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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump unveils 2020 budget | Proposes 5 percent cuts to domestic spending; hikes for defense | Milwaukee to host Dem convention in 2020 | Boeing under scrutiny after second deadly 737 crash | Trump backs permanent daylight savings time | Senate GOP preps for showdown with Trump | Most desirable suburbs for millennials
IN THE WHITE HOUSE
If you like your time change, you can keep it:
This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg: ‘I have more years of government experience under my belt’ than Trump Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview Buttigieg calls Pence ‘cheerleader for the porn star presidency’ MORE threw his support behind keeping the United States on daylight saving time permanently. Trump tweeted: “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” bit.ly/2u2vFGB
Sliding into Congress’s DMs like…:
President Trump just unveiled his 2020 congressional budget today. Details: bit.ly/2UunKxm
The big ask: $8.6 billion for a border wall. Just pretending the issue hasn’t been discussed already. I respect the move.
What else: Trump is also “calling for spending cuts of 5 percent across the federal government [and] turbo-charged defense spending.”
Photo of the budget: bit.ly/2TxCSh5
WHY TRUMP WON’T GET HIS WISH LIST:
Congress actually writes the budget. The White House’s budget is purely a suggestion to lay out its priorities — and because Democrats are running the show, it especially does not matter this year. bit.ly/2HpYLYl
YEAH, BUT — IT COULD CAUSE ANOTHER STANDOFF IN CONGRESS:
If Congress does not agree to a deal and pass a budget by Oct. 1, the government will shut down again. Oh and: President Trump can always veto a budget passed by Congress.
It’s Monday — we are officially on daylight saving time! 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 CAPITOL HILL
The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration by the end of the week. bit.ly/2VSh1h2
Why this week: Congress is leaving town at the end of the week for a weeklong recess.
How many Republican votes Democrats need: At least four Republican votes. And they’ve got them in the upper chamber.
Where the vote stands — in good shape for Democrats: “Without an off ramp, the resolution of disapproval has enough votes to pass the Senate, and as many as 15 Republicans could vote for it. That would be an embarrassingly high number for the White House, even if a Trump veto cannot be overridden.”
Meaning: Republicans have five days to find a more palatable solution than the House-passed resolution.
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK:
Via The Hill’s Scott Wong and Juliegrace Brufke, “House Republicans would much rather be in the majority, passing bills and fulfilling President Trump’s agenda. But they are quickly realizing that life in the minority can come with some perks — and some easy political victories.” The gist: Messaging, not governing, is the key focus. bit.ly/2TxLxA7
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK:
Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE: “The House is slated to take up a Democrat-backed nonbinding resolution calling on Department of Justice officials to publicly release special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.”
Immigration: “Rep. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardWhy are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? Big labor renews calls for immigration reform How the border deal came together MORE (D-Calif.) is expected to reintroduce the DREAM Act, which would provide permanent legal protections and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children on Tuesday.”
Violence against women: “The House is expected to act swiftly to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the coming days. Congress allowed VAWA, which provides funding and grants for a variety of programs that tackle domestic abuse, to lapse in February after a provision in a must-pass spending bill that would have extended it was left on the chopping block.”
Nominations: “[Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTop McConnell spokesman to join Global Automakers Michelle Malkin digs in on jab at ‘the ghost of John McCain’ Most 2020 Dems reject socialism label MORE (R-Ky.)] has teed up another slate of Trump nominees, including a successor for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh‘s seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.”
Context and details for each: bit.ly/2J6KJx4
Latest with the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash:
“A jetliner with passengers from at least 35 countries crashed Sunday shortly after leaving Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 people on board and renewing concerns about the new model of aircraft involved in the accident, the popular Boeing 737 Max 8.” What we know, via The New York Times: nyti.ms/2HpKafr
FROM A FORMER FAA SAFETY INSPECTOR:
“A former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety inspector urged travelers to exercise caution over the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after a series of crashes.” David Soucie said on CNN’s “Newsroom”: “I’ve never said that, ‘Hey, it’s unsafe to fly a particular model’ but in this case, I’m going to have to go there. I just looked at the flight data of that aircraft: It’s strikingly similar, same issues we had with the Max Air. So yeah, I would watch for that airplane.” Watch: bit.ly/2UvkqCb
BOEING’S STOCKS DROPPED:
THE BLACK BOX WAS FOUND:
WHICH AIRLINES ARE STILL FLYING BOEING 737 MAX 8S:
The list includes American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The list: cnn.it/2XTLDkb
THE VICTIMS OF THE CRASH:
Another potential “Me Too” story:
Via Politico’s Alex Thompson and Daniel Strauss, a former aide to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandMost 2020 Dems reject socialism label Sanders thanks New Hampshire for 2016 primary win: ‘You helped begin the political revolution’ Klobuchar says she’ll ‘use humor’ in campaigning against Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) resigned over the handling of sexual harassment claims in the senator’s office. politi.co/2TsyLTo
What a former aide alleges: “In July, the female staffer alleged one of Gillibrand’s closest aides — who was a decade her senior and married — repeatedly made unwelcome advances after the senator had told him he would be promoted to a supervisory role over her. She also said the male aide regularly made crude, misogynistic remarks in the office about his female colleagues and potential female hires.”
The full story: politi.co/2TsyLTo
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Announced this morning — how is Milwaukee in July?:
This headline would have felt wildly unrealistic if it were on “The Jetsons”
‘Most 2020 Dems reject socialism label'”
Via The Hill’s Michael Burke, most of the Democratic presidential candidates are trying to distance themselves from the label of socialism. Why: Worries that democratic socialism could divide the party. bit.ly/2HbnzUB
Which candidates are trying to distance themselves for that label: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard defends Omar: I don’t believe she intended ‘to cause any offense’ Dems face big questions on tax plans for 2020 Most 2020 Dems reject socialism label MORE (D-Mass.) and former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) embraced capitalism over the weekend.
Which candidate is embracing the socialism label: Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBret Baier calls out ‘Fox derangement syndrome’ after DNC blocks Fox News from hosting debate Gabbard defends Omar: I don’t believe she intended ‘to cause any offense’ Dems face big questions on tax plans for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.).
How this could play out: bit.ly/2HbnzUB
A presidential contender you should start watching:
If, like me, you can NEVER remember the pronunciation of Buttigieg: Just keep replaying this: bit.ly/2F4UMiq 😉
Full video of the CNN town hall: bit.ly/2UByvOB
HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS:
OH, we’re going there — he had quite the line about Pence: “How could he allow himself to become the cheerleader of the porn star presidency? Is it that he stopped believing in scripture when he started believing in Donald Trump? I don’t know.” Watch: bit.ly/2XNPbEk
On his age: “I get that I’m the young guy in the conversation, but I would say experience is what qualifies me to have a seat at this table.” Buttigieg is 37. Watch: bit.ly/2VQ6Vgy
REACTION FROM FORMER OBAMA ADVISER DAVID AXELROD — IT’S PRETTY HIGH PRAISE:
“Have rarely seen a candidate make better use of televised Town Hall than [Pete Buttigieg] is on CNN tonight. Crisp, thoughtful and relatable. He’ll be a little less of a long shot tomorrow.” bit.ly/2VNvgn7
Speaking of ‘The Jetsons’:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 8, 2019
Noon: The House met. The House’s full schedule today: bit.ly/2TrGMIh
12:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.
1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.
2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence meets with the king of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Roosevelt Room.
3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.
5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to invoke cloture on the nomination of Paul B. Matey, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit judge for the 3rd Circuit. The Senate’s full schedule today: bit.ly/2VMTJJr
6:30 p.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House.
Today–Sunday: South by Southwest 2019. The schedule and lineup: bit.ly/2NVEk6Q
^Speaking of! — April 14: The final season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ begins. cnet.co/2u1JsNJ
WHAT TO WATCH
2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Acting Budget Director Russell Vought give an on-camera press briefing. Livestream: bit.ly/2EXmAUG
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…
Today is National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day. I’m sorry, what?
Down with micro apartments:
According to Zillow, here are 20 of the most desirable suburbs where millennials are buying homes: cnb.cx/2VKgf5E
And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog who is helping out around the house: bit.ly/2TEeKIN