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4:45 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: East Bay Times and Instapundit
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:
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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 …
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: As independents sour on Trump, disapproval rating tops 50%
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Jon Ralston / The Nevada Independent:
Note to Heller: Don't take away my health care or you die  —  A note taped to Sen. Dean Heller's Senate office was from someone asserting that he would lose his health care if the key senator voted for the repeal bill and that he would die if that happened and would take Heller with him, a law enforcement source said.
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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 …
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Highlights: Spicer returns to White House podium for off-camera press briefing  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer returned to the podium to brief reporters on Monday, but the briefing remained off camera and out of the public eye.  —  The White House has not held a televised briefing since June 29.
Discussion: Axios, ABC News, Talking Points Memo and AOL
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Associated Press:
Trump administration to share records about Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: Politico
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 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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David Nather / Axios:
Now that they have a health care extension ...
Discussion: Daily Kos
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?
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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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.
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Julia Belluz / Vox:
If John McCain were uninsured, his surgery could have cost $76,000
Discussion: Politico, ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
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
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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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Trump Admin to Hit Iran With New Sanctions as Tehran Threatens Attacks on U.S. Bases
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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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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 …
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
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
 
 
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Lesley Wroughton / Reuters:
Labor unions, Democrats pressure Trump ahead of NAFTA priorities statement
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Hot Air:
Army Trains Female Soldiers To Shower With “Women With Male Genitalia”
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Mairav Zonszein / New York Times:
Israel's War Against George Soros
Mike Gonzalez / Wall Street Journal:
La Raza Finally Loses ‘the Race’
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
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
‘I need to work’: Texas veteran says he was fired from Home Depot after confronting shoplifters
Discussion: IJR
Lawrence Ware / New York Times:
Why I'm Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention
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