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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - House Judiciary sets new Monday deadline for full Mueller report | Tensions flare in Congress | WH complained to Barr about Mueller report | Trump, Putin speak | GOP bucking Trump on infrastructure plan | Warren shows new momentum | April jobs report blows past expectations | Intern breaks news of New Zealand PM's engagement | Behind-the-scenes pics from 'Game of Thrones'



What's $2 trillion between friends??: 

Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, Juliegrace Brufke and Scott Wong, "President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE faces stiff opposition from Republicans in his desire for a massive infrastructure package."

Republicans' problem with the proposal: "GOP lawmakers say the president's grand proposal for a $2 trillion deal is too ambitious and warn that they will oppose any measure that adds to the deficit. Many Republicans also say they are against raising taxes to pay for an infrastructure initiative, a stance that would make it extremely difficult to find money to finance a package even half the size of Trump's desired amount." 

How this could play out:



On Tuesday, President Trump met with congressional Democratic leaders and agreed to a surprise $2 trillion infrastructure deal. Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (N.Y.) told reporters after the meeting: "We agreed to $2 trillion, and the president was happy to push up the number a little bit."


Happy 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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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First Fridays of the month are for jobs:
The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April, exceeding expectations.

For context -- what was expected: Around 190,000 jobs in April.


The unemployment rate: The unemployment dropped 0.2 percentage points to 3.6, a new low since the recession in 2008.



Just now -- Give us the report and no one gets hurt:

"House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday sent a letter to the Justice Department reiterating his demand for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's full report and signaling he is willing to make some concessions in order to obtain certain files from the 22-month investigation." 

The plan: "Nadler, who has subpoenaed the Justice Department for Mueller's full report and underlying evidence, signaled that it was his only counter offer before moving to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' MORE in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to the subpoena. Nadler gave the Justice Department until the morning of May 6 – Monday – to respond." 


A day after we were able to read the Mueller report...:

The White House sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr complaining that special counsel Robert Mueller's report made "political" statements.

Why it's important: "The letter provides an inside look at the White House's reaction to Mueller's report, which detailed nearly a dozen instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice."

Read the White House letter to Barr:



Here's a timeline of Attorney General William Barr's appointment and involvement in the special counsel probe:


Wrestlers, to your corners!: 

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, the drama of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report has deepened fracture lines in the Senate.

What Republicans are accusing Democrats of: "Republicans accused Democrats of giving Trump's AG the 'Kavanaugh treatment.'"

What Democrats are accusing Republicans of: "Democrats returned fire by suggesting the GOP was chasing conspiracy theories with its plan to probe 'spying' and the handling of the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off MORE email investigation." 

An example of the tension: "One of the biggest pressure points was between [Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran Trump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Trump: 'Good chance' Dems give immigration 'win' after Pelosi called White House plan 'dead on arrival' MORE (R-S.C.)] and Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoSenate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ Alabama abortion law sparks fears Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade The CASE Act is an opportunity for creators to have rights and remedies MORE (D-Hawaii), whom he accused of 'slandering' Barr after she said he was 'no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayDem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' Bush economics director says psychiatrists labeled Trump 'total narcissist' Hatch Act complaints jumped nearly 30 percent Trump's first year in office: report MORE or any of the other people who sacrifice their once-decent reputation for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office.' "


Going directly to the source: 

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is talking directly with the House Judiciary Committee to decide whether he will testify before Congress.

Why this is newsy: The committee had previously been dealing with the Department of Justice. 



Trump may not be on the ballot in California:

Via The Associated Press's Adam Beam, California's state Senate voted to require candidates to publicly release five years of tax returns to appear on the California presidential primary ballot. Yes, this is directed at President Trump

Keep in mind: California passed a similar bill in 2017, but Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed it. But Brown was replaced by Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomTrump administration cancels 9M for high-speed rail in California Trump administration moves forward with final rule to allow new California drilling Calif. governor proposes billion to combat homelessness MORE (D) in January. Newsom has not said whether or not he would sign the bill.  


Slow and steady wins the race -- well maybe, what do I know?: 

Via The Hill's Max Greenwood, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE's (D-Mass.) campaign got off to a slow start but is starting to show signs of momentum.

What has changed: A few national polls this week have shown progress. One survey shows Warren in second to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Robinette BidenButtigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' Buttigieg: The future 'is personal' for me Donald Trump, president for life? We need term limits now MORE

Warren is the 'ideas' candidate: "She has largely cemented her standing as the leader of the ideas primary; a candidate who has managed to secure consistent media coverage and draw curious voters to campaign events by issuing a steady stream of detailed progressive policy proposals on everything from corporate consolidation in the agriculture sector to mounting student loan debt." 



How an intern broke the news that the New Zealand prime minister is engaged:

Via The New York Times's Charlotte Graham-McLay, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to be married to her partner of five years, Clarke Gayford

The funny part: "The news emerged only because a reporter -- a student journalist on an internship -- spotted a ring on Ms. Ardern's middle finger at an event on Friday and asked her office about it. Ms. Ardern had apparently been wearing the engagement ring since Monday." 

The full story:



Trending video -- wow, this is a powerful tribute: 



Here are photos of the newly renovated White House bowling alley: 

Full size photos:



The House and Senate are out until next week.

Today: World Press Freedom Day.

12:20 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence arrives in Lafayette, La.

12:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Dems ask former CIA chief John Brennan for Iran briefing: report MORE.

1:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence visits Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Louisiana. 

1:50 p.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of the Slovak Republic and holds an expanded bilateral meeting. 

2:45 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Louisiana and heads to Lexington, Ky.

6:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Hallways Feed in Kentucky.

8:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence participates in the Governor's Derby Ball in Frankfort, Ky.

10:25 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.



6:35 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence delivers remarks to Hallway Feeds employees in Kentucky. Livestream



Today is National Raspberry Tart Day.


Behind the scenes of the last few 'Game of Thrones' episodes:

The stars of HBO's "Game of Thrones" have been sharing behind-the-scenes photos from filming the final season of the hit series. The photos are worth checking out:


And to get your weekend off to an entertaining start, here's a drill sergeant marching with soldiers while singing the lyrics to "Baby Shark":