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 TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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 CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks 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 (R-Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight 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' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R- N.C.). Oh and: Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 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 AmashGOP lawmaker tells party to 'do better' after O'Rourke St. Patrick's Day post The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Trump: I told Republicans to vote for 'transparency' in releasing Mueller report MORE (R-Mich.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today MORE (R-Texas) voting with all the Democrats." 

From Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Dems renew push for government contractor back pay Cummings demands ex-Fox News reporter share information on Stormy Daniels payments The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP 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 HarrisJ.J. Abrams, Shonda Rhimes to host Kamala Harris fundraiser Warren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Pollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 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 MarkeyWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses Senate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen The Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison 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 NoemKentucky House approves bill to let people carry concealed guns without a permit Journalists seek federal, state support for right to inform the public The Hill's 12:30 Report: First test for Trump emergency declaration 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 GrangerOn The Money: Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution | US hits Russia with new sanctions | Dems renew push for contractor back pay | Lawmakers seek probe into undocumented workers at Trump businesses House Dems renew push for government contractor back pay The Hill's Morning Report — Cohen testimony turns up heat on Trump associates MORE (R-Texas), Rep. Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP rep 'disappointed' by the number of Republican women in Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE (R-W.Va.), Rep. Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority New Jersey Dems tell Pentagon not to use military funds for border wall GOP rep 'disappointed' by the number of Republican women in Congress 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: