The Hill's 12:30 Report: Tough questions await Trump immigration plan

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump to roll out new immigration plan | What to watch for in speech | De Blasio jumps into 2020 race | Trump rips de Blasio as 'a JOKE' | How a high schooler scooped the announcement | Alabama abortion law sets stage for new legal fight | Abortion rights supporters worry Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade | How Biden is moving to the left from Obama | National Barbecue Day | Burger King to deliver to drivers stuck in traffic



At this point, it may be more efficient to have a list of Democrats who are ~not running~ in 2020...:

Hello, world.


New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Here are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights MORE (D) announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

From his announcement: "I will take on the wealthy. I will take on the big corporations. I will not rest until this government serves working people. As mayor of the largest city in America, I've done just that ... Donald Trump must be stopped. I've beaten him before and I'll do it again." 

Watch de Blasio's campaign announcement video: 



Here's how a high school student scooped Bill de Blasio on his campaign announcement and national media outlets rushed to follow.



So far, 24 Democrats are running. The list:



Shortly after Bill de Blasio made the announcement, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE called the New York City mayor a "JOKE."

He tweeted: "The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he's your man. NYC HATES HIM!"



That is brutal.


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Alabama sure ruffled some feathers:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill into law to ban almost all abortions in the state.



When abortions are allowed: When the mother's life is in jeopardy. Cases of rape or incest are not excluded from the abortion ban.

Penalty for an abortion: Women will not be prosecuted for having an illegal abortion in Alabama, but doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.

When will the law go into effect: At least six months from now, maybe more. Abortion services are still available in Alabama for the time being. 

What next: Expect extensive legal battles fighting the new law. Supporters of the bill are hoping the measure will go to the Supreme Court. But some anti-abortion advocates are worried the case is not the best vehicle for pushing back on Roe v. Wade.

What we know about the law and the next steps:



From other states: States are rushing to either ban abortion or protect it, setting up new court fights.

From televangelist and Christian fundamentalist Pat Robertson: "I think Alabama has gone too far," Robertson said on his TV show "The 700 Club." He explained: "It's an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose."



No more Joebama:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE ties himself closely to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' Biden calls for unity, jabs at Trump in campaign launch MORE but is moving to the left of Obama's policy stances. 


A few examples:

Health insurance for immigrants: Biden thinks the U.S. should provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants; Obama did not.

The minimum wage: Biden backs a $15 minimum wage; Obama advocated for $10.

Public health care: Biden supports a public option for health care that would compete with private insurance; Obama decided against that in ObamaCare. 

Yeah, but keep in mind...: One could imagine Obama would have supported these measures if he were running in 2019. 



Happening at 2:30 p.m. -- immigration is back on the front burner:

President Trump is rolling out his new immigration plan during an address from the Rose Garden. 

The gist of the new immigration plan: "[It] would create a 'merit-based' visa system that gives preference to migrants with coveted job skills instead of relatives of other immigrants. It also calls for new infrastructure at ports of entry to speed up commerce while cracking down on drug and human smuggling."

Here are five things to watch:

Livestream of Trump's remarks:


Trump to his advisers: Hold your horses!:

Via The Washington Post's John Hudson, Shane Harris, Josh Dawsey and Anne Gearan, President Trump is getting frustrated with some of his top advisers who he thinks are escalating tensions with Iran and could possibly lead the U.S. to a military confrontation.

What Trump wants to happen: The president wants to speak directly to political leaders to negotiate.

Why Trump is angry: "Trump grew angry last week and over the weekend about what he sees as warlike planning that is getting ahead of his own thinking, said a senior administration official with knowledge of conversations Trump had regarding national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Trump: War would 'be the official end of Iran' MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report MORE."




The end of an era:
"The Bill Press Show" announced this morning that the morning talk show will be ending after 14 years on air.

The announcement: "We've had a great 14 year run of daily shows, but it's time to transition. The last daily show will be May 31, but don't worry! My voice will still front and center as we enter the 2020 election. Big news coming soon!"

Watch recent episodes:



How poetic:


This feels very futuristic:

The full story:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to New York City this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Wisconsin for the day.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the president of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer.

12:55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Eau Claire, Wis.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

1:40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable with Wisconsin business leaders.

1:45 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen for deputy attorney general.

4:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Washington, D.C., for New York City.

5:45 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House's full schedule today:

6:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters, followed by a joint fundraising committee dinner.

8:10 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York City.

9:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



11:30 a.m. EDT: House Democrats are holding a press conference on the Russia investigation. Democrats will then read special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's report. Livestream:

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks to J&D Manufacturing employees in Wisconsin. Livestream:

2:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden on immigration. Livestream:

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech to service members at in Wisconsin. Livestream:

6 p.m. EDT: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE (D-Mass.) campaigns in Fairfax, Va. Livestream:



Today is National Barbecue Day.


I'm a little worried about the logistics, but innovation is a beautiful thing:

Burger King has launched a service to deliver food to drivers who are stuck in traffic.

Where the service will be offered: Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

How it works: Burger King uses Google's traffic data to identify areas within a 3-kilometer radius of the restaurant. Then bikers and motor bikers use the customer's GPS location to deliver the food in traffic. Are we positive this is legal?

More details on how this works:


And as a follow-up to yesterday's video of a cat eating an ice cream cone, here's a video confirming that cats do, in fact, get brain freeze. Wow: