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 BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry 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 ClintonGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family 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 Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony Hoyer calls GOP efforts to out whistleblower 'despicable' Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing MORE (D-Md.) told Democrats at a closed-door meeting this morning. The resolution won't specifically name Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down 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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 CohenTrump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction Day one impeachment hearings draw 13.1M viewers, down 32 percent from Comey hearings DC bars to open early for impeachment mania MORE spent eight hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and he brought the receipts. Intel Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy READ: Top NSC aide Tim Morrison's closed-door impeachment inquiry testimony Top NSC aide puts Sondland at front lines of Ukraine campaign, speaking for Trump MORE (D-Calif.) called the interview with Cohen "enormously productive."

 

Big day for Manafort:

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGates sentencing set for next month Yovanovitch says John Solomon's columns were used to push false allegations Trump bemoans 'double standard' in Stone conviction 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 CapitoHillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Senators introduce bill to create 'parity' among broadband programs Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump 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 StiversWaters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing plans Financial sector's work on SAFE Banking Act shows together, everyone achieves more GOP ratchets up 2020 attacks as impeachment storm grows 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) 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 McCaulTexas GOP congressman calls on governor to postpone execution of Rodney Reed House Republicans add Hunter Biden, whistleblower to impeachment hearing witness wish list Trump: Whistleblower 'must come forward' MORE (R), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Trump congratulates China on anniversary as GOP lawmakers decry communist rule Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE (R), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings Here are the key players to watch at impeachment hearing Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches MORE (R), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantEthics sends memo to lawmakers on SCIF etiquette Ethics panel investigating Rep. Hastings over relationship with staffer GOP Rep. Gaetz calls for ethics investigation into Schiff MORE (R), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsLive coverage: Zuckerberg testifies before House on Facebook's Libra project Population shifts set up huge House battleground The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R) and John CarterJohn Rice CarterOvernight 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 Cornyn faces toughest race yet in changing 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 MnuchinTrump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings 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 PompeoFive takeaways from ex-ambassador's dramatic testimony Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong Ousted ambassador describes State Department in 'crisis' in dramatic impeachment 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 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 TrumpResistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family Trump to attend NATO leaders meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings 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 ShanahanDefense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall Why Dave Norquist is the perfect choice for DOD's deputy secretary 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

 

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