The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump, Pelosi take the gloves off; DNC wants Iowa recanvass

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The Hill's 12:30 Report — From snowy New Hampshire — Trump takes victory lap after impeachment acquittal | Shows off acquittal headlines | Trump, Pelosi take off the gloves | DNC calls for recanvass of caucus results | Latest results show Buttigieg, Sanders virtual tie | Sights and sounds from the New Hampshire trail | Pressure on Buttigieg | 'Antenna guy' follows Biden | Gabbard backers protest CNN

 

ON THE GROUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

T-minus 5 days:

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It's a snowy morning in southern New Hampshire, slowing down journalists, supporters and politicos who are trying to get to campaign stops in the final stretch. I'm filing from Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharEPA delivers win for ethanol industry angered by waivers to refiners It's time for newspapers to stop endorsing presidential candidates Biden marks anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, knocks Trump and McConnell MORE's (D-Minn.) campaign stop in Manchester, where she is speaking at the World Affairs Council. 

And when I say snow: It snowed overnight and has slowly shifted to a gross wintry mix this morning. 

Livestream of Klobuchar's remarks: https://cs.pn/2H0uDkT

Photo of the media at the event: I’d say there are as many media members as there are attendees: http://bit.ly/2Utciom

And here’s a photo of Klobuchar as she begins her remarks: http://bit.ly/39c4uLP

Lol: "Can't believe it's New Hampshire already. I'm still writing 'caucuses' on all my checks." (From NBC's Alex Seitz-Waldhttp://bit.ly/3bgejdF

 

Happy Thursday! Filing with my snow boots, hand warmers and a coffee, 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 TEAM WARREN:

The Warren campaign has this down to an exact science:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2vdoG17

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE'S CAMPAIGN STOPS:

Biden defended climate change protesters who interrupted him: "These guys are OK. They want to do the same thing I want to do. They want to phase out fossil fuels and we're going to phase out fossil fuels." (Via Fox News's Paul SteinhauserWatch: http://bit.ly/2UtyH4X

This is good campaign trail content: Here's an antenna guy shouting at Biden. Do you have a better way to describe hm other than 'antenna guy?' Watch: http://bit.ly/2OxmBUN

Antenna guy got around: "This antenna guy followed @joebiden out of the venue and then tried to jump in [NBC's Mike Memoli's] liveshot. Fun times in New Hampshire!" (Via The Daily Mail's Nikki SchwabPhoto: http://bit.ly/3bf0wUE

What Biden had to say about Iowa: "I'm not going to sugar coat it, we took a gut punch in Iowa." Watch his full comments: http://bit.ly/2Uv1m9L

Biden, who has struggled with stuttering, showed a 12-year-old how he marks up speeches: "Joe Biden invited 12-year-old Brayden Harrington backstage Tuesday in Concord to talk about his stutter, and showed him how he marks up speeches. 'He was basically showing him a strategy. He normalized it,' Brayden's father Owen said." (Via CNN's Kate Sullivan and Eric BradnerPhotos: http://bit.ly/2vVJfQi

Finding the perfect pose: Biden posed for a photo with a group of attendees in AARP jackets. Photo of Biden crouched over: http://bit.ly/2ufVIxT  

 

FROM Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence MORE:

Sanders on why he wore a tie on Wednesday: "[Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.)] notes he's wearing a tie today because he's going to D.C. after this to vote to remove Trump for office. His comments about impeachment are going on longer than usual, he's talking about he learned a lot about the constitution during the impeachment trial." (Via The Wall Street Journal's Eliza CollinsPhoto: http://bit.ly/39aJpBB

The Airport Diner does have excellent omelets ;) 

 

TIDBITS FROM Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE'S CAMPAIGN:

Here's a photo of Yang speaking to climate activists in Concord: http://bit.ly/383Yg0F

When Yang arrived in New Hampshire at 4 a.m. on Tuesday: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/386gwq1

One of Yang's big applause lines: "when he said he doesn't dislike Trump supporters. He loves them and wants to help improve their lives." (Via WHDH's Brandon Gunnoe)  http://bit.ly/2S4axN6

 

FROM Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardRepublicans call on DOJ to investigate Netflix over 'Cuties' film Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Gabbard says she 'was not invited to participate in any way' in Democratic convention MORE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE:

Gabbard's campaign protested outside of Saint Anselm College: CNN is hosting eight Democratic presidential candidates for televised town halls this week, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) was notably missing from the lineup. So, a group of more than 100 supporters held signs and protested CNN. (Via Boston.com's Nik DeCosta-KlipaWatch: http://bit.ly/2S3cVDt

Aw, look at the dog who backs Gabbard!: http://bit.ly/2H1Hrre

A woman asking Gabbard a question was filming, so Gabbard grabbed her phone and recorded her: Here is video: http://bit.ly/2H5VQ5v  

 

HOW IOWA HAS RAISED THE STAKES FOR Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: 

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easleyhttp://bit.ly/2tyGhQM

  

WHERE TO FIND THE CANDIDATES TODAY:

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Next crisis, keep people working and give them raises MOREBrentwood

Pete Buttigieg: Merrimack

Tulsi Gabbard: Claremont and Lebanon

Amy Klobuchar: Manchester 

Deval PatrickDeval PatrickRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden MORE: Laconia, Durham and Manchester

Bernie Sanders: Manchester

Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment MORE: Keene and Manchester

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon No new taxes for the ultra rich — fix bad tax policy instead MORE: Derry

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: Hudson and Durham

Andrew Yang: Plymouth, Dover and Exeter

 

What about Biden?:

 

THE LATEST RESULTS IN IOWA

We are up to 97 percent of precincts reporting! 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sanders nearly tied in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to results that were released overnight. http://bit.ly/384f5IR

The numbers:

Buttigieg: 26.2 percent 

Sanders: 26.1 percent -- a difference of 3 out of 1,097 votes (!)

Warren: 18.2 percent.

Biden: 15.8 percent

Klobuchar: 12.2 percent.

Live results: http://bit.ly/2S4KQM5

 

Breaking from DNC Chair Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE:

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez just called for a recanvass in Iowa after the blunder with its caucus results. http://bit.ly/2S22iRw

Perez tweeted: “Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.” 

 

MEANWHILE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Breaking from President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE -- I'm a free man:

President Trump is holding a press conference in the White House to discuss his acquittal of the two impeachment articles. Here are a few highlights:

On the impeachment trial: "It was all bullshit," Trump says. http://bit.ly/2OwBgzF 

On whether he did anything wrong -- Oh.: "'I've done things wrong in my life I will admit ...' says Pres. Trump but he insists not in this matter." http://bit.ly/2OxKoUy

On Russia: "We ended up winning on Russia, Russia, Russia. They kept it going forever because they wanted to inflict political pain on somebody who had just won an election to a lot of people who were surprised." http://bit.ly/39bdYaj

Photo from the room: http://bit.ly/2vYPeUB

Livestream: Watch Trump's press conference. It's pretty wild. http://bit.ly/2S43ioc

 

'Acquitted and it feels so good!':

The morning after his acquittal of impeachment articlesPresident Trump showed off newspaper headlines from USA Today and The Washington Post at the National Prayer Breakfast. http://bit.ly/36X7IS4

Video of Trump showing off the headlines: http://bit.ly/31CmTPt

In Trump's words: "Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, fortitude and strength to do what everyone knows was right," Trump said. "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say 'I pray for you' when they know that's not so." 

 

Guys, I think President Trump and Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE may legitimately brawl soon:

Trump said at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning -- (you can't make this up): President Trump took swipes at Pelosi and Romney this morning. "President Trump on Thursday swiped at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP-led panel to hear from former official who said Burisma was not a factor in US policy Joe Biden's dangerous view of 'normalcy' The electoral reality that the media ignores MORE (R-Utah) for invoking religion during the impeachment proceedings while speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast." http://bit.ly/375IcKu

Followed by Pelosi’s press conference: Pelosi accused President Trump of looking “a bit sedated” when she extended her hand at the State of the Union address for a handshake. In her words: "It was also an act of kindness, because he looked to me like he was a little bit sedated,” Pelosi said. “He looked that way last year too. But that was that. He didn’t want to shake hands? That meant nothing to me.” http://bit.ly/380DbEa

Pelosi was asked if tearing up Trump’s address stepped on her own message to take the high road: "I did not. I tore up a manifesto of mistruth," Pelosi responded.

Pelosi on Romney's vote to convict the president: "God bless him for his courage," she said. http://bit.ly/31uM1I1

Livestream of Pelosi's press conference: http://bit.ly/31xxFqe

  

TIDBITS FROM THE CAPTIOL:

The Senate subway was a madhouse post-acquittal: Notice Sanders in the background! Photo: http://bit.ly/31CgqEb

Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled McConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE's runway walk: Work it. Photo: http://bit.ly/2S3v5Fh

Capitol Hill protesters after dark: http://bit.ly/38aUfHS

Tidbit -- Pelosi pre-ripped Trump's speech: Via The New York post, Pelosi reportedly made small tears in the pages before dramatically ripping her copy. http://bit.ly/31vWOS4

Video of Romney's viral speech: http://bit.ly/2H0Jeg5

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson discusses speaking at People's Party Convention Fewer people watched opening night of Democratic convention compared to 2016 Marianne Williamson: Democratic convention 'like binge watching a Marriott commercial' MORE is trying to raise money

 

ON TAP

The House is in. The Senate is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

This morning: President Trump and Vice President Pence attended the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.

11 a.m. EST: President Trump holds a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.

1 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2S42zU0

2 p.m. EST: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the president of Kenya.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Trump received a Coronavirus Task Force update in the Oval Office.

6:30 p.m. EST: Last votes in the House.

3 p.m. EST Monday: The Senate meets. The Senate's full schedule: http://bit.ly/2H1goMA

  

WHAT TO WATCH

Noon: President Trump delivered remarks. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2S43ioc

11:35 p.m. EST: Buttigieg will appear on CBS's "The Late Show." http://bit.ly/3bhsDCI

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day.

 

And because you made it this far, here's a puppy who waited for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLoeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Health care in the crosshairs with new Trump Supreme Court list 'Parks and Rec' cast members hosting special reunion to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats MORE (R-Texas) to finish speaking before he walked past: http://bit.ly/2S1pMGr

(From journalist Matt Laslo)