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8:50 PM ET, July 24, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly  —  President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
Discussion: The Hill, Associated Press and Mediaite
Rudy Giuliani: Jeff Sessions ‘made the right decision’ to recuse from Russia probe  —  (CNN)Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday swatted away a report that he is a contender to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said Sessions made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump ponders Rudy Giuliani for attorney general  —  President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants.
John King / CNN:
A chill emanating from the White House reaches State Department  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Talk of a potential “Rexit” at Foggy Bottom, new tests for President Trump on immigration, tax reform and media relations and a big challenge for the nation's oldest civil rights organization …
Graham Lanktree / Newsweek:
REX TILLERSON DEBATES QUITTING AFTER ‘UNPROFESSIONAL’ TRUMP BASHES JEFF SESSIONS  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP REX TILLERSON STATE DEPARTMENT FOREIGN POLICY  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and could quit before the year is through, according to reports.
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell calls for GOP dissenters to back bill  — a62c922112580af7  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
GOP congressman blames health care struggles on ‘repugnant’ Republican ‘female senators’  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold suggested he'd like to resolve things with a gunfight.  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) is livid at the inability of the Senate to repeal Obamacare, and he knows exactly who to blame: the Republican women of the Senate.
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP seeks McCain's return for tight Obamacare vote
New York Times:
Senate Braces For a Health Care Showdown on a Still-Unclear Plan
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Farenthold blames ‘some female senators’ for Obamacare repeal failure
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
McConnell warns wavering Republicans on big Obamacare vote
Discussion: Vox
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump warns senators against voting to extend ‘Obamacare nightmare’
Discussion: Axios
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Speaker Ryan: Mueller is ‘anything but’ a Dem partisan  —  (R-Wis.) on Monday defended special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's investigation into the Russia election interference, saying he's “anything but” a Democratic partisan.
Addy Baird / ThinkProgress:
The White House's hypocritical attack on Robert Mueller's team
Discussion: Raw Story
READ: Jared Kushner's statement on Russia to congressional committees  —  Bolding below included as submitted in statement  —  STATEMENT OF JARED C. KUSHNER TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES  —  I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order …
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
CNN analyst rips Kushner's statement to shreds: He's going to solve the Middle East but can't fill out forms
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Has Averaged 50% or Higher Job Approval in 17 States  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump, who has averaged 40% job approval since his inauguration, received approval ratings of 50% or higher in 17 states in the first half of 2017.  Residents in an equal number of states gave him approval ratings below 40%.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In 47 states, a smaller part of the population now approves of Trump than voted for him
Discussion: Axios and AOL
Kurt Schlichter /
Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller  —  Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey.
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Alt-right activists say Trump and Bannon are giving them “space to destroy” by keeping FBI away  —  Top alt-right podcasters say the Trump administration is deliberately backing off investigating domestic extremists  —  While the neo-fascist alt-right is not entirely happy with President Donald Trump's …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael J. Malbin / What to expect …:
Does the opening predict a wave?  —  Congressional candidates filed their six-month financial reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 15.  But the one number that leapt off the page had little to do with finance.  It immediately made me think about wave elections.
Washington Post:
‘Sweet dreams, baby’: Charlie Gard's parents end months-long legal fight to keep him alive … LONDON — For much of their son's short life, Charlie Gard's parents toggled between two worlds.  —  One was the hospital bedside, where their gravely ill baby was kept alive by machines.
Discussion: The Guardian, The Atlantic, NPR and Mediaite
Michael Edison Hayden / ABC News:
Charlie Gard's family ends legal fight: ‘We will miss him terribly’
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Brooks defends campaign ad on Scalise shooting  —  Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks on Monday defended a new ad from his Senate campaign that uses footage of the aftermath of the shooting rampage last month in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded and four others were hurt.
Tara Golshan / Vox:
A Republican's campaign ad uses audio from the congressional baseball shooting
Discussion: Politico and IJR
The Guardian:
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case  —  Donald Trump's son-in-law bought part of old New York Times building from Soviet-born tycoon, Guardian investigation into Russian money in NYC property market finds
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out  —  In March, two months after President Trump took office, I received a text message from a veteran agent at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice).  I had been trying to find field agents willing to describe what life was like at the agency in the Trump era.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems finally focus on message  —  According to a Gallup survey earlier this year, 44 percent of Democrats describe themselves as liberal.  —  But 41 percent of America's Democrats self-identify as moderates.  Another 15 percent say they are conservatives.  —  A Bernie Sanders  —  or Elizabeth Warren
Jonathan Allen / Roll Call:   Opinion: Can Democrats Deliver Like Papa John's?
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House: Schiff Has Done 14 Hours of TV Interviews Since Trump Took Office  —  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) has done 123 national television interviews totaling more than 14 hours of air time since January, according to a tracking report provided to the White House.
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years  —  Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death  —  Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features.
Rachel Roubein / The Hill:
Cornyn floats conference of House, Senate healthcare bills  —  The Senate's No. 2 Republican said the two chambers might conference their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bills.  —  “Initially there was some thought that maybe the House would take up the bill that we passed, but that may not be the case,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
Discussion: Political Wire
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
ICE chief lists worst sanctuary cities: Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Philadelphia
Andrew Redlawsk / USA Today:
To win in Trump era, liberals must first listen to his voters
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills
New York Times:
Justice Dept. Nominee Says He Once Represented Russian Bank
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Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends forced to issue a clarification after airing a false smear against the NY Times
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor, has been caught misstating his background on live television on Sunday.
David Durenberger / USA Today:
Former GOP senator: Resist the bullying. Don't vote for a mystery health care bill.
Chuck Schumer / New York Times:
A Better Deal for American Workers