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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ryan -- not Trump -- takes heat from right on ObamaCare | GOP's top vote-counter confident | States sue over Trump travel ban | Jobs report sets stage for Fed rate hike | 'Game of Thrones' return date

RELEASED THIS MORNING -- IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR JOBS: The U.S. economy added a robust 235,000 jobs in February, the first full month of the Trump administration, while the unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent. Some context: The report released Friday reflects the 77 months of net job growth that started under former President Obama. Job gains have averaged 209,000 (!) over the past three months. http://bit.ly/2maM1qT

WHAT TO WATCH NEXT WEEK: The strong numbers are all but certain to ensure the Federal Reserve raises rates during its meeting next week.

Tidbit from The Hill's Joe Concha: "The trick in looking at the jobs report is to peel the onion a bit: 28,000 manufacturing jobs added in February. That's the hidden story." http://bit.ly/2ndIj0T

I'D LIKE TO THANK THIS MAN. PAUSE. *BOTH AWKWARDLY RESPOND 'THANK YOU!"*: Trump officials and Obama officials are both taking credit for jobs report. http://bit.ly/2n7KIgQ

Happy Friday. 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.

DO. NOT. FORGET: Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday. 

HOW ARE WE GOING TO PASS THE REPLACEMENT, YOU ASK? WELL, GIT 'ER DOOONE!: The top vote-counter in the House says there is no doubt that the Republican bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare will pass. "We're gonna get this done," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said with a smile on Thursday. http://bit.ly/2ndp4V8

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AND PLAYING THE PART OF "LEAD SCAPEGOAT" IS......PAUL! RYAN!: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Scott WongPresident Trump has so far managed to avoid becoming a target for the conservative backlash to the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, even as the White House vigorously whips support for the bill. Ryan hasn't been so lucky. Taking it out on Ryan: Conservative media, outside groups and Tea Party lawmakers have been nearly unanimous in directing their anger at Ryan and GOP leadership, while crediting Trump with being open to helping them improve the bill and negotiate better terms. It's like being angry at the parent in the divorce who is there every dayhttp://bit.ly/2nmzcds

FUNNIEST THING I'VE SEEN ALL DAY: A new dad appeared on BBC via Skype -- and two of his "bundles of joy" decided they wanted to join. http://bit.ly/2ndFyMP

LET THE LEGAL BATTLE FLOODGATES OPEN: Four states are suing to block President Trump's new travel ban. Reasoning: In early February, U.S. District Judge James Robart issued an order blocking the first version of the ban. Robart's ruling was upheld in an appeals court, leading the Trump administration to issue the new order on Monday. Now, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) said his office will file a motion asking Robart to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban, which is scheduled to go into effect Thursday. http://bit.ly/2mtBpWZ

50 DAYS DOWN, 1410 OR 2870 TO GO: The Hill's Jordan Fabian has a good analysis of President Trump’s first 50 days in office. Trump thus far has issued 16 executive orders, roughly on pace with President Obama, who signed 17 at this point in his presidency. Trump has also approved more than a dozen additional memoranda, some containing key policy changes. http://bit.ly/2mtO78c 

PERSONALLY, I'D LOVE AN ANALYZED GRAPH OF MY OWN TWEETS TBQH: Via NBC's Anna Brand, Sam Petulla and Carrie Dann, here's a breakdown of President Trump's tweets since taking office and a fun graph of the average time that the president tweets. The gist: He loooooves the morning tweet. http://nbcnews.to/2m7XIOz

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

Washintonian's Elaina Plott
I asked Katrina Pierson what she and President Trump talked about at the White House yesterday. Here's what she said: http://bit.ly/2mavMtW 

C-SPAN's Howard Mortman
REPORTS: Trump talked health care with House GOPers at WH bowling alley....Here's what the bowling alley looks like http://bit.ly/2mtF4E9 

Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur
Ryan's 200-day agenda: "repeal & replace Obamacare, then get Judge Gorsuch on the bench, then get the military funded, then get tax reform." http://bit.ly/2nn81Ps 

 

ON TAP:

The House was in this morning. The Senate is out until Monday.

12:45 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

3:30 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

10:45 a.m. EST Saturday: Vice President Pence delivers remarks on the ObamaCare replacement plan in Louisville, Ky. 

Tuesday: German Prime Minister Angela Merkel visits Washington, D.C. http://reut.rs/2maNGgl

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily briefing. Live stream: http://bit.ly/2m8aWLb

9 p.m. EST: CNN airs a special documentary on new first lady Melania Trump and her life story. http://cnn.it/2mPggqW

 

SUNDAY SHOW GUESTS: 

CBS's "Face the Nation": House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE (R-Wis.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: ‘Thousands will die’ under GOP health bill A tale of two drug bills — one proposed bill will worsen the drug prices crisis The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (I-Vt.); Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump tells Democrats they need ‘courage’ to fix ObamaCare Fifth GOP senator announces opposition to ObamaCare repeal bill The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ky.). The panel will include Vox's Ezra Klein; The Boston Globe's Indira Lakshmanan; The New York Times's Peter Baker; and Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and a Forbes opinion editor.

NBC's "Meet the Press": Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R). The panel will include NYT's David Brooks and Helene CooperStephanie Cutter, former deputy campaign manager for President Obama; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

"Fox News Sunday": Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio); Gary Cohn, director of President Trump's National Economic Council. The panel will include The Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley; Fox's Juan Williams; Julie Pace of the Associated Press; and Heritage Action's Mike Needham

ABC's "This Week": Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney; Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonOnly Congress can enable drone technology to reach its full potential Senate Dem offers patent reform bill Sasse: Someone subscribed me to Nickleback emails as a prank MORE (R-Ark.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel House Intel Dem says Trump's tweet about 'tapes' not enough Overnight Cybersecurity: Obama DHS chief defends Russian hack response | Trump huddles on grid security | Lawmakers warned about cyber threat to election systems MORE (D-Calif); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) The panel will include Republican pollster and ABC News contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson; National Review editor Rich Lowry; Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons; and editor and publisher of The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel

CNN's "State of the Union": Sen. John McCainJohn McCainCoats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Meghan McCain slams 'felon' Dinesh D'Souza over tweets mocking father's captivity MORE (R-Ariz.); Sen. Cory Booker (R-N.J.) The panel will include former Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum; The Center for American Progress's Neera Tanden; Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.); and Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis GutierrezJudiciary Dem asks GOP chairman to invite Trump to testify in public The Hill's 12:30 Report Dems plan to sue Trump over conflicts of interest: report MORE (D-Ill.)

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

Today is National Blueberry Popover Day.

*STARTS HUMMING THE GAME OF THRONES THEME SONG*: Winter is coming. HBO announced the premier date for season seven of "Game of Thrones": July 16. This promo video will give you all the feels: http://bit.ly/2n6JrX5

And because ily guys, here's a tiny pig strolling, err, patrolling, around New York City dressed as an NYPD officer. Cops' reactions are so great. http://nyp.st/2ndHGEq

 

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