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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul 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 StoneDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Democratic impeachment investigators looking at whether Trump misled Mueller Lawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony 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



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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:

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:

On President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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."

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."

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

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."


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 HarrisKamala Harris endorses Christy Smith in bid to fill Katie Hill's seat Poll: Biden holds 11-point lead over Warren in Arizona Poll: Biden and Warren are neck and neck in California MORE (D-Calif.)
  2. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE
  3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  4. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas)
  5. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.)
  6. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerKrystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate 2020 Democrats seek investigation into 'toxic culture' at NBC ahead of debate MORE (D-N.J.)
  7. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders official predicts health care, climate change will be top issues in fifth Democratic debate Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock MORE (D-Minn.)
  8. Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell MORE (D-Ohio)
  9. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE (D-N.Y.)
  10. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Reasoning for each and their previous rankings:


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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and  Facebook.

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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.

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:


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.

Vogue's announcement and tribute:

First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBilly Ray Cyrus thanks Melania Trump after meeting with family of cyberbullying victim Trump rips speculation about his health after Walter Reed visit Trump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report MORE tweeted: "Today the world lost a creative genius. We will miss you Karl! #RIPKarlLagerfeld" 



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:

When the D.C. area will be under a winter storm warning: 10 p.m. tonight until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews have already begun pre-treating the roads:

Full D.C. area forecast for this week: Via The Capital Weather Gang:



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.

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!"

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.



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:


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.

Who is on the list: "The list of lawmakers includes GOP Reps. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses GOP lawmaker head-butts MoveOn camera Hundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march MORE (Alaska), Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertLive updates on impeachment: Schiff fires warning at GOP over whistleblower Ethics Committee releases new details on allegations against Arizona GOP lawmaker GOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped MORE (Ariz.), Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterIndicted lawmaker Duncan Hunter fails to land endorsement from local GOP Duncan Hunter challenger raises over 0,000 in third quarter Trump says White House reviewing case of Green Beret charged with Afghan murder MORE (Calif.), Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoGOP Rep. Ross Spano under investigation by Justice Department House Ethics Committee reviewing two GOP lawmakers over campaign finance Democratic rep says she's tired of 'sex-starved males' talking about abortion rights MORE (Fla.), Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.), Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallHere are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 House Democrats target 2020 GOP incumbents in new ad The House Republicans and Democrats not seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (Ga.) -- who already announced he plans to retire next cycle -- Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksOregon GOP Rep. Greg Walden won't seek reelection Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Pelosi: GOP retirements indicate they'll be in the minority, with Democrat in the White House MORE (Ind.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonShimkus says he's reconsidering retirement Shimkus says he's been asked to reconsider retirement Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (Mich.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerBottom Line On The Money: Tax, loan documents for Trump properties reportedly showed inconsistencies | Tensions flare as Dems hammer Trump consumer chief | Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties MORE (Mo.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingRetiring lawmaker's 2018 opponent won't run for seat, citing 'difficult' pregnancies House panel advances flavored e-cigarette ban Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoProgressive group unveils first slate of 2020 congressional endorsements Democratic lawmakers call on Judiciary Committee to advance 'revenge porn' law Katie Hill resignation reignites push for federal 'revenge porn' law MORE (N.Y.), Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsOn The Money: Economy adds 136K jobs in September | Jobless rate at 50-year low | Treasury IG to probe handling of Trump tax returns request | House presses Zuckerberg to testify on digital currency Two Collins associates plead guilty in insider trading case On The Money: Trump blames Fed as manufacturing falters | US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns | Ex-Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case MORE (N.Y.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotSECURE it — for small businesses and their workers Bottom Line Consequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears MORE (Ohio), Mike McCaul (Texas), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonWhat's causing the congressional 'Texodus'? Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (Texas), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantEthics sends memo to lawmakers on SCIF etiquette Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer GOP Rep. Gaetz calls for ethics investigation into Schiff MORE (Texas), John CarterJohn Rice CarterOvernight 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 America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act Cornyn faces toughest race yet in changing Texas MORE (Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerGOP lawmakers offer new election security measure GOP group calls out five House Republicans to speak up on Ukraine Dems push to revive Congress' tech office MORE (Wash.)."



This a.m. -- Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir 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."

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 RyanFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Krystal Ball issues warning to Biden supporters Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' 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."

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."


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 Davis



Getting traction -- This video is insane:



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 Pompeo2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Netanyahu calls Trump administration reversal on Israeli settlements a 'huge achievement' UN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements 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.

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:



2:30 p.m. EST: State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino holds a press briefing. Livestream:



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:


And because you made it this far, here's a little boy who is obsessed with his new baby brother: