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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeO’Rourke to announce White House run Thursday morning: report Democratic Florida mayor launching 2020 presidential exploratory committee Conservative group targets O’Rourke in new ad amid 2020 speculation MORE jumps into 2020 race | Trump mocks O’Rourke’s ‘crazy’ hand moves | Trump braces for Senate rebuke | Last-ditch effort to sway GOP senators | Trump threatens veto on emergency resolution | Top Mueller aide leaving post | Speculation grows probe may be winding down | House votes for Mueller report to be public | Dems critical of Omar seek primary challenger | Pi Day pizza and pie deals
TALK OF THE MORNING
You Beto believe it!:
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who ran against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, has jumped into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. http://bit.ly/2FbJJnw
Why Beto’s unsuccessful Senate bid is important: “While he ultimately lost to Cruz in November, O’Rourke managed to come within less than 3 points of a win in Texas, a state with a reputation as a Republican stronghold. Voters in the Lone Star State haven’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in roughly three decades.” http://bit.ly/2FbJJnw
Cable networks are pumped: All three major cable networks aired Beto’s campaign event in Iowa. Screenshots: http://bit.ly/2J8Ytrc
Want a quick taste of Beto’s campaign style?: Here’s a clip from his first campaign event in Iowa. Watch: http://bit.ly/2u79AGL
Something to notice about Beto’s speaking style: He uses a lot of hand motions when he speaks. A few examples of his animated speaking style: http://bit.ly/2JqG1L5
REACTION FROM President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump trade adviser the only economist in world who believes in tariffs House transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon sets new limits on transgender service members MORE:
President Trump noticed Beto O’Rourke’s animated hand movements and questioned whether O’Rourke “is crazy.” (Via Reuters’ Jeff Mason) http://bit.ly/2HlLH6T
HOW PRIMARY COMPETITOR KAMALA HARRIS IS FUNDRAISING OFF BETO’S ANNOUNCEMENT:
Here’s a photo of a fundraising email the California senator’s campaign sent out: http://bit.ly/2O1WXGj
THAT WAS FAST — BETO’S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENT:
Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceNielsen testifies: Five things you need to know House Democrat accuses Nielsen of lying under oath to Congress Dem lawmakers to open probe into ‘complex web of relationships’ between NRA, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) almost immediately endorsed Beto O’Rourke. She tweeted: “He’s honest, authentic and has the courage of his convictions and a bold vision for our future. Most importantly, he’ll build a movement that will rise above the toxic division in our politics and unite this country.” http://bit.ly/2W1nJRY
^Context from The Washington Post’s Matt Viser: “Perhaps it’s true that few may rival Beto’s hand movement. But Trump is certainly one who would.” http://bit.ly/2TRutEg
Here’s a list of 2020 presidential candidates — and who still may run: https://nyti.ms/2IKvzxA
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HAPPENING TODAY IN CONGRESS
We’ve been talking about this vote for so long, I’m running out of material!:
The Republican-controlled Senate is set to pass a resolution rebuking President Trump‘s national emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. http://bit.ly/2W125wT
Weren’t Republicans trying to avoid this vote?: Well yes, but talks within the Republican conference fell apart yesterday.
Which Republican senators are voting with Democrats: GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Alaska), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTexas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives Lee, fifth GOP senator, to vote against Trump’s border declaration GOP’s Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump MORE (N.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Ky.) had said before today that they would back the resolution.
^^New additions to the motley crew: GOP Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate talks collapse on avoiding Trump showdown over emergency declaration GOP faces crunch time on Trump border declaration GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers MORE (Tenn.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen On The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks MORE (Utah) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have also decided to vote with Democrats. http://bit.ly/2HE7kPx
Which other Republican senators could join this camp: Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate talks collapse on avoiding Trump showdown over emergency declaration Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution GOP senators unveil paid parental leave proposal MORE (Fla.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonPence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution Trump tries to win votes in Senate fight GOP braces for showdown on wall emergency with Trump MORE (Ga.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers Trump tries to win votes in Senate fight Wisconsin GOP ties Dems Milwaukee convention pick to socialism MORE (Wis.), Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseA time for Republicans to show allegiance to Congress GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers Breaking down barriers for American military families MORE (Neb.) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers MORE (Kan.) are undecided.
Spoiler alert — we know what happens next:
President Trump vowed to veto the resolution. http://bit.ly/2O2PXsC
He tweeted: “A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!” http://bit.ly/2HlxqaB
He also defended the legality of the national emergency: “Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress,” Trump tweeted. “If, at a later date, Congress wants to update the law, I will support those efforts, but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!” http://bit.ly/2HknhuE
OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING
A special counsel retiree:
Via NPR’s Carrie Johnson, Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s investigation, is leaving his position. https://n.pr/2T5eBK0
What this may mean: It’s leading to speculation that the special counsel investigation is wrapping up.
Weissmann’s position: He was a key figure in the case against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFive things to know about Manafort’s sentencing Trump mum on Manafort pardon: ‘It’s a very sad situation’ Manafort attorney shouted down by hecklers outside courthouse MORE.
Where Weissmann is headed: To teach and study at New York University.
SPEAKING OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION:
This morning, the House voted for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report to be made public. The vote: 420-0, plus four Republicans voted “present.” Yeah, but: The resolution is non-binding. Details: http://bit.ly/2XZWp8b
This is the congressional equivalent of ‘you can’t sit with us’:
Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “Some Minnesota Democrats, aghast at controversial comments made by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBernie Sanders campaign aide apologizes for ‘insensitive’ comments about ‘dual allegiance’ to Israel Rep. Omar and anti-Semitic distractions Several advertisers cut ties to Fox News shows hosted by Pirro, Carlson MORE (D), are taking initial steps to recruit a candidate to run against her in next year’s primary election, seeking to buck history in one of the nation’s most progressive legislative districts.”
Tidbit from the Capitol — cue everyone telling Sen. Murphy, ‘you should be flattered!’:
“Capitol police are in the basement checking IDs because of Irish lunch … They just stopped [Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Overnight Energy: EPA moves to raise ethanol levels in gasoline | Dems look to counter White House climate council | Zinke cleared of allegations tied to special election MORE(D-Conn.)] to ask for his ID. (Young-ish senator problems?)” (Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney) http://bit.ly/2T3jP93
OK, fine. We’ll give you this one, WMATA:
We are currently single tracking on the Blue/Silver lines as appropriate animal resources respond to an apparently injured bald eagle on the tracks near Morgan Boulevard. Our apologies for delays as we work to get him/her to care. #wmata pic.twitter.com/PpACF06cjv
— Metro (@wmata) March 13, 2019
Details on the bald eagle incident: https://wapo.st/2Ck6svM
Oh hello there, McDreamy:
Personal news: I saw Patrick Dempsey today in person pic.twitter.com/mDOUkalzTs
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) March 13, 2019
Earlier on Wednesday: ABC’s Meridith McGraw tweeted that Patrick Dempsey was touring Georgetown University with his daughter. http://bit.ly/2O232CF
The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.
8:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence hosts a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast with the prime minister of Ireland.
10–11 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.
10:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of Ireland and holds an expanded bilateral meeting.
Noon: President Trump participates in a friends of Ireland luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.
March: U.S. Military Caregivers Month. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Hylz8i
WHAT TO WATCH
This morning: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump budget reignites border security fight Census Bureau quietly seeking immigrants’ legal status: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Pelosi’s challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE testifies on preparation for the 2020 census. Livestream of the hearing: https://cs.pn/2Cj70SL
6 p.m. EDT: President Trump, first lady Melania TrumpMelania Trump‘Fox & Friends’ host calls out people trying to ‘seek and destroy’ Tucker Carlson Melania Trump spokeswoman tears into ‘The View’ for ‘petty, mean-girl spirit’ Trump accuses media without evidence of photoshopping Melania photos MORE and Vice President Pence participate in the Shamrock Bowl presentation by the prime minister of Ireland. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2FaYE1b
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Potato Chip Day! It’s also National Pi Day.
Nationally: Here’s where you can find pizza deals today: http://bit.ly/2CuDnxZ
Locally: Here’s where to celebrate Pi Day in Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/2Co2zG9
Elsa looks so different without the smokey eye!:
Via BuzzFeed’s Loryn Brantz, here is what Disney princesses look like without their makeup: https://bzfd.it/2TzF9s5
And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog who is captain of the welcome committee: http://bit.ly/2TCOZcH