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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 Conway'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Amash splits with Republicans, votes to authorize subpoena for Kellyanne Conway The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate MORE behind the scenes: 'I literally can't.'


This morning, President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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 McCainTrump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Trump pick brings scrutiny to 'revolving door' between Pentagon, industry 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 RomneyDon't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Mitt Romney: Rape allegation against Trump should be 'evaluated' Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales 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 IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonVA chief pressed on efforts to prevent veteran suicides Senators revive effort to create McCain human rights commission Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump 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 SchumerTrump goes after Democrats over photo of drowned migrants Schumer displays photo of drowned migrants on Senate floor in appeal to Trump McConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems 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 Biden'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate 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'RourkePoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation high ahead of first debate Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' 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 Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates 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 McConnellPelosi: Congress will receive election security briefing in July Adam Scott calls on McConnell to take down 'Parks & Rec' gif Trump says he spoke to Pelosi, McConnell on border package 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 RubioGOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Mellman: Are primary debates different? Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court 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:


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