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 BidenGiuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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 for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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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The Arizona Republic has a powerful front-pager on Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump Senate defense bill would make military sexual harassment standalone crime MORE (R-Ariz.), who said she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force.

 

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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 HoyerPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote House Democrats seek bipartisan working group on net neutrality Steyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess MORE (D-Md.) told Democrats at a closed-door meeting this morning. The resolution won't specifically name Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarIt's Joe Biden's 2020 presidential nomination to lose Omar hits Trump on 'stable genius' claim: 'Deranged, bizarre, incoherent, sad' Carson invokes abortion in Twitter response to jab from Omar 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 CohenCohen challenges Sekulow to testify about Trump Tower meetings George Conway contrasts Trump denying 'cover-ups' with check to Michael Cohen Avenatti indicted for allegedly defrauding Stormy Daniels MORE spent eight hours Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, and he brought the receipts. Intel Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas MORE (D-Calif.) called the interview with Cohen "enormously productive."

 

Big day for Manafort:

Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortGovernment moves to seize Manafort's condo in Trump Tower Giuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Banker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job 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 CapitoCongress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster 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 StiversThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Congress can open financial institutions to legal cannabis industry with SAFE Banking Act 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 TaylorFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today MORE (R), Ron WrightRonald (Ron) WrightRepublicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today MORE (R), Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTillerson meets with House Foreign Affairs Committee Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Bipartisan lawmakers urge Trump to reconsider Central America aid cuts MORE (R), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill MORE (R), Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act MORE (R), Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantDCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats Treasury expands penalty relief to more taxpayers Dems press Mnuchin on Trump tax returns MORE (R), Roger WilliamsJohn (Roger) Roger WilliamsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today CPAC attendees say Biden poses greatest threat to Trump Don’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall MORE (R) and John CarterJohn Rice CarterCurrent, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, 'The Meanest Man in Congress' House panel advances bill to block military construction funds for border wall New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates 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 — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Artist designs stamp to put Harriet Tubman's face over Jackson's on bills On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran 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 TrumpTrump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit Trump to meet with Prince Harry during UK visit The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions 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 ShanahanOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran Shanahan challenges Naval Academy graduates to 'set standard' on stopping sexual assault 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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