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8:20 PM ET, July 16, 2017

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Reuters:
U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting  —  4 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.
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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
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Excuses for the Don Jr. Meeting Go from Bad to Worse … In the week since the Donald Trump Jr. Russia-email scandal broke, the excuses from the White House, the president's legal team, and top Trump associates have gone from bad to worse.  —  On Sunday, Jay Sekulow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Secret Service responds to Trump lawyer: Russian lawyer meeting not screened  —  The Secret Service responded on Sunday to President Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow's claim that Donald Trump  —  Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign would not have happened if the Secret Service had considered it “nefarious.”
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Secret Service: We didn't clear Don Jr.'s Russian lawyer  —  The US Secret Service on Sunday rejected claims by President Trump's attorney that the agency cleared a Russian lawyer who said she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton to attend a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last summer.
Kevin Dolak / ABC News:
Trump campaign paid Donald Trump Jr.'s lawyer weeks before Russian meeting was revealed
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Mediaite
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump lawyer: Secret Service wouldn't have let Trump Jr. take ‘nefarious’ meeting
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:   Trump campaign paid firm of lawyer representing Trump Jr. before emails were made public
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Tom Price Says Insurers Should ‘Dust Off How They Did Business Before Obamacare’  —  Worked before, right?  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested Sunday that the nation's health insurance system ought to operate as it did before the Affordable Care Act was passed.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Health care on a scalpel's edge  —  Don Jr.'s Russia scandal may have one little upside for the White House: Two sources close to the health care negotiations told me they're pleased it has distracted the “resistance” movement and moved much of the media spotlight away from McConnell & co.'s negotiations.
Discussion: ABC News
Saisha Talwar / ABC News:
8 to 10 Republican senators concerned about GOP bill: Collins
Discussion: Politico
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal bills could put coverage out of reach for millions of sick Americans
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:   Governors Give Chilly Reception to Health Bill Push
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 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump hasn't forgiven Sessions for Russia recusal  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions' administration allies were hoping President Trump could, as he himself might say, see his way clear to letting it go.  But that's not happening.  —  Trump's initial fury about Sessions' recusal …
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 …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump's Approval Stands at 50 Percent in the Counties That Fueled His Win
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Poll finds Trump standing weakened since springtime
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Nearly 150,000 attempts to hack SC voter registration system on Election Day: report
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Why these professors are warning against promoting the work of straight, white men  —  Academics and scholars must be mindful about using research done by only straight, white men, according to two scientists who argued that it oppresses diverse voices and bolsters the status of already privileged and established white male scholars.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials  —  The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar's emir …
 
 
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