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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. http://bit.ly/2pNOXyk 

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 cmartel@thehill.com@CateMartel 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. http://bit.ly/2pgDzrI 

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: http://cnn.it/2pO6Ehp 

Here are the 20 Republicans who voted against repeal: http://bit.ly/2qHPTm6 

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.). http://bit.ly/2qA1eaN 

Reaction from the Cook Report: The Cook Report on Friday shifted its forecast for 20 GOP-incumbent or open districts toward Democrats. http://bit.ly/2pgR9LM 

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. http://bit.ly/2qLybgy 

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.” http://bit.ly/2pHMYv0 

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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. http://bit.ly/2pIoMbT

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 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 (R-Wis.) and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus as “Ryan-ce.” http://nyti.ms/2q7n5X9 

I’LL TAKE ‘WHAT IS A PREEXISTING CONDITION’ FOR $500: CBS News has a helpful Q&A of what exactly a preexisting condition is. http://cbsn.ws/2qI73zR 

PAUL: 'PUT THOSE BINOCULARS AWAY, BARACK': Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLexington mayor launches bid for Congress Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics Meet the Iran hawk who could be Trump's next secretary of State 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. http://bit.ly/2p4v8nA 

 

NOTABLE TWEETS:

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. http://bit.ly/2qHXMHZ 

The Hill’s Reid Wilson
Vanity plates rejected by NC DOT: “LCKHERUP,” “DMPTRUMP,” “FTRUMP,” “OBAMASUX” and, for some reason, “NCC-1701” http://bit.ly/2qAhqZj 

CNN’s Dylan Byers
Please, please remember this next time someone complains about a liberal media conspiracy http://bit.ly/2pI3JX7 

 

ON TAP:

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. http://bit.ly/2q7s5Lw

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. http://bit.ly/2qzOyk1 

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

Today in sports: Via The Washington Post, here are the biggest sporting events to watch today. http://wapo.st/2q722Ec 

 

SUNDAY SHOW GUESTS:

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntDems push for more money for opioid fight Trump asked Senate Republicans to end Russia election interference investigation: report An overlooked solution to the opioid epidemic MORE (R-Mo.); Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Blumenthal: ‘Credible case' of obstruction of justice can be made against Trump 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.

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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. http://bit.ly/2pIExQj

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.” http://ti.me/2phb2SO 

And because you read this far, here’s a dog who is way too proud to beg for food. http://bit.ly/2pO90gm 

 

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