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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Warren drops out of 2020 race

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Warren drops out of race | Biden surge cheers vulnerable Dems, disappoints Republicans | GOP ramps up Ukraine probe as Biden rises | Why the delegate fight favors Biden | Schumer walks back remarks on justices | Senate to vote on coronavirus response funds | Stocks fall sharply | Pence to visit Washington state amid outbreak | Trump on Fox News town hall tonight | Coronavirus pop-up shop sells masks, sanitizer | New White Claw flavors

 

BREAKING

But how 'bout that selfie line?

Pretty good, right?:

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE (D-Mass.) is ending her presidential campaign after a poor performance on Super Tuesday, including a third place finish in her home state of Massachusetts. http://bit.ly/2uUzMIH

Why she was key in the presidential race, despite failing to gain traction: "Though her support had eroded by Super Tuesday, in her final weeks as a candidate she effectively drove the centrist billionaire, former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, out of the race with debate performances that flashed her evident skills and political potential." (Via The New York Times's Astead W. Herndon and Shane Goldmacherhttps://nyti.ms/2TpimNJ

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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

We need some 'Republicans 4 democratic socialism' swag:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Republican lawmakers are disappointed in former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE's strong finish on Super Tuesday.

Why: Because they would rather run against self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (I-Vt.) They consider Biden more mainstream and harder to draw a contrast with. 

"In the battle for the Senate, Republicans would like to tie Democratic candidates to Sanders and socialism, and generally see Biden as a stronger candidate. Similarly, Democrats were uneasy about Sanders as their standard-bearer, and Biden has made this a point of attack on the campaign trail, arguing he would help Democrats take back the Senate."

How this could play out: http://bit.ly/32UcXBm

  

Meanwhile, vulnerable Democrats are ... buh, duh, buh, duh, duh ... lovin' it: 

Via The Hill's Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos, "vulnerable House Democrats are elated -- and breathing a huge sigh of relief -- after Joe Biden's stunning series of victories on Super Tuesday." http://bit.ly/3cA8p7K

How so: "They had feared that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a self-described democratic socialist, would cause a down-ballot disaster by winning the nomination, warning that he could cost them many of their swing seats -- and control of the House. But Biden's return to front-runner status has eased Democrats' nerves on Capitol Hill and throughout the party establishment in Washington, at least for the time being." 

 

WHAT THE DELEGATE BATTLE LOOKS LIKE -- IT LIKELY FAVORS BIDEN: 
Via The Hill's Reid Wilsonhttp://bit.ly/2TJsHTG

  

LATEST WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

Stocks drop again this morning:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, the U.S. stock market dropped this morning as coronavirus rattles Wall Street. http://bit.ly/3cy00Se

The numbers: "The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by roughly 740 points, a 2.7 percent drop, while the S&P 500 opened with a loss of 2.5 percent and the Nasdaq composite fell 2.3 percent. Thursday's losses follow a tumultuous week for stocks after rallies on Monday and Wednesday punctuated by a Tuesday plunge." 

 

HERE'S A MAP OF ALL OF THE CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THE U.S.:

https://nyti.ms/2VN1Vwg

 

Omg, a coronavirus pop-up shop opened in D.C.:

Via Washingtonian's Cordilia James, a new pop-up shop in Northeast Washington, D.C. is selling hand sanitizer and hard-to-find face masks. http://bit.ly/2Ts9uqN

For sale: "The cost of masks at the Trinidad pop-up ranges from $5 to $30. Standard surgical masks are cheaper, while the N95 masks are more on the expensive side. The shop typically offers discounts to those who are at high risk of the virus, though, such as older customers. 'Protective kits' filled with masks, Lysol spray, hand sanitizer and other supplies are also for sale, starting at $20." 

  

IN THE WHITE HOUSE

'We'll be taking that back':

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE said his administration will start withholding funding from self-described sanctuary cities after a federal court ruled last week. http://bit.ly/2VKW4aO

 Trump tweeted: "As per recent Federal Court ruling, the Federal Government will be withholding funds from Sanctuary Cities. They should change their status and go non-Sanctuary. Do not protect criminals!" http://bit.ly/2PLPA7S

  

IN CONGRESS

Today in 'if I could take that back':

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHouse Democrats introduce bill to invest 0 billion in STEM research and education Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Lewandowski: Trump 'wants to see every Republican reelected regardless of ... if they break with the president' MORE (D-N.Y.) said two Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchSupreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Vermont official asks Kavanaugh to correct claim about state's voting procedures Supreme Court won't fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughVermont official asks Kavanaugh to correct claim about state's voting procedures Supreme Court won't fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension Pence seeks to lift GOP in battle for Senate MORE "will pay the price" for "awful decisions" in abortion-related cases. http://bit.ly/2Ip07BX

In Schumer's words: "I want to tell you, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Gorsuch, you have unleashed a whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions."

Schumer suggested there would be electoral blowback for Republicans: "We will tell President Trump and Senate Republicans who have stacked the court with right-wing ideologies that you're going to be gone in November, and you will never be able to do what you're trying to do now ever, ever again," Schumer said. "You're gone in November." But Republicans and even Chief Justice John Roberts pounced on the remarks.

 

REACTION FROM CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS

Roberts called Schumer's comments "dangerous." http://bit.ly/2ToEBUc

Roberts said in a statement: "Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter."

 

AND Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Battle for Senate 'a 50-50 proposition' 'Packing' federal courts is already a serious problem What a Biden administration should look like MORE RIPPED SCHUMER:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor: "I'm not sure where to start. There is nothing to call this except a threat, and there is absolutely no question to whom, to whom it was directed. ... The minority leader of the United States threatened two associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court by name, period. There's no other way to interpret that." http://bit.ly/2Ikb0Vp 

 

JUST NOW -- SCHUMER WALKS BACK HIS COMMENTS:

Schumer just said on the Senate floor: "I shouldn't have used the words I did but in no way was I making a threat. I never, never would do such a thing and Leader McConnell knows that. And Republicans who are busy manufacturing outrage over these comments know that too." http://bit.ly/2wuta4g

 

It's Hunter Biden time:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, "A GOP probe into Hunter Biden and the Ukrainian gas company Burisma is picking up speed on Capitol Hill as former Vice President Joe Biden gains new momentum in the 2020 Democratic primary." http://bit.ly/3cBb40U 

How so: "Republicans argue the investigation, spearheaded by Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings Senators introduce bipartisan bill to expand screening of foreign visitors Democrat announces 2022 bid for Ron Johnson's seat MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyBarrett confirmation stokes Democrats' fears over ObamaCare On The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Grassley: Voters should be skeptical of Biden's pledge to not raise middle class taxes MORE (R-Iowa), isn't political and is broader than just Ukraine. But the effort threatens to put the former vice president back in the hot seat at a time when his campaign is on the rebound ... Johnson, who chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced he would hold a vote next week on a subpoena of a former executive from a firm with ties to Burisma."

What to expect: http://bit.ly/3cBb40U

 

TIDBIT ON CAPITOL HILL YESTERDAY -- IT'S THE SEASON:

"Definitely fly in season at the Capitol:  Two of the doors for Hart had lines at least 50 people deep." (Via The Hill's Jordain Carneyhttp://bit.ly/2VOfgES

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

When you see it:

Yes, that is Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Congressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match MORE (R-Fla.) wearing a gas mask on the House floor. http://bit.ly/32TMjc2 

The full size photos: http://bit.ly/2ImI5jI

  

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. and is heading to Scranton, Pa. for a town hall tonight. Vice President Pence is in Minnesota and Washington state today.

9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for Minneapolis.

10:30 ­– 11:30 a.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule: http://bit.ly/3ayhyw2

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says US to open embassy in the Maldives Microsoft: Iranian hacking group targeting attendees of major international security conferences American money for American ideas: Think tanks should disclose foreign funding MORE.

Noon: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/3ayhyw2

1 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with 3M Chairman and CEO Mike Roman.

1:45 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on $8 billion in emergency coronavirus funding. 

2:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for Tacoma, Wash.

3:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence leads a White House Coronavirus Task Force call while aboard Air Force Two.

4:10 p.m. EST: President Trump leaves for Scranton, Pa.

6:30 p.m. EST: President Trump participates in a Fox News Channel town hall in Scranton.

7 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington, Oregon, Nevada join California plan to review COVID-19 vaccine 10 under-the-radar races to watch in November On The Trail: A third coronavirus wave builds just before Election Day MORE (D) and tours the state emergency operations center.

9:25 a.m. EST: President Trump gets back to the White House.

1:40 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Infectious disease experts testify on the coronavirus before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2vwZTpF

8:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence holds a press briefing with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D). Livestreamhttp://bit.ly/2TFvjSD

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Cheese Doodle Day.

  

New White Claw flavors!

I repeat, new White Claw flavors!:

White Claw is adding lemon, watermelon and tangerine to its lineup. "It's the first flavor trio since the original five. The hard seltzer brand will package the three new flavors along with the well-loved mango in a new 12-Pack that's already available wherever White Claw is sold. https://r29.co/2wA6Ea0 

 

The photos on this story are just as great as you'd imagine:

Via CNN's Alicia Lee, "A man brought a llama to his sister's wedding, delighting just about everyone but the bride." Photos: https://cnn.it/2ImDxtE

 

And because you made it this far, here's a dog who has seen some things: http://bit.ly/2vBrqpG