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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up | Trump calls George Conway 'husband from hell' | Conway fires back: 'You. Are. Nuts.' | GOP senator calls out Trump over McCain attacks | Schumer pushes for renaming Senate office building for McCain | Biden walks fine line on courting the left | Beto touts early donations | Rubio bill would cap Supreme Court at 9 justices | Trump heads to Ohio | First day of spring | March Madness bracket tips



Dun, dun, dun, it's just another day!:

How I imagine Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad Former Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway on voting by mail in 2018 midterms: 'That's called an absentee ballot' MORE behind the scenes: 'I literally can't.'


This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE further escalated the public feud with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway

The $$ line: Trump called George Conway "a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!" 

Trump's full tweet: "George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife's success & angry that I, with her help, didn't give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!"

REACTION FROM GEORGE CONWAY -- IT ONLY TOOK 20 MINUTES: Conway responded, "You seem determined to prove my point. Good for you! #NarcissisticPersonalityDisorder."

Conway later added: "You. Are. Nuts."

KEEP IN MIND: George Conway's criticism of President Trump has been public since Trump took office, but the feud became extremely heated in recent weeks, with Conway openly questioning at the president's mental health.

WHO IS GEORGE CONWAY?: Here's what to know about George Conway, the husband of one of President Trump's most trusted advisers:

INTERESTING READ -- KELLYANNE'S STILL THERE: Via CNN's Dana Bash and Bridget Nolan, here's how White House counselor Kellyanne Conway "became the ultimate Trump White House survivor."


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Today in speaking ill of the dead:

President Trump caused quite the stir yesterday when he criticized the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMontana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight How Obama just endorsed Trump Former Texas Rep. Sam Johnson dies at 89 MORE (R-Ariz.).

The reason: "I'm very unhappy that he didn't repeal and replace ObamaCare, as you know," Trump said, referring to McCain's surprise "no" vote that effectively killed the Republican effort to repeal ObamaCare. "He campaigned on repealing and replacing ObamaCare for years and then he got to a vote and he said 'thumbs down,'" Trump added. "I think that's disgraceful, plus there are other things." 

Then Trump made it a little more personal: "I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be." 

Watch -- Trump's comments in his own voice:



From Republican Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyCongress flying blind: Why now is the time to revive the Office of Technology Assessment Trump asserts his power over Republicans Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight MORE (Utah): Romney tweeted, "I can't understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God."

From Republican Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonJustice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein Loeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, Biden The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (Ga.): Isakson told The Bulwark: "When the president is saying that he doesn't respect John McCain and he's never going to respect John McCain and all these kids are out there listening to the president of the United States talk that way about the most decorated senator in history who is dead it just sets the worst tone possible."

^Some context to Isakson's reaction: Time's Ryan Teague Beckwith pointed out, "Isakson was a good choice to stand up for McCain, because Trump doesn't have a go-to criticism to throw back at him."

From some Trump supporters: NBC's Micah Grimes tweeted, "Have asked some Trump supporters what they think of the president's continued disparaging of a deceased McCain. Responses in general paraphrase: 'He's rude. So what? I didn't vote for a Sunday school teacher. He gets stuff that I like done.'"


Late this morning — put it on a building:

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Montana barrels toward blockbuster Senate fight Federal judges should be allowed to be Federalist Society members MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted that he looks forward to introducing a resolution to rename the Russell Senate Office building after the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)



Joe BidenJoe BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report MORE is weaving his way through a crowded game of Mario Kart:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe Biden has to navigate tricky landmines of progressive policy issues when he officially enters the race.

How so: Biden has made the case that he could beat President Trump in 2020 by running in the center. But he has a long slog ahead to get the nomination in a field of progressives.

How this could play out:


Beto Bucks revealed:

This morning, former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) told reporters that his presidential campaign received donations from 128,000 donors with an average contribution of $47.

FOR CONTEXT: Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE (I-Vt.) said he received donations from 223,000 donors with an average contribution of $27.



I can't hear anything over the sound of Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic For city parks: Pass the Great American Outdoors Act now MORE revving it at the red light:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "Senate Republicans are set to hit the gas on confirming hundreds of President Trump's nominees by muscling through a rules change that would dramatically cut down on the amount of time required to confirm district court and executive nominations."

Timing: "Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who supports the change, hasn't tipped his hand on when the proposal will come to the Senate floor. But members of his leadership team say it will be taken up after lawmakers return to Washington next week." 


'Not if I have any say in it!':

In a Fox News op-ed, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic Trump asserts his power over Republicans National security adviser says foreign powers trying to exploit US race relations MORE (R-Fla.) said he will introduce a constitutional amendment to limit the Supreme Court to nine justices.

Excerpt: "There is nothing magical about the number nine. It is not inherently right just because the number of seats on the Supreme Court remains unchanged since 1869. But there is something inherently good and important about preventing the further destabilization of essential institutions." 

Read his full op-ed:



The story writes itself:

"An Italian politician known for his vocal opposition to a new law mandating that school-aged children be immunized against several diseases, including chickenpox, has come down with the chickenpox." The full story:



Trending tweet -- ah hahaha the more I look at this tweet, the better it gets:

The replies are incredible -- read a few:


I just feel like the public bus isn't your best getaway vehicle -- but hey, I'm inexperienced at stealing ATMs:




The House and Senate are out.

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

11:30 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at the American Petroleum Institute's board of directors meeting at the Newseum.

12:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump left the White House and is heading to Lima, Ohio.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds a roundtable to discuss pediatric cancer.

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump tours the Lima Army Tank Plant. 

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters in Canton, Ohio.

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at a joint fundraising committee reception in Canton.

9 p.m. EDT: President Trump gets back to the White House.



2:30 p.m. EDT: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a news conference after the Federal Reserve board meeting. Livestream:

2:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio. Livestream:



Today is National Ravioli Day.


We will take all the advice we can get:

Via The Washington Post, here's are tips to making a March Madness bracket:


Coming to Metro Center:

Via PoPville, a Wawa will open in the Metro Center neighborhood of Washington, D.C. What we know:


And to brighten your Wednesday afternoon, here's a dog high-fiving New York marathon runners: