The Hill's 12:30 Report: First test for Trump emergency declaration

The Hill's 12:30 Report: House set to rebuke Trump on emergency | All eyes on Cohen | First of three days of testimony | Cohen to accuse Trump of racism, criminal conduct | Trump arrives in Vietnam for North Korea talks | Sights and sounds from summit | What to watch for | Dems to issue subpoena over family separation policy | Lucky Charms beer



Nothing to see here in Washington, Mr. President. Carry on.:

House Democrats are set to vote on a resolution to block President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE's national emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.



It is expected to easily pass. Democrats expect all of their members to back the resolution. Livestream of the House debating the measure:


For Democrats to secure enough votes to block the president's border wall declaration, they need four Republican votes. 

How many Republican votes Democrats have so far: Two definite "yes" votes -- Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (R-Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisRepublicans scramble to contain Trump fallout McConnell says Trump is not a racist, but calls for better rhetoric GOP senator: 'Outrageous' to say Trump's tweets about Democratic congresswomen are racist MORE (R- N.C.). Oh and: Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse PBS premieres first nationally distributed kids' show with Native American lead MORE (R-Alaska) will "probably" also vote with Democrats. I.e.: Democrats would only need one more Republican.

Keep checking this page -- whip list of votes:


Think: The border wall resolution is not a battle he has chosen:



It's 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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President Trump arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, at around 10 a.m. EST, which is 10 p.m. in Hanoi.

What to watch during Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un: 

  1. Is denuclearization defined and advanced?
  2. Is there a peace declaration for the Korean War?
  3. Do they agree on liaison offices?
  4. Is Trump distracted by the news back home? Cough, Michael Cohen is testifying, cough.
  5. Are there any surprises? 

Context and details for each:



How Kim got to Vietnam: Kim Jong Un took a 60-hour train from North Korea to Vietnam. Keep in mind: During the first U.S.-North Korea summit, China lent a plane to Kim.

Video outside Kim Jong Un's hotel: Via Bloomberg's Kevin Cirilli:

^ Interesting tidbit on the vibe: "I've been strolling past Kim Jong Un's hotel since he arrived and it's gotten the odd feeling of a motorbike drive-in movie with gawkers driving up to sit, mostly in silence or soft conversation, as they gaze at the tower. There's been a modest but consistent crowd for hours." (Via The Washington Post's David NakamuraPhoto: 

Wow, it looks stressful being Kim Jong Un's assistant: Here's video of an aide to Kim Jong Un sprinting to catch up. As The Washington Post's David Nakamura captioned the video, "Get you a wingman like Kim Jong Un." Watch:

Photo of Trump's motorcade in Hanoi:

Photo of Trump walking off Air Force One when he arrived:

Oh, hello there: 



Just now -- the start of subpoena SZN:

The House Oversight Committee just voted to subpoena the Trump administration for documents related to the policy of separating migrant families on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Keep in mind: This is the first subpoena since Democrats took control of the House.

The committee vote: "The vote was bipartisan, with Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse expected to vote Wednesday on Green's impeachment effort Trump signals he'll talk about minority congresswomen at Wednesday rally Green files articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up floor vote MORE (R-Mich.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Texas) voting with all the Democrats." 

From Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsLawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer MORE (D-Md.): Cummings said the committee had been asking for the information for seven months.


Three days of Michael Cohen drama:

President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is on Capitol Hill today, tomorrow and Thursday for testimony.


Today's testimony is private:

Michael Cohen is kicking off three days of Capitol Hill testimony today. Starting with: Closed door testimony today with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Video of Cohen arriving for the hearing:


But tomorrow could be a doozy: 

Via The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus and Warren P. Strobel, when President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee Wednesday, he plans to publicly accuse Trump of criminal conduct while in office. Specifically: In the payments to a porn star.



On Trump's finances: Cohen "will make public some of Mr. Trump's private financial statements and allege that Mr. Trump at times inflated or deflated his net worth for business and personal purposes, including avoiding paying property taxes, the person said. The financial statements were developed by Mr. Trump's accountant, the person said."

Cohen's testimony may make allegations of racism: "Cohen is expected to recount racist remarks Mr. Trump allegedly made to him, including instances in which Mr. Trump allegedly questioned the intelligence of African-Americans and criticized their lifestyle choices."


Via The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denounced Michael Cohen's expected testimony. She said in a statement: "Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false statements. Sadly, he will go before Congress this week and we can expect more of the same. It's laughable that anyone would take a convicted liar like Cohen at his word, and pathetic to see him given yet another opportunity to spread his lies."



Interesting read -- how an Iowa couple helped a campaign reporter who was stranded during a blizzard:

Via Politico's Christopher Cadelago, "My bone-chilling adventure trying to cover Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE in Iowa. A native Californian learns that Iowa is as nice as it's cracked up to be." 

What happened: "[I met Janet and Mike Shock] serendipitously only a few hours earlier. The Shocks welcomed me to their home, my teeth chattering after I slammed my rental car into a snow drift on a closed road a few hundred feet away. The walk by this native Californian to their door -- in 12-degree, blizzard conditions -- was brutal: I was wearing a thin jacket, and no boots or gloves."

The full story:



Wow, this is fascinating

'36 Hours with the Taliban': CNN's Clarissa Ward and Salma Abdelaziz published a fascinating glimpse behind-the-scenes with the Taliban in Afghanistan. "The Taliban is stronger than at any point since 9/11. A rare glimpse into Afghanistan's 'shadow government' reveals how the extremists are trying to present a friendly face to Afghans, and the world." 



Tidbit -- Sen. Markey uses a flip phone:

Via The Boston Globe's Matt Stout, Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyHillicon 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 Senators press FTC over 'woefully inadequate' Facebook settlement Head of miners union calls Green New Deal's main goal 'almost impossible' MORE (D-Mass.) carries two cellphones around with him: "a LG flip phone that looks as if it's pulled from the set of 'The Departed,' and a sleek, black iPhone."


Spotted on Capitol Hill:

Former representative and current South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemTrump: If I say I should be on Mt. Rushmore, 'I will end up with such bad publicity' Transportation Department seeks to crack down on pipeline protests: report Trump touts 'BIG FIREWORKS' returning to Mt. Rushmore for July 4 MORE (R). Via Politico's John Bresnahan. Photo:

^And Via Politico's Melanie Zanona: "She also popped into the GOP conference meeting this morning."



Getting traction: 

According to a new Columbia Journalism Review poll, 60 percent of respondents "believe reporters get paid by their sources sometimes or very often." 

The full poll from Columbia Journalism Review:



From The Washington Post's Seung Min Kim: "Wow. To make it absolutely clear -- real journalists do NOT get paid by sources."

Lol -- from Glover Park Group's Lauren Edmonds: "I've worked in newsrooms... If sources paid, reporters would dress better."

From The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau: "The economics of this are all backwards. If anything, the conspiracy should be that we are paying our sources."

From Time's Ryan Teague Beckwith: "One time my friend the librarian offered to wipe a $2 fine off and I said no because I covered county government."

One perspective -- from Reuters' Pete Schroeder: "Seems like an inherent challenge for public perception of media is that the most visible representatives of the industry are DRAMATIC outliers in terms of compensation."



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Hanoi, Vietnam, for his summit with the North Korean leader. Vice President Pence is in Washington, D.C.

10:05 a.m. EST: President Trump arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam.

12:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence joins the Senate Republican policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol. Pence will also be trying to stem GOP defections on Democrats' resolution to block the emergency declaration.

2:15 p.m. EST: First votes in the House.

March 6: The Hill is hosting an event, "Overcoming Obstacles: Patient Access to Innovation." Featured speakers: FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Moderated by: The Hill's Bob CusackDetails and how to RSVP:

March 7: The Hill is hosting an event, "History Makers: Women & the 116th Congress." Featured speakers: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Del. Jennifer Gonzàlez-Colon (R-P.R.), Rep. Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerLobbying world House approves bill increasing federal worker pay House approves 3 billion spending package MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP women's super PAC blasts 'out of touch' candidate in NC runoff GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill MORE (R-W.Va.), Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillOvernight Energy: Trump officials gut DC staff for public lands agency to move West | Democrats slam EPA over scientific boards | Deepwater Horizon most litigated environmental issue of decade Democrats, scientists slam Trump administration actions on scientific boards House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) Moderated by: The Hill's Bob Cusack and Cate MartelDetails and how to RSVP:



This morning: The Trump administration defends the migrant family separation policy during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Livestream:

2 p.m. EST: Senate Republican leaders hold a news conference. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EST: Senate Democratic leaders hold a news conference. Livestream: 



Today is National Pistachio Day.


No, please don't:

A Virginia beer company has created a Lucky Charms cereal beer. Think: IPA with marshmallows. Photo of the can:


Well this is confusing:

The North Carolina General Assembly is considering a bill to change the grading scale at public schools. Details: 

A: 100 to 85 percent

B: 84 to 70 percent

C: 69 to 55 percent

D: 54 to 40 percent

F: 39 to 0 percent

Read the bill:


And because you made it to the end, here's a bunny doing stretches: