The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Tough questions await Trump immigration plan

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Tough questions await Trump immigration plan

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The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Trump to roll out new immigration plan | What to watch for in speech | De Blasio jumps into 2020 race | Trump rips de Blasio as ‘a JOKE’ | How a high schooler scooped the announcement | Alabama abortion law sets stage for new legal fight | Abortion rights supporters worry Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade | How Biden is moving to the left from Obama | National Barbecue Day | Burger King to deliver to drivers stuck in traffic


At this point, it may be more efficient to have a list of Democrats who are ~not running~ in 2020…:

Hello, world.

New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioBill de Blasio to announce presidential bid Thursday Could any 2020 Dem fumble an anti-Trump rally at Trump Tower as badly as Bill de Blasio? De Blasio heckled by Trump supporters at news conference inside Trump Tower MORE (D) announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

From his announcement: “I will take on the wealthy. I will take on the big corporations. I will not rest until this government serves working people. As mayor of the largest city in America, I’ve done just that … Donald Trump must be stopped. I’ve beaten him before and I’ll do it again.” 

Watch de Blasio’s campaign announcement video: 


Here’s how a high school student scooped Bill de Blasio on his campaign announcement and national media outlets rushed to follow.


So far, 24 Democrats are running. The list:


Shortly after Bill de Blasio made the announcement, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNapolitano claims Trump violated separation of powers 3 times in last week Work on surprise medical bills goes into overdrive Trump pardons media tycoon, former GOP leader of California State Assembly MORE called the New York City mayor a “JOKE.”

He tweeted: “The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”


That is brutal.

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 — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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Alabama sure ruffled some feathers:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed a bill into law to ban almost all abortions in the state.


When abortions are allowed: When the mother’s life is in jeopardy. Cases of rape or incest are not excluded from the abortion ban.

Penalty for an abortion: Women will not be prosecuted for having an illegal abortion in Alabama, but doctors who perform the procedure could face up to 99 years in prison.

When will the law go into effect: At least six months from now, maybe more. Abortion services are still available in Alabama for the time being. 

What next: Expect extensive legal battles fighting the new law. Supporters of the bill are hoping the measure will go to the Supreme Court. But some anti-abortion advocates are worried the case is not the best vehicle for pushing back on Roe v. Wade.

What we know about the law and the next steps:


From other states: States are rushing to either ban abortion or protect it, setting up new court fights.

From televangelist and Christian fundamentalist Pat Robertson: “I think Alabama has gone too far,” Robertson said on his TV show “The 700 Club.” He explained: “It’s an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose.”


No more Joebama:

Via The Hill’s Amie Parnes, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenSanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook Harris knocks Biden on crime bill: ‘It did contribute to mass incarceration in our country’ Poll: Biden leads Trump by double digits in Pennsylvania MORE ties himself closely to former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama5 steps toward minimizing your cyber risk DOJ seeks to appeal rulings advancing Dems’ Emoluments Clause lawsuit against Trump Fewer graduates are choosing government jobs MORE but is moving to the left of Obama’s policy stances. 

A few examples:

Health insurance for immigrants: Biden thinks the U.S. should provide health insurance to undocumented immigrants; Obama did not.

The minimum wage: Biden backs a $15 minimum wage; Obama advocated for $10.

Public health care: Biden supports a public option for health care that would compete with private insurance; Obama decided against that in ObamaCare. 

Yeah, but keep in mind…: One could imagine Obama would have supported these measures if he were running in 2019. 


Happening at 2: 30 p.m. — immigration is back on the front burner:

President Trump is rolling out his new immigration plan during an address from the Rose Garden. 

The gist of the new immigration plan: “[It] would create a ‘merit-based’ visa system that gives preference to migrants with coveted job skills instead of relatives of other immigrants. It also calls for new infrastructure at ports of entry to speed up commerce while cracking down on drug and human smuggling.”

Here are five things to watch:

Livestream of Trump’s remarks:

Trump to his advisers: Hold your horses!:

Via The Washington Post’s John Hudson, Shane Harris, Josh Dawsey and Anne Gearan, President Trump is getting frustrated with some of his top advisers who he thinks are escalating tensions with Iran and could possibly lead the U.S. to a military confrontation.

What Trump wants to happen: The president wants to speak directly to political leaders to negotiate.

Why Trump is angry: “Trump grew angry last week and over the weekend about what he sees as warlike planning that is getting ahead of his own thinking, said a senior administration official with knowledge of conversations Trump had regarding national security adviser John BoltonJohn Robert BoltonOvernight Defense: Lawmakers on edge over Iran tensions | Questions rise after State pulls personnel from Iraq | Senators demand briefing | House panel advances 0B Pentagon spending bill | Warren offers plan on climate threats to military Trump dismisses reports of infighting over Iran policy Former Pentagon official calls Bolton’s approach to intel community ‘counterproductive’ MORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFrustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran US halts flights to Venezuela The Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Alabama abortion bill revives national debate MORE.”



The end of an era:

“The Bill Press Show” announced this morning that the morning talk show will be ending after 14 years on air.

The announcement: “We’ve had a great 14 year run of daily shows, but it’s time to transition. The last daily show will be May 31, but don’t worry! My voice will still front and center as we enter the 2020 election. Big news coming soon!”

Watch recent episodes:


How poetic:

The White House hasn’t held press briefing in so long that the lectern in the briefing room is quite literally gathering dust.

Here’s a picture:

— Maegan Vazquez (@maeganvaz) May 15, 2019

This feels very futuristic:

— Geoffrey A. Fowler (@geoffreyfowler) May 13, 2019

The full story:


The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C., and is heading to New York City this afternoon. Vice President Pence is in Wisconsin for the day.

11: 45 a.m. EDT: President Trump met with the president of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer.

12: 55 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence lands in Eau Claire, Wis.

1: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

1: 40 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in a roundtable with Wisconsin business leaders.

1: 45 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes on the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen for deputy attorney general.

4: 15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Washington, D.C., for New York City.

5: 45 p.m. EDT: The House votes. The House’s full schedule today:

6: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a roundtable with supporters, followed by a joint fundraising committee dinner.

8: 10 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives at Trump Tower in New York City.

9: 30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.


11: 30 a.m. EDT: House Democrats are holding a press conference on the Russia investigation. Democrats will then read special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report. Livestream:

2: 05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks to J&D Manufacturing employees in Wisconsin. Livestream:

2: 30 p.m. EDT: President Trump delivers remarks in the Rose Garden on immigration. Livestream:

6 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives a speech to service members at in Wisconsin. Livestream:

6 p.m. EDT: Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders the latest to voice support for breaking up Facebook Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order to protect US networks from Chinese tech | Huawei downplays order | Trump declines to join effort against online extremism | Facebook restricts livestreaming | FCC proposes new tool against robocalls On The Money: Mnuchin signals officials won’t release Trump tax returns | Trump to hold off on auto tariffs | WH nears deal with Mexico, Canada on metal tariffs | GOP fears trade war fallout for farmers | Warren, regulator spar over Wells Fargo MORE (D-Mass.) campaigns in Fairfax, Va. Livestream:


Today is National Barbecue Day.

I’m a little worried about the logistics, but innovation is a beautiful thing:

Burger King has launched a service to deliver food to drivers who are stuck in traffic.

Where the service will be offered: Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Shanghai.

How it works: Burger King uses Google’s traffic data to identify areas within a 3-kilometer radius of the restaurant. Then bikers and motor bikers use the customer’s GPS location to deliver the food in traffic. Are we positive this is legal?

More details on how this works:

And as a follow-up to yesterday’s video of a cat eating an ice cream cone, here’s a video confirming that cats do, in fact, get brain freeze. Wow:


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