The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on anti-Semitism resolution today | Biden-mentum | GOP pushes back on emergency declaration | Manafort awaits sentence | DCCC eyes Texas | NASA's first all-woman space walk

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time MORE is almost in ... again!

Some juicy details from The New York Times: Biden's chief strategist, Steve Ricchetti, says the former veep is 95 percent in. The International Association of Fire Fighters is preparing to back him, and John Anzalone would handle his polling. Tentative job offers have gone out to New Hampshire strategist Pete Kavanaugh, former White House official Kenny Thompson and former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE aide Cristobal Alex.

Biden's favorable rating among all Americans: 56 percent, according to a recent Gallup poll, including almost a third of Republicans and Republican leaners surveyed.

 

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NEWS THIS MORNING

In the House:

The House will vote today on a new resolution condemning anti-Semitism, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Md.) told Democrats at a closed-door meeting this morning. The resolution won't specifically name Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Sally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' MORE (D-Minn.). The resolution, pulled from the floor yesterday, reveals just one of the cracks forming among House Democrats as leaders struggle to keep younger liberals in line, our Mike Lillis reports.

 

A Trump denial:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE says he didn't break campaign finance law by writing hush money checks to two women who say they had extramarital affairs with the future president. Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenJudge says probe tied to Trump hush-money payments is over Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media Feds unlikely to charge Trump Organization execs in campaign finance case: report MORE spent eight hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and he brought the receipts. Intel Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse passes annual intelligence bill Judge finds Stone violated gag order, blocks him from using social media The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff MORE (D-Calif.) called the interview with Cohen "enormously productive."

 

Big day for Manafort:

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWebb: Questions for Robert Mueller Top Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller MORE will be sentenced in Judge T.S. Ellis's courtroom this afternoon. Federal sentencing guidelines call for 19 1/2 to 24 years in prison for Trump's former campaign chairman.

 

GOP pushback:

In the actual policy space, Senate Republicans are pushing the Trump administration to back off its border emergency. Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAnyone for tennis? Washington Kastles Charity Classic returns this week The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal MORE (R-W.Va.) on the message they're sending the White House: "The amount of money that's available to him without declaring an emergency does meet his request." Another GOP senator: "I think there's an easier way to do this."

 

Schultz's squad:

Howard Schultz is so concerned about the leftward drift of the Democratic Party that he's hiring a bunch of former National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) staffers to build his campaign-in-waiting. Republican pollster Greg Strimple -- one of the most overlooked, most influential GOP pollsters in the country -- is also on Team Howie. Ex-NRCC Chairman Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversOvernight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker House approves amendment to reverse transgender military ban Fed chief: Facebook crypto project poses 'serious concerns' for economy, consumers MORE (R-Ohio), on one of his former top aides joining the Schultz team: "I hope he's paid well." Oh man, those FEC reports are going to be gold. 

 

The stars at night:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) opened a full-time office in California in 2018, and they picked up seven GOP-held seats. Now, they're replicating part of that strategy in the next big battleground, Texas. Reps. Van TaylorNicholas (Van) Van Campen Taylor58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Freshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns MORE (R), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill MORE (R), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale House panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference MORE (R), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyDemocrat grills DHS chief over viral image of drowned migrant and child Population shifts set up huge House battleground Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems MORE (R), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdTrump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' Democratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' Poll shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings MORE (R), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Ethics complaint filed against top House Ethics Republican House Ethics Committee investigating Gaetz over Cohen threats MORE (R), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today MORE (R) and John CarterJohn Rice CarterPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats wonder: Can Nadler handle the Trump probe? MORE (R) all won by less than 10 percentage points.

 

The hidden obligation:

California state employees have $3.5 BILLION in accrued unused leave. One state prison surgeon took home a check for more than $450,000 on the day he retired.

 

Not a great look:

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) took in almost $100,000 from Americans living abroad last quarter, much of it during a fundraiser in Geneva in December. He took in $55,000 from Alabamians in the same period.

  

TRENDING

Alex Trebek was diagnosed with cancer:

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. https://cnn.it/2ESc2aq

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On the show: "Truth told, I have to [keep hosting] because under the terms of my contract, I have to host 'Jeopardy!' for three more years," he joked. "So help me. Keep the faith, and we'll win. We'll get it done."

Watch Trebek's announcement: http://bit.ly/2SNniZx

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Yesterday, right before Senate votes:

Details of what happened: http://bit.ly/2VIJDZN

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in.

Today: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is holding an aviation summit. Details: http://bit.ly/2TmBVIk

11 a.m. EST: President Trump met with Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin says White House, Pelosi have deal on top-line budget numbers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Administration pushes back on quick budget deal: 'We have a way to go' MORE.

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIn Afghanistan, give peace a chance — and a lot of time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia MORE.

12:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on Eric E. Murphy to be United States judge for the 6th Circuit. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Ha7qPt

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles Overnight Energy: Watchdog opens investigation into Interior chief | Judge halts Pruitt truck pollution rule decision | Winners, losers in EPA, Interior spending bill amendments MORE to be assistant secretary of Commerce for economic development.

1:55 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' MORE meet with Andrej Babiš, the prime minister of the Czech Republic and Monika Babišová in the White House.

4 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanPentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia: reports The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Five things to watch for at Defense nominee's confirmation hearing MORE.

4 – 5 p.m. EST: The House votes. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2NMCZ26

5 p.m. EST: President Trump takes a photo with the 2019 Senate Youth Program.

Sunday -- Wednesday: The Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. Details: http://bit.ly/2SPMUoF

Sunday: Daylight saving time ends.

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the Trump administration's response to the opioid crisis. Details and livestream: http://bit.ly/2VMW9I7

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cereal Day.

 

Trending -- who run the world?:

"For the first time in history, an all-female crew will conduct a spacewalk at the International Space Station, NASA confirmed to CNN. As part of Expedition 59, NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will carry out the spacewalk on March 29. They'll be supported on the ground by Canadian Space Agency flight controller Kristen Facciol, who will be on the console at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston." https://cnn.it/2VIJs0z

 

And because you made it this far, here's a dog who is really struggling to wake up: http://bit.ly/2TrioGQ