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 administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record 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 CollinsToward 'Super Tuesday' — momentum, money and delegates Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment Senate Democrats pressure Trump to drop ObamaCare lawsuit MORE (R-Maine) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTrump pick for Fed seat takes bipartisan fire Three Senate primaries to watch on Super Tuesday Coronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 MORE (R- N.C.). Oh and: Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in Overnight Defense: Senate votes to rein in Trump war powers on Iran | Pentagon shifting .8B to border wall | US, Taliban negotiate seven-day 'reduction in violence' Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump as 'corrupt' for blocking Global Entry for New Yorkers 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 AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (R-Mich.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe advantage of paying for medical care directly Pelosi hammers Trump's speech: A 'manifesto of mistruths' 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 (R-Texas) voting with all the Democrats." 

From Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address Baltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings 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 HarrisConway: Trump is 'toying with everybody' by attacking Bloomberg for stop-and-frisk comments The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Beleaguered Biden turns to must-win South Carolina 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 MarkeyMassachusetts Democrats question deployment of Border Patrol teams to sanctuary cities Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Senate Dems blast Barr for 'clear violation' of duty in Stone case, urge him to resign 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 NoemSouth Dakota governor doubles down on 'meth, we're on it' anti-drug campaign South Dakota drops pipeline protest laws after lawsuit New South Dakota law requiring 'In God We Trust' sign to hang in public schools goes into effect 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 GrangerHouse rejects GOP resolution condemning Pelosi for ripping up Trump's speech McCarthy to submit copy of Trump's SOTU address to House Clerk for archives The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa 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 SherrillVulnerable Democrats fret over surging Sanders New Jersey Rep. Sherrill endorses Bloomberg Overnight Defense: Dems raise pressure on Esper to block border wall funds | Trump impeachment trial begins in Senate | Day one dominated by fight over rules 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: