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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 --> http://bit.ly/2qn3Ep8 : 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. http://bit.ly/2pGx9pE

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 SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger 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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel 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: http://nyti.ms/2pbWYNa

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." http://wapo.st/2pFX6Wv

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." http://bit.ly/2poZhuL

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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. http://bit.ly/2qmC2ki

IT'S SIMONE! SIMONE BILES!! http://bit.ly/2qmJtYy: World champion Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Responsibility.org met with lawmakers and families on Capitol Hill Thursday for "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." http://bit.ly/2ppK6RN

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: http://bit.ly/2pEOShs

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. http://bit.ly/2oPQfFe

TIMING ON THE HEALTHCARE PUSH -- THIS Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids 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. http://bit.ly/2oPOKqx

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. http://bit.ly/2ozJyf9

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. http://bit.ly/2qeFluf

BEST HEADLINE I'VE READ IN AWHILE: "Missouri governor signs bill while taking Lyft to Taco Bell." http://bit.ly/2pFZLQ7

SPOTTED:

— 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 LeahyAvalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign America isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape 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: http://bit.ly/2oTgT0D. The former late-night host was also spotted at the Washington Capitals playoff game last night.

 

  

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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. http://bit.ly/2oT3iGt

CNN's Dan Merica added: "This Jeff Mason anecdote is telling: Trump handed reporters 2016 election maps during his interview with Reuters. http://bit.ly/2oPIm2u

 

ON TAP:

The House was in this morning. Its schedule: http://bit.ly/2pbj2qR The Senate is in.

This weekend: It's the White House Correspondents' Association dinner! Full schedule of parties/events: http://bit.ly/2plb0fS

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. http://cs.pn/2pGcfHf

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

1:30 p.m. EDTPresident Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association Leadership forum in Atlanta. Live stream: http://bit.ly/2qmxrys

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: http://cs.pn/2oPTYSR

9:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: The White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. C-SPAN live stream: http://cs.pn/2qewHME

What to know / who will be there: http://bit.ly/2pGaUjH

See ya, next year!: President Trump told Reuters he would "absolutely" attend the correspondents' dinner in 2018. http://bit.ly/2qmsqpt

 

SUNDAY SHOW GUESTS:

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 CollinsOvernight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids Study: ObamaCare bills backed by Collins would lower premiums Right scrambles GOP budget strategy MORE (R) and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingTrump rips Dems a day ahead of key White House meeting Trump pushing Maine gov to run for Senate: report Schumer: Franken should resign 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.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF ... :

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: http://cs.pn/2qn2jio

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. http://bit.ly/2pthQ2G

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. http://bit.ly/2qcxVrs

CAKE? DRESS? CAKE? DRESS?: Here's a viral wedding cake that legitimately looks like a wedding gown. Wowow: http://r29.co/2pbQYUp

And to get your weekend off to a good start, here's a puppy and a toddler who wear matching outfits: http://bit.ly/2qmKtvK

 

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