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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Fallout from shocking ObamaCare repeal defeat | What's next for repeal | McCain casts crucial vote to kill bill | Trump blasts GOP defectors, wants end to filibuster | Ryan, McConnell look to move on | Latest on Scaramucci, Priebus feud | New North Korea missile test | National Milk Chocolate Day

BREAKING -- OK, THIS IS GETTING LESS CUTE, KIM JONG UN...: Via The Washington Post's Anna Fifeld, the U.S. has detected another ballistic missile launch from North Korea. Keep in mind: "It was not immediately clear whether the missile was an intercontinental one capable of reaching the continental United States." Did we see this coming: Yes, it was anticipated. Why it was a little unusual: "If confirmed, this would be unusual as North Korea almost always launches missiles soon after dawn."

Stay tuned: Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the Defense Department will have more info soon.

Also important to know: "Experts believe [North Korea] will have the ability to strike the U.S. mainland with a nuclear weapon as soon as next year."


Happy Friday, friends! 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.


C-SPAN GOT REAAAL LAST NIGHT: Via The Hill's Peter Sullivan (who was in the Senate until 3:05 a.m.!), in a shocking late-night vote, the Senate rejected the scaled-back version of the ObamaCare repeal, marking a major defeat for GOP leaders and the seven-year effort to repeal the healthcare law.



The vote: 49-51 (!)

Which Republicans voted no: Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGun proposal picks up GOP support Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns Agricultural trade demands investment in MAP and FMD MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublicans jockey for position on immigration GOP senator knocks Trump: 'Not a fan of governing by tweet' How the effort to replace ObamaCare failed MORE (Alaska) and 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 (R-Ariz.), who provided the vote that killed the bill in a dramatic moment.

Video of the audible gasps when McCain voted no: Juuuuust in case you weren't awake to watch ;)

Outside the Capitol: Video of when the crowd learned Republicans didn't have enough votes (From Splinter's Emma Roller):

What McCain told reporters at 12:05 a.m. last night: "Have you decided how you'll vote?" press corps. "Yes," Sen.. "How?" "Wait for the show." (From Matt Laslo)

Who tried to change McCain's mind: A succession of Republicans including Vice President Pence and fellow Arizona Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeAuthorizing military force is necessary, but insufficient Republicans jockey for position on immigration McCain, Flake warn against 'politically-motivated penalties' for Canadian defense firm MORE.

Tidbit from Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Murphy faces criticism from GOP challenger over fundraising email Democrat: Republicans who believe in more gun control afraid of being 'politically punished' MORE: The Connecticut Democrat tweeted late last night, "I ran into John McCain as we walked underground to the Senate for the final vote. Someday I'll get to tell my grandkids what he said to me."


How we know this is over: In an early morning floor speech after the failed vote, Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-Ky.) said "it is time to move on." McConnell seemed close to choking up:

2:25 a.m. angry tweet from the big guy: President Trump tweeted right after the vote, "3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!"

Next steps -- involving Democrats?: McConnell challenged Democrats to offer their ideas, but he seemed skeptical, saying that "bailing out insurance companies" would not be acceptable. Helpful breakdown of what this means for ObamaCare: (From The Hill's Rachel Roubein and Jessie Hellman)

LATE THIS A.M. -- I'LL TAKE 'WHAT IS A FILIBUSTER FOR $200,' ALEX: President Trump called on the Senate Friday to change its rules to require a 51-vote majority to pass individual bills without risking a Democratic filibuster. Tweet: "If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60." He added a few minutes later: "Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes." Keep in mind: Last night's bill failed with just 49 votes in favor.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.): "That is small. That is not what the president does."

AND ONTO THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA -- TAX *CLAP* REFORM *CLAP*: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos, House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE (R-Wis.) signaled this morning a move to tax reform. While he encouraged members not to give up on healthcare reform he said, "We have so much work still to do, and the House will continue to focus on issues that are important to the American people. At the top of that list is cutting taxes for middle class families and fixing our broken tax code. "

I.e. -- snaps for me: "While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus," Ryan said.

To prep yourself: Here's a quick rundown of what's in the Republican tax reform plan:



WHY THE KARDASHIANS ARE UPSET SOMEONE'S STEALING THEIR GAME: The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza published a piece yesterday afternoon titled, "Anthony Scaramucci called me to unload about White House leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon: He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there." The piece is absolutely insane: The newsy lines:

The $$ line -- how he feels about Priebus: "Reince is a f------paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."

Scaramucci channeling Priebus: " 'Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f------ thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I c­­ock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.' " 

On not wanting media attention: "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own cock," he said, speaking of Trump's chief strategist.

Threats to his team: "I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I'll fire tomorrow. I'll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus--if you want to leak something--he'll be asked to resign very shortly."

Actual footage of America reacting to this piece --> ;)

Once the piece was published: Scaramucci tweeted a not quite apology. "I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for President Trump's agenda..."

He blamed Ryan Lizza for publishing the call: "I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won't happen again." But hold on: Scaramucci called the reporter but never said this was off the record. That's communications 101. And if he did mean for it to be off the record, isn't that leaking?



BOSS SAY WHAAAAAAT?: Via The New York Times's Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Helene Cooper, Defense Secretary James Mattis was caught off-guard and "appalled" by President Trump's announcement that he was banning transgender people from serving in the military. How long did Mattis know: He only had one day's worth of notice. How he reacted when he saw Trump's tweets: Sources close to the Defense secretary told the Times that Mattis was infuriated by the tweets and saw them as an insult to transgender Americans currently serving in the military.

JUST POSTED -- NEW QUESTIONS IN PUTIN MEDIA CZAR'S D.C. DEATH: From a newly published BuzzFeed investigation: "Vladimir Putin's former media czar was murdered in Washington, DC on the eve of a planned meeting with the U.S. Justice Department, according to two FBI agents whose assertions cast new doubts on the US government's official explanation of his death." What we thought beforehand: "The US government ruled Mikhail Lesin's death an accident, but multiple intelligence and law enforcement officials suspect it was a Russian hit. The government is withholding information so today BuzzFeed News is filing a lawsuit to pry the records loose."



USA Today's Eliza Collins (Haha!)
Rep. Mark Walker says he told his wife he may have to stay into part of recess and she responded with this bitmoji

Former Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.)
7/27/65 52 years ago [yesterday], I presided over House passage of Medicare--a promise we made to care for those in the twilight of their lives. Photo:



The House is in. Their schedule today The Senate is out until 4 p.m. Monday.

Noon: President Trump leaves Washington, D.C., for Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Saturday – Sunday: Politicon convention at the Pasadena Convention Center. Note: White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was scheduled to speak, but he dropped out to keep a lower profile (via Axios). Schedule and full lineup:

Just announced -- 7 p.m. EDT Thursday: President Trump is holding a rally in Huntington, V.Wa.



1:40 p.m. EDT: President Trump speaks to law enforcement officials about the gang MS-13 at the Van Nostrand Theatre in New York. Livestream:



CBS's "Face the Nation": Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

CNN's "State of the Union": The panel will include Republican strategist Michael Caputo; Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.); GOP strategist Mike Murphy; and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)

NBC's "Meet the Press": The panel will include NBC's Cornell Belcher; The New York Times's Helene Cooper; radio host Hugh Hewitt; and Politico's Eliana Johnson



Today is National Milk Chocolate Day!

THIS COUPLE IS #RELATIONSHIPGOALS: Here's an 80-year-old couple who have traveled to 644 of the 645 Cracker Barrels in the United States. I love this, but did it have to be Cracker Barrel? Check out this map:

THIS IS AMAZING: Tom Bob, an artist in New York, has been using street objects -- poles, electrical wires, pipes, et cetera -- to create art.

LATEST OREO RUMORS: A photo appeared on Instagram of a limited edition Cookie Butter-flavored Oreo. This is intriguing.

And because you read this far, here's a hamster having some issues with the hamster wheel. Just try not to laugh.


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