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The Hill's 12:30 Report: What's next for ObamaCare repeal | GOP Senate plans to overhaul bill | Trump accepts there could be changes | Cook Report moves 20 districts toward Dems after vote | Trump defends stay at NJ golf club | Jobless rate drops | DC Cinco de Mayo deals

BREAKING THIS A.M. — A JOB FOR YOU! AND A JOB FOR YOU!: The U.S. economy added a robust 211,000 jobs in April, better than expected as the labor market rebounded after a weak start to the year. More good news: The unemployment rate fell from 4.5 percent to 4.4 percent, the lowest level in a decade. 

Happy Friday and a Happy Cinco de Mayo! Keep reading for where to celebrate. ;) 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.

LATEST IN THE OBAMACARE FIGHT — ONE CHAMBER DOWN: House Republicans passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare yesterday with a narrow 217-213 victory. 

House Dems after the vote: They broke out into song: "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye." I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Democrats believe the repeal vote will boost their efforts to retake the House in 2018. Watch: 

Here are the 20 Republicans who voted against repeal: 

Here are the vulnerable Republicans who voted for it: Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Rod Blum (Iowa), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Erik Paulsen (Minn.), David Valadao (Calif.), David Young (Iowa) and John Faso (N.Y.). 

Reaction from the Cook Report: The Cook Report on Friday shifted its forecast for 20 GOP-incumbent or open districts toward Democrats. 

WHAT’S NEXT — ‘THAT WAS CUTE AND EVERYTHING, BUT LET US TAKE OVER’: Senate Republicans plan to dramatically overhaul the House ObamaCare replacement bill that passed Thursday and are warning the process could take weeks. What swing state Republicans are concerned about: The American Health Care Act puts a cap on ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion that would take effect in 2020. 

TRUMP EVEN ACKNOWLEDGED IT COULD CHANGE: "It could change a little bit,” Trump said, according to White House pool reports. “It could be maybe even better. It's a very good bill right now.” 

NEW TODAY — ASSASSINATE KIMMY? US? NO WAAY: North Korean state media accused the U.S. and South Korea of conspiring to assassinate Kim Jong Un using a “biochemical” substance. Keep in mind: North Korea has a history of making unfounded claims and is known for claiming international provocation on its own terms. But South Korea has in the past admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.

OH I’M SURE THEY LOOOOOOVE THAT: Via The New York Times’s Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, according to multiple West Wing aides, President Trump has started referring to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.) and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as “Ryan-ce.” 

I’LL TAKE ‘WHAT IS A PREEXISTING CONDITION’ FOR $500: CBS News has a helpful Q&A of what exactly a preexisting condition is. 

PAUL: 'PUT THOSE BINOCULARS AWAY, BARACK': Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R-Ky.) says he has asked the intelligence community and White House for any evidence that he was surveilled by President ObamaSound familiar?: The tweet appears to build off of President Trump's claim, presented without evidence, that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. 



Politico’s Tim Alberta
I've covered Paul Ryan for a while. Never seen him so anxious. Fidgeting in his seat; clasping hands, rolling neck, opening/shutting binder. 

The Hill’s Reid Wilson
Vanity plates rejected by NC DOT: “LCKHERUP,” “DMPTRUMP,” “FTRUMP,” “OBAMASUX” and, for some reason, “NCC-1701” 

CNN’s Dylan Byers
Please, please remember this next time someone complains about a liberal media conspiracy 



The House is out.

Today - the weekend: President Trump is at his New Jersey golf club.

Why he’s in Joisey.: “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!” Trump tweeted.

Keep in mind: Trump has until today to sign the spending bill to keep the government open (!)


Noon: The Senate meets pro forma “during which no business whatsoever will be conducted,” as it says in the Senate Daily Whip Notice.

Sunday: Run-off for France’s presidential election.

Monday: “Hearing on Cigna's right to terminate Anthem merger ... Cigna CEO David Cordani says he will share more news when it happens.” Health insurer Anthem plans to appeal a decision blocking its planned merger with Cigna up to the Supreme Court. 



Today in sports: Via The Washington Post, here are the biggest sporting events to watch today. 



NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRussian assault on 'American idea' enables Trump to take tough action Eleven lawmakers have used campaign funds to pay NRA dues: report Kimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers MORE (R-Mo.); Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLawmakers feel pressure on guns Feinstein: Trump must urge GOP to pass bump stock ban Florida lawmakers reject motion to consider bill that would ban assault rifles MORE (D-Calif.) The panel will include Yahoo’s Matt Bai; Politico’s Eliana Johnson; National Review’s Rich Lowry; and NBC’s Kristen Welker.



Today is National Hoagie Day!

CEL-EH-BRATE GOOD TIMES, C’MON!: Here are 10 places with Cinco de Mayo deals in the Washington, D.C., area.

FRAPPY HOUR: From today through May 14, Starbucks has a Frappuccino happy hour — half off from 3 to 6 p.m. 

WELP, THIS SOUNDS SAFE...: Via Time, “The ‘most dangerous path in the world’ is reopening for its third season after a gruesome accident caused it to close for 15 years. After five people plummeted to their deaths in two years, the wooden walkway was closed for renovations in 2001.” 

And because you read this far, here’s a dog who is way too proud to beg for food. 


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