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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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

AND PLAYING THE PART OF "LEAD SCAPEGOAT" IS......PAUL! RYAN!: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Scott WongPresident Trump has so far managed to avoid becoming a target for the conservative backlash to the House GOP's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, even as the White House vigorously whips support for the bill. Ryan hasn't been so lucky. Taking it out on Ryan: Conservative media, outside groups and Tea Party lawmakers have been nearly unanimous in directing their anger at Ryan and GOP leadership, while crediting Trump with being open to helping them improve the bill and negotiate better terms. It's like being angry at the parent in the divorce who is there every day

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.

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.

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. 

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.



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: 

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 

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." 



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.



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

9 p.m. EST: CNN airs a special documentary on new first lady Melania Trump and her life story.



CBS's "Face the Nation": House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan confident on tax reform after GOP releases principles McCain's cancer — The congressional peace maker Koch network teaming up with Trump officials for tax-reform event MORE (R-Wis.); Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLive Coverage: Senate votes down 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal Sanders: Senate healthcare fight 'totally bananas' Overnight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump MORE (I-Vt.); Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump | Senators unveil email privacy bill | Russia tried to spy on Macron with Facebook Senate sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump's desk 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 CooperStephanie 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 CottonSenate rejects ObamaCare repeal, replacement amendment Live coverage: Senate begins debate on ObamaCare repeal If our innovators have no reward, how will America compete? MORE (R-Ark.); Rep. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffHouse Intelligence Republican: Claims Gowdy acted as second lawyer for Kushner 'horses---t' Top Intel Dem fundraises off Trump's Twitter attack House Intel lawmakers question Kushner for three hours as part of Russia probe 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 McCain‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism WATCH: Viral video shows protesters outside Capitol learning ObamaCare repeal bill would fail Ex-Cruz campaign manager: Trump presidency 'is effectively over' 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 GutierrezImmigration activists fear for future of ‘Dreamers’ program House passes 'Kate's Law' and bill targeting sanctuary cities Judiciary Dem asks GOP chairman to invite Trump to testify in public MORE (D-Ill.)



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:

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.


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