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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump, Bloomberg trade insults on Twitter | Trump hits back at John Kelly over criticism | Why Senate Dems are worried about Sanders’s rise | Buttigieg, Klobuchar face uphill battle for black, Latino voters | Hope Hicks returning to the White House | Former US attorney who oversaw Mueller cases resigns | Senate to vote on curbing Trump’s Iran war powers | Eight senators expected to side with Dems
NEWS THIS MORNING
Can you imagine a Donald Trump-Michael Bloomberg general election? CAN YOU IMAGINE?:
Trump tweeted: “Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see. He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!” http://bit.ly/3bK8pSq
Annnnd this: “Mini Mike is a 5’4” mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians. No boxes please. He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!” http://bit.ly/2SKVoPN
^ HEY! 5’ 4” is a PERFECTLY REASONABLE height! Don’t make things personal for me!
AND OBVIOUSLY, BLOOMBERG COULDN’T ~NOT~ TAKE THE BAIT:
Bloomberg tweeted back, “[email protected] — we know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.” http://bit.ly/2SFmQhW
It’s Thursday. 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 [email protected] — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
It’s all uphill from here, Pete and Amy:
Via The Hill’s Rafael Bernal and Amie Parnes, “Democratic candidates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, fresh off their strong showings in New Hampshire and Iowa, now face the uphill battle of winning over black and Latino voters in a short amount of time.” http://bit.ly/2tSWVuz
How so: “The former South Bend, Ind., mayor and Minnesota senator have shown their brand of moderate Midwestern politics carries traction with white liberal voters, but they will need to fine tune that message in Nevada and South Carolina before the onslaught of Super Tuesday.”
How this could play out: http://bit.ly/2tSWVuz
Senate Democrats are biting their tongues about Bernie Sanders:
Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Senate Democrats are feeling queasy about their party’s presidential primary after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) seized front-runner status by winning the New Hampshire primary, while former Vice President Joe Biden stumbled to a fifth-place finish.” http://bit.ly/2wfXLT5
Keeping the criticism private: “Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize Sanders publicly, fearing that it could undermine party unity heading into the November general election, which they view as a must-win contest.”
Why Democrats are worried: “But they have serious questions about the electability of their self-described democratic socialist colleague and the problems he may create down-ballot for vulnerable Senate candidates.”
^ For example: “Several of Sanders’s signature proposals, such as ‘Medicare for All,’ tuition-free college, cancelling student debt and the sweeping Green New Deal, don’t even have support from a majority of Democratic senators.”
Interesting throwback from before the Bern was felt:
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) February 13, 2020
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Announced this morning — Have some Hope:
Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks is returning to the White House as a counselor. http://bit.ly/2tYjuhC
Hicks’s new role: She will work in the office of Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
It’s the campaign season (the campaign season!), with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock:
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) February 13, 2020
Via CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has left the Treasury Department after her nomination to a top job at the Treasury was withdrawn. https://cnn.it/2SmtH0G
Reasoning: “While head of the US Attorney’s Office in Washington, Liu inherited many of the major ongoing cases from Robert Mueller‘s special counsel investigation and was also handling the politically charged case of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Trump’s ire who is also a CNN contributor. Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw her nomination was directly tied to her former job.”
Late this morning — Miss it, John Kelly?:
President Trump tore into his former chief of staff, John Kelly, who openly criticized the president. http://bit.ly/39ACkur
He tweeted: “When I terminated John Kelly, which I couldn’t do fast enough, he knew full well that he was way over his head. Being Chief of Staff just wasn’t for him. He came in with a bang, went out with a whimper, but like so many X’s, he misses the action & just can’t keep his mouth shut … which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that ‘John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.’ Wrong!”
Happening today — Eight’s a crowd:
Today, the Senate is voting a bipartisan resolution to limit President Trump’s power to take military action against Iran. http://bit.ly/2HmXFeM
Where things get tricky: As many as eight Republicans may vote with Democrats to limit Trump’s ability to take military action.
The Senate’s timing today: http://bit.ly/2SKbmcG
Luna is the three-year-old daughter of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.
“luna you still holding the hamster?” “ummmm one sec let me check” ahhhhhkjdvjnsdjkvnsdlkfsdf
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 13, 2020
The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in South Carolina.
9:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence leaves for West Columbia, S.C.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2SlIQiG
1:30 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at a Trump Victory luncheon in West Columbia.
1:45 p.m. EST: Roll call vote in the Senate. The Senate’s full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2SKbmcG
3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
6:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks at the Citadel Republican Society Patriot Dinner.
8:20 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20: The Hill is hosting an event, “Building the Dream” in Charlotte, N.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2OJ0A5o
Feb. 26: The Hill is hosting an event, “America’s Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned & A Way Forward” in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2SAIQKF
WHAT TO WATCH
4:20 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in Charleston, S.C. Livestream: http://bit.ly/37oYPRB
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Cheddar Day.
And because you made it this far, here’s a woman who is completely over the snow: http://bit.ly/39I6hsD
I get it, Judy. I get it.