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 BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' 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 ClintonSupreme Court agrees to hear 'faithless elector' cases Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires 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 HoyerHouse poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate House to vote on Iran war powers bills sought by progressives Khanna: Timing of Iran bill being weighed against getting bigger majority MORE (D-Md.) told Democrats at a closed-door meeting this morning. The resolution won't specifically name Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia With surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders 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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' 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 CohenTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort Michael Cohen calls for early release from prison The rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 MORE spent eight hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and he brought the receipts. Intel Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff MORE (D-Calif.) called the interview with Cohen "enormously productive."

 

Big day for Manafort:

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote 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 CapitoDemocrat Richard Ojeda announces Senate bid after dropping out of presidential race Spending bill to address miners' health care, pensions Manchin warns he'll slow-walk government funding bill until he gets deal on miners legislation 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 StiversKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more 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 TaylorHouse GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Freshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race MORE (R), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightLongtime GOP aide to launch lobbying shop GOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (R), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTop Indian official canceled congressional meeting over inclusion of Jayapal: report Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE (R), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyBudget watchdogs howl over deficit-ballooning deals Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Congressional Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses two Texas Democrats MORE (R), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line MORE (R), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Ethics sends memo to lawmakers on SCIF etiquette Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer MORE (R), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsDemocratic socialist group: Voters lost faith in Democratic Party after 2016 On The Money: Pelosi, Trump tout deal on new NAFTA | McConnell says no trade vote until impeachment trial wraps up | Lawmakers push spending deadline to Thursday Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal MORE (R) and John CarterJohn Rice CarterDemocrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families America's workers and small business owners need the SECURE Act 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 MnuchinSecurity for Trump's Mar-a-Lago visits cost local taxpayers million On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico | Senate Dems launch probe into Trump tax law regulations | Trump announces Fed nominees Senate Democrats launch investigation into Trump tax law regulations 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 PompeoDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request House panel reinvites Pompeo to deliver Iran testimony 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 Morning Report - Iran strikes US bases in Iraq; Trump to speak today In Australia's nightmare, a vision of the planet's future The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today 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 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr Trump welcomes LSU to the White House: 'Go Tigers' The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial 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 ShanahanEsper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Defense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall 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