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

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release 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 StoneBill Maher questions whether Democrats put 'too much trust' in Mueller report Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report 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 HarrisKamala Harris to pitch using federal funds to give teachers pay raises Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.)
  2. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz Biden team denies 'pre-cooked plan' of Abrams as early running-mate pick MORE
  3. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
  4. Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Texas)
  5. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Mass.)
  6. Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Booker endorses New Jersey marijuana legalization bill MORE (D-N.J.)
  7. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Minn.)
  8. Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump faces political risks in fight over GM plant MORE (D-Ohio)
  9. Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary 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 Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game Schwarzenegger tells Trump to 'listen to the first lady' before attacking McCain The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain 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 YoungTulsi Gabbard, Don Young introduce marijuana reform bill Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE (Alaska), Reps. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertOn The Money: Trump trade chief sees tough work ahead on China | Cohen offers gripping testimony | Tells lawmakers Trump inflated assets | Deduction cap could hit 11 million taxpayers | Senate confirms top IRS lawyer Trump trade chief warns of tough work ahead on China deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE (Ariz.), Duncan HunterDuncan Duane HunterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (Calif.), Ross SpanoVincent (Ross) Ross SpanoThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (Fla.), Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (Fla.), Rob WoodallWilliam (Rob) Robert WoodallThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for Dem raises more than 0k since declaring bid for Georgia House seat MORE (Ga.) -- who already announced he plans to retire next cycle -- Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Republicans find silver lining in minority The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for MORE (Ind.), Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (Mich.), Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerBottom Line On The Money: Wells Fargo chief gets grilling | GOP, Pence discuss plan to defeat Dem emergency resolution | House chair sees '50-50' chance of passing Dem budget | Trump faces pressure over Boeing Lawmakers blast Wells Fargo chief over response to scandals MORE (Mo.), Chris Smith (N.J.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingRepublicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes second major gun bill MORE (N.Y.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoThe importance of moderate voters Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' MORE (N.Y.), Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsThe 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions Don’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall MORE (N.Y.), Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotHouse passes series of measures hitting Russia, Putin Trump applauded for walking away from 'bad' North Korea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE (Ohio), Mike McCaul (Texas), Pete OlsonPeter (Pete) Graham OlsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race House Dems release 2020 GOP 'retirements to watch' for House Dems unveil initial GOP targets in 2020 MORE (Texas), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantTreasury expands penalty relief to more taxpayers Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns Mnuchin to consider providing more penalty relief for taxpayers MORE (Texas), John CarterJohn Rice CarterThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today Dem campaign chief: Medicare for All price tag 'a little scary' Overnight Defense: US reportedly easing demands over North Korean nukes | Trump optimistic for deal | Dems rip plan to use military funds for wall | Pentagon urges India, Pakistan to calm tensions MORE (Texas) and Jaime Herrera BeutlerJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration House votes to overturn Trump's emergency declaration MORE (Wash.)."

  

LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATIONS

This a.m. -- Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks 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 RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Dems plot strategy after end of Mueller probe Coons after Russia probe: House Dems need to use power in 'focused and responsible way' Trump, Congress brace for Mueller findings 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 PompeoUS sanctions Venezuelan bank after Guaidó aide's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference 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