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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump rips court after immigration ruling | Protesters swarm Chaffetz town hall | DeVos blocked from entering DC school | Japanese PM meeting Trump

JUST NOW — THIS CLIP IS LIKE WATCHING AN EPISODE OF COPS AND NOT KNOWING HOW IT’LL TURN OUT: Protesters physically blocked the controversial Education Secretary Betsy DeVos when she tried to enter a Washington middle school this morning. One protester stood in front of the stairway entrance in the school, and DeVos walked back to her vehicle. Keep in mind: DeVos was eventually able to enter the school. Video of the screaming and blocking (yikes!):

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.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: The 12:30 Report will be off Monday–Wednesday of next week. We'll be back in action Thursday. Don't have too much fun without me.

WHY TRUMP'S STAFFERS SHOULD TIP-TOE AROUND THEIR BOSS THIS WEEKEND: A San Francisco-based appeals court unanimously delivered a stinging rebuke of President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, rejecting the administration's request to resume the travel ban. What this means: Get ready for a likely epic battle in the Supreme Court. I'm talking a Game of Thrones-level duel. Context: Three judges ruled unanimously: a Jimmy Carter appointee, a George W. Bush appointee and a Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases History will judge America by how well we truly make Black lives matter What July 4 means for November 3 MORE appointee.

WHAT TO KNOW: Here are five key quotes that explain the court's decision:


SOCIAL MEDIA TOOK OFF: Users on social media were quick to make jokes about Trump's tweet. Example: "'oh no, not court' --judges"

SECOND REACTION -- AFTER SOME TIME TO BREW: Then after some time to think, Trump tweeted this morning: "LAWFARE: 'Remarkably, in the entire opinion, the panel did not bother even to cite this (the) statute.' A disgraceful decision!" What he was referencing: Trump was quoting a post on the Lawfare blog that was critical of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals's reasoning, but said the court made the right decision in the end.

A TAKE ON THE RULING: Via William Fernholz, a lecturer-in-residence at the UC Berkeley School of Law and the director of its appellate and competitions programs: Trump has two unappealing options: 

TALK OF THE MORNING 1 -- ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MAJOR RUSSIA HEADLINE: Via The Washington Post's Greg Miller, Adam Entous and Ellen Nakashima, White House national security adviser Michael Flynn talked about sanctions against Russia with the country's ambassador in December. Why this is huge: It contradicts Flynn's assertion on Wednesday that he never discussed the topic with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during a series of phone calls in the month before Trump took office. A spokesman for Flynn on Thursday walked back that denial, now claiming that he had no recollection if sanctions came up.

TALK OF THE MORNING 2 -- MEET YOUR SECRET SECRETARY OF STATE: Trump's adviser son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has proved to be a shadow diplomat in talks between the United States and Mexico. "Kushner's back-channel communications with Mexico -- the full extent of which has not been previously reported -- reveal him to be almost a shadow secretary of state, operating outside the boundaries of the State Department or National Security Council."

WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY: Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) last night faced a flood of protesters during a town hall in his home state. Why: Demonstrators repeatedly disrupted the House Oversight Committee chairman, challenging him over his treatment of President Trump. "If you want me to answer the question, give me more than five seconds to do it," Chaffetz said after one interruption. "I'm trying to be as representative as I can." Video of the awkward interruptions:

Line that got the most attention: One attendee asked: "If you want to continue to look into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Democrats try to turn now into November The Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump MORE, I don't care. But why aren't you checking out your own president?"



Tedium's Ernie Smith (Hahaha)
I think this automated error in Google News is saying more than it intended 

Bloomberg (Well that's not a ringing endorsement.)
The owner of Durex [condoms] is buying a company that makes baby food 



Noon: President Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

1 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, followed by a working luncheon in the State Dining Room. 

5 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence speaks with Ford CEO Mark Fields by phone.

5:45 p.m. EST: President Trump arrives in West Palm Beach, Fla.

8 p.m. EST: President Trump, first lady Melania Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife meet for dinner at the Mar-a-Lago resort.

1 p.m. EST Monday: Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) speaks at the Bipartisan Policy Center at an event on infrastructure in 2017.

Tomorrow: The Central Park Ice Festival in New York. Details:

Tomorrow night: Alec Baldwin hosts "Saturday Night Live." Considering his role as President Trump, this should be newsy.



CNN's "State of the Union": New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPolitical world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations MORE (D-Minn.)

"Fox News Sunday": Exclusive interview with Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCongress eyes tighter restrictions on next round of small business help Senate passes extension of application deadline for PPP small-business loans 1,700 troops will support Trump 'Salute to America' celebrations July 4: Pentagon MORE (D-Md.); Nancy Lindsborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace. The panel will include Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America; Julie Pace, The Associated Press; Laura Ingraham, host, "The Laura Ingraham Show"; and Juan Williams, Fox News political analyst.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS": Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law, Harvard University; Michael Mukasey, former U.S. attorney general; Douglas Carswell, member of Parliament, U.K. Independence Party; Chinyelu Onwurah, member of Parliament, Labor Party; Rashid Khalidi, DPhil, professor of modern Arab studies at Columbia University.

CBS's "Face the Nation": Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRussian bounties revive Trump-GOP foreign policy divide Public awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names MORE (D-N.Y.)



Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day.

ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING -- NATS ARE BACK: MASN announced its plans to broadcast seven spring training games for the Washington Nationals. Schedule: 

IMPORTANT PSA: Via KATU's Chris Liedle, thieves have allegedly been using a $17 mystery device to open and start vehicles without messing with the locks.

HOW TO MAKE SOMEONE'S DAY A LITTLE BETTER: Via NBC's "Today," here's how to quickly create an online Valentine's Day card for young patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

And because you read this far, here's the best school ID photo I've ever seen:


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