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The Hill's 12:30 Report: CBO score fallout | Breitbart posts leaked audio of Ryan talking Trump | Colbert mocks Conway over cameras in microwaves | Lawmakers stream their road trip home | National Potato Chip Day

*CUE STAR WARS INTRO VOICE* -- THE INFAMOUS. CBO. SCORE.: The Congressional Budget Office projected that under the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the number of uninsured people would grow by 14 million in 2018, with that number rising to 24 million in a decade. http://bit.ly/2njgQxY

SENATE GOP REACTION -- THAT'S BAD NEWS BEARS: Senate Republicans are showing fresh signs of concern over the replacement plan, known as the American Health Care Act. How: On Monday they said they were still digesting the CBO analysis but signaled they expect the House bill will need to be changed. http://bit.ly/2lWOkCd

DEM REACTION: Democrats are on the attack, hoping the findings -- and the eye-popping estimate that 24 million more people will be without coverage by 2026 -- will stop the ObamaCare repeal effort in its tracks.

REPUBLICAN DAMAGE CONTROL TIME: Leading House Republicans are fighting to defend their ObamaCare replacement bill in the face of the CBO report. Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP divided over care for transgender troops Want bipartisan health reform? Make the debate honest again Ex-CBO directors defend against GOP attacks on ObamaCare analysis MORE's argument: Tout deficit reduction and a decrease in premiums that the report found, while seeking to downplay the coverage losses. http://bit.ly/2mVVLsx

It's Tuesday. Happy Pi Day! 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel and on Facebook.

Lol.: "Pi Day is just a fake holiday created by math companies to sell more math." http://bit.ly/2mnxOHf

OH COME ONNNN: Here's a photo of Georgetown in Washington, D.C., at 7:45 a.m. after the "blizzard" of 2017. http://bit.ly/2nAqNTL

JUST WAITING FOR THESE TWO TO START PLAYING "PUNCH BUGGIE": Texas Reps. Will Hurd (R) and Beto O'Rourke (D) are road tripping from Texas to Washington, D.C., together. "We'll pick up any member of Congress on the way." http://bit.ly/2n6aTUr

SAY HIIIII!: They've been live streaming their trip. Watch: http://bit.ly/2mIE0fR

NEW -- OH THIS ARTICLE'S PHOTO IS PERFECT: Via The Daily Beast's Gideon Resnick, Katrina Pierson, a spokeswoman for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump visits Virginia golf club Dem rep: Kushner ‘lied’, should be investigated Meet Trump's new communications director MORE's presidential campaign, was reportedly offered a top White House role, but turned down the position. What position: Deputy press secretary. http://thebea.st/2lWXfUd

EYE [CLAP] RON [CLAP] KNEE [CLAP]: Last night, Breitbart's Matthew Boyle posted audio from an October conference call in which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told fellow Republicans he'd never defend Donald Trump again. The audio is from after the leaked "Access Hollywood" tape. Details of the call were reported in October but the actual audio is bound to make things awkward again. Now we just need one of those shots that zooms in on Ryan's face. "You're probably wondering how I got here." http://bit.ly/2nAskZZ 

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LATEST — I WISH I COULD GIVE HIM SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE: Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) pushed back against the notion that minority groups will one day surpass whites in the American population, saying that Hispanics and blacks "will be fighting each other before that happens." http://bit.ly/2nk03uD

MUST READ -- KELLYANNE'S KORNER: In The Atlantic's April 2017 issue, Molly Ball has a must-read profile of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, "Kellyanne's Alternative Universe: Will the truth ever catch up with Trump's most skilled spin artist?" http://theatln.tc/2npb2js

TRENDING -- THE EVIL FUTURISTIC ROBOTS: "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert poked fun at White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she suggested that "microwaves that turn into cameras" could have been used to spy on Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Colbert then replaced his one of his show's cameras with a microwave. It's pretty funny. http://bit.ly/2mVIUGE

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NOTABLE TWEETS:

Voice of America's Steve Herman (Lol!)
It seems White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a footwear issue at today's press stakeout with HHS Secretary Price and OMB Dir. Mulvaney. Photo: http://bit.ly/2n5frKR

LSE Government's Brian Klaas 
Trump's team will try to discredit the CBO assessment of its health care bill this week. Here are 13x he used CBO estimates to attack Obama http://bit.ly/2mnzDmR 

Josh Billinson
This GIF of John Gizzi is just amazing http://bit.ly/2mIpG6R

NBC News
Marco RubioMarco RubioBush ethics lawyer: Congress must tell Trump not to fire Mueller The private alternative to the National Flood Insurance Program  Cruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power MORE criticizes Snoop Dogg for shooting toy gun at clown dressed like Donald Trump in music video http://bit.ly/2njAQk1 

 

ON TAP:

The House canceled votes because of the snowstorm.

Today–Sunday: The South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Schedule: http://bit.ly/2n68sxG

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, deputy crown prince and minister of defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

12:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence has lunch with Senate Republicans.

2 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

3 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about the American Health Care Act.

6 p.m. EDT WednesdayPresident Trump holds a campaign rally (no, really!) in Nashville, Tenn. http://bit.ly/2mnwLWW

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

2 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Live stream: http://bit.ly/2nphYgk

7 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Martha MacCallum interviews House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on "The First 100 Days." 

9 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Tucker Carlson interviews President Trump on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." http://bit.ly/2mnziRR

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Potato Chip Day!

THE OFFICIAL CEREMONY TO MINT A NEWLY YUPPIFIED NEIGHBORHOOD: A new Whole Foods is opening on H Street in Northeast Washington, D.C., tomorrow. http://bit.ly/2lX7VC6

MAJOR DONUT NEWS: Krispy Kreme announced the addition of four new flavors: Latte Bunny, almond flakes atop chocolate frosting, which covers a donut filled with latte-flavored cream; Brûlée Glazed Cream, custard cream inside with a caramelized topping; Sakura, a sweet and sour doughnut filled with cherry paste, berry purees and whipped cream; and Matcha Adzuki, with green tea-flavored whipped cream and glaze and red bean paste filling. http://r29.co/2njz8iv

And because you read this far, here's a moose chasing after snowboarders in Breckenridge, Colo. http://bit.ly/2njH8QK

 

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