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8:35 AM ET, June 29, 2017


 Top Items: 
Key Republicans Want to Scrap Health Bill's Tax Cuts for Wealthy  —  Collins, Rounds suggest eliminating repeal of investment tax  —  McConnell negotiating with Republicans to win over holdouts  —  Several Senate Republicans began to question Wednesday whether their health-care bill …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Entire Trump Agenda Is at a Tipping Point
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Abigail Tracy / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump's Ignorance Is Becoming a National Crisis
Discussion: US News, Politico, The Mahablog and Vox
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Republicans scramble to revise health bill in 48 hours
Discussion: ABC News
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   How the push for a Senate health-care vote fell apart amid GOP tensionsNEW!
Alvin Chang / Vox:
We fixed Donald Trump's misleading chart that claims Republicans are increasing Medicaid funding  —  President Donald Trump tweeted this chart on Wednesday afternoon, claiming that the Senate Republican health care bill actually increases funding for Medicaid: … Here's the problem: It's incredibly misleading.
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Washington Post
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Portman and McConnell clash over health bill20 minutes ago
Discussion: Axios, Salon and Vox
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Beleaguered health care bill gets new terms in effort to secure votes
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Trump claims GOP has a ‘big surprise’ on healthcare
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi at closed-door fundraiser  —  President Donald Trump, facing dimming approval ratings and a stalled legislative agenda, rolled out his greatest hits on Wednesday evening - ripping into CNN, assailing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and hailing his party's string of special election wins.
Tal Kopan / CNN:15 minutes ago
House set to vote on 'Kate's Law'  —  Washington (CNN)The House Thursday is expected to pass bills that would hand President Donald Trump key pieces of his immigration agenda, especially efforts targeting sanctuary cities.  —  The bills, “Kate's Law” and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act …
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump During Meeting with Immigration Crime Victims
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems will press for no votes on 'Kate's Law' — but not too hard15 minutes ago
Discussion: AOL
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:   Congress' Toughest Immigration Bill Is Still Waiting In The WingsNEW!
Tasneem Nashrulla / BuzzFeed:
A Teen Was Charged With Killing Her Boyfriend During A Failed YouTube Stunt  —  A 19-year-old woman in Minnesota has been charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting her boyfriend as the couple attempted to record a YouTube stunt, authorities said.  —  Monalisa Perez was arrested …
Angeline McCall / WDAY-TV:   Woman who shot boyfriend now charged with manslaughter
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Tillerson blows up at top White House aide  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's frustrations with the White House have been building for months.  Last Friday, they exploded.  —  The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office …
Nino Bucci / Sydney Morning Herald:
Cardinal George Pell charged with at least three serious sex offences  —  Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest ranking Catholic will face at least three serious sex assault charges, including at least one count of rape.  —  Victoria Police has confirmed Cardinal Pell has been charged …
Jacqueline Williams / New York Times:
Australian Cardinal, a Top Adviser to Pope, Is Charged With Sexual Assault
Discussion: The Guardian, ABC and Fusion
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Gorsuch's First Anti-Gay Dissent Has a Huge Factual Error—and Terrible, Dishonest Logic  —  On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution requires states to list same-sex parents on their child's birth certificates.  The decision was predictable: In Obergefell v. Hodges …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:   Justice Gorsuch Wastes No Time Stirring Up Trouble
New York Times:
Deposed Saudi Prince Is Said to Be Confined to Palace  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — The recently deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has been barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace in the coastal city of Jidda, according to four current and former American officials …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
As GOP buckles down on health care, conservative media loses interest  —  On Tuesday, the fate of the Republicans' attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act dominated news out of Washington.  Phones rattled with alerts about the decision to delay a vote until mid-July.
Lawrence Smith / WDRB 41 Louisville News:
Gov. Matt Bevin publicly signs bill allowing Kentucky's public schools to teach the Bible  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) — Public schools in Kentucky can soon teach reading, writing and the book of Revelation.  —  At the Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin gave his public “Amen” to a bill allowing Bible courses in public schools.
Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Kentucky Gives Blessing to Bible Classes in Public Schools10 minutes ago
Discussion: Daily Kos and Fusion
Cecilia Vega / ABC News:25 minutes ago
House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller  —  Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference …
Officials struggle to convince Trump that Russia remains a threat  —  Trump blasts Obama on Twitter, demands apology  —  Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump lashes out at former President Barack Obama for failing to take a harder line against Russia for election meddling …
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
The Case Of The Mysterious Trump Portraits On The Hill  —  On Wednesday afternoon, a painting of President Donald Trump was spotted being carried around Capitol Hill.  —  This just came into the Capitol with its creator, Barry Wingard of western PA. He painted it....  Reply Retweet Favorite
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump's Obama Obsession  —  Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama.  Trump is obsessed with Obama.  Obama haunts Trump's dreams.  One of Trump's primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:25 minutes ago
Stop going to the White House press briefings  —  With all the legitimate gripes reporters have with this White House, perhaps the least worthy of your (or their) time and attention is the WWE-style smackdown over briefings.  Every day, the White House hides or dodges.  Every day, reporters protest and whine.
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
House lawmakers back amendment requiring Pentagon climate change report  —  The House Armed Services Committee's annual defense policy bill will include a provision requiring a Defense Department report on the effects of climate change on military installations.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Pentagon plan to defeat ISIS looks very much like Obama's approach  —  The Pentagon is putting the final touches on a promised new counter-Islamic State strategy for Syria and Iraq, and it looks very much like the one the Obama administration pursued, according to senior defense officials.
New York Post:
CNN boss in crosshairs if AT&T-Time Warner merger approved  —  AT&T will look to “neutralize” CNN President Jeff Zucker after it buys Time Warner, The Post has learned.  —  SEE ALSO  —  The buzz from the telecommunications giant comes as CNN is being slammed for highly publicized missteps …
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Joe Bilello / Mediaite:
CNN Uses Sesame Street's Elmo As Immigration Propaganda Puppet   Find
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Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Congress' Toughest Immigration Bill Is Still Waiting In The Wings   Find
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Corky Siemaszko / NBC News:
Kentucky Gives Blessing to Bible Classes in Public Schools   Find
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems will press for no votes on 'Kate's Law' — but not too hard   Find
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
House set to vote on 'Kate's Law'   Find
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Joe Bilello / Mediaite:
CNN Uses Sesame Street's Elmo As Immigration Propaganda PuppetNEW!
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Politico Reporter Drunkenly Unloads On Trump Allies At Four Seasons30 minutes ago
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Dugan Arnett /
Rabbits are hopping all over  —  Lately, it seems …
Discussion: CBS Boston
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Wolf Blitzer: ‘Potentially Very Dangerous’ for Trump to Call the Media an Enemy of the People
Washington Post:
NATO allies boost defense spending in the wake of Trump criticism
Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
Air pollution exposure may hasten death, even at levels deemed ‘safe,’ study says
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Here's why James O'Keefe's undercover video attacking CNN and Van Jones is a big nothing-burger
Discussion: IJR and YouTube
 Earlier Items: 
Obama's jeans game gets strong(er)
Discussion: Breitbart, The Resurgent and Mediaite
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
The GOP health bill is doomed to toxic unpopularity, no matter how it's changed
Discussion: naked capitalism