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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House Judiciary launches sweeping Trump probe | Document request sent to over 80 people, organizations | Trump faces potential GOP revolt over border emergency | Dems have votes to send measure blocking emergency to Trump | Hickenlooper enters 2020 race | Trump promises 'A Plus treatment' for tornado victims | How House freshmen are forming cliques | 'The Sandlot' returning as TV show | April the giraffe in labor again

  

LATEST WITH TRUMP'S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

So much for the 'me' in 'team,' guys...:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE is facing a potential revolt among Senate Republicans over his decision to declare a national emergency to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall." http://bit.ly/2XBSmij

The straw that broke the camel's back: Over the weekend, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment The Go-Go's rock the stage at annual 'We Write the Songs' DC concert GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending MORE (R-Ky.) announced that he will oppose President Trump's national emergency declaration.

Why: Paul said he does not support giving the president "extra-constitutional powers." From Paul's Fox News op-ed: "Without question, the president's order for more wall money contradicts the will of Congress and will, in all likelihood, be struck down by the Supreme Court." Read his op-ed: https://fxn.ws/2CdSATZ

What this means for the Senate vote: Democrats now have enough votes to block the national emergency. GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Collins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Park Service plans to pay full-time staff through entrance fees | Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax | Interior chief takes heat for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Democrats grill Trump Interior chief for saying he hasn't 'lost sleep' over climate change Congress must press Interior secretary to act on climate change MORE (Alaska) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisCollins offering bill to boost battery research as GOP pushes energy 'innovation' Lawmakers call for investigation after census hired registered sex offender Dem Senate campaign arm hits GOP lawmakers over Trump tax law MORE (N.C.) also plan to vote with Democrats, giving them the four votes to send the measure to Trump's desk.

What about the House?: House Democrats already passed the measure.

Yeah, but: Trump will almost certainly veto the measure. Democrats do not have nearly enough votes to override a presidential veto.

Why McConnell can't protect Trump from vetoes: https://cnn.it/2VxgVLr

  

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Hooooo boy:

"Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee unleashed a sprawling probe of President Trump's family, campaign and administration on Monday, that includes more than 80 requests for documents from associates of the president." http://bit.ly/2SDJXr7

What the probes involve: "...the president's inner circle and family, as well as individuals involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting; plans to build a Trump property in Moscow; and a scheme to pay off women to alleged affairs with Trump before the 2016 election." 

A quick look at the those involved:

"-55 men

-6 women

-20 business/gov entities" (Via Politico's Kyle Cheney)

The full list:

 

 

Walking off into the sunset:

Via NBC's Julia Ainsleey, former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has left the Justice Department. https://nbcnews.to/2tPLSP6

Keep in mind: "Whitaker had been serving as a senior counselor at the Justice Department since Attorney General William Barr was sworn in last month.” 

Whitaker's next move: Unclear, but he said he will stay in Washington, D.C. 

   

To channel Christina Aguilera: Move on over. Move on over, baby

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This morning, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. http://bit.ly/2tLCvA4

Watch Hickenlooper's campaign announcement video: http://bit.ly/2XCBc4b

My favorite line: "As a skinny kid with Coke-bottle glasses and a funny last name, I've stood up to my fair share of bullies." Pics of the glasses or it didn't happen, governor! ;)

Hickenlooper's first campaign rally: This Thursday in Denver.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT JOHN HICKENLOOPER: "Hickenlooper turned his success as a brewery owner into a successful political career, becoming the mayor of Denver and then governor. He is known for his willingness to work across party lines and is considered to be a 'moderate problem-solver.'" More about him: https://abcn.ws/2ExAX1G

  

Trump to FEMA -- hook them up:

This morning, President Trump said he directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give Alabama "the A Plus treatment" after deadly tornadoes ravaged through the state. http://bit.ly/2SEakNr

Trump tweeted: "FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes. @GovIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!)."

BACK STORY: Over the weekend, at least 23 people, including children, were killed by tornadoes in Alabama. From the Lee County coroner: "We had several families that have probably lost everybody in their whole family." https://nyti.ms/2UjagEH

  

HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

It's election reform week:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney and Juliegrace Brufke, House Democrats are expected to pass an election reform bill on Wednesday. http://bit.ly/2He1MLd

What the bill would do: It "aims to expand voting rights through provisions including the creation of automatic voter registration, increased election security by pushing back on foreign threats and making Election Day a national holiday for federal workers." 

What Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Chances for disaster aid deal slip amid immigration fight MORE (R-Ky.) calls the bill: McConnell mocked the bill, calling it the "Democrat Politician Protection Act." 

 

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK:

Emergency declaration: The Senate appears to have enough votes to pass a resolution to block President Trump's emergency declaration to build a border wall. When is the vote?: "The Senate is expected to vote on the measure before lawmakers leave town for a weeklong recess on March 15, but GOP aides predict it's more likely to come up on the floor next week."

Michael Cohen: President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen will continue testifying this week.

Nominations: "McConnell has teed up votes on three of Trump's circuit court picks, as Republicans fill vacancies on the key appeals bench at a record pace."

Family separation: "The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on the administration's policy for detaining immigrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border after two children died in U.S. custody."

Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2He1MLd

  

Ain't nobody messing with my clique, clique, clique, clique
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Via Politico's Melanie Zanona, Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle, House freshmen are forming cliques for influence and friendships in Congress. Detailshttps://politi.co/2SJ1lKS

" 'I had that split-second moment, like, do I choose an office I haven't seen ... or give up on your friends?' [Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerSenators offer bipartisan bill to help US firms remove Huawei equipment from networks Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats MORE (D-Va.)] recalled in an interview. Spanberger stuck with the group, solidifying the ties of former CIA agents, Marine Corps vets and a Navy helicopter pilot who have become one of the most visible crews of freshmen roaming the House. They now text every day in a group chat, sit together on the House floor and eat Chinese food while waiting for late-night votes." 

  

GETTING TRACTION

*Cue a collective Gen Z gasp*:

JetBlue is hosting a contest for free flights for a year. How it works: To enter, customers must delete all of their Instagram posts (!), then upload a template from JetBlue as their only post. Details: http://bit.ly/2EJXwBl

Full rules: http://bit.ly/2EJYkpR 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

We've all been there, kid:

  

ON TAP

The House is out. The Senate meets later today.

11:30 a.m. EST: President Trump met with the 2018 Division I Football Championship Subdivision national champions, the North Dakota State Bison. 

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2:30 p.m. EST: President Trump signs an executive order on "Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine." 

3 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.            

4:15 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at the National Association of Attorneys General. Vice President Pence also attends.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.

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: http://bit.ly/2tNeVDf

March 7: The Hill is hosting an event, "History Makers: Women & the 116th Congress." Featured speakers: Reps. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHouse Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment WHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Overnight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military MORE (D-Texas), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxThe GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House When disaster relief hurts Lobbying World MORE (R-N.C.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.), Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerKerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill Overnight Energy: Interior pick heads toward Senate confirmation | Dems want probe into nominee's role on pesticide report | House climate panel holds first hearing Newly-formed House climate panel holds first hearing MORE (R-W.Va.), Mikie SherrillRebecca (Mikie) Michelle SherrillHouse Dems launch Servicewomen and Women Veterans caucus Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (D-N.J.) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) and Del. Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico). Moderated by: The Hill's Bob Cusack and Cate Martel. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2NEZJkI

 

WHAT TO WATCH

Thursday: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) holds his first campaign rally. Where: Denver.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Pound Cake Day.

  

You're killing me, Smalls!:

The 1993 film "The Sandlot" is returning as a TV show with the original cast. 

What we know about the premise: From writer-director David Mickey Evans: "It takes place in 1984, when they're all like 33 years old and they all have children of their own, and that's all I can tell you." https://on.today.com/2HadczH

Keep in mind about the original film: The 1993 film was set in 1962.

  

Everyone's favorite giraffe is giving birth again:

Internet star April the giraffe is about the give birth again. http://bit.ly/2VyiSav

How to follow: Here's the livestream -- oh and you can sign up for text alerts (?!) http://bit.ly/2ELOQKQ

 

And to make you laugh, here's a dog trying to be as sneaky as possible. It's actually a good effort: http://bit.ly/2J0UKMa