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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking – Biden to launch 2020 run on Thursday | How Biden has GOP worried | Trump unloads on media after Mueller coverage | Trump taunts as ‘Morning Psycho’ | Kushner calls Russia probes ‘more harmful’ than election interference | Dem leaders try to slow impeachment push | Town hall takeaways | WH blocking official from testifying despite subpoena | Justices hear case on census citizenship question | Trump set for June state visit to UK | Epic selfie with gorillas
LATEST WITH THE MUELLER REPORT
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This morning, unloaded on the news media, claiming that he faces an unprecedented level of criticism despite a good economy. http://bit.ly/2UShTWW
He tweeted: “In the ‘old days’ if you were President and you had a good economy, you were basically immune from criticism. Remember, ‘It’s the economy stupid.’ Today I have, as President, perhaps the greatest economy in history…and to the Mainstream Media, it means NOTHING. But it will!” http://bit.ly/2XwABQw
TIMING OF THIS OUTBURST:
There’s been constant coverage of special counsel ‘s report, which did not charge him with collusion or obstruction of justice but did muddle Trump’s claim of a “complete and total exoneration.” Trump did not directly reference the Mueller report, but his grievances against the media are a common thread in the Mueller coverage.
JOE SCARBOROUGH GOT A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT:
“Morning Psycho (Joe), who helped get me elected in 2016 by having me on (free) all the time, has nosedived, too Angry, Dumb and Sick. A really bad show with low ratings — and will only get worse,” Trump tweeted. http://bit.ly/2IBfLft
This morning — what’s a little Russian interference between friends?:
White House senior adviser argued that the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election have been worse than the actual interference efforts themselves. http://bit.ly/2Zsx1J7
In Kushner’s words: “And you look at what Russia did, you know, buying some Facebook ads to try sow dissent and do it, and it’s a terrible thing. But I think the investigations and all the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads … If you look at the magnitude of what they did and what they accomplished, I think the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful to our country.”
Stop *clap* using *clap* the *clap* I-word!:
Via The Hill’s Mike Lillis, Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos, Democratic leaders are trying to tamp down Democratic calls for President Trump’s impeachment.
When I say “Democratic calls” for impeachment: I mean a small but vocal group of Democrats.
Pelosi’s reasoning to rein in impeachment talks: “In a conference call with House Democrats on Monday, Speaker (D-Calif.) and other party leaders sought to rein in the impeachment camp, warning that a rush toward ousting the president before pinpointing criminal wrongdoing — and securing some Republican support — could harm the party at the polls next year.” http://bit.ly/2XCy47r
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Trying to get a conCENSUS
(sorry, had to):
Via The New York Times’s Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. https://nyti.ms/2UAW498
Why there’s a debate: “Critics say that adding the question would undermine the accuracy of the census because both legal and unauthorized immigrants might refuse to fill out the forms. By one government estimate, about 6.5 million people might decide not to participate.”
Sorry, other plans:
“The White House has instructed a former official accused of mishandling security clearances not to appear at his planned congressional testimony on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.” http://bit.ly/2PnpeYz
Who: “Carl Kline, who now works for the Defense Department, faces a subpoena and planned to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on April 23 as part of its ongoing probe into the Trump administration’s security clearance process.”
Timing: “The move follows President Trump and his private business moving to block House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman ‘s (D-Md.) separate subpoena requesting financial records from the president’s accountant. Trump filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday.”
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Breaking — we’re really, really, really serious this time:
Via NBC’s Mike Memoli and Allan Smith, former Vice President is officially announcing his presidential run on Thursday morning. How: An online video.
Followed by: “Biden will then appear in Pittsburgh on Monday for an event at a local union hall, NBC News has learned. Biden will then embark on a tour of the four early voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — in the following weeks.” https://nbcnews.to/2GCrBnC
A marathon night of 2020 town halls:
Five Democratic presidential candidates participated in back-to-back CNN town halls last night, giving a glimpse of the upcoming primary field. http://bit.ly/2VioXeR
Which 2020 Dems: Sens. (I-Vt.), (D-Calif.), (D-Mass.) and (D-Minn.), as well as South Bend, Ind., Mayor .
HERE ARE FIVE TAKEAWAYS:
- Democrats are split on impeachment
- Will Warren get a bump after a strong performance?
- Bernie gave political ammunition to critics
- Candidates tried to tune out Trump
- Candidates are being forced to reckon with their past records
Context and details for each: http://bit.ly/2VioXeR
2020 Dems have made their opinions on Iran clear:
Via The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel, “Most of the Democrats running for president are vowing to put the United States back in the Iran nuclear deal that President Trump withdrew from nearly a year ago.” Where 2020 Dems stand on the issue: http://bit.ly/2ZsfBMJ
Republicans are pretty scared of Joe:
Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Republicans are banking on former Vice President Joe Biden losing the Democratic presidential primary because they worry he would be the strongest candidate against President Trump in a general election.” http://bit.ly/2URaw21
Why Biden is a threat: “His advocates say his blue-collar roots, his cultural familiarity with voters in crucial Midwest states, his experience and his comparatively centrist positions would make him a formidable Trump foe.”
How Republicans think this could play out in primaries: http://bit.ly/2URaw21
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) April 21, 2019
…the unconventional seating options.
Happening in downtown D.C. this morning:
Gas leak outside the WH right now, getting ready to kill electricity at 15th and NY, metro police tells bystanders. pic.twitter.com/kxF3hqmxdK
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) April 23, 2019
The House and Senate are out.
President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.
11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump took a photo with the White House News Photographers Association award recipients.
12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.
3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump swears in David Bernhardt as Interior secretary. What to know about him: https://nyti.ms/2UuWuy1
Saturday: The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Also Saturday: Instead of attending the WHCA dinner, President Trump is holding a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wis. http://bit.ly/2GA1tts
Just announced — June 3–5: President Trump visits the United Kingdom for his first state visit to the country. http://bit.ly/2ZrWjXP
WHAT TO WATCH
This morning: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (D) spoke at a “politics and eggs” breakfast at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Pnh2rh
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.
Trending — hahaha, now that is #SquadGoals:
Two gorillas perfectly posed for a selfie with park rangers. The photo — omg: https://cnn.it/2UvEuna
And because you made it this far, here’s a dog who takes head scratches VERY seriously: http://bit.ly/2W0liiZ