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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

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

North Korea's first report card -- D:

Via The Associated Press's Matthew Lee, Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report 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. http://bit.ly/2OD1zCJ

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. http://bit.ly/2LLU2Uh

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." http://bit.ly/2LLU2Uh

 

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 cmartel@thehill.com, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

  

WHAT EVERYONE'S FOLLOWING ON TWITTER

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: http://bit.ly/2OFooFL

Full size photos: http://bit.ly/2LLYyCd

 

Major breaking update -- we have video!:

Watch -- because this is way too funny to resist: http://bit.ly/2n7lmgT

 

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

Watch: http://bit.ly/2vyqs9U

Plus: Here's video of a few reluctant goats getting on the truck: http://bit.ly/2M1jhRJ

 

IN OTHER NEWS

 

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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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." http://bit.ly/2McWXkW

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: https://nyti.ms/2vFRY5t

EXCLUSIVE: President Trump's former chief strategist Stephen Bannon laid into the Koch network, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (R-Wis.) and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. What he had to say: http://bit.ly/2Mgr9f2

 

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. http://bit.ly/2LSTlZv

 

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: http://bit.ly/2KnuA1R

 

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.). http://bit.ly/2MfeGYS

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Wow:

Full size photos: http://bit.ly/2LQ9G0Z 

   

ON TAP -- SUMMER VIBES

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 PaulSenate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast MORE (R-Ky.) travels to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders. https://nym.ag/2nbtpcp

 

WHAT TO WATCH

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: https://n.pr/2OEcP1w

Sunday morning: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat Warner: 'overwhelming majority' of Republicans would back social media regulations Republicans block Democratic bid to subpoena Kavanaugh documents MORE (D-Minn.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press." 

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

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: http://bit.ly/2ADDZCR

Vote for the penguin's new name: https://www.tfaforms.com/4688452

 

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: http://bit.ly/2OHtzVx

 

And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog recreating Madonna's iconic photos. So fierce: http://bit.ly/2veRlQD