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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump order reportedly revoked 100K visas | New Iran sanctions | Conway clarifies Bowling Green 'massacre' remark | Senate advances Education pick in early AM vote | Trump's first job numbers | Pence attending Super Bowl

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JUST IN -- 100K VISAS REVOKED: Via The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner, over 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of President Trump's ban on travel from seven Muslim countries. Why we know now: "The number came out during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for two Yemeni brothers who arrived at Dulles International Airport on Saturday and were quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia in response to the president's executive order."

Reaction: "There was an audible gasp in the EDVA [Eastern District of Virginia] courtroom when government lawyer Erez Reuveni said 100k+ visas were revoked by Trump EO" (From The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff)

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 and on Facebook.

BREAKING -- IRAN TESTING MISSILES IS LIKE FINDING A PRE-TEEN DRINKING A BEER: The U.S. slapped new sanctions on Iran on Friday after the Trump administration signaled it wanted to punish Tehran for its latest ballistic missile test. Why: The Trump administration said they won't tolerate provocative acts like the test and called it a violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution.

ALSO THIS MORNING -- TRUMP'S FIRST JOBS NUMBERS: The U.S. economy added a robust 227,000 jobs in January, while the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8 percent due to an expanding labor force.

KEEP IN MIND -- ECON GUIDANCE: Trump has yet to name any economists for the three-member Council of Economic Advisers, which provides the White House with economic advice and typically provides analysis for the monthly jobs report.

WHY ALL THE "BOWLING GREEN" REFERENCES??: While defending Trump's executive order on immigration on MSNBC's "Hardball" last night, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway referred to an Obama administration ban on Iraqi refugees following the "Bowling Green Massacre." The problem: No such massacre or ban ever occurred. Watch:

READY, SET, GO!: Social media lit up with jokes about Conway's slip-up. See for yourself:

SLIP OF THE TONGUE: Early this morning, Conway tweeted that she meant to refer to an incident involving two Iraqi nationals in Bowling Green, Ky., not any "Bowing Green Massacre."

THROWBACK TO 2013 -- WHAT CONWAY WAS REFERRING TO: Conway was referring to the discovery of two "al Qaeda-Iraq terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky" and allegedly trying to get weapons and money to Iraqi insurgents. That prompted the FBI to investigate improvised explosive devices collected from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan for fingerprints from suspected terrorists.

WHAT IS THAT I SMELL? IS THAT ... AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FUNDRAISER?: In response, a "Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund" site was created to poke fun at Conway, with the donations page directing to the American Civil Liberties Union. Because, of course. Check it out:

VP PERKS: Via CNN's Elizabeth Landers and Jeremy Diamond, Vice President Pence is scheduled to attend the Super Bowl on Sunday. The security should be fun, huh?

NEW THIS A.M. -- IF I WERE THIS JUDGE, I'D WANT A VALIUM RIGHT ABOUT NOW: Via CBS Detroit, a federal judge in Detroit has ordered the administration to stop enforcing President Trump's executive order barring citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. What it effectively mean: "Re-affirming that the travel ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents of the United States, including those with green cards."

WHY SENATE-SIDE STAFFERS ARE READY FOR HAPPY HOUR: The Senate voted at 6:30 a.m. today to advance Betsy DeVos's nomination to lead the Education Department. The vote: 52-48, along party lines. Not one Dem voted for her. What's next: This sets up a final vote on DeVos early next week. Why the vote is so close: GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE (Alaska) say they'll vote against her. This means it's a 50-50 tie, with Vice President Pence as the tiebreaker. If one more Republican backs out, she won't be confirmed. 

LATE THIS MORNING -- BUH BYE, OBAMA DRILLING RULE: Via The Hill's Devin Henry, the House on Friday passed a resolution to reverse a pollution rule for oil and natural gas drillers that was put in place by the Obama administration. Why: Republicans say the rule would hinder energy production on federal lands by restricting drilling, costing jobs as well as tax and royalty payments for state and local governments.

SO LONG, FAREWELL OBAMA GUN RULE: The House on Thursday struck down an Obama-era regulation that could block some recipients of disability benefits from buying guns. Details: The Obama rule that required the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI's background check system. The database is used to determine eligibility for buying a firearm.

MAYBE A CUP OF TRUMP JOE® WOULD SPEED THINGS UP: President Trump's agenda is getting off to a slow start in Congress. Why: GOP lawmakers are searching for a path forward on an ObamaCare replacement and other back-burner items.

START WORKING ON THOSE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER WEEKEND INVITES NOW: ...because there may not be as many options this year. The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, which host two of the marquee events of White House Correspondents' Association dinner weekend, will not be participating in this year's events.

YIKES: Here's the new Trump cover of Der Spiegel Magazine. It’s pretty startling: 



NPR's Ailsa Chang
Bumped into Judge Gorsuch and he said he really wanted to pet my dog. So I let him. Dog therapy on Capitol Hill. 



The Senate met at 6:30 a.m. for roll call votes. Woof. The House met this morning.

12:30 p.m. EST: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily briefing.

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with national security adviser Michael Flynn.



ABC's "This Week": Vice President Pence; Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.); Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). The panel will include: ABC's Matthew Dowd, Republican strategist Sara Fagen and former communications director for Hillary for America Jennifer Palmieri.

"Fox News Sunday" -- live from NRG Stadium in Houston (!): Vice President Pence; Sen., Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinData shows seven Senate Democrats have majority non-white staffs Bottom line Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats MORE (D-Calif.); Patriots owner Robert Kraft

NBC's "Meet the Press": Vice President Pence; House 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.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

CBS's "Face the Nation": Vice President Pence; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Demaurice Smith, executive director of the National Football League Players Association; James Brown, host of "The NFL Today." The panel will include: Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report; Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review; Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post; and Michael Dufy of Time magazine.

CNN's "State of the Union": Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE (R-Ky); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE (I-Vt.). The panel will include: CNN's Bakari SellersNeera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; Sarah Isgur Flores,former deputy campaign manager for Carly for America; Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.).

CNN's "Inside Politics": The Associated Press's Julie Pace; The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe and Ashley Parker; CNN's Manu Raju.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS": Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State; Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor; Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel; Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel; Bernard-Henri Lévy, French philosopher and author.



Today is National Carrot Cake Day!

MAJOR NEWS IN THE DESSERT INDUSTRY: Ben & Jerry's have introduced chocolate-covered slices of ice cream. *hyperventilating* The flavors: Americone Dream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Vanilla Peanut Butter Cup. Check out these beauties:

OMG, I NEED A SUNNY & BO SWEATSHIRT, STAT​: Via Hollywood Reporter, Chance the rapper created a #ThankYouObama fashion collection. Hint: In the photo, he's wearing a shirt that says "Malia."

And to get your weekend off to a great start, here's Beanie the baby anteater who loves to cuddle with a stuffed bear:


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