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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes to Twitter to attack Cohen testimony | Accuses him of 'perjury on a scale not seen before' | Otto Warmbier's parents slam Kim after Trump remarks | Lawmakers angry over Trump comments on Warmbier | Pence at CPAC says Dems 'embracing' socialism | Sights and sounds from the conference | Inside Biden's campaign in waiting | Dem Inslee jumps into 2020 race 



'THE PRESIDENT has no public events scheduled':

I.e. -- Twitter day!

This morning, 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 had a string of tweets going after his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who testified yesterday.

He tweeted: "Michael Cohen's book manuscript shows that he committed perjury on a scale not seen before. He must have forgotten about his book when he testified. What does Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Trump's approval rating stable at 45 percent Kellyanne Conway: 'I think my gender helps me with the president' MORE's lawyer, Lanny Davis, say about this one. Is he being paid by Crooked Hillary. Using her lawyer?"

And discredited Cohen: "Congress must demand the transcript of Michael Cohen's new book, given to publishers a short time ago. Your heads will spin when you see the lies, misrepresentations and contradictions against his Thursday testimony. Like a different person! He is totally discredited!"

Read the full string of tweets:


Yiiiikes, it's already March! Filing from CPAC, 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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Pence among friends:

Vice President Pence just spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Here are the highlights:

Pence's biggest applause line: "American will never be a socialist country." The crowd started chanting, "USA, USA, USA."

On North Korea: Pence assured the crowd that "'after decades of failure' dealing with North Korea, that America will not forget the mistakes of the past and will stand firm 'until we achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea.'"

Pence promised to build the wall: Here's the reaction in the crowd:

Another big applause line: Pence vowed that the Trump administration will "never abolish ICE."

On religious freedom: "'Freedom of religion is under attack in our country,' Pence claims, saying 'media elites' and 'Hollywood liberals' now find it fashionable to mock religious beliefs. He cites the criticism of his wife for working at a school that bans gay students, teachers and parents." (Via The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale

Livestream of CPAC:



This sums up CPAC well: "Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGorka says Jeanine Pirro is 'absolutely right' to suggest Omar's hijab means she's against Constitution Trump Jr. defends Tucker Carlson: 'This is how to handle the outrage mob' Fox News confirms exit of Eboni K. Williams MORE is a huge star at CPAC. He enters to that 'Best Day of My Life' song, then gets huge cheers for calling Michael Cohen a 'rat fink.'"  (Via The Daily Beast's Will Sommer

Wow, check out this art:

You can buy a Space Force hat: "The Trump campaign's join[t] fundraising committee with the [Republican National Committee] is selling Space Force hats." Photo:

From the 'activism bootcamp': "Nothing scares a Leftist more than a conservative with an iPhone." Photo of the inspirational slide:  

Pence applauded his wife, Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence hosts openly gay Irish prime minister and his partner for breakfast The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Senate GOP clash over Yemen, border security Karen Pence leads US delegation to Special Olympics in UAE MORE: Photo:

Diamond & Silk got huge applause:

Also in the convention center: The NUVO Dance Convention. I'll be there if anyone needs me. ;)


2020 NEWS

Exclusive -- Biden has a team frozen at the starting line:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenPollster says 'it's certainly not looking good' for Trump ahead of 2020 Republican strategist predicts his 2020 Dem primary final four The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up MORE has a team waiting and ready to help him if he decides to run for president.

Movement: "In recent weeks, the former vice president's longtime advisers Steve Ricchetti and Mike Donilon have led a string of meetings with potential aides to fill out the campaign if Biden makes a decision to enter the race, sources tell The Hill."

Who would likely be Biden's campaign manager: "Greg Schultz, who has run Biden's PAC American Possibilities and served as his political director in the White House, is expected to be campaign manager, sources say."

Other people who would likely be involved: Kate Bedingfield, Tony Blinken, Sarah Bianchi and Stef Feldman.


Can everyone slide over and make some space?

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) announced he will run for president in 2020.

His campaign platform: Tackling climate change is his top priority.

From his announcement video: "This crisis isn't just a chart or graph anymore. The impacts are being felt everywhere. We have an opportunity to transform our economy, run on 100 percent clean energy that will bring millions of good paying jobs to every community across America, and create a more just future for everyone."

Watch his announcement video:

FOR CONTEXT: Here's a list of who is running in 2020 and who is still on the fence:



Ah, the old 'get-your-son-in-law-a-security-clearance-and-overrule-intel' move:

Via The New York Times's Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Annie Karni, "President Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerIvanka Trump, Jared Kushner treat reporters during Jewish holiday of Purim NYC official accuses Kushner Cos. of illegally operating buildings without certification Trump to host Netanyahu at White House MORE, a top-secret security clearance last year, overruling concerns flagged by intelligence officials and the White House's top lawyer, four people briefed on the matter said."

How administration officials felt about that: "Mr. Trump's decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been 'ordered' to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance." 


Dems find fresh meat:

"The spotlight is shining brightly on the Trump Organization's chief financial officer following explosive testimony this week from Michael Cohen, who repeatedly pointed to Allen Weisselberg as someone who could tell Congress all it wants to know about the president's business." How so:



Republicans would like to have a word with the president:

Republican senators are fuming over President Trump's public statement that he believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not involved in American student Otto Warmbier's death. 

From Sen. 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): "I personally find that statement extremely hard to believe." 

From Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTrump faces political risks in fight over GM plant GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE (R-Ohio), who represents Warmbier's home state: "I want to make clear that we can never forget about Otto. His treatment at the hands of his captors was unforgivable and it tells us a lot about the nature of the regime. ... We can't be naive about what they did to Otto, about the brutal nature of the regime that would do this to an American citizen." Keep in mind: Portman is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.


This morning -- Otto Warmbier's parents react:

Fred and Cindy Warmbier released a statement: "We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that."



Hug it out, hug it out:

Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsJordan, Meadows backed by new ads from pro-Trump group: report Trump keeps tight grip on GOP Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-N.C.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Tlaib: Trump needs to send a 'very loud and clear' signal against domestic terrorism, white supremacy MORE (D-Mich.) hugged on the House floor after getting into an argument about racism during Michael Cohen's testimony.

How this started: "Tlaib criticized Meadows for bringing an African-American Trump administration official to the hearing to refute allegations the president is racist." 

How they made up: They cleared the air and hugged. 



This is the saddest "steak" I've ever see:



Did they consider putting this in The Washington Post? You know... for no reason...:

A few dozen New York local leaders published an open letter to Amazon's Jeff Bezos in The New York Times, asking him to reconsider building an Amazon headquarters in New York. Details: 

Read the letter:



The House and Senate are out for the weekend.

President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Today–Saturday: The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md. Schedule:

Starting today: Women's History Month. Op-ed:

10 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence spoke at CPAC.

March 6: President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen returns to Capitol Hill to finish his testimony. 

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: Reps. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarOn 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 Hispanic Caucus demands probe into Trump Organization hiring undocumented workers O'Rourke nabs 2020 endorsement from his successor in Congress MORE (D-Texas), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxGOP 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-N.C.), Deb HaalandDebra HaalandRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women First Native American Congresswoman presides over House The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi's challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE (D-N.M.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), 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.), 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 Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerCorey Stewart to lead pro-Trump super PAC The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Why block citizenship to immigrants who defend America? MORE (D-Va.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico).

Moderated by: The Hill's Bob Cusack and Cate MartelDetails and how to RSVP:



Today: CPAC 2019. Livestream:



Today is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day.


Just in case a Nats fanatic hasn't told you yet (though I'm sure they have):

Former Washington Nationals outfielder and free agent Bryce Harper has signed with the Philadelphia Phillies. The contract: 13 years, $330 million.

For context: "Bryce Harper will make $69,000 every day for the next 13 years from this contract alone."


And because it's been a long week, here's a dog who was NOT ready for the mirror this morning: