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3:25 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Instapundit
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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Amy B Wang / Washington Post:   Break-in reported at office of GOP senator considered swing vote in health-care bill
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:   Note to Heller: Don't take away my health care or you die
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: The Daily Caller, CNN, Politico, AOL and Axios
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David Nather / Axios:
Now that they have a health care extension ...
Discussion: Daily Kos
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Tom Price Boldly Predicts That Senate Bill Will ‘Cover More Individuals’
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  —  Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection in 2018, faces tough choices in the GOP healthcare debate.  (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)
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 …
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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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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.
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.
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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
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Miles Parks / NPR:   Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More?
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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:
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.
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
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 …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Trump officials open border to 15,000 more foreign workers  —  The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage, seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump's “Hire American” …
Discussion: The Atlantic
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:
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.
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW to get Mar-a-Lago visitor records  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington, D.C.—As part of ongoing litigation brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Security Archive (NSA) and the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University …
Eric Geller / Politico:
Colorado to require advanced post-election audits  —  Colorado on Monday said it will become the first state to regularly conduct a sophisticated post-election audit that cybersecurity experts have long called necessary for ensuring hackers aren't meddling with vote tallies.
Discussion: Raw Story
The White House:
Made in America  —  Today, President Donald J. Trump will host companies from across the country at the White House for the Made in America Product Showcase.  The White House is highlighting and celebrating each state's effort and commitment to American made products by bringing …
 
 
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Peter Hessler / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Transforming Rural America
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Gore: US going through a ‘challenging time’
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons
CNN:
No red carpet for Trump, says London's Khan
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Carter Page Is Trying To Shop A Book Around
Tom Porter / Newsweek:
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Caitlyn Jenner considering a bid for U.S. Senate in California
Nick Roll / Inside Higher Ed:
Correcting Jeff Sessions
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
‘I need to work’: Texas veteran says he was fired from Home Depot after confronting shoplifters
Discussion: IJR
The Hill:
Questions grow over Kushner's security clearances
Discussion: RedState
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
A basic income really could end poverty forever
Discussion: Mother Jones and Dissent
Norm Ornstein / The Atlantic:
The Disturbing Process Behind Trumpcare
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Top Republicans Aren't Signing Up For Trump's War With The Media
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the country to avoid deportation
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
Don't Compare Trump to Nixon. It's Unfair to Nixon.
Discussion: The Daily Caller