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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
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
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
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
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 RyanPoll: Trump voters have positive opinion of president Overnight Regulation: Senators call for 'cost-effective' regs | FCC chief unveils plans to roll back net neutrality Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (R-Wis.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemanding transparency and fairness from Trump tax plan Overnight Energy: Trump orders review of national monuments, claiming ‘egregious abuse’ Dem rep: Trump's tax plan as believable as 'magic, unicorns or Batman' MORE (I-Vt.); Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulDestructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton We can put America first by preventing public health disasters 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 Cooper; Stephanie 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 CottonOvernight Cybersecurity: White House adviser ditches cyber panel over 'fake news' | Trump cyber order 'close' | GOP senator pushes for clean renewal of foreign intel law Overnight Tech: Dem wants to see FCC chief's net neutrality plans | New agency panel on telecom diversity | Trump calls NASA astronaut GOP senator pushes for clean reauthorization of foreign intel law MORE (R-Ark.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffRussia investigation 'back on track' after Nunes recusal Overnight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record Kaine, Schiff press Trump on legal justification for Syria strike 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 McCainTrudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade McCain: China has done ‘nothing’ on North Korea Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA 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 GutierrezDHS hires incense immigration supporters The Democratic Party playbook must change if liberals are to win the future Army vet slated for deportation over drug charges 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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