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6:00 PM ET, July 17, 2017

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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 …
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump the foul-mouthed germophobe fired Chris Christie because New Jersey governor arranged for Obama to call his phone NOT The Donald's on election night  — A new book reveals how Trump fell out with his then transition boss Chris Christie over whose cellphone to use on election night
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Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Christie on Trump Jr. meeting: 'None of it's positive'
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
White House squeezes Jeff Flake  —  The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump's strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president's willingness …
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:   Jeff Flake, up for reelection in 2018, will upset Arizona voters no matter how he votes on healthcare
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Trump Rating Holds Steady Despite Campaign's 2016 Russia Meeting  —  4-in-10 support impeachment, higher than for Nixon at start of Watergate  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Donald Trump's approval rating has held fairly steady since …
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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: CNN, The Daily Caller, AOL, Politico and Axios
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal
Discussion: New York Times
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Vice chair of Trump's voter fraud commission wants to change federal law to add new requirements for voting, email shows  —  The day after Donald Trump was elected president, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, now the vice-chair of Donald Trump's commission on voter fraud …
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Allison Kite / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kris Kobach under investigation by Kansas Supreme Court disciplinary office  —  A disciplinary office operated by the Kansas Supreme Court has opened an investigation into Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after receiving a complaint.  —  Keri Strahler, 47, of Topeka …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump climbs into firetruck at ‘Made in America’ event … President Trump climbed into a firetruck as he toured a showcase displaying American-made products at the White House on Monday.  —  Trump was looking at large U.S.-made products including machinery and vehicles when he made his way into the firetruck.
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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.
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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Peter Hessler / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Transforming Rural America  —  In Colorado, the President's tone has started rubbing off on residents.  —  When Karen Kulp was a child, she believed that the United States of America as she knew it was going to end on June 6, 1966.  Her parents were from the South …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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
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Miles Parks / NPR:   Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
‘Modern Day Presidential’ really isn't working for Trump  —  (CNN)Just after 10 a.m. ET Monday, Donald Trump typed out his first tweet of the day: “Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent.  That's politics!”  —  A few things:
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their ‘hamburger problem’  —  I've been haunted by a claim my KCRW colleague Rich Lowry made on our radio show a few weeks ago: that Democrats keep coming up short in elections because they won't give any ground on “cultural issues” …
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Six Months In, Trump Is Historically Unpopular  —  On Thursday, President Trump will officially have been in office for six months, and his term so far has included a few victories (the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court), plenty of frustrations …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's D.C. Hotel Sells Clothes Made in China, Vietnam, Peru During ‘Made In America’ Week … President Donald Trump has declared this week Made in America week, a celebration of United States-based manufacturing and domestic economic consumption.  —  At the newest jewel in the Trump business empire …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
New York Times:
The Top Jobs in Trump's Administration Are Mostly Vacant: Who's to Blame?  —  President Trump has filled far fewer top jobs in cabinet or cabinet-level agencies than President Barack Obama had at this point in his presidency.  —  The status of top jobs  —  25 weeks into each administration:
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lawrence Ware / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention  —  OKLAHOMA CITY — The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City.  I was 13, and it was 1995.  Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.
Jennifer Emily / Dallas Morning News:
Fired cop who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards indicted for murder  —  The fired Balch Springs cop who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was indicted Monday on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury.  —  Roy Oliver fired his rifle April 29 into a car of teenagers leaving a party.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Reuters:
Grandmas, grandpas from travel ban states now welcome -U.S. cable  —  4 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julia Belluz / Vox:
If John McCain were uninsured, his surgery could have cost $76,000  —  That's more than the average annual American household income.  —  The fate of the GOP's health reform plan right now hinges on Sen. John McCain's recovery from a blood clot surgery.  It's also the perfect reminder …
Mike Gonzalez / Wall Street Journal:
La Raza Finally Loses ‘the Race’  —  The leftist Chicano outfit rebrands itself as UnidosUS.  —  La Raza has decided to rebrand.  The liberal political group announced last week that it would change its name from one suggestive of adversarial Chicano politics to something with broader appeal: UnidosUS.
Markseibel / BuzzFeed:
These Are The Trump White House's Talking Points For Why The Iran Deal Is Staying In Place  —  Even as it is on the verge of certifying Iran's compliance with the nuclear weapons agreement for the second time, the Trump administration issued talking points denouncing the Iranians' …
 
 
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Garry Kasparov / New York Daily News:
Donald's Pravda: Trump and his apologists spookily echo Vladimir Putin
Kimberly Miller / WeatherPlus:
Tropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic
Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
Labor unions, Democrats pressure Trump ahead of NAFTA priorities statement
Hot Air:
Army Trains Female Soldiers To Shower With “Women With Male Genitalia”
Discussion: Daily Wire
Mairav Zonszein / New York Times:
Israel's War Against George Soros
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
NY attorney general threatens suit over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers
Discussion: The Atlantic
Eric Geller / Politico:
Colorado to require advanced post-election audits
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons
Fox News:
‘I need to work’: Texas veteran says he was fired from Home Depot after confronting shoplifters
Discussion: IJR
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
A basic income really could end poverty forever
Discussion: Dissent and Mother Jones
Fox News:
Jane Sanders cries sexism in bank-fraud accusations as GOP hits back
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Top Republicans Aren't Signing Up For Trump's War With The Media
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Don't Compare Trump to Nixon. It's Unfair to Nixon.
Discussion: The Daily Caller