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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking – Spicer resigns as spokesman | Mueller asks White House to save Russia meeting docs | Trump lawyers asking about pardon powers | McCain absence adds to GOP uncertainty | Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan | OJ moved to protective custody after winning parole | Kendrick Lamar pop-up in Georgetown

BREAKING -- MELISSA MCCARTHY TOOK IT A LITTLE TOO FAR FOR SPICEY: Via The New York Time's Glenn Thrush, Sean Spicer resigned has abruptly resigned as White House Press Secretary. Whaaaaa?: He left his post because he disagreed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE decision to offer the job of communications director to New York financier Anthony ScaramucciDid Scaramucci accept: Yes, at a 10 a.m. meeting with the president

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We'll still have the mEmOrIeS: Some of Spicer's most newsworthy moments on the job:

Actual footage of Spicer storming out of the White House ;) -->

How long Spicer made it: Six months and one day.

A funny coincidence: "Today is also Jeff Mason's final day as president of the White House Correspondents' Association." (From NYT's Michael Grynbaum)

What the West Wing looks like right now: So. Many. Reporters. Photo

Why this is personally my fault: I called this a slow news day earlier. Direct all blame to

What to know about Anthony Scaramucci:

Follow Scaramucci on Twitter: Wow, he follows a lot of people!

How fitting that Glenn Thrush broke the story: Comedian Bobby Moynihan played Thrush on several viral "Saturday Night Live" skits where Melissa McCarthy played Spicer.

Ouch: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tweeted: "Congratulations Sean Spicer. You've got more guts than Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants DOJ wades into archdiocese fight for ads on DC buses Overnight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector MORE!"

Overheard — Lol, this week in one line: Overheard at the Pentagon: "The Juice is loose, and Sean is gone."

This made me laugh out loud: This video of the press briefings is amazing.

Happy Friday! One year ago today, President Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and how you plan to celebrate National Junk Food Day (!) to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

JUST POSTED -- YOU BETTER EVEN SAVE YOUR STARBUCKS RECEIPTS FROM THAT DAY!: Via CNN's Dana Bash, Robert Mueller, the special counsel on the Russia probe, has asked White House staff to save all documents that could be related to Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort's 2016 meeting with a Russia lawyer. How we know: Mueller sent a notice out to White House staff.


*STROKES CHIN WITH A QUIZZICAL LOOK*: SO TELL ME EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS NIFTY LIL' TRICK ONE CALLS A 'PRESIDENTIAL PARDON': Via The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, President Trump and his lawyers are looking into his authority to grant pardons in connection with the investigation into Russia's meddling with the 2016 presidential election. Yeah, but: "This is not in the context of, 'I can't wait to pardon myself,' " a close adviser said.

WHAT TIMING!: Tensions have been escalating between President Trump and Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation. Trump warned Mueller that looking into his personal finances would be crossing a line, but Mueller is doing just that.

AND ALSO WHAT TIMING: Via ABC's John Santucci and David Caplan, "Donald Trump is shaking up his legal team -- but the president's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has not outright been removed from the team." Who's taking over: Longtime Washington lawyer Ty Cobb will take the lead on managing the response to the Russia probe.

VOTE NEXT WEEK -- IT'S SAD HOW OFTEN THIS HEADLINE IS APPLICABLE -- "Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan": Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan, senators are planning to vote to repeal ObamaCare early next week, even though they lack the votes for either option. The options: a repeal-only bill or an updated version of the Senate's repeal-and-replacement measure. The general strategy for GOP leaders: Pressure members to just vote to start debate, even if they don't know what bill they are debating. Then lawmakers can try to address their concerns on the Senate floor through an open amendment process.

Womp: "Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Congress should take the lead on reworking a successful Iran deal North Korea tensions ease ahead of Winter Olympics MORE (R-Tenn.) said he'll proceed to whatever repeal bill McConnell offers. But 'It's beginning to feel like a bazaar.'"

WHAT EVERYONE'S BEEN WONDERING -- WHAT HAPPENS TO GOP AGENDA WITH MCCAIN ABSENT?: Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE's (R-Ariz.) absence from Washington is throwing an already embattled GOP agenda further into limbo. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has a slim 52-seat majority with McCain. Without him, he can afford to lose just one vote in a procedural motion to start debate, assuming Vice President Pence breaks a 50-50 tie. McCain has signaled that even if he isn't able to return to Washington, he won't sit on the sidelines.

TRENDING -- THIS IS ALL SO CRINGEWORTHY: The New York Times is facing blowback on social media after publishing an essay by an African-American reporter who accused white women of racism for not ceding space on city sidewalks to black men.

The original New York Times essay:

Example of the criticism: "The New York Times was OK with one of their reporters publishing this diatribe about 'white women'"

HAVE YOU WATCHED 'JERSEY SHORE' OR 'REAL WORLD' AND THOUGHT, 'THAT SHOULD BE ME?' IS YOUR LIFE UNMISTAKABLY DC CLICHÉ AND THINK EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IT? THEN THIS. IS. THE. AUDITION. FOR. YOU.:  A new reality show about working in Congress is in the works. Next week, there's a casting call for Capitol Hill staffers. What to know:

SPOTTED AT THE CAPITOL: University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was spotted on the Senate side of the Capitol Thursday. Photo: Why he was there: To support a longtime friend in her bid to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.

LATEST JUICE UPDATE -- OJ MOVED WITHIN PRISON: Yesterday, O.J. Simpson was granted parole for later this year. As a safety measure, he has been moved to protective custody, a separate part of the prison out of general population. Why: Because of his notoriety and the attention given to his parole.



The House and Senate are out until next week.

This morning: President Trump participated in a credentials ceremony for newly appointed ambassadors to Washington, D.C.

2:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with survivors of the USS Arizona in the Oval Office.

No longer today: Jared Kushner was scheduled to speak to interns on Capitol Hill. That's been moved to July 31.



Sunday: Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath MORE (D-Minn.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year Despite amnesty, DACA bill favors American wage-earners MORE (R-Ky.) will appear on CNN's "State of the Union."



Today is National Junk Food Day.

IF YOU'RE NEAR GEORGETOWN TODAY: Kendrick Lamar is opening a pop-up shop for the day at Ubiq. Why: Before his concert today at the Verizon Center. Details:

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW <3 : Totino's Pizza Rolls has created a new mac and cheese filled snack.

And because you deserve to see this, here's a bucket of pug puppies trying to escape:


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