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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump, Bloomberg trade insults on Twitter | Trump hits back at John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE over criticism | Why Senate Dems are worried about Sanders's rise | Buttigieg, Klobuchar face uphill battle for black, Latino voters | Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksCuomo turned down Trump invitation to participate in April press briefing: report Trump shakes up White House communications team Meadows joins White House facing reelection challenges MORE returning to the White House | Former US attorney who oversaw Mueller cases resigns | Senate to vote on curbing Trump's Iran war powers | Eight senators expected to side with Dems



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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE repeatedly slammed White House hopeful former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg on Twitter this morning.

Trump tweeted: “Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see. He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!”

Annnnd this: “Mini Mike is a 5’4” mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!”


^ HEY! 5’ 4” is a PERFECTLY REASONABLE height! Don’t make things personal for me!  


Bloomberg tweeted back, “.@realDonaldTrump — we know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.” 


It’s Thursday. 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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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It’s all uphill from here, Pete and Amy:

Via The Hill’s Rafael Bernal and Amie Parnes, “Democratic candidates Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharPolice killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick Cortez Masto says she's not interested in being Biden VP Voting rights, public health officials roll out guidelines to protect voters from COVID-19 MORE, fresh off their strong showings in New Hampshire and Iowa, now face the uphill battle of winning over black and Latino voters in a short amount of time.”

How so: “The former South Bend, Ind., mayor and Minnesota senator have shown their brand of moderate Midwestern politics carries traction with white liberal voters, but they will need to fine tune that message in Nevada and South Carolina before the onslaught of Super Tuesday.” 

How this could play out:


Senate Democrats are biting their tongues about Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Democrats are feeling queasy about their party’s presidential primary after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seized front-runner status by winning the New Hampshire primary, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE stumbled to a fifth-place finish.” 

Keeping the criticism private: “Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize Sanders publicly, fearing that it could undermine party unity heading into the November general election, which they view as a must-win contest.”

Why Democrats are worried: “But they have serious questions about the electability of their self-described democratic socialist colleague and the problems he may create down-ballot for vulnerable Senate candidates.”

^ For example: “Several of Sanders’s signature proposals, such as ‘Medicare for All,’ tuition-free college, cancelling student debt and the sweeping Green New Deal, don’t even have support from a majority of Democratic senators.” 


Interesting throwback from before the Bern was felt:



Announced this morning -- Have some Hope:

Via The Hill's Morgan Chalfant, President Trump's former communications director Hope Hicks is returning to the White House as a counselor.

Hicks's new role: She will work in the office of Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump's strategy to stay in office Trump tries to soothe anxious GOP senators Press: King Donald's goal - no checks, no balances MORE


It's the campaign season (the campaign season!), with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock:



Via CNN's Kaitlan Collins, former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has left the Treasury Department after her nomination to a top job at the Treasury was withdrawn.

Reasoning: "While head of the US Attorney's Office in Washington, Liu inherited many of the major ongoing cases from Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's special counsel investigation and was also handling the politically charged case of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump's ire who is also a CNN contributor. Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw her nomination was directly tied to her former job."


Late this morning -- Miss it, John Kelly?:

President Trump tore into his former chief of staff, John Kelly, who openly criticized the president.

He tweeted: "When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn't do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn't for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X's, he misses the action & just can't keep his mouth shut ... which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that 'John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.' Wrong!" 



Happening today -- Eight's a crowd: 

Today, the Senate is voting a bipartisan resolution to limit President Trump's power to take military action against Iran.

Where things get tricky: As many as eight Republicans may vote with Democrats to limit Trump's ability to take military action.

Who: "They are Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHouse punts on FISA, votes to begin negotiations with Senate House cancels planned Thursday vote on FISA This week: Surveillance fight sets early test for House's proxy voting MORE (Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks Tim Kaine tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies Trump urges GOP to vote against bill reauthorizing surveillance powers MORE (Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits MORE (Maine), Todd Young (Ind.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranMemorial Day during COVID-19: How to aid our country's veterans Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act Hillicon Valley: Facebook permanently shifting thousands of jobs to remote work | Congressional action on driverless cars hits speed bump during pandemic | Republicans grill TikTok over data privacy concerns MORE (Kan.), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSoured on Fox, Trump may be seeking new propaganda outlet Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day McConnell gives two vulnerable senators a boost with vote on outdoor recreation bill MORE (Tenn.), Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US virus deaths exceed 100,000; Pelosi pulls FISA bill Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff Pass the Primary Care Enhancement Act MORE (La.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

The Senate's timing today:




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

9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for West Columbia, S.C.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

1:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump Victory luncheon in West Columbia.

1:45 p.m. EST: Roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today:

3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). 

6:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Citadel Republican Society Patriot Dinner.

8:20 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

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4:20 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in Charleston, S.C. Livestream:



Today is National Cheddar Day.


And because you made it this far, here's a woman who is completely over the snow:


I get it, Judy. I get it.