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9:40 PM ET, June 22, 2017


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Barack Obama:
Our politics are divided.  They have been for a long time.  And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today.  —  I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party.
Rand Paul / U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky:
Sens. Paul, Cruz, Johnson, and Lee Issue Joint Statement on Senate Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON - Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Thursday responding to the release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017:
Mark Murray / NBC News:
NBC News/WSJ Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Disapproves of House Health Care Bill  —  Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  This new poll comes as Senate Republicans unveil their own health care legislation on Thursday.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
McConnell's Calculation May Be That He Still Wins by Losing  —  WASHINGTON — When it comes to managing Republicans' best interests, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, rarely loses.  So it is possible that Mr. McConnell views the potential failure of a hastily written health care bill as an eventual boon.
Discussion: Axios and IJR
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A Message to Trump Voters on the Occasion of This Healthcare Bill  —  You pulled the lever.  This is what you were voting for.  —  Hello, suckers.  —  Yeah, you.  All of you.  All of you people who've been buying what the radicalized Republican party has been selling you since Reagan rode out of Trickledown Gulch back in 1980.
Center for American ProgressCenter …:
Coverage Losses Under the Senate Health Care Bill Could Result in 18,100 to 27,700 Additional Deaths in 2026
Discussion: MattBruenig
Rachel Roubein / The Hill:
What's in the Senate healthcare bill
Discussion: Politico
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The conservative health care problem
Politico:   Winners and losers from the Senate repeal bill30 minutes ago
Senate finally unveils secret health care bill
New York Times:
Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
Trump Said to Not Have Recordings of Conversations With Comey  —  President Donald Trump doesn't have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist.
Robert Fife / Globe and Mail:
Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq  —  OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF — The Globe and Mail (includes correction)  —  A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Republican Coal King Sues HBO Over John Oliver's Show … A Republican coal baron is suing John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers for Oliver's show over the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight.  —  The suit, filed on June 21 in the circuit court of Marshall County, West Virginia …
Scott Cohn / CNBC:
Trump's Carrier jobs deal is just not living up to the hype  — Carrier, a division of UTC, will employ about 1,069 people for 10 years in exchange for $7 million in incentives.  But there are crucial details in the fine print.  — State and local governments spend at least $70 billion …
Alayna Treene / Axios:   Carrier moving Trump jobs to Mexico
Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger  —  A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.  —  Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a “domestic accident”.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Pelosi Strikes Back: 'I Think I'm Worth the Trouble'  —  WASHINGTON — Pushing back on criticism from fellow party members after the Democratic loss in a Georgia special election this week, Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she's “worth the trouble” as Democrats' leader in the House.
Discussion: The Week, IJR and The Daily Caller
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi's Democratic critics plot to replace her
Discussion: ABC News, MSNBC and Axios
Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians  — Coats and Rogers said interactions with Trump about the Russia investigation were odd, uncomfortable  —  (CNN)Two of the nation's top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team …
Patrick Smith / Telegraph:
Johnny Depp slams Donald Trump at Glastonbury and asks: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’  —  In a year that he would like to forget, which included his acrimonious divorce to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp appeared at a Q&A at the new Cinemageddon stage at Glastonbury.
Chris Francescani / ABC News:
2 Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts.
Aarati Soman / Facebook:
Giving People More Control Over Their Facebook Profile Picture  —  Part of our goal in building global community is understanding the needs of people who use Facebook in specific countries and how we can better serve them.  In India, we've heard that people want more control over their profile pictures …
Heather Kelly / CNNMoney:
Mark Zuckerberg explains why he just changed Facebook's mission
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Trump Told Democrats He Wants To Do Something About Deported Veterans.  His Staff Was Less Open.  —  Sources say Democrats raised the issue of deported veterans in a private dinner last week.  The president expressed support for doing something but his staff quickly told him it was complicated.
Discussion: Raw Story
Pew Research Center:
America's Complex Relationship With Guns  —  An in-depth look at the attitudes and experiences of U.S. adults  —  As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns.  Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country's earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans.
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Was Silenced.  Then She Silenced Us.  —  Last week, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, made headlines when Republican senators interrupted her at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee while she interrogated Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Former CIA officer accused of selling top secret information to China  —  A former CIA officer sold top secret and other classified documents to Chinese intelligence officials, according to charges filed Thursday in Alexandria federal court.  —  Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, of Leesburg, Va. …
Discussion: ZeroPointNow, Politico and Axios
Morgan True / VTDigger:
Sanders lawyered up in federal probe of Burlington College  —  BURLINGTON — Jane Sanders has hired attorneys to represent her in a Justice Department probe of a land deal she orchestrated while president of the now-defunct Burlington College.  —  A former college employee who coordinated …
Sam Stein / HuffPost:NEW!
All That Stands Between Democrats And A Massive Freakout Is This Man  —  The pressure is on Ralph Northam to score a win in his race for Virginia governor.  Barack Obama is going to come off the sidelines to help.  —  Having lost a series of tantalizingly close congressional elections …
Discussion: Washington Post
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
How Trump's dubious claims make the entire government react  —  The words leapt from President Trump's mind to Twitter at 8:26 a.m. on the Friday after he fired FBI director James B. Comey, setting off a cascade of activity inside and outside of the federal government to figure out what, exactly, he meant.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Half of Americans want Democrats to control Congress as Trump struggles, poll shows  — Americans now say by 50 percent to 42 percent they want Democrats to control Congress after the 2018 elections, according to a new NBC/WSJ poll.  —  As President Donald Trump continues to struggle …
Tae Kim / CNBC:
McDonald's hits all-time high as Wall Street cheers replacement of cashiers with kiosks  — Cowen says McDonald's will upgrade 2,500 restaurants to its “Experience of the Future” technology by year-end, which includes digital ordering kiosks.  — The firm raises its rating on McDonald's …
Discussion: Breitbart
Tony Lee / Breitbart:
Elizabeth Warren on McConnell Bill: ‘These Cuts Are Blood Money... People Will Die’  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) accused Senate Republicans of using “blood money” to give wealthy Americans tax cuts after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the draft of the Senate's healthcare bill on Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Times and The Week
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Sarah Palin's Latest Business Venture: Running a Right-Wing Content Farm30 minutes ago
Discussion: Raw Story
Earl Rinehart / The Columbus Dispatch:
Westerville man charged with threatening Rep. Steve Stivers
David Wren / Post and Courier:
Layoffs announced for first time at Boeing's 787 Dreamliner campus, other North Charleston operations
Discussion: Raw Story
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
‘Pizzagate’ gunman sentenced to four years in prison, as prosecutors urged judge to deter vigilante justice
Angela Levin / Newsweek:
Discussion: New York Times, Mashable, AOL and NBC News
CBS News:
Girl alleges bullying, some racist, posts video, which goes viral
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Genital mutilation scandal widens to include mothers
Charlotte Mendelson / New Yorker:
Let's Ban Roses
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Election hackers altered voter rolls: report
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios