The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate

The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate | 2020 Dems slam bill | Trump Jr. agrees to testify before Senate Intel panel | New poll shows Biden leading Sanders nationally | Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowOpposition research requests for O'Rourke 'have completely died off': report Bullock: Running for Senate 'never really got me excited' Beto shifts gears in effort to jump-start campaign MORE's show becomes a 2020 Dem rite of passage | How Barr threw a curveball into GOP's 'spying' probe | House holds hearing on Boeing 737 Max | National Chocolate Chip Day

 

 

TALK OF THE MORNING

The real winner of this debate: Hulu:

The Alabama Senate passed a bill to ban nearly all abortions, sending the measure to Gov. Kay Ivey's (R) desk. Ivey has not said whether she will sign or veto the passed bill. http://bit.ly/2W2JhkJ

What abortions would be legal if signed?: The bill outlaws all abortions, including for rape and incest, but would allow abortions to save the mother's life. 

What would happen to those involved in an illegal abortion: "Anyone performing an abortion could be punished by 10 to 99 years in prison, but no criminal charges would be filed against a person undergoing the procedure." 

Proponents are hoping this will overturn Roe v. Wade: "The bill's proponents say they hope the legislation, along with abortion restrictions in other states, will set up a Supreme Court battle that will see the overturning of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that was the first to legalize abortion." 

  

REACTIONS:

Yikes -- from a top Democrat in Alabama: Alabama state Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton (D) had harsh words for the passage of the Alabama abortion bill. She said on CNN's "New Day": "I think we raped women last night. We made women of Alabama the model of the new Roe v. Wade. I think that this is just a horrible bill." http://bit.ly/2VK6id2

"The Handmaid's Tale" is trending: "The Handmaid's Tale" trended on Twitter after the Alabama vote. http://bit.ly/2Eb1fYf

^Why I said Hulu lucked out on the timing: Season 3 of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" premieres on June 5. http://bit.ly/2JJbFSj

From Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE: "The abortion bans in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi are appalling attacks on women's lives and fundamental freedoms. Women's rights are human rights. We will not go back." http://bit.ly/2LHoDTj

From Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE, a 2020 Democrat: "The Alabama legislature is ignoring science, criminalizing abortion, and punishing women. Instead, the government's role should be to make sure all women have access to comprehensive affordable care, and that includes safe and legal abortion." http://bit.ly/2LHoI9z

Other reactions from 2020 Democrats: http://bit.ly/2HqvXgF

  

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LATEST WITH THE RUSSIA PROBE

Let's do the thing:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Alexander BoltonDonald Trump Jr. has agreed to comply with a subpoena from Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrDOJ plans to show Senate Intel less-redacted Mueller report, filing shows Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon MORE (R-N.C.) and will speak to the panel in June. http://bit.ly/30lpexf

According to a source briefed on the deal: "Questions about the Trump Tower project in Moscow and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya are fair game." 

  

'Yeah, sure, this job sounds fun!' -- said no one, ever:

Via The Hill's Olivia Beavers and Morgan Chalfant, "A new U.S. prosecutor is about to enter the center of a partisan firestorm in Washington. John DurhamJohn DurhamAttorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI Barr: Answers have been 'inadequate' on origins of Russian probe MORE, a longtime Justice Department official who is serving as a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, has reportedly been picked by Attorney General William Barr to review the origins of the FBI's investigation into Russian interference." http://bit.ly/2Vqw3K8

 

HOW WILLIAM BARR THREW A CURVEBALL INTO THE SENATE GOP:

http://bit.ly/2JkAtkn

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

Dems' rite of passage:

Via The Hill's Niall Stanage, "the path to the Democratic presidential nomination begins in Iowa and New Hampshire -- but these days it also includes a preliminary stop in Studio 3A at NBC News headquarters in New York's Rockefeller Center. That's the studio from which Rachel Maddow broadcasts her eponymous MSNBC show -- the highest-rated on the liberal-leaning network -- five nights a week." http://bit.ly/2VFzDF8

Why Maddow is appealing, besides the liberal appeal: Maddow draws a big crowd and that's especially important in a fragmented media environment. 

Last Monday: Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE (D-Texas) appeared on Maddow's show to hit reset on his campaign that has been lackluster so far. 

Other candidates who have appeared on Maddow's show: "In January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave her first major interview after announcing her candidacy to Maddow. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — CBO officials testify on pros and cons of 'Medicare for All' | Booker vows to form White House office on abortion rights | Measles outbreak spreads with cases now in half the country Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellCNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC Biden retains large lead over Sanders, other 2020 Dems in new Hill-HarrisX poll Hickenlooper: Gun owners should be licensed, pass safety test MORE (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) are among the other candidates who have taken their seats since then." 

 

TIDBIT -- HERE'S THE LINE OUTSIDE KAMALA HARRIS'S CAMPAIGN EVENT:

She spoke in Nashua, N.H. The line: http://bit.ly/2Jrg7Gf

^And here are a few protesters: http://bit.ly/2YwZ9tj

  

The latest 2020 polling:

According to a new Emerson Polling survey, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE is leading Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.) 33 percent to 25. Followed by: Sens. Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (Mass.) each have 10 percent support and are followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) with 8 percent support. http://bit.ly/2HrvniR

 

AND IN LIKEABILITY:

Joe Biden is the most popular Democratic presidential candidate, according to a new Gallup poll. The numbers: "About 53 percent of all Americans view Biden favorably, while 35 percent have an unfavorable view. That favorability rating beats out all other Democratic presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who comes in second with 46 percent." http://bit.ly/2VvZo6c

  

LATEST WITH THE TRADE WAR

GOP worries farmers hurt by trade tensions:

A Republican lawmaker said the trade tensions between the U.S. and China are not great for farmers, raising worries about the fallout. http://bit.ly/2VEPjbS

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerOvernight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump taps new Air Force secretary The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE (R-Ill.)  said on CNN's "New Day": "Look, it's not great for farmers and here's why: the Chinese have basically decided to go after Trump's base ... there's some pain and it's terrible and we need to do everything we can to make sure we alleviate that as much as possible." 

What Kinzinger was referring to:China's retaliatory tariffs are aimed at U.S. agriculture and other products. https://wapo.st/30oQj2r

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

This tree could tell some stories:

This tree predates the monument's dedication in 1885. http://bit.ly/2JpfBbA

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Indianapolis for the day.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2LKqwyE

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report Pentagon to present White House with plans to deploy up to 10K troops to Middle East: report Senate panel rejects requiring Congress sign off before Iran strike MORE.

3:15 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House.

30 years ago today: The final episode of "Family Ties" aired. http://bit.ly/2JBNe9s

8 a.m. EDT Thursday: The Hill is hosting an event on the future of work, "Workers and The Innovation Age." Featured speakers: Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls Lawmakers grapple with the future of America's workforce The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (D-Ohio) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget WANTED: A Republican with courage Companies warn Trump trade war is about to hit consumers MORE (R-Ohio); Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Tim WalbergTimothy (Tim) Lee WalbergThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate On The Money: Mnuchin signals officials won't release Trump tax returns | Trump to hold off on auto tariffs | WH nears deal with Mexico, Canada on metal tariffs | GOP fears trade war fallout for farmers | Warren, regulator spar over Wells Fargo The Hill's 12:30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE (R-Mich.); and Megan J. Smith, founder and CEO of Shift7 and former U.S. chief technology officer. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2H9NHhq

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: The House held a hearing on the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2JDtsdL

11 a.m. EDT: President Trump gave a speech at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2HugD2w

1:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a eulogy at the funeral for former Sen. Richard Luger (R-Ind.) in Indianapolis. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2LFIPET

7 p.m. EDT: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump to meet with Irish prime minister during upcoming Europe trip Cannes movie poster shows decapitated Trump in MAGA hat Security concerns hinder Trump visit to sumo tournament on Japan trip MORE host the White House Historical Association Dinner in the East Room of the White House.  Livestream: http://bit.ly/2HwDRFw

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day.

  

Make Tomatoes Flavorful Again:

Via Smithsonian.com, scientists have discovered a gene to make tomatoes more flavorful again. Details: http://bit.ly/2Vqcxh5

  

The best and worst states to live:

U.S. News & World Report released a list of the best and worst states the live. The full list and metrics: http://bit.ly/2lPQly7

No. 1: Washington

No. 2: New Hampshire

No. 3: Minnesota

...

No. 48: Mississippi

No. 49: Alabama

No. 50: Louisiana

 

And because you made it this far, here's a cat who loves ice cream cones: http://bit.ly/2Q4KO4p