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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Graham endorses Jeb | NY Daily News slams Cruz -- and it's brutal | Sean Penn regrets El Chapo interview | Shake Shake's new fried chicken sandwiches

GRAHAM ENDORSES!: Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP sold Americans a bill of goods with tax reform law Republicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller Rand Paul under pressure as Pompeo hunts for votes MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday endorsed Jeb Bush for president, becoming the first Republican hopeful who has dropped out of the race to endorse another candidate. 

Graham said Bush is the right man to lead the fight against ISIS. Graham also said he was swayed by Bush's bold stand at Thursday night's GOP primary debate against front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFlynn to campaign for Montana GOP Senate candidate Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone Decline in EPA enforcement won't keep climate bill from coming MORE's plan to temporarily halt Muslim immigration to the U.S. More from The Hill's Jesse Byrnes: http://bit.ly/1U0h43c

NOTE TO SELF -- DON'T MESS WITH NEW YORKERS: The cover of today's New York Daily News features the Statue of Liberty giving the finger with the title "Drop Dead, Ted" and the caption, "Hey, Cruz: You don't like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!" It's in response to Cruz saying that Trump represents "New York values," a statement the two also argued about during last night's debate over New York. You should definitely see this cover: http://bit.ly/1PvWjJ0  Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Hillary Clinton to fundraise in DC for public charter high school MORE also weighed in on Friday, defending Trump on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1JOKalK

It's Friday. For anyone who stayed up through the end of the debate (present company included), this is how probably feel right now. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send your tips, story ideas, complaints and feelings to cmartel@thehill.com and @CateMartel.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off Monday for Martin Luther King Day. We'll be back Tuesday!

WINNERS AND LOSERS FROM LAST NIGHT: The Hill's Niall Stanage has a great breakdown of the winners and losers in last night's debate. WinnersDonald TrumpTed CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE and Chris ChristieMixed:  Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioStudents gather outside White House after walkout to protest gun violence Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Senate confirms Trump’s pick to lead NASA MORE Losers: Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Here's why: http://bit.ly/1JOqO09

THE FILLIBUSTER -- TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE?: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton and Scott Wong, Senate Republicans held a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss proposed changes that would make it tougher for the minority party to block or slow legislation. But there's still strong reluctance among GOP senators to limiting the filibuster, particularly if Donald Trump wins the GOP presidential nomination. http://bit.ly/1Omuk0w 

RELEASED TODAY -- NEW RUBIO AD: Marco Rubio's presidential campaign has released a television ad on his immigration policy. Rubio also looks directly into the camera and slams rival Jeb Bush as "desperate and spending millions on false attacks." The Hill's Lisa Hagen with the story: http://bit.ly/1nnRdb5

OUT-OF-SESSION FRIDAYS ARE FOR INTERN COFFEE MEETINGS: ... apparently. Filing from the coffee shop Cups on the Senate side of the Capitol, what feels like a continuous stream of interns are meeting with staffers to "pick their brains" about career aspirations. It's been very entertaining for your author.

DEBATE TIDBITS AND COMMENTARY: Here are some interesting context and observations you won't read in the takeaway pieces, told from the people who cover the candidates daily:

The Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich (referring to Cruz and Trump's "bromance")
OH GOD they are breaking up! I don't believe in love anymore http://bit.ly/1Khkaui

Darth, the friendly Twitter troll, killing it with Photoshop as per usual.
Here's context: "look what i found in jeb's pocket i mean what even is this" http://bit.ly/1RTdkBr

Business Insider's Max Tani (photo of Rand during the debate he boycotted)
I'm at the Twitter New York office with Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel CIA declassifies memo on nominee's handling of interrogation tapes Overnight Defense: House to begin work on defense policy bill | Panel to vote Monday on Pompeo | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump appeals decision blocking suspected combatant's transfer MORE where he'll be live tweeting the debate. http://bit.ly/1Wekjp7

Time's Zeke Miller
Trump getting booed by RNC-heavy crowd http://bit.ly/1PvNPBK

The Boston Globe's James Pindell
McCain 2008 "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran" Trump 2016 ""Indonesia: bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb" http://bit.ly/1RTdgl8

The Washington Post's Dave Weigel
"The soybean, uh, sales from Iowa" is like the ultimate Jeb phrase http://bit.ly/1ldVoEQ

BuzzFeed's Katherine Miller (Lol to the gif of Trump dancing)
[dance] http://bit.ly/1P4kynk

Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE
Trump great. NYT always wrong http://bit.ly/1P4moV6

Buzzfeed's John Stanton (Cruz on Rubio's attacks)
BUT MOM!! he had no less than 11 attacks! I know because i counted http://bit.ly/234r95e

The Hill's Jesse Byrnes
2 hours in ... "WE WANT RAND" http://bit.ly/1RTgQfi

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SHARING ON FACEBOOK: The Huffington Post's Samantha-Jo Roth has a 5-minute video of what it's like to spend a week on a presidential campaign bus. http://huff.to/1QaQFRn

SEAN PENN REGRETS HIS INTERVIEW WITH EL CHAPO: Via The Hill's Bradford Richardson, actor Sean Penn says he seriously regrets his article on drug kingpin El Chapo because it failed to create a dialogue about the war on drugs. http://bit.ly/1JOzljL



ABC's Jordyn Phelps
Fiorina gets specific in her Donald Trump-Kim Kardashian comparison: He has a big mouth, she has a big you know what http://bit.ly/1SQsJU3

RealClearPolitics's Rebecca Berg (Uhhh ohhh)
Spotted in Charleston by a GOP campaign aide. (And no, the car does not have a handicapped placard.) http://bit.ly/1laYkBX

USA Today's Josh Hafner
Trump, in July: "I like people who weren't captured." (on McCain) Trump, this week: "These 10 wonderful (sailors) ... went through hell." http://bit.ly/1le30Hm

NBC's Kasie Hunt
Confederate flag banner flying over SC GOP debate. Unclear who paid for it http://bit.ly/1ZnpB1D

CNN's Cassie Spodak
Just realized Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report MORE plays "Burn Baby Burn" at the end of his rallies http://bit.ly/1OSaYSy



Congress is not in session today; Republicans are finishing their retreat. 

2:15 p.m. EST: YouTube stars Destin SandlinIngrid Nilsen and Adande will join President Obama in the East Room of the White House to ask questions that are top-of-mind for their fans. You can join by tweeting #YouTubeAsksObama. 
Live stream: 

4:30 p.m. EST: Future45 and America Rising PAC are screening the film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."

7 p.m. EST: Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner Rand Paul under pressure as Pompeo hunts for votes GOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor MORE (R-Ark.) speaks at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown during a reception following the screening of the Benghazi film.



9 p.m. EST Sunday: The fourth Democratic presidential debate, live from South Carolina. Hillary ClintonBernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley will participate.



Today is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

WHY I WANT TO BE FRIENDS WITH ADELE: Here's a video of Adele singing karaoke to Adele's songs. That's all I need to say. http://huff.to/1laPF2C

IMPORTANT CHIPOTLE PSA: In the wake of the norovirus and E.coli outbreaks, Chipotle plans to close all restaurants for one day on Feb. 8 to educate employees on how to safeguard against these issues. Don't worry; I'll be sure to remind everyone closer to the date, but just to put on your radar. http://r29.co/1QaRv0m

UH-OH FOR EOS: Eos, the popular egg-shaped lip balm, is facing a class action lawsuit for causing blisters and rashes. http://cnb.cx/1Ov7emq

SHAKE SHACK UPS ITS GAME: Fried chicken sandwiches are making their debut at Shake Shack today. I repeat: friend chicken sandwiches at Shake Shack. http://wapo.st/1le9LZC

And with that, here's the cutest thing you'll see all day: a koala getting kicked out of a tree and crying. I literally can't make this stuff up. http://bit.ly/1nnOsqv


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