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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking - Lawmakers pass weeklong spending bill to avoid shutdown | Simone Biles on Capitol Hill | What to know for WHCA dinner weekend | Trump says 'I thought it would be easier' | Bannon reasserts influence

JUST NOW — INCHING TOWARD THE WEEKEND LIKE --> : Well, crisis temporarily averted! Exactly 12 hours before the government was set to shut down, the Senate followed the House in passing a one-week funding bill to keep it open. Next step: It heads to President Trump’s desk. Don’t get too excited: We get to go through all of this again next week.

What this means: The stopgap measure will keep the government open through May 5 and give negotiators more time to work on a broader bill that would include funding for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

That was refreshing: The Senate's low-drama vote came after Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Ignore the naysayers trying to disrupt US diplomacy with North Korea MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday night moved to block the stopgap over concerns about the larger deal.

Happy Friday! Yikes, it feels like summer. 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.

HE'S GOT 99 PROBLEMS -- ER, DAYS SO FAR ... : The New York Times' Michael D. Shear has a brief video rundown of President Trump's campaign promises and how each of those shaped up. Watch:

Trump's first 100 days summed up in one headline: From The Washington Post's Dan Balz: "Trump governs as he campaigned: impulsive, unpredictable and loud."

Does anyone have a "We Told You So" button?: President Trump reflected on his life in the White House so far: "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."

BUT A BANNON AIN'T ONE: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Stephen Bannon's days of influence in the White House looked like a thing of the past. The media and plenty of President Trump's supporters thought the White House's polarizing chief strategist was done for after he was booted from his unusual spot on the National Security Council's principals committee. Baby, I'm back: But with the White House hungry for victories ahead of Trump's 100th day in office, the president has fallen back on the "economic nationalism" that's central to Bannon's worldview.

IT'S SIMONE! SIMONE BILES!! World champion Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and met with lawmakers and families on Capitol Hill Thursday for "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day."

What she promoted: Encouraging kids to have a healthy lifestyle and avoid underage drinking.

The gist of her remarks: "Setting goals and making the right choices were so important in my journey to becoming a world champion," Biles said. "It's not always easy, but I find that surrounding myself with positive role models and other people who are willing to work hard are the keys to my success."

If I had a nickel for every person I heard say this: "Oh my god, she's tiny." To be fair, she is 4-foot-8.

This event feels like the HQ for bring your kids to work day: So. Many. High-pitched. Screeches.

Star struck: Biles's "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Sasha Farber,joined the Washington trip, where they filmed a segment for an upcoming show. Before the Capitol Hill event, Biles and Farber met with children at the Arlington Science Focus School in Virginia, where they practiced their routine.

Funniest part of the event -- D.C. has no chill ... : While Biles was onstage, the Washington Nationals' famous presidential mascots made their big entrance. Simone looked pretty confused as the giant-headed characters walked into the room. My video of her priceless (albeit uncomfortable) reaction:

NEW -- WELCOME TO OPTICS 101: Via The Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Murdoch and his sons are quietly seeking a new head of Fox News -- specifically, a woman.

TIMING ON THE HEALTHCARE PUSH -- THIS Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration Heckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Hoyer: GOP centrists 'sold out' Dreamers MORE PHOTO LOOKS LIKE A LITERAL PEACE OFFERING: "We are not voting on healthcare tomorrow or Saturday," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters after a nearly two-hour leadership meeting in Speaker Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) office in the Capitol.

Latest vote count: From The Hill's Whip List: The question is whether GOP centrists can back it. No Democrats are expected to vote for the measure, meaning Republicans can only afford 22 defections. So far: 21 GOP "no" votes.

Push, push, nudge, nudge: The revised Republican ObamaCare replacement bill is testing the party's pledge to preserve protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. How so: House Republicans' own website states that people should "never" be charged more for having a pre-existing condition, but the revised bill would allow just that in states that are granted a waiver from ObamaCare's rules.

BEST HEADLINE I'VE READ IN AWHILE: "Missouri governor signs bill while taking Lyft to Taco Bell."


— AT THE COLOMBIAN AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE: Last night was the United for Colombia benefit dinner at Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón's Dupont Circle residence. Spotted: Queen Noor of Jordan; Jordanian Ambassador Dina Kawar; Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly; Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyFBI has no excuse to hide future scandals from American public Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report Student rips DeVos at school safety commission for failure to take on guns MORE (D-Vt.); Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.); Minnesota state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray; and Drs. Stephanie Hines and Juan Manuel Rodríguez from the Mayo Clinic Rochester.

— AT DCA: 2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.) going through TSA pre-check.

— ON CAPITOL HILL: David Letterman meeting with climate activists. Photo: The former late-night host was also spotted at the Washington Capitals playoff game last night.




CNN New Day (Video of the map Trump handed out.)
Jeff Mason on his Trump interview: It's clear the election, even five months later, remains very much on his mind.

CNN's Dan Merica added: "This Jeff Mason anecdote is telling: Trump handed reporters 2016 election maps during his interview with Reuters.



The House was in this morning. Its schedule: The Senate is in.

This weekend: It's the White House Correspondents' Association dinner! Full schedule of parties/events:

Saturday: President Trump's 100th day in office.

3 p.m. EDT Saturday: Activists hold a climate rally in Washington, D.C., with a march scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association Leadership forum in Atlanta. Live stream:

7 p.m. EDT: Fox News's Martha MacCallum interviews President Trump on his 99th day in office.

7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: President Trump holds a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. I.e.: a passive WHCA dinner protest... Live stream:

9:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: The White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. C-SPAN live stream:

What to know / who will be there:

See ya, next year!: President Trump told Reuters he would "absolutely" attend the correspondents' dinner in 2018.



CBS's "Face the Nation": President Trump. The panel will include AP's Julie Pace; The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe; and CBS's Major Garrett and Margaret Brennan.

NBC's "Meet the Press": Vice President Pence; Maine Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsActress Marcia Gay Harden urges Congress to boost Alzheimer's funding 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingHeckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Hillicon Valley: Judge approves AT&T-Time Warner deal in blow to DOJ | Dems renew push to secure state voting systems | Seattle reverses course on tax after Amazon backlash | Trump, senators headed for cyber clash | More Tesla layoffs MORE (I). The panel will include The New York Times's Helene Cooper; MSNBC's Chris Matthews; AEI's Danielle Pletka; and Nicolle Wallace, former communications director to President George W. Bush.

"Fox News Sunday": Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). The panel will include Heritage Action's Mike Needham; former Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.); National Review's Rich Lowry; and Fox's Juan Williams.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS": Susan Rice, a national security adviser in the Obama administration; Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada; Georgetown University's Matthew Kroenig; New York University's Tim Naftali; Yale's Timothy Snyder;and Gettysburg College's Shirley Anne Warshaw.



Today is National Blueberry Day!

THE CUTEST THING YOU'LL READ TODAY: Yesterday for "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," several journalists brought their children to the briefing by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan's comments and reaction to the children is adorable. Watch:

I CAN'T EVEN: Here's a photo of The Hill's Scott Wong with his two young daughters sharing a seat in the briefing -- and taking notes.

GUYS! GUYS. GUUUYS.: You can make reservations on Cinco de Mayo to dine exclusively in the Taco Bell test kitchen. This is not a drill.

CAKE? DRESS? CAKE? DRESS?: Here's a viral wedding cake that legitimately looks like a wedding gown. Wowow:

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here's a puppy and a toddler who wear matching outfits:


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