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 SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. 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 StoneStone judge under pressure over calls for new trial Stone juror: Trump 'attacking citizens for performing their civic duty' The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders takes incoming during intense SC debate 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

Before you keep reading, here's your theme music for this news -- it's 2016 all over again

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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 TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 HarrisBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. House passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (D-Calif.)
  2. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE
  3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  4. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas)
  5. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE (D-Mass.)
  6. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocrats' Obama-to-Sanders shift on charter schooling This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Juan Williams: Black votes matter MORE (D-N.J.)
  7. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE (D-Minn.)
  8. Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Stocks close with second day of steep losses | Dow falls over 800 points as coronavirus fears grow | Kudlow claims virus has been contained | US expects China to honor trade deal amid outbreak Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference MORE (D-Ohio)
  9. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandNow is the time for a US data protection agency The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren up, Bloomberg down after brutal debate Ginsburg, accepting lifetime achievement award, urges working fathers to take an active role in kids' lives 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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump to speak on coronavirus as pressure mounts Five takeaways from Trump's trip to India Melania Trump attends 'happiness' class during India visit 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 YoungImpeachment demonstrates dire need for term limits House approves pro-union labor bill House GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking MORE (Alaska), Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Overnight Defense: House passes bills to rein in Trump on Iran | Pentagon seeks Iraq's permission to deploy missile defenses | Roberts refuses to read Paul question on whistleblower during impeachment trial MORE (Ariz.), Duncan HunterDuncan HunterDesperate in Southern California: Darrell Issa's 'back to the future' primary campaign misfires Democrats running to replace Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins vow to support ethics package California governor won't call special election for Duncan Hunter's seat MORE (Calif.), Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (Fla.), Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.), Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallOmar endorses progressive Georgia Democrat running for House seat House candidate asks FEC to let her use campaign funds for health insurance House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts MORE (Ga.) -- who already announced he plans to retire next cycle -- Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksThe rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 Hispanic Democrats endorse Latina for open Indiana seat Trump shocks, earns GOP rebukes with Dingell remarks MORE (Ind.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonUpton cites Sanders's popularity in saying he will seek reelection Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads MORE (Mich.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Democrats seek to preempt Trump message on health care | E-cigarette executives set for grilling | Dems urge emergency funding for coronavirus Democrats slam GOP on drug prices in bilingual digital ads Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — Dems warn Trump against Medicaid block grants | Sanders under pressure on how to pay for 'Medicare for All' | China to allow in US health officials to study coronavirus MORE (Mo.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingTrump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies Lawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoHillicon Valley: Officials worry about Nevada caucus technology after Iowa | Pelosi joins pressure campaign on Huawei | Workers at Kickstarter vote to unionize | Bezos launches B climate initiative Tech for Nevada caucuses under scrutiny after Iowa debacle Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars MORE (N.Y.), Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsFormer Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 2 years in prison for insider trading GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Democrats running to replace Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins vow to support ethics package MORE (N.Y.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse GOP introduces bill to secure voter registration systems against foreign hacking DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says MORE (Ohio), Mike McCaul (Texas), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Republican wins Texas special election Texas House special election to gauge suburban mood MORE (Texas), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Gaetz filing ethics complaint against Pelosi for 'destroying' Trump speech House GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment MORE (Texas), John CarterJohn Rice CarterGun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerPelosi: 'I tore up a manifesto of mistruth' DCCC unveils initial dozen candidates for 'Red to Blue' program DCCC to run ads tying 11 House Republicans to Trump remarks on entitlements MORE (Wash.)."

  

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS

This a.m. -- Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump allies assembled lists of officials considered disloyal to president: report Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' 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 RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Lawmakers tear into Pentagon over .8B for border wall | Dems offer bill to reverse Trump on wall funding | Senators urge UN to restore Iran sanctions Former Laura Bush staffer decries Taliban's treatment of women amid peace deal Bipartisan Senate resolution would urge UN to renew Iran arms embargo, travel restrictions 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