The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE jumps into 2020 race | New rankings: 10 Dems most likely to win nomination | Ginsburg back on the bench | 16 states sue over border declaration | Trump rips 'Open Border Dems' for suit | Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media Counterprotesters outnumber far-right extremists at DC rally Judge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order MORE ordered to court after sharing photo of judge with crosshairs | DC braces for snow storm | Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies | Burberry sorry for controversial hoodie

 

NEWS OF THE MORNING

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Everyone's feeling a little Bern whether they like it or not:

This morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that he will be running for president again in 2020. 

Watch his announcement video: http://bit.ly/2GxArUM

Sanders said on Vermont Public Radio: "I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first. And what I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of -- a belief in justice, in community, in grass-roots politics, in town meetings -- that's what I'm going to carry all over this country." Listen to his full VPR interview: http://bit.ly/2XbER8V

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On President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE: "I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country," Sanders said. "I think he is a pathological liar ... I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants." http://bit.ly/2XbER8V

Interesting tidbit about liberal energy for 2020: Via The Washington Post's Matt Viser, "Liberal energy among Democrats is real. But two things to keep in mind:

1) Iowa caucuses, long dominated by liberal activists, are allowing absentee component that could moderate results

2) No major GOP contest means unenrolled NH voters may choose to vote in Dem primary." http://bit.ly/2TVkGKd

From Vox: "Bernie Sanders is running for president again. This time, he's a frontrunner. Can Sanders win his own political revolution?" http://bit.ly/2EiaPJi

REACTION FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN -- USING THE S-WORD: "Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the Democrat primary, because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism," the campaign said in a statement. "But the American people will reject an agenda of sky-high tax rates, government-run health care and coddling dictators like those in Venezuela. Only President Trump will keep America free, prosperous and safe." http://bit.ly/2GDvLNl

 

The mathematical expression for how many Democrats are running in 2020 -- 'Everyone and their mother':

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, here's a ranking of the top 10 Democrats who have a chance at getting the Democratic presidential nomination -- and why: 

  1. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much MORE (D-Calif.)
  2. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' MORE
  3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  4. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTed Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50' The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown MORE (D-Texas)
  5. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Harris voices support for Puerto Rico protesters: 'I stand with them' Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters MORE (D-Mass.)
  6. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Cory Booker talks about 'geeking out' over Rosario Dawson's Marvel role Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals MORE (D-N.J.)
  7. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage Protect American patients and innovation from a harmful MedTech Tax increase MORE (D-Minn.)
  8. Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment On The Money: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency | Tech giants on defensive at antitrust hearing | Democrats ask Labor Department to investigate Amazon warehouses Hillicon Valley: Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency plan | Trump vows to 'take a look' at Google's ties to China | Google denies working with China's military | Tech execs on defensive at antitrust hearing | Bill would bar business with Huawei MORE (D-Ohio)
  9. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHarris faces pressure to define policy proposals Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-N.Y.)
  10. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Reasoning for each and their previous rankings: http://bit.ly/2Gzduk6

 

It's already 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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NEWS THIS MORNING

RBG is BAC(K):

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back on the bench for the first time since her surgery in late December. http://bit.ly/2DYtrN8

Is this her first day back?: Not really. Ginsburg was at the court on Friday for a closed-door meeting to decide which cases would be reviewed. 

TIDBIT -- TMZ FILMED HER AT DCA: TMZ has video of Ginsburg at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport yesterday. Watch the 35-second clip: http://bit.ly/2IreLLM

  

A fashion icon has died:

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris earlier today at the age of 85. Keep in mind: Lagerfeld had been the creative director of Chanel since 1983 and Fendi since 1965. https://nyti.ms/2EifA5i

Vogue's announcement and tribute: http://bit.ly/2GvUeEd

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically MORE tweeted: "Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld" http://bit.ly/2tCdS97 

 

SNOW IS COMING

The DMV will be under a winter storm warning tomorrow:

The Washington, D.C. area is expected to get three to six inches of snow tomorrow, followed by sleet and freezing rain. What to expect: http://bit.ly/2DXkAv7

When the D.C. area will be under a winter storm warning: 10 p.m. tonight until 10 p.m. Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2DXkAv7

Crews have already begun pre-treating the roads: https://wapo.st/2GzGVlR

Full D.C. area forecast for this week: Via The Capital Weather Gang: https://wapo.st/2BSVayz

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Trump would like to have a word with some Democrats:

This morning, President Trump ripped a mostly Democratic-led effort to block his national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. http://bit.ly/2V6jaW4

Trump tweeted: "As I predicted, 16 cities, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge! ... The failed Fast Train project in California, where the cost overruns are becoming world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!" http://bit.ly/2SYuwxV

BACK STORY: A group of 16 states filed a lawsuit to block President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall. Keep in mind: Fifteen of the 16 states in the suit have Democratic governors. http://bit.ly/2tC5SVD

 

ON CAPITOL HILL

It's tax refund SZN:

"The Trump administration and key GOP lawmakers are playing defense after early data showed Americans are getting smaller tax refunds in the first filing season under the GOP tax law." The numbers: "The average refund size through Feb. 8 was 8.7 percent smaller than the same period last year, according to IRS figures." How Democrats are seizing on those numbers: http://bit.ly/2XdGbbw

  

Making a list and checking it twice:

Via The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just released a list of Republican "retirements to watch list" of potential GOP targets in 2020. http://bit.ly/2In218X

Who is on the list: "The list of lawmakers includes GOP Reps. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungGOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz Congress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future MORE (Alaska), Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertThe 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill House ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers MORE (Ariz.), Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border Marine Corps tells Duncan Hunter to stop using official emblem, slogan for campaign Duncan Hunter, Democratic opponent seek money advantage ahead of 2020 rematch MORE (Calif.), Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoDemocratic rep says she's tired of 'sex-starved males' talking about abortion rights The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems, progressives preview anti-Biden offensive Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill MORE (Fla.), Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.), Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallThe Hill's Morning Report - Harris, Warren rise and Biden tumbles after debates Indiana GOP Rep. Brooks says she won't seek reelection Democratic rep says she's tired of 'sex-starved males' talking about abortion rights MORE (Ga.) -- who already announced he plans to retire next cycle -- Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksAl Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' MORE (Ind.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonAl Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' MORE (Mich.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerLiberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow A true believer in diversity, inclusion GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates MORE (Mo.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingBerkeley professor warns deepfake technology being 'weaponized' against women Hillicon Valley: Harris spikes in Google searches after debate clash with Biden | Second US city blocks facial recognition | Apple said to be moving Mac Pro production from US to China | Bipartisan Senate bill takes aim at 'deepfake' videos Senators unveil bipartisan bill to target 'deepfake' video threat MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoStudent loan borrowers are defaulting yearly — how can we fix it? Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker House approves amendment to reverse transgender military ban MORE (N.Y.), Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsMichael Caputo eyes congressional bid House ethics panel renews probes into three GOP lawmakers The Hill's Morning Report - Barr stiff-arms House following Senate grilling MORE (N.Y.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse passes annual intelligence bill House passes bills to boost small business cybersecurity Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller MORE (Ohio), Mike McCaul (Texas), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump creates new firestorm with 'go back' remarks Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems MORE (Texas), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Ethics complaint filed against top House Ethics Republican House Ethics Committee investigating Gaetz over Cohen threats MORE (Texas), John CarterJohn Rice CarterPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE (Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerDems push to revive Congress' tech office Bill allowing Congress to hire Dreamers advances House fails to override Trump veto on border wall MORE (Wash.)."

  

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS

This a.m. -- Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE opens up:

"Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday that none of the top eight congressional leaders objected when he briefed them in 2017 on the bureau's decision to open a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump." http://bit.ly/2SbXcPB

McCabe said on NBC's "Today": "The purpose of the briefing was to let to let our congressional leadership know exactly what we'd been doing." 

What to know about the "Gang of Eight": The so-called Gang of Eight consists of the top two leaders from each party in each chamber of Congress and the chairs and the ranking members of the intelligence committees. "Representatives around the time of the 2017 meeting would have included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), then-Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEx-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets 10 questions for Robert Mueller Ocasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' MORE (D-Calif.)." 

 

Thursday, Roger. Thursday.: 

"The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone's criminal case in Washington, D.C., has ordered him to appear in court on Thursday to explain why the gag order she issued last week and his condition of release shouldn't be modified." http://bit.ly/2BIhQ4i

What sparked this: Yesterday, Stone "posted a picture on Instagram of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson-- the federal judge overseeing his criminal case -- with what appeared to be small crosshairs next to her head. The post on Stone's Instagram account was quickly deleted, and he later apologized to the court." http://bit.ly/2GyXgri

 

In the coming weeks -- *taps the mic* is this thing on?: 

When President Trump's former longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen speaks to House and Senate committee members in the coming weeks, he will detail "bigoted" language from when he was working for Trump. How we know: According to his attorney Lanny Davishttp://bit.ly/2EklZNL

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Getting traction -- This video is insane:

   

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out this week. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump confirms he authorized Rand Paul to negotiate with Iran MORE.

12:15 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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

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2 p.m. EST: President Trump signs Space Policy Directive 4 in the Oval Office.

5 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence swears in the U.S. ambassador to Australia.

Friday: The National Governors Association winter meeting begins in Washington, D.C. Details: http://bit.ly/2NeVP1A

 

WHAT TO WATCH

2:30 p.m. EST: State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino holds a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GSiDCX

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day.

  

Today in 'I Could Have Told Them That Was A Bad Idea':

Fashion brand Burberry issued a statement apologizing for a hoodie with a noose around the neck during its London Fashion Week show. Photo: https://cnn.it/2Nd5tSo

 

And because you made it this far, here's a little boy who is obsessed with his new baby brother: http://bit.ly/2NfsBQ3