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BREAKING -- WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TRUMP'S SHINY, NEW, REPACKAGED TRAVEL BAN: President Trump on Monday issued a new executive order on immigration with changes that are meant to help it withstand the legal challenges that torpedoed his previous travel ban. Full details:

What's different from the last travel ban:

Iraq: The revised ban doesn't include Iraq. Reaction: Via AP, "Iraq says its removal from revised US travel ban sends a 'positive message' for relations."

All refugees are equal: It halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months. The previous order, which was blocked by the courts, also indefinitely barred refugees from Syria.

No more religious preference: The administration also struck language that would have given preference to religious minorities -- such as Christians from the Middle East -- once refugee resettlement resumes, according to a senior administration official. That provision gave fuel to critics who labeled the previous order a Muslim ban.

Exemptions: Legal permanent residents and visa holders are exempt. Dual nationals using a passport from a country not on the list also do not fall under the ban, nor do foreign nationals traveling for diplomatic purposes.

Date to know: The new immigration executive order will take effect March 16. The last ban took effect immediately, causing confusion and an uproar.

It's Monday. 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 on Facebook.

ALSO THIS A.M. -- NO, YOU DEAL WITH THE BATHROOM CASE: The Supreme Court will no longer hear the case on whether transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. When SCOTUS was supposed to hear the case: March 28. What this means: The court tossed out a lower court ruling that allowed a transgender boy to use the bathroom he chooses. It sends the fight back down to a lower court to decide in light of the Trump administration's new guidance on the issue. 

IF YOU COVERED YOUR EARS AND YELLED 'EAR MUFFS' THIS WEEKEND: President Trump tweeted very early Saturday morning (exhausted grumble) claiming that President Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before Election Day. Why this is big: It's a major accusation, but Trump tweeted it without offering evidence.


THEN...: FBI Director James Comey reportedly asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump's wiretapping claims.

REPUBLICANS REACT: Republicans didn't exactly rush to Trump's side either -- several demanded more info from him over such serious claims.

THIS MORNING -- A VAGUE RESPONSE: White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she doesn't think President Trump accepts FBI Director James Comey's denial. The interesting word there: She doesn't *think* he does.

FASCINATING READ -- BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT TRUMP'S ANGER: Via The Washington Post's Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Ashley Parker, "President Trump spent the weekend at 'the winter White House,' Mar-a-Lago ... His daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner -- celebrated as calming influences on the tempestuous president -- joined him. But they were helpless to contain his fury. Trump was mad -- steaming, raging mad ... When Trump ran into Christopher Ruddy on the golf course and later at dinner Saturday, he vented to his friend. 'This will be investigated,' Ruddy recalled Trump telling him. 'It will all come out. I will be proven right.' 'He was pissed,' said Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax, a conservative media company. 'I haven't seen him this angry.'"

-- "Trump was brighter Sunday morning as he read several newspapers, pleased that his allegations against Obama were the dominant story, an official said. But he found reason to be mad again: Few Republicans were defending him on the Sunday political talk shows."

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- BE WELL-ARMED WITH CAFFEINE: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, House Republicans who have so far kept a tight lid on their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare could move forward with the first public markups on their proposals this week. What we know in the latest ObamaCare replacement plan: What else is going on:

Defense spending: With seven weeks to go before a major government-funding deadline, the House on Wednesday will take up the first spending bill of 2017. 

Lawsuit reform: The House is also expected to take up three litigation reform bills this week. They would ensure that only similarly injured parties can be in the same class in a class-action lawsuit, create a uniform standard to determine whether a defendant was fraudulently added to a lawsuit and sanction lawyers for filing baseless lawsuits.

'Blacklisting rule': Buh-bye more Obama-era regulations. Senators will vote Monday on repealing the Labor Department's so-called blacklisting rule, which requires federal contractors to disclose proven or alleged labor violations from the last three years when bidding on contracts over $500,000. 

PREPARE FOR A BUG BATTLE THIS SEASON: Via NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff and Jane Greenhalgh, researchers have found a way to predict the Lyme disease season a full year in advance. Not good. Not good: For the Northeast, 2017 is expected to be a particularly bad year for Lyme. Map:

NOT THAT THE NEIGHBORS ARE COUNTING OR ANYTHING...: Via The Palm Beach Post, President Trump has spent at least 241 of the total 1,060 hours of his presidency in Florida. That's 22.8 percent of his time, if you're counting.

NEW JOB ALERT: Former White House staffer Yohannes Abraham has reportedly joined the Obama Foundation. New job: Abraham will assist with day-to-day operations, help manage the staff and focus on setting up the structure of the foundation, according to the report. Old job: Abraham served as the chief of staff to top Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who ran the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. He also worked as a senior adviser to the White House National Economic Council.



ESPN's Darren Rovell (Interesting. I'm going to need to reflect on this for a bit.)
Hasbro has filed to trademark the SMELL of Play-Doh. Here's how they describe it



1:35 p.m. EST: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with President Trump in the Oval Office.

2 p.m. EST: The Senate meets.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

4 p.m. EST: President Trump leads a National Economic Council meeting at the White House.

4 p.m. EST: The House meets pro-forma.

5 p.m. EST: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with David Shulkin, secretary of Veterans Affairs.

6 p.m. EST: Roll call vote in the Senate.

6:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has dinner with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

March 10–19: South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Schedule:



Note for today: White House press secretary Sean Spicer is giving a press gaggle at 1:30 p.m. in the briefing room, but it will be off -camera (!).

10 a.m. EST Tuesday: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Rod Rosenstein to be the deputy attorney general and Rachel Brand to be associate attorney general. Why this is huge: Rosenstein and Brand will be Attorney General Jeff Sessions's deputies. Because Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russia's role in the presidential election last week, these deputies will come under greater scrutiny. Expect fireworks. Live stream:

Noon tomorrow: The Heritage Foundation is holding an event examining Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil GorsuchLive stream:



Today is National Oreo Day! It's also National Dentists Day. Lol. 

PSA FOR TOMORROW -- BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT YOU GUYS: As a heads up, tomorrow is National Pancake Day. Yes, big day. IHOP has free pancakes tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fine print: Instead of paying, customers are asked to donate to one of its partnered charities. Details:

BIG NEWS, MY MCGRIDDLE LOVERS: Via BuzzFeed's Vanessa Wong, McDonald's is testing delivery options for customers. "It could just work: 75% of the population live within 3 miles of a McDonald's."

And because we need entertainment to get us through Monday, here's a hilarious reason why professional athletes should stick to their own sports. "Stick to hockey, guys."


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