The Hill's 12:30 Report: Super Tuesday fallout

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Super Tuesday fallout | Breakdown of winners, losers | Bloomberg drops out, endorses Biden | Warren reassessing her campaign | How Biden surprised even his loyalists | Sanders wins delegate-rich California on rough night | Trump mocks Bloomberg, Warren | Lawmakers agree on over $7B in coronavirus emergency funding | Colleagues surprise John LewisJohn LewisBrown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights Harry Reid: Biden should give GOP three weeks to see if they will work with him NY Times slammed for glowing Farrakhan op-ed: 'You would think he was a gentleman' MORE on birthday | Dates announced for peak cherry blossoms 



There are cheaper ways to travel the country:

After spending hundreds of millions of his own money to self-fund his presidential campaign and a terrible return on Super Tuesday, Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls What a Biden administration should look like MORE has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination. http://bit.ly/3asquCV

In Bloomberg's words, why he dropped out: "I'm a believer in using data to inform decisions. After yesterday's results, the delegate math has become virtually impossible – and a viable path to the nomination no longer exists."

And he endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE: "I've always believed that defeating Donald Trump starts with uniting behind the candidate with the best shot to do it. After yesterday's vote, it is clear that candidate is my friend and a great American, Joe Biden. "I've known Joe for a very long time. I know his decency, his honesty, and his commitment to the issues that are so important to our country – including gun safety, health care, climate change, and good jobs."

Photo outside Bloomberg's New York City headquarters: http://bit.ly/2VHwOlM

Reaction from President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE: "Mini Mike Bloomberg just 'quit' the race for President. I could have told him long ago that he didn't have what it takes, and he would have saved himself a billion dollars, the real cost. Now he will pour money into Sleepy Joe's campaign, hoping to save face. It won't work!" http://bit.ly/38m1EmR

Reaction from former rival Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE: "Mike Bloomberg will have a lot to do with it if the Democrats defeat Trump in the Fall - his resources and data analytics are second to none. Kudos to him for his commitment to the country and for making this decision." http://bit.ly/2TGlVON



Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) is taking the day to reassess her path forward after a disappointing Super Tuesday. http://bit.ly/3atcusI 


It's Wednesday. Not a Super Wednesday. Just Wednesday. 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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Biden won: AlabamaVirginiaNorth CarolinaTennesseeArkansasOklahomaMinnesotaMassachusetts and Texas

Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning MORE won: VermontColoradoUtah and California

Michael Bloomberg won: The American Samoa caucuses.

No winner declared in: Maine

The full results: http://bit.ly/2TlSaUb

Here's a breakdown of the popular vote in the Super Tuesday states: https://politi.co/39owzjN



Biden had an incredible night: The former vice president is projected to win more than half of the 14 states, a major win for the campaign that was on life support just a week ago. http://bit.ly/39pEahV

How Biden's stunning night surprised everyone, including his own loyalists: http://bit.ly/3avRott 

Sanders won the delegate gold mine of California: Sanders won California, the state with the most delegates, and is hoping to make up the delegate deficit that he lost in the South. http://bit.ly/2VIeHw5

'Bloomberg's millions can't buy him many delegates': Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "Bloomberg, competing for the first time on Tuesday after the four early states delivered their verdicts, bet his bank account would overcome the groundwork carefully laid by his main rivals. That bet does not appear to have paid off." http://bit.ly/3cuXb4x

^ Meanwhile: The Washington Post's Matt Viser pointed out, "Joe Biden is mopping the floor in states that he never visited, where he opened zero field offices, and where he spent next to nothing on TV." http://bit.ly/3cwO6Iz



From Donald Trump, president and pundit: "So selfish for Elizabeth Warren to stay in the race. She has Zero chance of even coming close to winning, but hurts Bernie badly. So much for their wonderful liberal friendship. Will he ever speak to her again? She cost him Massachusetts (and came in third), he shouldn't!" http://bit.ly/2IiJwQb

Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMelania Trump gives rally remarks in rare joint appearance with the president Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail McEnany appears on Fox in 'personal capacity' as Trump campaign adviser MORE's husband, George, maxes out on his donation to Joe Biden: George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayRaccoon that 'attacked' news crews on White House lawn sparks viral jokes George and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Lincoln Project releases new ad blasting Trump as 'a horrible role model' MORE screenshotted his donation. Photohttp://bit.ly/39nO8jN



Two dairy protesters (yes, dairy protesters!) stormed the stage during former Biden's remarks last night. 

'Jill Biden's epic tussle: In split-second blocking maneuver, she protects husband from lunging vegans' Here's a play-by-play: https://wapo.st/2Tm8C77


Symone SandersSymone SandersBooker calls Pence 'a formidable debater' ahead of VP debate Biden will participate in next debate with 'necessary' safety precautions, campaign aide says Biden adviser: 'We are not concerned, because we are being safe' MORE is the MVP -- here's video of the incident:




Then Symone Sanders tweeted:


Ahh hahahaha


The question everyone has been asking -- why does Biden not have Secret Service protection?: "Vice presidents are only entitled to Secret Service protection for up to six months after leaving office, USA Today explained. This can be extended by the Department of Homeland Security, but in Biden's case it did not do so." The full reasoning: http://bit.ly/2IfphTz




Haha, this survey from the Trump campaign is pretty funny: NBC's Kasie Hunt tweeted, "Opened @realDonaldTrump campaign email with Super Tuesday survey and..." Screenshot: http://bit.ly/3aohEpO

Check out Jennifer Granholm's necklace -- it looks like the Senate map: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/3atpJK2

I, I don't understand: The Atlantic's David Frum said on BBC last night, "Joe Biden appeals to people who pay their cable bills on the day they arrive. Bernie Sanders appeals to people who may forget to pay their cable bill entirely.... the first group is more reliable." Watch: http://bit.ly/3ai3SVI

Sister, wife -- same thing!: During his election night speech last night, "Biden, screaming and delighted, mixes up his sister and his wife. Looks amused more than alarmed" http://bit.ly/3cummEj



Just now — Congress agreed to an emergency coronavirus funding deal: 

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, lawmakers have agreed to more than $7 billion in emergency funding to fight the coronavirus. http://bit.ly/2TBbvjj

Keep in mind: This $7 billion bill is three times more than the White House requested. 


Soo, is a SKIMS-White House collab coming?:

Kim Kardashian WestKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestNew 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' clip reveals Khloé tested positive for COVID-19 New Jersey spoofs Kim Kardashian West's private island getaway amid COVID-19 Trump grants clemency to five nonviolent offenders MORE is visiting the White House again today to discuss criminal justice reform.

She tweeted: "Today Alice, Crystal, Judith, Tynice and I, along with the @cut_50 team will be at the White House bringing light to these women and discuss more change that our justice system desperately needs!" http://bit.ly/2TDDOxn

When was the last time she visited the White House: May of 2018. Throwback photo from that day: http://bit.ly/3cvnxDC


A U.S. airstrike against the Taliban:

Days after the Trump administration signed a peace deal with the Taliban, the U.S. launched an airstrike against the group this morning. http://bit.ly/3cx2mRB

Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesperson for the U.S. operation in Afghanistan, tweeted: "The US conducted an airstrike on March 4 against Taliban fighters in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand, who were actively attacking an #ANDSF checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack. This was our 1st strike against the Taliban in 11 days ... On March 3rd alone, the Taliban conducted 43 attacks on #ANDSF checkpoints in #Helmand. The Taliban claim to be fighting to free Afg. from int'l forces, the Feb 29 agreement provides a conditions-based path to withdrawal." Read his full tweets: http://bit.ly/2vutK21



Happy belated Birthday!:

Video of his colleagues surprising Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is battling cancer: http://bit.ly/2PK0MSq

Here's a photo from Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDisney to lay off 28,000 employees Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response MORE (D-Fla.): http://bit.ly/2POYd1E 


I was delirious, but I definitely ordered one of these last night:



The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. Pence is holding various meetings on the coronavirus for most of the day.

10 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence holds a coronavirus briefing with long term, post-acute and palliative care provider CEOS.

11 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence held a coronavirus briefing with airline CEOs.

12:15 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence held a coronavirus briefing with diagnostic lab CEOs.

1:15 p.m. EST: First votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2vDYoFX

2 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gives closed-door remarks to House Republicans, followed by separate remarks to House Democrats.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in the presentation of the Boy Scouts' Report to the Nation.

4:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Situation Room.



1:50 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at the Latino Coalition Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2TBEVhb

5:30 p.m. EST: The Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing in the White House. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2VI8LmX



Today is National Pound Cake Day.


Tourism should peak on March 27-30:

The cherry blossoms should reach peak bloom from March 27-30 this year, according to the National Park Service. Details: http://bit.ly/3axX0DT

And because you must see this, here's a tiny piglet eating a fettuccini noodle: http://bit.ly/2Ie47oP