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The Hill's 12:30 Report: SCOTUS to review Obama immigration actions | Trump has a surprise guest in Iowa today (rumors of Palin) | Senate votes on Syrian refugees this week

BREAKING THIS MORNING -- SCOTUS TO HEAR IMMIGRATION CHALLENGE: The Supreme Court announced it will hear a case challenging President Obama's executive actions on immigration, which could shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportations. Timeline: SCOTUS will hear the case in April, with a decision expected by the end of June. More from The Hill's Jordan Fabian

THIS WEEK IN THE SENATE -- SYRIAN REFUGEES: Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, the Senate is heading toward a fight over legislation to "pause" the acceptance of Syrian and Iraqi refugees. 

What's in the bill: It includes new screening requirements that would effectively freeze the admittance of refugees until the administration can verify that they aren't a threat to national security. 

What needs to happen: Senate Republicans need 60 votes. If every Republican votes yes, they will still need six Democrats to back it. 

When's the vote: It's scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. 

SENATE NOMINATIONS: The Senate will also vote at 5:30 p.m. EST today on Wilhelmina Marie Wright's nomination to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Minnesota.

THIS WEEK IN THE HOUSE: The House is not in session this week.

Happy Tuesday from Washington, D.C, where it's completely and miserably frigid. I'm Cate Martel with what you missed during the morning slog -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send tips, comments, gripes and tales from your long weekend to and @CateMartel

FAMILY FEUD -- HOUSE GOP VS. SENATE GOP: Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, feeling emboldened by last year's election of Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanScalise released from hospital after planned surgery GOP sold Americans a bill of goods with tax reform law Impeaching Rosenstein? Some Republicans are talking about it MORE (R-Wis.) as Speaker, House Republicans are moving full steam ahead to work on a replacement for ObamaCare. But Senate Republicans see lots of problems with this plan.

JOURNALISTS BEWARE: Via The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone, Facebook users pretending to be both a Politico reporter named "Emma Parker" and an Atlantic reporter named "Anna Goldberg" are friending dozens of journalists on Facebook. Note: Your author got a request from the account claiming to be "Anna Goldberg," ignored it, before the request disappeared between last night and this morning.

NEW THIS A.M. -- "HRC" GETS DAT "HRC" ENDORSEMENT: The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed 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's presidential bid. Here's the video:

CUE THE FREAK OUT -- TWITTER GOES​ DOWN: Via The Hill's Cory Bennett, Twitter has been sporadically down for users in Europe and the United States this morning. The Associated Press reports this is the third time in five days Twitter has had problems. Thus far, there is no indication the issues are being caused by hackers. 

BIG STORY OVER THE WEEKEND -- IRANIAN PRISONERS FREED: Iran freed four American prisoners over the weekend as diplomats in Vienna finalized the Iran nuclear deal. Who was released: Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari. Several reporters, including The Huffington Post's Jessica Schulberg, had the story months ago but held it to ensure the negotiations would continue. Here's the full explanation of why they held the story. It's really worth reading.

BUZZING ON TWITTER -- MAJOR CORRUPTION IN TENNIS: After investigating suspicious gambling on professional tennis players, Buzzfeed News and BBC published a major investigation into match-fixing in professional tennis. "Betting worth billions. Elite players. Violent threats. Covert messages with Sicilian gamblers. And suspicious matches at Wimbledon. Leaked files expose match-fixing evidence that tennis authorities have kept secret for years.

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:

Darth (with an amazing gif)
even this guy forgot the #DemDebate was tonight tbh 

The Washington Post's Erik Wemple
Sanders says R v D thing is figment of media mythology. So Paul Ryan attitude during Obama SOTU speech was all a mirage?

National Journal's Josh Kraushaar
Press shops for these three Ds more prolific at debate rapid response than any of the R campaigns 

TIME's Zeke Miller
I would pay to listen to 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 say "quagmire" over and over again 

WHO'S GOT MY BACK? ... *CRICKETS*: Via The Washington Post's Griff Witte, the British Parliament spent three hours Monday discussing whether to ban 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 from the country. While they did not ban him, not one person defended the real estate mogul. Lol.



C-SPAN's Howard Mortman
How cold is it on CapHill right now? Here's what C-SPAN studio looks like

The Washington Examiner's Byron York
In a restaurant with Trump, per Chris Christie: 'He ordered dinner for me.' 'You mean he chose what you would eat?' 'Uh-huh.' 

Gawker's Ashley Feinberg (lol to the gif)
meet your new chaos candidate 



12:30 p.m. EST: President Obama meets with Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia.

4:30 p.m. EST: President Obama meets with Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryNorth Korea is moved by Pompeo diplomacy, but Dems dig in deeper Ex-Obama official Marie Harf, Guy Benson to co-host Fox News Radio show Five things to know about Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska MORE.

10 a.m. EST tomorrow: Edwin Meese, former attorney general under President Reagan, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "The Adequacy of Criminal Intent Standards in Federal Prosecutions."

10 a.m. EST tomorrow: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) addresses the New Hampshire House of Representatives. 

Fun fact: The N.H. House and Senate have a combined 424 members, making it the largest state legislature in the U.S. and fourth largest in the world! 

10:20 a.m. EST tomorrow: Sen. 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 (R-Fla.) addresses the New Hampshire House of Representatives. More info: 



6 p.m. EST: Donald Trump is holding a rally in Ames, Iowa, with a special (secret!) guest. Info: 

Important note: There is speculation the special guest could be -- wait for it -- Sarah Palin! A top aide to Sen. Ted 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 (R-Texas) has already said he would be "deeply disappointed" if Palin endorses Trump.

6 p.m. EST: Bret Baier of Fox News will air live in New Hampshire and will feature local voters.



Today is National Popcorn Day!

DOMINATING MY FACEBOOK -- "MY MILKSHAKE BRINGS ALL THE BOYS TO THE YARD": These next-level milkshakes are both intriguing and disgusting at the same time. Either way, I need to try one. Example: One has an entire slice of cake on top. Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGeorge HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy Obamas, Clintons to attend funeral of Barbara Bush Melania Trump to attend Barbara Bush's funeral MORE would not be pleased.

NEW APPLE IOS: Apple has released a beta version of a new operating system -- iOS 9.3. The update includes the ability to reduce blue light levels to help with sleep and new additions to CarPlay. 

HELI-UBER!: Uber is partnering with Airbus for on-demand helicopter rides.

And with that, here's a video of a teddy bear helping raise a baby sloth (hat tip to 12:30 Report reader Meg McMahon of Philadelphia).

Think you have better videos to rival this one? Send them to me and I'll include in future 12:30 Reports! 


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