mall:

Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" is filming in Washington, D.C., today at the Lincoln Memorial. Details: 

Livestream of the filming: It's pretty cool to see behind-the-scenes footage:

Are any other "Handmaid's Tale" fans wondering what plot twist brings the handmaids to Washington, D.C.?! 



Signed, sealed, delivered!:
The House voted on a spending bill last night that will prevent another partial government shutdown from starting at midnight tonight.

What was included for border security: The bill provides funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including $1.375 billion to build 55 miles of barriers in the Rio Grande Valley. That's far from the $5.7 billion President Trump had demanded.

The House vote: 300-128

Specifically, who opposed the bill: The House Freedom Caucus largely opposed the deal. 

Keep in mind: Negotiators in both parties are not thrilled with parts of the deal but have agreed to the compromise.  

In the Senate: The Senate voted for the bill, 83-16

Tidbit from yesterday — senators very ready for recess: "Senators carrying their bags to the floor to get out of town the moment this 3:30 funding bill vote wraps #jetfumes." (Via NBC's Marianna Sotomayor)



Who won: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House and Senate negotiators, women as leaders on a powerful committee and federal workers. Who lost: President Trump, House conservatives, federal contractors and women's programs.

Reasoning for each:



RBG is back in court:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back at the Supreme Court today for the justices' private conference.

Why this is newsy: Ginsburg has been recovering from December surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lower left lung. She missed oral arguments for the first time in her 25 years on the bench. 


Spotted on Amtrak — recess vibes:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) was seen on the train from Washington, D.C., to New York, N.Y. From The Hill's Bob Cusack: "We chatted. I did not tell him his 5 minutes were up." Lol.


IN 2020 NEWS

I declare a dual:

Via The Associated Press's Holly Ramer and Bob Salsberg, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld announced that he is running for president. I.e.: The first Republican to challenge President Trump in the primaries.

What to know: "Fiscally conservative but socially liberal, the 73-year-old Weld ran on the Libertarian party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonAmash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump Buzz grows Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian Potential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid MORE. But he re-registered as a Republican last month, and on Friday in New Hampshire said he has created a presidential exploratory committee." 



Tidbit on Capitol Hill yesterday:

Back story, via Roll Call’s Katherine Tully-McManus:



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The House and Senate are out until Feb. 25. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Vice President Pence was in Krakow, Poland, and is now in Munich.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing. 

11:50 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence and Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems fight with Barr escalates MORE arrive in Munich.

4 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump to meet with Irish prime minister during upcoming Europe trip Cannes movie poster shows decapitated Trump in MAGA hat Security concerns hinder Trump visit to sumo tournament on Japan trip MORE leave for the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.



Sunday morning: Democratic National Committee chair Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE appears on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Tuesday morning: 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 appears on NBC's "Today." 



Today is National Gum Day.


XOXO, Gossip Girl:

Actress Kristen Bell, who narrated the show "Gossip Girl," read President Trump's tweets in character for a segment on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Watch — it's pretty funny:


And to get your weekend off to a proper start, here's a dog who accidentally ran a half marathon — coming in seventh place (!) — when her owner let her outside: