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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Second judge blocks Trump travel ban | Inside Trump's first budget | Budget panel advances ObamaCare bill despite defections | March Madness | Irish PM in DC before St. Paddy's Day | Interior chief shovels snow off Lincoln Memorial

TRAVEL BAN MAYHEM, TAKE TWO -- IT'S DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: A federal judge in Maryland early Thursday temporarily blocked parts of President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE's revised travel order, according to multiple reports. Hours earlier, a federal judge in Hawaii had placed a nationwide block on Trump's order, delivering a major blow to the president's policy just hours before it was set to go into effect. Why: The Maryland judge said Trump's travel ban was still meant to discriminate against Muslims. He pointed to the president's own comments to defend the ruling.

SERIOUSLY, HAVEN'T I WRITTEN THIS BEFORE...?: President Trump last night slammed a court ruling blocking his revised travel ban as "an unprecedented judicial overreach." "We're going to take our case as far as it needs to go, including all the way up to the Supreme Court," Trump said. "We're going to win," he continued. "The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear."

EHHHH, WHAT'S A FEW WIRETAPPING CLAIMS BETWEEN FRIENDS, AMIRITE?: President Trump is defending his unsubstantiated claim that former President Obama ordered surveillance on Trump Tower. "Wiretap covers a lot of different things," Trump said in an interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson set to air Wednesday night. "I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks."

NBC's Brad Jaffy
Full stop. Take 2 mins. Read this Q&A between Trump & Tucker Carlson over where Trump got his wiretapping claims from. Read the whole thing. 

Including: Trump on his wiretapping claim: "Those words were in quotes."

Happy Thursday -- March Madness has officially begun! 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.

HAPPENING THIS MORNING -- BUH, DUH, DUH, BUH, BUH, THEY'RE NOT LOVIN' IT: McDonald's in a tweet on its corporate account called President Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President" on Thursday morning. The tweet, which was briefly pinned to the top of the account before being deleted, mocked Trump and called for the return of former President Obama. Actual tweet: "@realDonaldTrump You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands."

UPDATE FROM MCDONALD'S: "Twitter notified us that our account was compromised. We deleted the tweet, secured our account and are now investigating this."

THROWBACK TO A SIMPLER TIME: Does anyone else remember when Trump was in a McDonalds commercial? -->

TO THE NEXT STEP!: The House Budget Committee approved the GOP's ObamaCare repeal and replacement plan 19-17, with three Republicans voting no. Who: Republican Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Gary Palmer (Ala.) voted against advancing the bill.

THIS IS PRETTY SAD: A growing number of nervous Republican senators are rooting for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) to fail so they won't be blamed for killing the ObamaCare bill in the upper chamber.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF DOUGH: President Trump on Thursday made public his first federal budget blueprint, revealing a plan to dramatically reduce the size of government.

28 percent reduction: For the State Department's budget, a cut that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney conceded was "fairly dramatic." 

31 percent reduction: The departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.

Terminated: Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities.

Added: President Trump will ask Congress for $1.5 billion this year to begin work on the wall he promised to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

UHHH? AND THE CREEPER DU JOUR AWARD GOES TO!: Via Mother Jones's Yashar Ali, two Secret Service agents are under investigation for taking photos with President Trump's grandson while he was sleeping. The source told Mother Jones Donald Trump III woke up as the agents were taking photos and "freaked out." The president's grandson then informed his family about the incident, prompting an investigation into whether the two agents abandoned their posts while on duty.

WELL, IT INVOLVES JUSTIN TRUDEAU, SO YOU SHOULD READ THIS. BUT ALSO, IT'S FUNNY: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited first daughter Ivanka Trump to a Broadway musical that celebrates openness to foreign travelers. Yes, you read that right -- it's about openness to international travelers. President Trump's daughter accompanied Trudeau and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to the performance of "Come From Away" in New York City.

THE TIME. HAS. COME.: The first episode of The Hill's History-Cast has been released! The topic: We called a bunch of sherpas, people who helped guide nominees through the Senate confirmation process during the Obama administration, to try to understand their roles better -- and to understand how confirmation battles got so contentious.



IJ Review's Benny Johnson
"I rode in a cop car through the snow emergency D.C. yesterday with Secretary Ryan Zinke. 
Things I saw the secretary do on his Snow Day: 
1. Shovel snow off the Lincoln Memorial
2. Laugh with boyish joy after realizing he could get access to the secret memorial rooftop & basement
3. Give tours of the Lincoln Memorial to random tourists..."

Dallas Morning News's Jamie Lovegrove
As Rep. Will Hurd asks Rep. Beto O'Rourke to pull over so he can relieve himself [during their bipartisan road trip], O'Rourke considers forcing him to hold it in until they reach DC.

The Hill's Taylor Lorenz
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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is in Washington, D.C.

The House is in. The Senate is out until Tuesday. 

Noon: President Trump speaks at a Friends of Ireland luncheon.

1:30 p.m. EDT: First votes in the House.

2 p.m. EDT: "Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottHouse passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE (D-Va.) hosts forum on driverless cars' effect on the labor market ... Location: 2261 [Russell House Office Building]" 

2:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence holds meetings on Capitol Hill.

3:30 p.m. EDT: Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden chats on the Sidewire app about the American Health Care Act, the GOP's ObamaCare replacement plan.  

5:30 p.m. EDT: Last votes in the House. 



2 p.m. EDT: White House press secretary Sean Spicer gives the daily press briefing. Live stream:

2 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the swearing in of director of national intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump, Biden renew push for Latino support Former Intel chief had 'deep suspicions' that Putin 'had something on Trump': book MORELive steam:

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks at the St. Patrick's Day reception in the East Room of the White House. Live stream



Today is National Artichoke Heart Day!

IN CASE YOU NEED ANOTHER REASON TO GO TO LONDON: Here's a shop in London that turns any candy bar into a calzone. Watch:

CHEERIO, MATE!: Cheerios will send 100 free wildflower seeds to anyone who signs up. Uhh, why?: To save the bees, of course.

And because you read this far, here's a hedgehog taking a bath:


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