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The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners —  Trump hits NY Times over Mueller reporting | DOJ defends Barr from Mueller staff criticism | House votes to end support for Yemen war in rebuke to Trump | More women come forward with allegations about Biden | Dem Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John Ryan2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' 2020 Democrat: Harriet Tubman will be on 'within the first year of my presidency' Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE jumps into 2020 race | New momentum for reparations bill | 'Queer Eye' crew in DC | AOC asks for office decorating help | National Burrito Day

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

Joseph and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day:

Yesterday afternoon, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' Trump hits polling on Fox News: 'Something weird going on at Fox' 2020 Democrats look to cut into Biden's lead with black voters MORE released a two-minute video where he pledged to be more mindful of women's personal space. Watch Biden's apology video: http://bit.ly/2Icu1KU

But the video shows no signs of putting the controversy to rest. After the video's release, three more women came forward about instances in which they said Biden made them feel uncomfortable. Read their accounts in The Washington Post: https://wapo.st/2uLBWqD

INTERESTING ANALYSIS:

The Washington Post's senior political reporter Aaron Blake writes, "Biden's new video is well done. But it's not an apology." His take: https://wapo.st/2UAbj6e

AND FROM GOP SEN. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? Trump wishes 'Happy Father's Day to all,' including 'worst and most vicious critics' MORE:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was asked about the Biden controversy and responded, "My bias is clear in terms of Joe Biden. I think he's one of the most decent people I've ever met. I don't believe for a second that he meant to do anything wrong, and I can understand why people took it differently than he meant." Watch: http://bit.ly/2Vlu0I5

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NEWS THIS MORNING

Add a podium: 

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) announced he is running for president. 

What to know: "An outspoken moderate in the House who once challenged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCalifornia Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry California Democrat in swing district calls for Trump impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments MORE (D-Calif.) in a leadership race, Ryan is jumping into a nominating contest dominated by high-profile candidates angling their appeals toward the party's progressive flank." http://bit.ly/2WIFs0F

 

New detail in the Ethiopian Airlines crash:

A top official in Ethiopia said the pilots aboard the Boeing 737 Max that crashed last month did follow proper safety procedures before the fatal crash. http://bit.ly/2CUCgYm

From Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges: "The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft." 

Why that comment is newsy: It contradicts Boeing, which claims that the pilots could have avoided the crash by following safety procedures. 

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

*Slowly raises a single eyebrow*:

Via The New York Times's Nicholas Fandos, Michael S. Schmidt and Mark Mazzetti, some of the investigators on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's team have privately said they don't think Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too MORE's four-page summary of the report accurately portrays its findings. https://nyti.ms/2OM3oh7

REACTION FROM RUDY GIULIANI:

During an interview on Fox's "The Ingraham Angle," President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani ripped "disgruntled" investigators as "a bunch of sneaky, unethical leakers." http://bit.ly/2CWSrEJ

Watch Giuliani's interview on Fox: http://bit.ly/2CWSrEJ

REACTION FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT: 

The Justice Department defended Attorney General William Barr's decision to release a summary. 

Statement: "Given the extraordinary public interest in the matter, the Attorney General decided to release the report's bottom-line findings and his conclusions immediately – without attempting to summarize the report – with the understanding that the report itself would be released after the redactions process." http://bit.ly/2CYAKEz

JUST NOW -- PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHS IN:

The president tweeted, "The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report. In fact, they probably had no sources at all! They are a Fake News paper who have already been forced to apologize for their incorrect and very bad reporting on me!" http://bit.ly/2FQaT2i

TIDBIT: 

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyBottom Line Overnight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) tweeted this morning, "I support release of the Mueller report." Why this is newsy: Grassley served as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee through 2018. 

HAS THE FBI DIRECTOR READ THE MUELLER REPORT?: 

Nope. FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that he has not read special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report. http://bit.ly/2TXPx8a

  

IN CONGRESS

Just now -- breaking the veto ice:

"The House passed a resolution Thursday to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, sending it to President Trump's desk and likely forcing him to issue the second veto of his presidency." http://bit.ly/2HY1Cst

The resolution: "The resolution, which would require Trump to withdraw U.S. military forces in or 'affecting' Yemen unless they are fighting al Qaeda, gained considerable momentum after Khashoggi's killing last year in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul."

The vote: 247-175.

  

Momentum for slavery reparations:

Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Scott Wong, "House legislation to form a commission to study whether black Americans should receive reparations for slavery is getting a significant boost from Democrats on the presidential campaign trail." 

What's happening: "Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates The Hill's Morning Report — Uproar after Trump's defense of foreign dirt on candidates Democrats lash out at Trump's bombshell remarks MORE (D-Calif.), the head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), suggested that action on a reparations measure sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) is all but certain, with Democrats now in control of the lower chamber and the idea gaining prominence on the national stage." 

What Jackson Lee's bill would do: "Jackson Lee's bill would form a commission to study the issue of reparations but does not call for black Americans to receive payments."

How that is playing on the campaign trail: http://bit.ly/2TSxP6c

 

SPOTTED

In Dupont Circle:

Former Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's 12:30 Report: Mexican officials scramble to avoid Trump tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Tariff battle looms as Trump jabs 'foolish' Senate GOP MORE (D-Minn.) was outside a Dupont Circle cafe greeting passersby. (Via CNN's Betsy Klein) http://bit.ly/2WMh6TW

 

'Queer Eye' in D.C.:

The "Queer Eye" crew has been seen around Washington, D.C., this week. http://bit.ly/2WMh5z4

 

WHY 'QUEER EYE' IS HERE: 

"Cast members of the hit Netflix show "Queer Eye" are lending their star power to push lawmakers to pass the Equality Act, legislation which would ensure federal protections for LGBTQ individuals." http://bit.ly/2Voe33N

 

AOC WANTS AN OFFICE MAKEOVER:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use Overnight Health Care: Democrats attack after Trump revives talk of ObamaCare replacement | Cruz, Ocasio-Cortez efforts on birth control face major obstacles | CVS investing M to fight teen e-cig use The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? MORE (D-N.Y.) has been tweeting with Bobby Berk, the Netflix show's interior design expert. https://fxn.ws/2WOmO7P

Berk: "Hey @AOC! I'm in DC all week girl! Put me to work! 'Have time... will work for democracy!' " 

AOC: "Swing by our office! We've barely had time to hang anything up, three of my staffers are expecting babies, and we've got a bach pad/warehouse type situation out here. SOS!  (The good news is that people are leaving a rainbow of positive post-its on our wall so that's cute)" https://fxn.ws/2WOmO7P

  

REMEMBERING VICKI NEEDHAM

Rest in peace:

The Hill's Vicki Needham died last week of cancer at the age of 50. http://bit.ly/2Ib7GNz

"Since 2010, Vicki covered financial issues for The Hill, including trade and the economy. She was a fixture on Capitol Hill, pressing lawmakers and aides on the big story of the day. She was inquisitive and insightful, and her articles told readers what was going on and what was likely to come next. Vicki, who could always be counted on to make sense of the complicated world of politics, appeared on C-SPAN more than 40 times.

"Since her death on March 25, Vicki's friends and colleagues have remarked on her incredible courage and positivity as she faced cancer for the past two years. Vicki researched her treatments and grilled her doctors with tough questions."

Read her obituary in The Hill: http://bit.ly/2Ib7GNz

Watch Vicki's appearances on C-SPAN: https://cs.pn/2K4LE1z

  

REMEMBRANCES: 

From The Hill's Editor-in-Chief Bob Cusack: "A great reporter. Brave. Kind. Always smiling. Truly special. We miss you Vicki. Rest In Peace." http://bit.ly/2FZlxVL

From Shareblue Media's Emily C. Singer: "Vicki was one of the nicest people on Capitol Hill. When I was an intern at The Hill she was always kind and willing to lend a hand. What a loss :( " http://bit.ly/2TXRXE5

From Hamilton Place Strategies' Tony Fratto: "Vicki Needham was a smart, talented reporter. You knew when she called that you'd better know what you're talking about, but I always looked forward to talking to her. Vicki was fun. It's so sad to hear that cancer took her. She is already deeply missed." http://bit.ly/2YPdB0M

From former Obama spokesman Trevor Kincaid: "Just learned that [Vicki Needham] lost her fight with cancer. Having battled Vicki myself, I know she fought like hell. She was a kind person who had integrity and took her role of journalist - to inform - seriously. I respected her and will remember her fondly. #cancersucks" http://bit.ly/2UupM3z

From The Hill's finance reporter Sylvan Lane: "A few of you might have already heard, but we're sad to share with you that we lost our colleague Vicki last month. She was a fantastic reporter who taught me a lot and helped me find my footing as an economic policy reporter. I'll miss her dearly." http://bit.ly/2FZEgAv

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

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ON TAP

The House and Senate are in.

10:30 -- 11:30 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.

11:10 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke at the University of Notre Dame's "Insight & Outlook on National and Global Affairs."

11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump participated in the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council Meeting.

12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

1:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle Trump says 2020 campaign launch is 'hottest' ticket of all his rallies MORE leave Washington, D.C., for Indianapolis, Ind.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Lamb Farms, Inc.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the vice premier of China.

Today: The 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2FMZoJ2

April 9: Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's. Detailshttps://benjerrys.co/2CTBXgs

 

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Congressional Award — a beacon of hope  The case for congressional pay raises McConnell defends Trump amid backlash: 'He gets picked at every day' MORE (R-Calif.) held a press briefing. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2HZQJ9u

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Burrito Day. Oh and it's also National Hug A Newsperson Day… 

  

D.C. spring is the best: 

Here's a list of events in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend: http://bit.ly/2VlA0Rh 

 

And because you made it this far, here's a cat who is ~thrilled~ about his family's new puppy: http://bit.ly/2G1Fnjo