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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Two more GOP senators defect on healthcare bill  —  (Utah) announced on Monday night they will not support taking up a bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, effectively blocking the legislation.  —  “This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare's rising costs.
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United States Senator Mike Lee:
Sen. Mike Lee to Vote No on Senate Health Bill  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statement Monday regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act:  —  “After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Four Republicans block Obamacare repeal bill in Senate  —  Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.  —  Republican leaders could only afford to lose two senators …
New York Times:
Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two More Republican Senators Defect  —  WASHINGTON — Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing for now a seven-year-old promise …
Dave Lawler / Axios:   Two GOP senators break ranks on health care, sinking bill for now
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Two more Senate Republicans oppose health-care bill, leaving it without enough votes to pass
Burgess Everett / Politico:
How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal
Discussion: ABC News and New York Times
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
NY attorney general threatens suit over ObamaCare repeal
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Pamela Brown / CNN:
Trump Jr. attorney offers details about 8th person at meeting  —  Trump shifts focus from Russia investigation  —  (CNN)Donald Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, has told CNN he has spoken by phone to the eighth person in the room during the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.
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Z. Byron Wolf / CNN:
Who was the 8th person in Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians?  —  (CNN)The June 2016 meeting between the President's son Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, his then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and five others, in which, Trump Jr. expected to get damaging information …
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Christie on Trump Jr. meeting: 'None of it's positive'  —  GLADSTONE, N.J. — The White House should publicly disclose any and all contacts its staffers have had with foreign governments, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday, adding that the news Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer …
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
During Made in America Week, White House defends imported Trump products
Discussion: Politico
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
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: Democrats keep coming up short in elections because they won't give any ground on “cultural issues” …
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 …
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
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
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Coast Guard wants to kick boats off Potomac River when president is golfing  —  The Trump family has offended many sectors of establishment Washington since their arrival in the nation's capital, from Langley's spymasters to mansion-dwellers in the District's Kalorama neighborhood.
Discussion: Shareblue
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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Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office  —  Critics charge top U.S. diplomat with giving the green light to perpetrators of mass atrocities.  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is downgrading the U.S. campaign against mass atrocities, shuttering the Foggy Bottom office …
Discussion: Just Security
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
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Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Provides Relief to American Businesses in Danger of Suffering Irreparable Harm
Discussion: IJR, Politico and Shareblue
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever.  He Hasn't.  —  WASHINGTON — To hear President Trump tell it, his first six months in the White House should be judged in part by the legislation he has signed into law.  —  At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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 …
Senator Mike Lee / The Resurgent:
Why I Am Voting No on BCRA 2.0  —  When Professor William Graham Sumner first coined the term “The Forgotten Man” in 1890, he wrote: … In the health care debate today we see not merely Forgotten Men but a Forgotten Class: Millions of middle-class families are being forced to pay billions …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Vox and The Guardian
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.
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:
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:
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: Raw Story and The Root
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 …
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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ABC News:
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Arlene Washington / Hollywood Reporter:
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Rauner fires staffer with history of homophobic tweets
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CNN:
Russia rejects any US conditions for return of seized compounds
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