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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 Trump 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 http://nyti.ms/2gQp5PG

Before you keep reading, open this for background music --> http://bit.ly/2uiWqWk

We'll still have the mEmOrIeS: Some of Spicer's most newsworthy moments on the job: http://bit.ly/2gQg5dk

Actual footage of Spicer storming out of the White House ;) --> http://bit.ly/2vs9EQW

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) http://bit.ly/2uiicLI

What the West Wing looks like right now: So. Many. Reporters. Photohttp://bit.ly/2uiCkMd

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

What to know about Anthony Scaramucci: http://nyti.ms/2uisFqE

Follow Scaramucci on Twitter: Wow, he follows a lot of people! http://bit.ly/2vIWmP8

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. http://bit.ly/2gQ39nR

Ouch: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tweeted: "Congratulations Sean Spicer. You've got more guts than Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsIntel leaders: Collusion still open part of investigation Republicans jockey for position on immigration Biden to Alabama: No more extremist senators MORE!" http://bit.ly/2gQqkhO

Overheard — Lol, this week in one line: Overheard at the Pentagon: "The Juice is loose, and Sean is gone." http://bit.ly/2uJ4NNp

This made me laugh out loud: This video of the press briefings is amazing. http://bit.ly/2uirAx7

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 cmartel@thehill.com, @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 TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE 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. http://cnn.it/2tNJ7vh

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*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. http://wapo.st/2tNcJsS

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. http://bit.ly/2tN6G7q

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. http://abcn.ws/2uQ6Q3a

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. http://bit.ly/2ui58o9

Womp: "Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerDeficit hawks voice worry over direction of tax plan The Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Overnight Finance: White House requests B for disaster relief | Ex-Equifax chief grilled over stock sales | House panel approves B for border wall | Tax plan puts swing-state Republicans in tough spot MORE (R-Tenn.) said he'll proceed to whatever repeal bill McConnell offers. But 'It's beginning to feel like a bazaar.'" http://bit.ly/2tn0eok

WHAT EVERYONE'S BEEN WONDERING -- WHAT HAPPENS TO GOP AGENDA WITH MCCAIN ABSENT?: Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy 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. http://bit.ly/2uhNQsK

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. http://bit.ly/2uGNME5

The original New York Times essay: http://nyti.ms/2vrM7Qj

Example of the criticism: "The New York Times was OK with one of their reporters publishing this diatribe about 'white women'" http://bit.ly/2uIzyC8

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: http://bit.ly/2twPRT0

SPOTTED AT THE CAPITOL: University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari was spotted on the Senate side of the Capitol Thursday. Photo: http://bit.ly/2vI5F21 Why he was there: To support a longtime friend in her bid to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada. http://cjky.it/2uIsOUS

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. https://yhoo.it/2uiAcDS

 

ON TAP:

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.

 

WHAT TO WATCH:

Sunday: Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report John Oliver rips AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (D-Minn.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHouse bill set to reignite debate on warrantless surveillance Authorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient GOP feuds with outside group over analysis of tax framework MORE (R-Ky.) will appear on CNN's "State of the Union."

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:

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: http://bit.ly/2uIxcmx

THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW <3 : Totino's Pizza Rolls has created a new mac and cheese filled snack. http://elitedai.ly/2uhDybV

And because you deserve to see this, here's a bucket of pug puppies trying to escape: http://bit.ly/2twFmiA

 

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