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



But how 'bout that selfie line?

Pretty good, right?:

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 ending her presidential campaign after a poor performance on Super Tuesday, including a third place finish in her home state of Massachusetts.

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 Goldmacher

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We need some 'Republicans 4 democratic socialism' swag:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Republican lawmakers are disappointed in former Vice President 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's strong finish on Super Tuesday.

Why: Because they would rather run against self-described democratic socialist Sen. 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 (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:


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."

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." 


Via The Hill's Reid Wilson



Stocks drop again this morning:

Via The Hill's Sylvan Lane, the U.S. stock market dropped this morning as coronavirus rattles Wall Street.

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." 




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.

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." 



'We'll be taking that back':

This morning, 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 said his administration will start withholding funding from self-described sanctuary cities after a federal court ruled last week.

 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!"



Today in 'if I could take that back':

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' Senate Democrats call on Trump administration to let Planned Parenthood centers keep PPP loans States, companies set up their own COVID-19 legal shields MORE (D-N.Y.) said two Trump-appointed Supreme Court justices, Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchDeath row inmates ask for stay while they appeal to Supreme Court Appeals court rejects request to rehear challenge to federal execution Supreme Court divided over fight for Trump's financial records   MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTara Reade's lawyer says dropping her as client not a reflection on her Biden claims Conservative group launches campaign accusing Democrats of hypocrisy on Kavanuagh, Biden Death row inmates ask for stay while they appeal to Supreme Court MORE "will pay the price" for "awful decisions" in abortion-related cases.

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.



Roberts called Schumer's comments "dangerous."

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 McConnellMemorial Day weekend deals latest economic blow to travel industry Senate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans On The Money: Jobless rate exceeds 20 percent in three states | Senate goes on break without passing small business loan fix | Biden pledges to not raise taxes on those making under 0K 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." 



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."


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." 

How so: "Republicans argue the investigation, spearheaded by Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonHouse chair threatens subpoenas if Pompeo doesn't provide Biden docs he gave Senate GOP Senate confirms Ratcliffe to be Trump's spy chief Schumer dubs GOP 'conspiracy caucus' amid Obama-era probes MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators offer bill to prevent relief payments from being seized by private debt collectors Senators weigh traveling amid coronavirus ahead of Memorial Day Why is our government holding us liable for COVID-19? 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:



"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 Carney



When you see it:

Yes, that is Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzImpeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments GOP lawmakers press Trump to suspend visas over coronavirus job losses MORE (R-Fla.) wearing a gas mask on the House floor. 

The full size photos:



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:

11:45 a.m. EST: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoKim Jong Un seeks to continue bolstering North Korea's nuclear capabilities, state media says China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE.

Noon: A roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today:

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 state bishops respond to Trump's push to reopen churches: 'We will wait' Trump takes pandemic fight to Michigan FEMA coronavirus supplies arrive mislabeled, slowing down state use: report 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.



This morning: Infectious disease experts testify on the coronavirus before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Livestream:

8:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence holds a press briefing with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D). Livestream



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. 


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:


And because you made it this far, here's a dog who has seen some things: