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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Latest on Trump immigration order: What we know, don't know | Trump accuses Schumer of 'fake tears' | Protests, reaction | WH bumps up SCOTUS announcement | DC Restaurant Week begins

BREAKING -- STATE DEPARTMENT DIPLOMATS MAY SAY HAAAAYL NO: Dozens of career diplomats may send an internal memo to the State Department opposing President Trump's immigration executive order. CNN's Elise Labott obtained a draft of the memo. The gist: It will harm efforts to prevent terrorist attacks.

Yikes, it's Monday already. 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.

SO, THIS WEEKEND SURE ESCALATED QUICKLY: There have been so many moving parts and unknowns for Trump's immigration executive order. Let's break this down with the latest information:

The gist: Friday afternoon, President Trump signed an executive order to seriously restrict immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. Unfortunately, a lack of communication created total chaos in American airports with minimal guidance on how to handle arriving international passengers. So, international travelers in limbo were detained. By Saturday night, massive protests broke out at major airports. Sunday, the White House clarified that green card holders were exempt from the ban. But now, there's a political firestorm.

Why it blew up: "Other administrations might have carefully briefed reporters on the details of the new policy, prepared the public, put exemptions in place, clarified exactly who would be affected. They might have crafted an outreach strategy to key allies to explain the president's reasoning and hear out any concerns. The Trump team seems to have done none of that." (From Politico's Blake Hounshell)



The countries affected: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. But White House chief of staff Reince Priebus floated adding more.

How long the bans last: It blocks all Syrian refugees indefinitely, all refugees from any country from coming to the U.S. for 120 days and all citizens from the seven countries for 90 days.

Does it affect U.S. citizens: It shouldn't, including naturalized citizens. But: Priebus did say that if an American citizen is traveling back and forth to one of the seven countries, that person is likely to be "subjected temporarily with more questioning until a better program is put in place."

Does it affect green card holders?: It originally did -- green card holders returning to the U.S. were detained over the weekend. However, Priebus declared Sunday (and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly later confirmed) that green card holders are free to come in.

Does it have Republican support?: Eh, mixed reviews. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanBush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world MORE (R-Wis.) most notably defended the action, but lots of Republicans are turning on Trump's order. Senate Republicans: Five have opposed the order, 11 have expressed concerns and 3 have been supportive. House Republicans: 7 opposed, 6 with concerns, 34 support. Full list of who's said what:

Most vocal against it: Republican Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJuan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden Democrats lead in three battleground Senate races: poll Republican Scott Taylor wins Virginia primary, to face Elaine Luria in rematch MORE (Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse | Trump administration awards tech group contract to build 'virtual' wall | Advocacy groups urge Congress to ban facial recognition technologies Senate panel advances bill targeting online child sexual abuse The Hill's Campaign Report: The political heavyweights in Tuesday's primary fights MORE (S.C.) in a joint statement said the executive order "sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security."

Trump's reaction to McCain/Graham: "They are sadly weak on immigration ... [they] should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III."

Have there been deportations?: A federal judge in New York issued an emergency stay Saturday night temporarily preventing the removal of detained individuals.

BREAKING: Via The Washington Post's Matt Zapotosky, a federal judge has ordered that an Iranian man deported after President Trump's executive order be returned to the United States.

MUST WATCH -- Hooo boy, this should be an interesting presser: White House press secretary Sean Spicer will give the daily briefing at 1:30 p.m. You are going to want to watch this. Live-stream:

How local police just got more power: Via The Associated Press, President Trump revived a program that allows local officers to enforce federal immigration law.


WHAT'S STILL UNCLEAR -- lotsa things

The extent: How many airports are following the executive order. A number of federal judges have stayed the order in their districts.

White House's prep work: Were congressional leaders briefed ahead of time? According to CNN's Jim Acosta, the White House says "top congressional staff members on immigration were involved in drafting of exec order," but several reporters disagree, including Politico's John Bresnahan, who tweeted: "Not one GOP lawmaker or staffer we've talked to will confirm this. Hill Republicans say they didn't know what was in order until it went public."

More countries?: Whether the White House will add additional countries to the list -- Priebus floated it on Sunday.

What do American people think?: Is it popular with the public? Demonstrations broke out around the country, but that only tells part of the story. No polls yet.

Oh haaay, neighbors: How will it affect U.S. relations with other countries?

Specifically -- ramifications in Iraq: In response, the Iraqi parliament has approved a "reciprocity measure" that will apply to Americans entering Iraq. The details are still unclear though. Keep in mind: Iraq is the only country of the seven where the U.S. has full diplomatic presence.

Will Congress do anything legislatively?: Democrats are already eyeing legislation to overturn the ban.

Why were members of Congress denied access?: What happened with the standoff between members of Congress and Border Patrol at Dulles Airport outside of D.C.? Was the executive branch disregarding a court order and if so, why?

Tweet from Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), one of the members at Dulles: "We have a constitutional crisis today. Four Members of Congress asked CBP officials to enforce a federal court order and were turned away."


HOW IT'S PLAYING OUT -- in short:  

The biggest, most beautiful metaphorical wall: One White House official called the immigration order a "massive success story." President Trump defended his action, saying it was not a "Muslim ban" and blaming protesters and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRepublicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday Top intelligence officials to brief Gang of Eight on Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.) for chaos at airports.

JUST NOW -- OUCH: Trump accused Schumer of shedding "fake tears" over his ban. "I'm going to ask him who is his acting coach."

Why people are deleting Uber: The New York Taxi Workers Alliance told drivers not to go to JFK airport for one hour in protest. But not Uber!: Uber continued to pick up passengers at the airport and touted that it was suspending its surge pricing. Critics accused Uber of trying to counter the strike.

Uber's reaction: "We're sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet -- it was not meant to break up any strike," Uber told Business Insider. "We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night." Uber then announced it will compensate drivers who might be stranded overseas.

Meanwhile -- smart PR move, Lyft: Uber's rival Lyft pledged to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to President Trump's immigration ban.

Detainee hotline: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) launched a state hotline where New Yorkers can report missing people who may have been detained.

Is this really the time for a Disney classic?: The White House screened the film "Finding Dory" on Sunday afternoon, as hundreds gathered outside to protest Trump's immigration order.



HAPPENING TOMORROW -- LET ME DIRECT YOUR FOCUS TO THAT SHINY OBJECT OVER THERE: President Trump said he will announce his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday at 8 p.m. Keep in mind: This announcement was scheduled for Thursday. I wonder what in the news could possibly warrant an early announcement.

BREAKING LATE THIS A.M. -- I'LL TRADE YOU ONE FOR TWO: President Trump signed an executive order that requires federal agencies to revoke two regulations for every new regulation they request. What it's called: "One in, two out" Exception: Emergencies and national security.

NEWS WE SHOULD ALL KNOW ABOUT -- WAIT, BANNON WAS JUST GIVEN...WHAT...POWER...?: Via The New York Times's Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, President Trump gave adviser Stephen Bannon "a full seat on the 'principals committee' of the National Security Council -- while downgrading the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of national intelligence, who will now attend only when the council is considering issues in their direct areas of responsibilities." Why this is big: "It is a startling elevation of a political adviser, to a status alongside the secretaries of state and defense, and over the president's top military and intelligence advisers." Wowza.

NEW -- ANOTHER STATE CAN SMOKE THE GANJA: Maine on Monday becomes the eighth state in the nation to allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes.



The Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng
still waiting on word but when I 1st called the Delta press office the first thing I heard when I mentioned Trump's tweet was "god, well ok" 

The Onion: "Sean Spicer's role in the Trump administration will be to provide the American public with robust and clearly articulated misinformation."

Spicer retweeted adding: "You nailed it. Period!"



The House and Senate are in.

1:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Gulp. Live-stream:

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on Rex Tillerson for secretary of State.

6 p.m. EST: The Senate Finance Committee votes on Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary.

6:30 p.m. EST: The House votes on a series of suspensions. Their schedule:



9 p.m. EST Tuesday: CNN will host a town hall with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).



Today is National Croissant Day!

EEEEK, IT'S HERE: This week is Restaurant Week in Washington, D.C. Menus:

ANNOUNCED TODAY -- WHCD COUNTER PROGRAMMING: "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee announced she will hold her own dinner at the Willard Hotel on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner. What it's called: The "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner." Programming: "Specifically, you'll learn how screwed we'd be without a free press," Bee said.

HAPPY THOUGHTS, PEOPLE. HAPPY THOUGHTS: Via International Business Times, a new study suggests eating ice cream for breakfast may improve mental performance. It's just one study, but I've heard enough. ;)

Mike Huckabee tweeted the article: "Japanese scientist says ice cream for breakfast makes you smarter; Proof: You thought of eating ice cream for breakfast!"

And because it's been a stressful few days and we could all use something light to draw our attention to, here's an incredibly mesmerizing video of a bubble freezing. Science, man.


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