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11:30 AM ET, July 17, 2017

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Joe Biden / Washington Post:
Americans decided health care is for all.  The GOP wants to roll that back.  —  Their plan would once again make it a privilege for the wealthy.  —  As vice president, I met with Americans all across our country.  What they told me over and over is that the Affordable Care Act gave them peace of mind …
Discussion: Politico, Axios, CNN and AOL
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
The 7 steps ahead for Senate Republicans to pass their health care bill
Discussion: Axios
David Nather / Axios:   Now that they have a health care extension ...
New York Times:
McCain's Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say  —  The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday.
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump is killing the Republican Party  —  I did not leave the Republican Party.  The Republican Party left its senses.  The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments.
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: As independents sour on Trump, disapproval rating tops 50%  —  Disapproval of President Donald Trump has risen slightly and confidence in the country's direction has fallen in Iowa.  —  A new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows 43 percent of Iowans approve …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Public to Trump: Lay off the Twitter (POLL)
Burgess Everett / Politico:
How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal  —  The longer Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare flounder, the clearer it becomes that President Donald Trump's team and many in Congress dramatically underestimated the challenge of rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature achievement.
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:   Republicans Aren't Team Players
Jim DeRogatis / BuzzFeed:
R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police  —  As the R&B legend tours the country this summer, parents have told police that R. Kelly is running an abusive “cult” that's tearing families apart.  Three former members of Kelly's inner circle told BuzzFeed News similar stories.
Discussion: AOL and The Root
New York Times:
Outgoing Ethics Chief: U.S. Is ‘Close to a Laughingstock’  —  WASHINGTON — Actions by President Trump and his administration have created a historic ethics crisis, the departing head of the Office of Government Ethics said.  He called for major changes in federal law to expand the power …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Bryan Friesen / LASVEGASNOW:
Break in at Sen. Heller's Las Vegas office  —  LAS VEGAS - A threatening note was left for Senator Dean Heller after someone broke into his Las Vegas office Saturday morning, according to an 8 News NOW source close to the story.  —  The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirms …
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Cyra Master / The Hill:
Break-in reported at GOP Senator's office
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Jane Sanders cries sexism in bank-fraud accusations as GOP hits back  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders, is crying sexism against the man responsible for an FBI investigation into the allegations she fraudulently obtained a loan for the Vermont college she once oversaw.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?  —  The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over “about half” of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were …
Discussion: Althouse
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89  —  His résumé includes ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘North by Northwest.’ It does not, however, include ‘Star Trek.’  —  Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor who showcased his versatility …
Los Angeles Times:
An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean  —  In USC's lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure.  The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room …
Samuel Oakford / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Air War Has Already Killed More Than 2,000 Civilians … Civilian casualties from the U.S.-led war against the so-called Islamic State are on pace to double under President Donald Trump, according to an Airwars investigation for The Daily Beast.  —  Airwars researchers estimate …
Discussion: Just Security
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Top Republicans Aren't Signing Up For Trump's War With The Media  —  “I love the media,” said the Freedom Caucus chairman.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC … You've read a lot about the Republican war on what Donald Trump calls fake news.  But here's the thing: For many Republicans, it's a phony war too.
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Americans Feel Good About the Economy, Not So Good About Trump  —  Just 40 percent approve of president's performance in office  —  Narrow majority expect stock market to be higher by year's end  —  Almost six months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans are feeling fairly optimistic about their jobs …
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the country to avoid deportation  —  Frustrated by delayed promises from the U.S. military for citizenship, and in fear of the Islamic State if he were deported back to Iraq, Ranj Rafeeq has given up the American Dream for a Canadian one.
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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Declan Walsh / New York Times:   Qatar Opens Its Doors to All, to the Dismay of Some
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
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Reuters:
U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting
 
 
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Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The Disturbing Process Behind Trumpcare
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
GOP rep: Get rid of ‘stupid’ Senate rules
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Despite Trump promises, White House falling short in opioid fight
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Winnie the Pooh blacklisted by China's online censors
Discussion: NBC News
New York Times:
Save the Census
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House squeezes Jeff Flake
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Don't Compare Trump to Nixon. It's Unfair to Nixon.
 Earlier Items: 
The Seattle Times:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused foster son, child-welfare investigator found in 1984
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How ‘Neoliberalism’ Became the Left's Favorite Insult of Liberals
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Nearly 150,000 attempts to hack SC voter registration system on Election Day: report
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump hasn't forgiven Sessions for Russia recusal
Discussion: Washington Post