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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 Fabianhttp://bit.ly/20bN0W8

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. http://bit.ly/20bvnpp

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 cmartel@thehill.com 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 RyanMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money 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. http://bit.ly/1Qbdmml

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. http://huff.to/23ckTbU

NEW THIS A.M. -- "HRC" GETS DAT "HRC" ENDORSEMENT: The Human Rights Campaign has endorsed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts report Warner attempted to talk to dossier author Poll: Nearly half of Iowans wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2020 Rubio on Warner contact with Russian lobbyist: It’s ‘had zero impact on our work’ MORE's presidential bid. Here's the video: http://bit.ly/1PD2rzc

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. http://bit.ly/1ZyMcby 

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. http://huff.to/1QkXX53

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.http://bzfd.it/1ZyIy1n

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 http://bit.ly/1loUtl0 

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? http://bit.ly/1P1vmRl

National Journal's Josh Kraushaar
Press shops for these three Ds more prolific at debate rapid response than any of the R campaigns http://bit.ly/1QadvGF 

TIME's Zeke Miller
I would pay to listen to Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersTrump has declared war on our climate — we won’t let him win Stock slide bites boastful Trump, but rising wages great for GOP Millions should march on DC to defeat Trump Republicans MORE say "quagmire" over and over again http://bit.ly/1S0PJPo 

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 TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE from the country. While they did not ban him, not one person defended the real estate mogul. Lol. http://wapo.st/1KoZ8df



C-SPAN's Howard Mortman
How cold is it on CapHill right now? Here's what C-SPAN studio looks like http://bit.ly/1ODeKM6

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.' http://bit.ly/1n6X18q 

Gawker's Ashley Feinberg (lol to the gif)
meet your new chaos candidate http://bit.ly/1S0PrrE 



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 KerryOvernight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach GOP probes put new focus on State Will FISA secrecy doom democracy? 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 RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity MORE (R-Fla.) addresses the New Hampshire House of Representatives. More info: http://bit.ly/1PnT2eg 



6 p.m. EST: Donald Trump is holding a rally in Ames, Iowa, with a special (secret!) guest. Info: http://bit.ly/1Po6Tl5 

Important note: There is speculation the special guest could be -- wait for it -- Sarah Palin! A top aide to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE (R-Texas) has already said he would be "deeply disappointed" if Palin endorses Trump. http://bit.ly/1OuicLb

6 p.m. EST: Bret Baier of Fox News will air live in New Hampshire and will feature local voters. http://on.fb.me/1StPj5C



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 ObamaSNL's Melania Trump gets advice from former first ladies ahead of the State of the Union Trump to host Super Bowl watch party at Florida golf club Michelle Obama: Bad behavior in the age of Trump makes teachers' jobs more difficult MORE would not be pleased. http://bzfd.it/1V3uTy6

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. http://bit.ly/1Pe7tI4 

HELI-UBER!: Uber is partnering with Airbus for on-demand helicopter rides. http://nbcnews.to/1PoaxeD

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). http://on.fb.me/1S20rFg

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