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The Hill's 12:30 Report — From New Hampshire — Buttigieg, Sanders look to carry momentum to Granite State | Buttigieg with slight Iowa lead after latest results | Early winners and losers | Highlights from tense State of the Union | Pelosi defends ripping up Trump's speech | Pence calls her move 'a new low' | Senate acquittal vote set for 4 pm | Doug Jones to vote to convict | Taco Bell Cantina opening in DC

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly Pavlich: Hollow calls for unity MORE slipped up in New Hampshire and yet, I totally get it:

Via CNN's DJ Judd, during a campaign stop in New Hampshire yesterday after traveling overnight from Iowa, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) tried to recite New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die" state motto, but slipped up and instead said, "Live or Fry." 

When he realized the slip: "I'm still thinking of the pizza place we just left. We didn't get a lot of sleep last night."

And I get that. 

Photo from Judd: http://bit.ly/2OvuN7S

 

OTHER SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM PETE BUTTIGIEG EVENTS:

Chant, chant, chant: "This crowd waiting for [Buttigieg] in Manchester, New Hampshire, is being encouraged to join chants of 'President Pete'" (Via The Times's Henry Zeffmanhttp://bit.ly/2UyifRf

Oh man, I can't unsee this: CNN's Andrew Kaczynski tweeted, "How many points would Pete be winning by if he had long hair and a goatee?" Photoshopped photo of Buttigieg: http://bit.ly/3996X9S

Overhead shot of a Buttigieg event yesterday in Manchester, N.H.: http://bit.ly/2Sjkjd4

  

FROM WARREN'S NASHUA EVENT THIS MORNING:

Warren on the impeachment vote this afternoon: "Usually I can hang around forever to take selfies, but today, I'm headed to Washington to vote for the impeachment of Donald Trump."

Photo of Warren taking questions from the crowd: http://bit.ly/2v9XVLm

A baby Wonder Woman: A toddler tried running towards the stage, dressed as Wonder Woman. Her mom caught her quickly but it was very cute. Photos: http://bit.ly/2tAwJVA

The recurring theme at Warren's event: Health care

Warren spent a good chunk of her remarks sharing her life story: She mentioned "husband No 1" and paused, "Hint: it's never good when you have to number your husbands." http://bit.ly/31teJsu

On Trump's State of the Union address last night: "For Donald Trump to stand up last night and say he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions..." She paused and said, "well, at this point anyone who listens to what he says rather than what he does..." http://bit.ly/2v93vgI

A question from an attendee: "This man tells Warren he is scared. He says he fears a 'sociopathic narcissist' like Trump 'cheating' again, guesses Trump will be acquitted today, and fears that Donald and Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine MORE will be 'king and queen.'" (Via CNN's MJ Lee) Video: http://bit.ly/2H9y4G9

Warren’s famous selfie line: Here's video of the line to take a selfie with her: http://bit.ly/2vQPEfr

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Young voters set turnout record, aiding Biden win MORE'S MILFORD RALLY:

Video of a protester getting escorted out of a Bernie Sanders rally: It was unclear what he was protesting. Any guesses? Watch: http://bit.ly/2upj97R

This baby wishes the campaign rally was during normal business hours: http://bit.ly/3bgx54v

Spotted standing in the back of a Bernie Sanders event: Jennifer Palmieri, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report Understanding mixed results in Pennsylvania key to future elections What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE's communications director during her 2016 presidential campaign. Photo: http://bit.ly/2OtI2Gf 

Nice wheels: Here is a decked-out Sanders van. By the way, it smelled like wet paint just passing it in a parking lot. Photo: http://bit.ly/2OrroXB

By the way: Sanders kept the same campaign logo as his 2016 presidential bid. Photo for reference: http://bit.ly/3bgx54v  And a photo from 2016: https://cnn.it/2OrLbpR

Lol, this dad gets how it works: A father handed a Sanders sign to his kid at the rally and says "here, hold this while you play so photographers take pictures of you." Photo -- it worked: http://bit.ly/2UruxdX

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE'S NEW HAMPSHIRE SWING:

Biden's team did a great job at getting people to wear stickers: Here's the line to get into his Somersworth, N.H., event. Photohttp://bit.ly/2vbnSKb

Hello and welcome!: Former Vice President Biden greeted the Nashua, N.H., crowd yesterday: "God, it's good to be in New Hampshire." Photo of the crowd: http://bit.ly/2SmHZgu

 

WHERE TO FIND THE CANDIDATES TODAY:

Pete Buttigieg: Concord

Bernie Sanders: Concord

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? Alito to far-right litigants: The buffet is open MORE: Concord, Nashua and Manchester

Joe Biden: Somersworth and Manchester

Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFormer Minnesota Democratic leader quits party Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Lawmakers question tech CEOs about content moderation in first post-election hearing MORE: Concord

Andrew YangAndrew YangMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' Andrew Yang moving to Georgia to help Democrats in Senate runoffs MORE: Concord, Milford, Keene and Manchester

Tom SteyerTom SteyerLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls Trump leads Biden in Texas by 4 points: poll MORE: Concord and Manchester

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE: Keene

Deval PatrickDeval PatrickThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 MORE: Concord
Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Hickenlooper ousts Gardner in Colorado, handing Democrats vital pickup Lobbying world MORE: Lebanon

Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans MORE: Concord and Nashua

How to follow along: Check NECN's candidate tracker: http://bit.ly/3bdXgJ9

 

It's Wednesday -- six days until the New Hampshire primary! Filing from Elizabeth Warren's campaign stop in Nashua, N.H., 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 cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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FROM THE IOWA CAUCUSES

I'm trying my very hardest not to make New Hampshire versus Iowa jokes:

The Iowa Democratic Party has released 71 percent of precincts from Monday's caucuses. 

 

THE RESULTS:

With 71 percent of precincts reporting:

Pete Buttigieg: 26.8 percent

Bernie Sanders: 25.2 percent

Elizabeth Warren: 18.4 percent

Joe Biden: 15.4 percent

Amy Klobuchar: 12.6 percent

Andrew Yang: 1.0 percent

Tom Steyer: 0.3 percent

Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE: 0.0 percent

Tulsi Gabbard: 0.0 percent

Deval Patrick: 0.0 percent

Michael Bennet: 0.0 percent

Live election results and graphics from The New York Times: https://nyti.ms/39ducQq

  

EARLY WINNERS AND LOSERS

Winners: Buttigieg (D), Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.), President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE and New Hampshire.

Mixed: Sens. Warren (D-Mass.) and Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Losers: The Iowa caucuses, Former Vice President Biden and The Democratic Party 

Reasoning for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage: http://bit.ly/2vKgd5V

  

HAPPENING TODAY

If it does not fit, you must acquit!:

At 4 p.m. EST today, the Senate is expected to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Trump

What to expect: Republicans are unified about acquitting the president and are looking for Senate Democrats to defect from their party.

Preview from The New York Times's Catie Edmondson: https://nyti.ms/2UymNXP

Livestream of the 4 p.m. vote: https://cs.pn/2GXHHHC

  

New this morning -- Doug Jones is not jumping the fence:

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), the vulnerable senator who has been seen as one of the Democrats who could vote with Republicans to acquit, said he will vote to convict President Trump

Jones said in a statement: "After many sleepless nights, I have reluctantly concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the President for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress."  

 

FROM TRUMP'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

Short Trump: 'I hope you missed 2016 because we're back, baby':

An emboldened President Trump gave his annual State of the Union address last night to a highly partisan crowd of loyal Republicans any infuriated Democrats. http://bit.ly/380F4AV

Interesting analysis: Via Politico's John F. Harris: "The strangest State of the Union ever: Trump zigs to the right, zags to the center in a speech that broke all the rules." His full analysis: https://politi.co/2RYgQ4C

  

TAKEAWAYS

  1. Trump-Pelosi tensions boil over again
  2. The chamber was polarized -- even for the Trump era
  3. Trump was totally in his element
  4. Trump's reality show State of the Union
  5. Trump leaves impeachment for another day

Context and details for each from The Hill's Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfanthttp://bit.ly/2GT4Ef4

 

GETTING TRACTION -- WE LIVE IN A REALITY SHOW:

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS economy hurtles toward 'COVID cliff' with programs set to expire Democrats gear up for last oversight showdown with Trump Divided citizenry and government — a call to action for common ground MORE (D-Calif.) dramatically tore up her copy of Trump's address. http://bit.ly/2GUpkTR

This does not look planned to me. See for yourself -- watchhttp://bit.ly/39enmd5

Reaction from Vice President Pence: "I didn't see her do it; I found out just a few moments later. And I thought it was a new low," Pence said on "Fox & Friends." http://bit.ly/380QPad 

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE HOUSE CHAMBER:

How the chamber fits everyone: "For State of the Union, inside the House Chamber there are:

445 Fixed chairs on the [floor]

140 temporary chairs

660 seats in the public gallery

Room for 250/300 to stand" http://bit.ly/2Osxl6F

Seated near the front: "Trump's former 2020 rivals are also sitting pretty close to the front: Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MOREKamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE." (Via U.S. News's Lisa Hagen)  http://bit.ly/39bVNl0

^ Oh, I wish I knew what they were talking about: Here's a photo Sens. Harris (D-Calif.) and Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) talking before the address: http://bit.ly/2Ow5GC5

*Hmm, think, think, think* 'Soo, how's the weather on your side of Washington...?': Pelosi and Vice President Pence looked like they had nothing to talk about. Photo: http://bit.ly/2ujZNkk

The White House hosted TV news anchors for a pre-State of the Union lunch: Photos from C-SPAN's Howard Mortmanhttp://bit.ly/2SiJ4pD

Photo of Trump headed to the Capitol: http://bit.ly/2SnASEu

Some Democratic women wore white: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/3baZn0d

I'm not crying, you're crying: Here are photos of when a military father and husband surprised his family at President Trump's State of the Union address. Photos: http://bit.ly/397zSez

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

I hope you still get to use your fun facts, Steve :/ 

Watch -- he seems SO sad: http://bit.ly/3bgdzp5

  

Ouch:

  

ON TAP

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

10:20 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence left for Philadelphia.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperTrump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans President is wild card as shutdown fears grow MORE.

4 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on the articles of impeachment. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2tA3HFA

4:30 -- 5:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2RZxhgX

5 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Women for Trump event in Camp Hill, Pa.

7:20 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence lands back in Washington.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

12:35 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Saint Francis de Sales School in Philadelphia. on school choice. Livestream: http://bit.ly/387u70w

4 p.m. EST: The Senate impeachment vote. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2GXHHHC

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is World Nutella Day!

 

Celebrate good times, come on!:

Via WTOP Radio's Jeff Clabaugh, a Taco Bell Cantina is coming to the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., this spring. What we know: http://bit.ly/2Ov6xD7

 

And because you made it this far, here's a happy golden retriever puppy who just wants to say hello: http://bit.ly/2uahjaV