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 LewisDemocratic lawmakers: 'Completely irresponsible' for IRS to demand essential workers provide own PPE Joe Biden must pick a progressive black woman as VP if he wants to win The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic 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 BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination.

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 BidenBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden COVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder 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:

Reaction from President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' 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!"

Reaction from former rival Andrew YangAndrew YangIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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 The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mnuchin sees 'strong likelihood' of another relief package; Warner says some businesses 'may not come back' at The Hill's Advancing America's Economy summit 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."



Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting MORE (D-Mass.) is taking the day to reassess her path forward after a disappointing Super Tuesday. 


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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Biden won: AlabamaVirginiaNorth CarolinaTennesseeArkansasOklahomaMinnesotaMassachusetts and Texas

Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE won: VermontColoradoUtah and California

Michael Bloomberg won: The American Samoa caucuses.

No winner declared in: Maine

The full results:

Here's a breakdown of the popular vote in the Super Tuesday states:



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.

How Biden's stunning night surprised everyone, including his own loyalists: 

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.

'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."

^ 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."



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!"

Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayJuan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle George Conway group targets Tillis's loyalty to Trump in new ad George Conway group launches campaign to gin up GOP and independent support for Biden MORE's husband, George, maxes out on his donation to Joe Biden: George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayOvernight Defense: Trump to withdraw US from Open Skies Treaty | Pentagon drops ban on recruits who had virus | FBI says Corpus Christi shooting terror-related Former CIA chief: Trump withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty 'is insane' 'Never Trump' Republicans: Fringe, or force to be reckoned with? MORE screenshotted his donation. Photo



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:


Symone SandersSymone SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks to tamp down controversy over remarks about black support African American figures slam Biden on 'you ain't black' comments Biden regrets remarks about black support: 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy' 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:




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:

Check out Jennifer Granholm's necklace -- it looks like the Senate map: Here's a photo:

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:

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"



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.

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 WestKanye West: 'I buy real estate. It's better now than when Obama was in office' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Economy loses 701K jobs in devastating March report FTC sends warnings to Cardi B, other influencers for not disclosing paid ads 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!"

When was the last time she visited the White House: May of 2018. Throwback photo from that day:


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.

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:



Happy belated Birthday!:

Video of his colleagues surprising Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who is battling cancer:

Here's a photo from Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSunday shows preview: States begin to reopen even as some areas in US see case counts increase The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Mnuchin: More COVID-19 congressional action ahead The Memo: Activists press Biden on VP choice MORE (D-Fla.): 


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:

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:

5:30 p.m. EST: The Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing in the White House. Livestream:



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:

And because you must see this, here's a tiny piglet eating a fettuccini noodle: