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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release | Trump, Ocasio-Cortez on Time 100 list | Trump targets Pelosi | McConnell looks to work with Speaker on spending | Why Indiana GOP fears Buttigieg | Dem senators trying to steer clear of 2020 endorsement fight | Trump, Congress headed for clash over subpoenas | Romney's Capitol moves | Bernie's hand-written tax returns



100 of your most influential buddies:

Time magazine unveiled its list of the 100 most influential people this morning. 

The list, by category:



The list has the highest number of women ever: A record 48 of the 100 people on the list are women.

Polar opposites: President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFeminists should thank God for capitalism Progressive group comes out against Biden's White House bid Trump says Ocasio-Cortez is 'correct' in comments about VA MORE (D-N.Y.) both appear on the list. Who wrote their profiles: Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) wrote Trump's profile, and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Mass.) wrote AOC's profile.

This is pretty interesting: Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Kudlow downplays Moore's past comments on women: He's 'a wiseass kind of guy' On The Money: Fed pick Moore says he will drop out if he becomes a 'political problem' | Trump vows to fight 'all the subpoenas' | Deutsche Bank reportedly turning Trump records over to NY officials | Average tax refund down 2 percent MORE and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford both appear on this year's list.  Who wrote their profiles: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection agency limps into 2020 cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration MORE (R-Ky.) wrote Kavanaugh's profile. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe symbol of 'Wakanda' and black political vision Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Sanders dominates, Buttigieg surges in 2020 social media battle MORE (D-Calif.) wrote Blasey Ford's profile.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrSessions: It's time to accept the results of the Mueller report and move on George Conway lashes out at 'Deranged Donald' on Twitter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' MORE made the list: And guess who wrote his profile -- Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinTrump denies ordering McGahn to oust Mueller Poll: Majority says Barr's summary of Mueller report was 'largely accurate' Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system MORE

Music-related people on the list: BTS, Ozuna, Khalid, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Details from Billboard:


It's Wednesday. T minus one day until the Mueller report is publicly released. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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On your marks, get set...:

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's highly anticipated Russia report is expected to be released Thursday morning.

Helpful read: Via NBC's Dareh Gregorian, here's "your guide to Mueller's report on Trump: What's in it, what's not and what comes next."

What time it will come out: Unclear. All we know is “Thursday morning.”

Where to find the report when it is published: The special counsel’s website. Here’s where to find it:

Who and what was investigated: Here’s the list:

How the Trump team is preparing: Via Fox News’s Brooke Singman, President Trump’s lawyers are preparing a counter-report for any details related to obstruction of justice. What we know:

‘What part of the report is likely to be most interesting?’: “Reporters are likely to make a beeline to the section of the report that addresses why Mr. Mueller decided not to draw a conclusion about whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice, citing ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact.” Details in The New York Times:



Why Indiana Republicans are scared of Buttigieg:

Via The Hill's Scott Wong, while South Bend mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegColbert links large 2020 Dem field to Avengers: 'A group of every available person in the universe' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Buttigieg draws new scrutiny, criticism MORE is excelling on the presidential campaign trail, Republicans in Indiana are worried that Buttigieg could drop out and immediately become a threat to win as the state's governor.

Yeah, but: The chances of Buttigieg dropping out of the presidential race are getting slimmer and slimmer as he rises in the polls.

How this could play out:



Via CNN's Dan Merica, "The same protesters from Buttigieg's events yesterday are now outside his house party here in Marshalltown, Iowa this morning. Randall Terry is dressed as the devil and has a speaker system." Photo -- wow:


Oh mannnnn: 


Senators not looking to define the relationship yet:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, only four Senate Democrats have chosen to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate.

Which senators have endorsed candidates:

^ I.e.: Senators have endorsed home-state colleagues who are running.

Are candidates actively courting senators for endorsements?: Yes. "Senators say White House hopefuls have reached out to them, but most are steering clear of an endorsement game that could lead to an awkward post-primary dynamic."



Hold your horses:

Via The Washington Post's By Tom Hamburger, Karoun Demirjian, Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade, "President Trump's attorneys and the White House are moving to resist a growing number of congressional requests for information, increasing the likelihood of a protracted legal fight that could test the power of congressional subpoenas."

Why this matters in Congress: "The building battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain about Trump's policies and personal finances through multiple investigations launched by various congressional committees." 

What it all means:



The elephant in the room:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to build a functional working relationship with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Trump tells House investigators 'no' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Calif.) as the two tackle the mammoth task of winning a deal on fiscal spending ceilings for the next year."

Where the debate is: "Democrats are insisting on parity between defense and nondefense spending, arguing any hike for the Pentagon must be equal to that for domestic spending."

Why that will be a big sticking point: "That directly contradicts the wishes of President Trump, whose budget proposed slashing nondefense spending while increasing defense spending by 5 percent." 



Via The Hill's Mike Lillis and Brett Samuels, "President Trump is launching new attacks on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), questioning her leadership chops and veering sharply from his previous practice of touting her skills as an accomplished legislator and formidable rival."

What may be happening: "The shift arrives as the 2020 Democratic primary is heating up, leaving some observers to speculate that Trump is simply shifting into campaign mode by taking on a Democratic adversary who has long been radioactive in the eyes of conservative voters."


Started from the bottom, now he's here (in Russell 124):


I have no issue believing this: 

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Takeaways from the tax returns:



The House and Senate are out. 

1 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Dallas.

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign event in Dallas.

2:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence heads to Midland, Texas.

4:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours the Permian Basin Oil field and Diamondback Oil rig.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a campaign event in Midland, Texas.

10:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence returns to Washington, D.C.



12:30 p.m. EDT: South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Livestream:

2 p.m. EDT: President Trump participates in a conference on Opportunity Zones at the White House. Livestream:

3:30 p.m. EDT: Presidential candidate former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeCory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement O'Rourke to give commencement address at Texas's oldest black college MORE (D-Texas) campaigns in Alexandria, Va. Livestream:

7:30 p.m. EDT: Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Cory Booker releases 10 years of tax returns Buttigieg gets first congressional endorsement MORE (D-N.Y.) campaigns in Des Moines, Iowa. Livestream:



Today is National Cheeseball Day.


Saaaame, dude. Same.:

Via Fox 61, "Florida man arrested outside Olive Garden after eating pasta belligerently." The full story:


And because you made it to the end, here's a determined dog who will leave no good men behind: