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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Electoral map expands for Hillary | Solid July jobs report | Trump takes flak for all-male econ team | Tensions in Hispanic Caucus over Trump | Darrell Issa on patrol

BREAKING THIS MORNING -- JOBZ, JOBZ, JOBZ: Via The Hill's Vicki Needham, the U.S. economy added a solid 255,000 jobs in July, easily beating forecasts. The unemployment rate held at 4.9 percent for the second straight month. What this means for the election: Strong jobs growth should boost the chances for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE, especially if wages continue to rise. Strong economic numbers portend well for the incumbent party in presidential races.

It's Friday -- and the Olympics officially start today. We made it! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning -- and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and weekend plans to and on Facebook.

THE PHOTO HERE SAYS IT ALL: Via The Hill's Niall StanageDonald Trump's stumbles over the last two weeks have led Hillary Clinton to significant leads in several swing states (!) that have favored Republicans historically. Example: Several polls in recent days have suggested that states that would not be in play in more normal election years are now competitive, including Arizona and Georgia. Here's a scenario in which Clinton could possibly win by a landslide

64 electoral votes: Hold the Rust Belt (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan)
29 electoral votes: Win Florida
28 electoral votes: Take back North Carolina and hold Virginia
20 electoral votes: Hold on to New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada
10 electoral votes: Win Iowa and New Hampshire
43 electoral votes: Expand the map by taking Arizona, Georgia, Missouri and Utah
3 bonus votes: Montana

BERNIE: GUYS, IT'S GONNA BE BAD. REALLY BAD.: Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on why he supports Hillary ClintonThe gist: "On virtually every major issue facing this country and the needs of working families, Clinton's positions are far superior to Trump's."

UNVEILED TODAY – TRUMP'S ECONOMIC TEAM, WITH 6 GUYS NAMED STEVE (?!): Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE unveiled his 13-person economic advisory team Friday. Buttttt, here's the thing: He's caught flak for not having any women or many economists (?) on it.  Names: Included on the team are Steve Roth, CEO of Vornado Realty Trust; oil mogul Harold Hamm; Howard Lorber, CEO of Vector Group Ltd.; Steven Mnuchin, Trump's finance chairman; Tom Barrack, founder of Colony Capital; Stephen M. Calk, CEO of Federal Savings Bank; hedge fund manager John PaulsonAndy Beal, founder of Beal Bank; Steve Feinberg, CEO of Cerberus Capital Management; economist David Malpass; economics professor at University of California-Irvine Peter Navarro; Freedom Works economist Stephen Moore; and former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco. National director of policy Stephen Miller and deputy director Dan Kowolski will lead the team.

BUT HE MAY KEEP IT IN THE FAM: When asked what women he would nominate to his Cabinet if elected, Donald Trump offered his daughter Ivanka

LET ME DO A DOUBLE, NO TRIPLE TAKE ON THIS HEADLINE: Via WJLA, "Police arrest Mayor of Fairfax City ... for distributing meth in exchange for sex." How it went down is incredible: "Undercover narcotics officers ... identified a suspect who was allegedly distributing the drug through a website used to arrange casual sex between men. An undercover agent made a fake profile on the website and within a few days, the suspect reached out and then the two started sending text messages. ... On Thursday, the Street Crimes Unit met the suspect at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tysons Corner [who then provided meth to the detectives]. The suspect was identified as Richard 'Scott' Silverthorne, the mayor of Fairfax." Check out his mug shot. He looks way too happy:

WE'RE ABOUT TO EXPLODE SOON, HERE: Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus voted last month to use $50,000 to attack Donald Trump's finance chair in Texas -- but not without a good deal of tension. Here's how it went down:



Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) (He's wearing cargo shorts in this and the internet is having a good laugh about it.)
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Noon: Hillary Clinton is delivering remarks at the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Convention in Washington, D.C. Preview: 

Noon: David Wade, former chief of staff to Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump's rejection of the Arms Trade Treaty Is based on reality Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE, chats with former Undersecretary of State Ellen Tauscher on the Sidewire app.

2 p.m. EDT: Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Dem senator plans amendment to restrict military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Iran worries dominate foreign policy talk | Pentagon reportedly to send WH plans for 10K troops in Mideast | Democrats warn Trump may push through Saudi arms sale | Lawmakers blast new Pentagon policy on sharing info MORE campaigns in Milwaukee.

4 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump is holding a town hall in Des Moines, Iowa.

5 p.m. EDT: Tim Kaine campaigns in Grand Rapids, Mich.

8 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump is holding a rally in Green Bay, Wis.

8 p.m. EDT Saturday: Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Windham, N.H.

Sunday: Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSen. Coons examines Amazon's privacy and data security practices for Alexa devices Oil companies join blitz for carbon tax The Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget MORE (R-Ariz.) and Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment MORE (R-Ark.) will appear on CBS's "Face the Nation."



Today is National Oyster Day!

PREPARE YOURSELF -- THIS IS THE SONG YOU WILL HAVE STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS: Katy Perry released the music video for her latest single, "Rise." It's the theme song for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

THIS IS NOT A DRILL: There is a grilled cheese festival in Washington, D.C., today. It goes from 7:30 to 10 p.m. EDT in Mount Pleasant.

And for all the Game of Thrones fans in the room, this will blow your mind: Varys has a full head of luscious locks in real life:


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