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Evan Vucci / AP

Spicer stated that the hearing tonight, in which Trump will be fighting Seattle District Judge James Robart on his immigration and refugee executive order, is solely "an interim decision" on whether the president's order is enforced. If not, Trump has said that he is prepared to take the order to the Supreme Court. Other takeaways:

  • Trump on Iran rhetoric: "The Ayatollah is going to realize that there's a new president in office... [Trump] is not going to sit by and let Iran flaunt its violations to the joint agreement."
  • On list of terrorist attacks Trump says weren't reported: Spicer says many of the attacks didn't get the attention they deserved, and said it undermines the threat that faces our country. Emphasizes that the list was put together AFTER Trump's comments.
  • Secretary Kelly's comments on not adding countries to travel ban: Spicer said that's the case for "right now," but "nothing is final until the end of the review period" for the executive order.
  • Timeline of repealing and replacing Obamacare: "I think we can have this done legislatively sooner rather than later, but the implementation might take a little bit longer."
  • Terrorist in Yemen taunting Trump: Spicer denied that the Yemen raid was to target AQAP leader Qassim Al-Rimi. He reiterated the raid was for "intelligence gathering" and emphasized that it was "highly successful."

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McConnell drops filibuster demand, paving way for power-sharing deal

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell attend a joint session of Congress. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has abandoned his demand that Democrats state, in writing, that they would not abandon the legislative filibuster.

Between the lines: McConnell was never going to agree to a 50-50 power sharing deal without putting up a fight over keeping the 60-vote threshold. But the minority leader ultimately caved after it became clear that delaying the organizing resolution was no longer feasible.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.