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Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Lawyer Blames Secret Service For Not Preemptively Stopping Jr.'s Meeting  —  Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's legal team, on Sunday aired a new defense for Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information on Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: IJR, Hullabaloo, Shareblue and ThinkProgress
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Did Donald Trump's lawyer accidentally make a huge confession about the meeting with the Russian lawyer?  —  Jay Sekulow suggested the Secret Service vetted the meeting, but Donald Trump Jr. was not being protected at that time.  —  Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's attorneys …
Discussion: Business Insider and IJR
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump lawyer: Secret Service wouldn't have let Trump Jr. take ‘nefarious’ meeting  —  President Trump's outside attorney Jay Sekulow said Sunday that the meeting between the president's son and a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign would not have happened if the Secret Service considered it “nefarious.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Secret Service responds to Trump lawyer: Russian lawyer meeting not screened
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:   Trump campaign paid firm of lawyer representing Trump Jr. before emails were made public
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Trump re-election campaign paid $50,000 to law firm now representing Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: RedState
Jordyn Phelps / ABC News:
Russian lawyer obtained Hill hearing seat from former Florida Trump campaign chair's husband
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Gary Langer / ABC News:
6 months in, a record low for Trump, with troubles from Russia to health care (POLL)  —  Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years, punctuated by questions about his competence on the world stage, his effectiveness …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans prefer Obamacare to Republican replacements  —  Republicans racing to pass a bill that would overhaul the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) certainly understand that their efforts aren't polling well.  In survey after survey, a majority of respondents view …
Washington Post:
Poll finds Trump standing weakened since springtime … President Trump's standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in U.S. leadership abroad, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health-care bill …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump's Approval Stands at 50 Percent in the Counties That Fueled His Win
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump approval declines since spring
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal bills could put coverage out of reach for millions of sick Americans  —  Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Michael Epps, who receives Medicaid insurance coverage, at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento.  (Associated Press)  —  President Trump and congressional Republicans …
Discussion: RedState
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Saisha Talwar / ABC News:
8 to 10 Republican senators concerned about GOP bill: Collins
Discussion: Politico
Michelle Cottle / The Atlantic:
Mitch McConnell's Heavy Health-Care Lift
Discussion: Axios, ThinkProgress and Politico
Reed Abelson / New York Times:
In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
New York Times:   Governors Give Chilly Reception to Health Bill Push
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Caitlyn Jenner weighs run for Senate  —  Olympic gold medalist and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner is the latest celebrity to reveal she has considered lanching a run for Senate, telling radio host John Catsimatidis she is in the process of determining her future in activism and politics.
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Carville: It would be ‘very, very difficult’ for Dems to retake Senate in 2018  —  Democratic operative James Carville is expressing doubt that his party will take back the Senate in 2018, saying Saturday that it would be “very, very difficult,” to do so.  —  “I think right now most Democrats …
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Carville: ‘No One’ Is in Charge of the Democratic Party
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas  —  PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Hillary's White House would be no different from Trump's
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans Messaging Campaign to Refocus Attention on Trump's Agenda
Discussion: Political Wire
Alexa Corse / Wall Street Journal:
South Carolina May Prove a Microcosm of U.S. Election Hacking Efforts  —  There were nearly 150,000 attempts to penetrate the voter-registration system on Election Day 2016, State Election Commission says  —  To understand the scale of the hacking attempts against election systems …
David Wooding / The Sun:
TRUMP COWER Donald Trump begs Theresa May to fix a ‘warm welcome’ for his state visit - and says he won't set a date for it until he knows he's going to get ‘a better reception’  —  US President warns he will not visit until he can guarantee a good reception and pleas with Theresa May to help influence public
Tre'vell Anderson / Los Angeles Times:
George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ creator, dies at 77  —  Legendary horror movie director George A. Romero, pictured here in 2008, died Sunday.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)  —  Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking …
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Phil Donahue: Trump era ‘darkest political moment’ in history  —  Former talk-show host Phil Donahue on Saturday reflected on President Trump's administration, calling it “the darkest political moment in American history.”  —  “This is the darkest political moment in American history,” Donahue said on MSNBC's “AM Joy” Saturday.
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and IJR
 
 
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