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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Pelosi, Schumer agree to work with Trump on $2T infrastructure deal | Biden surges in polls | Poll finds Buttigieg momentum stalling | Biden would back impeachment if Trump blocks probes | GOP builds firewall for Trump on Mueller | Why Trump is ramping up attacks over Mueller | Buttigieg's $450 mortgage payment | US offers support for coup in Venezuela | Taylor Gourmet returning (!) | Amazon posts first HQ2 job listings


Hello, I'm moving to South Bend, bye.:

Nathan Heller sat down with South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegNashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg Buttigieg says white supremacy could be 'issue that ends this country' Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (D) and published an interesting read in Vogue about the rising star in the 2020 presidential race.



Pete Buttigieg's monthly mortgage payment: "The home is one of the nicest in the city and serves as a reminder of South Bend's distance from the coasts: The mortgage payment, according to Buttigieg, is about $450 a month." 

Buttigieg describing his pets: " 'They have kind of a Yin and Yang thing going on,' the mayor says of the animals. 'Buddy'—a stout beagle mix—'is the more social one. He's very food-oriented. He's been on a weight-loss journey. Truman'—a waifish mix of similar size—'was absolutely terrified of everything when we got him. I think he'd been very badly abused. Chasten got him stoned today on anti-anxiety meds because he's got to get his nails clipped.' " 

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Just now — everyone is in a good mood after Easter recess: 

Democratic congressional leaders just finished meeting with President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE to discuss infrastructure and said it was a productive conversation.

The big takeaway: Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump says he will meet with Schumer 'ASAP' after border visit Dem senator describes 'overcrowded quarters,' 'harsh odor' at border facilities Top Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties MORE (D-N.Y.) just announced that President Trump agreed to a $2 trillion infrastructure bill (!)

In Schumer’s words: “We agreed that infrastructure is crucial for the future of America. We agreed that it creates jobs.”

Yeah, but: They have not agreed on how to pay for the plan. The next meeting will be in three weeks.



Money, plz:

Via The Hill's Niv Elis, the Trump administration is planning to ask Congress for more money to combat the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

How we know: Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told lawmakers this morning.

In McAleenan's words: "While our 2020 budget will help address this crisis, we will need additional funding even sooner. Given the scale of what we're facing, we will exhaust our resources before the end of this fiscal year. Which is why this week the administration will be sending a supplemental funding request to the Congress."

How much more funding?: McAleenan did not specify.



Yes, that's M-U-E-L-L...:

Via The Hill's Brett Samuels, "President Trump is ramping up attacks on Democrats over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's probe, a strategy designed to stir up his base that the White House sees little political risk in pursuing."

Trump's reasoning: "Trump views the attacks as a way to go on offense ahead of his 2020 reelection race and to portray Democrats as focused more on impeaching and tearing him down than on the nation's best interests." 



Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Senate Republicans are beginning to set up a firewall for President Trump against special counsel Robert Mueller's report, pushing back at a slew of Democratic attacks on the president's conduct as described in the document." How so:


REACTION FROM Joe BidenJoe BidenUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Biden campaign taps foreign policy vet Nicholas Burns as adviser: report MORE:

Presidential candidate Joe Biden said Congress should move forward with impeachment proceedings if the White House blocks investigations related to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. In Biden's words: "There are elements of the report ... about seven or eight things that are left undone, he was not within his purview to investigate, he thought. The Congress is attempting to take that up. ... If in fact they block the investigation, they have no alternative but to go to the only other constitutional resort they have, [which] is impeachment."


This morning — the U.S. has declared its support for an apparent coup in Venezuela: 

"The Trump administration has thrown its support behind an apparent coup in Venezuela, where supporters of National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó have taken to the streets in an attempt to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government."

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump calls Iran claim that it arrested CIA spies 'totally false' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller Time: Dems, GOP ready questions for high-stakes testimony Pompeo: There's 'no indication' Iran will change direction MORE tweeted: "Today interim President Juan Guaido announced start of Operación Libertad. The U.S. Government fully supports the Venezuelan people in their quest for freedom and democracy. Democracy cannot be defeated."



Released today — New 2020 polls:

Biden is surging, example 1: A new CNN poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden jumping 11 points to 39 percent support, a 34-point lead over Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Medicare for All': The hype v. Maryland's reality Biden says he supports paying campaign staff minimum wage Biden's lead narrows in early voting states: poll MORE (I-Vt.), in second place at 15 percent support.

Biden is surging, example 2: A new Morning Consult survey shows Biden with 36 percent support, followed by Sanders at 22 percent. 

Biden is surging, specifically in New Hampshire: A new Suffolk University poll shows Biden with 20 percent support in N.H., followed by Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, both with 12 percent.

Buttigieg's momentum has stalled: For the first time in weeks, Pete Buttigieg's popularity has stalled, according to a new Morning Consult poll.


Hello and welcome to Bernie's Money Management Consulting Co.:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suggested that Disney uses its profits from "Avengers: Endgame" to pay all of its employees "a middle class wage."

He tweeted: "What would be truly heroic is if Disney used its profits from Avengers to pay all of its workers a middle class wage, instead of paying its CEO Bob Iger $65.6 million – over 1,400 times as much as the average worker at Disney makes."

What sparked Bernie's tweet: Walt Disney Co. shares hit a record high after "Avengers: Endgame" came out this weekend. Details:


It's MAGA-motto season:

During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," former Vice President Joe Biden was asked what his "Make America Great Again" motto would be. Biden's response: "Make America moral again. Make America return to the essence of who we are, the dignity of the country, the dignity of people. ... End this God-awful deliberate division that is being taken in order ... to aggrandize his own power."

It does look great on a hat: 



I’m just … confused: 



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and Vice President Pence is in Norfolk, Va., for the day.

10:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with congressional Democrats.

11:25 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with NATO representatives in Norfolk, Va.

Noon: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

Noon: Vice President Pence receives a briefing from senior naval leadership then tours the USS Harry S. Truman in Norfolk, Va.

1:15 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.

4:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



12:50 p.m. EDTVice President Pence speaks to crew members of the USS Harry S. Truman. Livestream:

3:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump hosts the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Joey LoganoLivestream:



Today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day. It's also National Raisin Day. How festive.


Taylor Gourmet fans, I have exciting news for you!:

Via Washingtonian's Jessica Sidman, Taylor Gourmet, the D.C. sandwich chain that abruptly closed all of its locations last fall, is reopening under new ownership.

How many will return: The chain is expected to reopen at least five shops this summer.

Everything we know:


The first Amazon HQ2 job listings are online:

Amazon has posted its first job listings for the new headquarters in Arlington, Va.

The five jobs listed —>


And because you made it this far, here are puppies who don't seem to understand the concept of "personal space":