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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 BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week 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 and Chelsea Clinton to host series based on their book 'Gutsy Women' Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Biden officially announces ex-Obama official Brian Deese as top economic adviser 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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It's Thursday. I'm Reid Wilson with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to my colleague Cate Martel at cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along @PoliticsReid and @CateMartel.

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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 HoyerAlabama Republican becomes third House member to test positive for COVID-19 this week House Democrats pick DeLauro to lead Appropriations panel Congress faces late-year logjam MORE (D-Md.) told Democrats at a closed-door meeting this morning. The resolution won't specifically name Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan Omar'It's not a slogan': Progressives push back on Obama's comments on 'defund the police' movement Meet the three Democrats who could lead foreign affairs in the House Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far 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 TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech 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 CohenFor the Trump-haters, everything is a crime Talk of self-pardon for Trump heats up Ousted federal prosecutor hired by New York law firm MORE spent eight hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and he brought the receipts. Intel Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE (D-Calif.) called the interview with Cohen "enormously productive."

 

Big day for Manafort:

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortRepublican senators urge Trump to dodge pardon controversies For the Trump-haters, everything is a crime 3 take-aways from the Michael Flynn pardon 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 CapitoBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return Graham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins 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 StiversLawmakers highlight housing affordability, struggling businesses in push for more COVID-19 aid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by UAE - Vaccine breakthrough spurs markets; McConnell warns Trump on Afghanistan GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power 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 TaylorVan TaylorVan Taylor wins reelection to Texas seat held by GOP since 1968 Live updates: Democrats seek to extend House advantage Biden pushes into Trump territory MORE (R), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightHispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Comedian Joel McHale: Reach out and help local restaurants, wear masks with your favorite message; Frontline Foods's Ryan Sarver says we are in inning 3 of the COVID-19 ballgame Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (R), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Defense: Pentagon prepping for Trump order to draw down in Afghanistan, Iraq | Questions swirl after DOD purge | 10th service member killed by COVID-19 Former VOA producer sues US global media agency over termination Record number of women to serve in the next Congress MORE (R), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyMcCarthy woos Freedom Caucus with eye on Speakership The Hill's Morning Report - Too close to call Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas MORE (R), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDefense policy bill would create new cyber czar position House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Democrats lead in diversity in new Congress despite GOP gains MORE (R), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantRepublican Van Duyne wins race for Texas House seat Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE (R), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Yoho apologizes for accosting AOC MORE (R) and John CarterJohn Rice CarterGOP's Carter fends off challenge in Texas Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Biden, Democrats see late opportunity in Texas 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 MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dem leaders back smaller COVID-19 relief bill as pandemic escalates Sweeping financial crimes bill to hitch a ride on defense measure On The Money: Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms | Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks | Poll: Most Americans support raising taxes on those making at least 0K 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 PompeoPompeo imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over 'intimidation' tactics Israel's new Gulf relations give Biden's team a new Middle East hub Pompeo knocks Turkey in NATO speech: report 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 FlemingTrump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Iran strikes US bases in Iraq; Trump to speak today MORE to be assistant secretary of Commerce for economic development.

1:55 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpDC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition Biden warns Americans against traveling for Christmas McEnany hits Democratic leaders for not following their own COVID-19 restrictions 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 ShanahanProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper House Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis 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