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The Hill's 12:30 Report:  Trump, media feud reaches new level | Pompeo says North Korea not keeping promises on nukes | Bannon blasts 'con artist' Kochs | Mystery goats run amok in Boise | Economy adds 157K jobs in July, falling below expectations | Suspected Russian spy caught at US Embassy in Moscow | Disney to make fairy tale about African princess



North Korea's first report card -- D:

Via The Associated Press's Matthew Lee, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall Dems demand briefing, intel on North Korea nuclear talks Pompeo: US will not share information with countries using Huawei systems MORE said North Korea is not close to its promise of denuclearization. How Pompeo worded it: There is "still a ways to go before" North Korea gets rid of its nuclear program.

The full Pompeo quote: Pompeo told reporters in Singapore: "Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize. The world demanded that [he] do so in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are in violation of one or both the U.N. Security Council resolutions. We can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for."


It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means!? Jobs!:

The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in July, which is well below expectations for the month. What was expected for July jobs: 190,000. The unemployment rate: The unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, from 4 percent.

BUT THE FULL PICTURE IS STILL PRETTY POSITIVE: "Despite the lower-than-expected jobs gains, the labor market's produced 59,000 more jobs than previously reported in May and June. Employers added 268,000 jobs in May and 248,000 in June. ... Jobs growth has averaged 215,000 a month so far this year, above last year's pace of 182,000."


Happy summer Friday! 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, @CateMartel and on Facebook.



This story is the GOAT (sorry, you know I had to make this joke)
But anyway, I have SO MANY questions about:

Via KTVB News, "Residents in a West Boise neighborhood woke up to an unusual sight Friday morning: About 100 goats strolling through their yards and down the street." Lol: "Animal Control responded to the scene with a single truck, but quickly realized that wasn't going to be enough." Full story:

Full size photos:


Major breaking update -- we have video!:

Watch -- because this is way too funny to resist:


And we have a resolution -- I'm loving the pun in this ending:


Plus: Here's video of a few reluctant goats getting on the truck:




Everyone's an enemy these days:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "When CNN's Jim Acosta was booed and cursed at a campaign rally for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE this week, many political observers said it exemplified how much the media environment has changed under the current administration -- and that it is a sign of what's to come."

WHAT ESCALATED THE FIGHT: Yesterday, CNN's Jim Acosta walked out of the White House press briefing after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer a question on whether she agrees with the president that the press is the "enemy of the people." Watch:

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon laid into the Koch network, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.) and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. What he had to say:


Prison reform -- Well that's a throwback:

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "President Trump has told Republican senators that he's open to a new proposal on prison and sentencing reform, giving new life to an issue that seemed hopelessly stalled on Capitol Hill." The possible compromise, according to a source: The prison reform bill passed in the House in May, plus four sentencing reform provisions.


Whoa -- a suspected Russian spy has been working at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow:

Via The Guardian's Nick Hopkins, "US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart of the American embassy in Moscow for more than a decade." What that means: "The Russian national had been hired by the US Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency's intranet and email systems, which gave her a potential window into highly confidential material including the schedules of the president and vice-president." Full story -- it's pretty crazy:


Rest in peace:

Ignacio S. Sánchez, the first and only father to see two daughters serve in Congress simultaneously, passed away. His daughters: Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (D-Calif.) and former Rep. Loretta Sánchez (D-Calif.).




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The House and Senate are out. 

President Trump is at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., with no public events on his schedule.

Vice President Pence has no public events on his schedule. 

This weekend: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE (R-Ky.) travels to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders.



6:30 p.m. EDT Saturday: President Trump campaigns for congressional candidate Troy Balderson in Lewis Center, Ohio. Balderson is running in a special election in a red district, but polls now put the race in a dead heat. Details:

Sunday morning: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Overnight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run MORE (D-Minn.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press." 



Today is National Watermelon Day! It's also National IPA Day!

As a heads up, tomorrow is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Promise me you will celebrate accordingly.


Welcome to the world, lil guy!:

Via CNN, meet Monterey Bay Aquarium's new baby penguin. The aquarium hasn't settled on a name yet, but is considering Beck, Bixby, Cypress and Watson. It has launched an online poll to let the internet decide. Video of the penguin:

Vote for the penguin's new name:


Just in case you're getting sick of hearing Moana and Frozen...

Here's the next movie that children will be watching incessantly ;)

Via Deadline, Disney is creating its first animated film depicting an African princess. The name: Sadé. When will it be released?: That's far away. The screenplay is now being written and a director hasn't been named yet. Short synopsis:


And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog recreating Madonna's iconic photos. So fierce: