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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon  —  He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff.  It escalated from there.  —  On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director.
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The Daily Beast:
With Trump's ‘Green Light,’ Scaramucci Declares Total War on Reince Priebus … President Donald Trump has not only blessed efforts by his new communications director Anthony Scaramucci to wage a battle against chief of staff Reince Priebus, he's actively egging on the very public and painful feud.
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Newt Gingrich: White House communications director Scaramucci has been ‘divisive,’ ‘full of himself’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich harshly criticized White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci in a radio interview Thursday, calling his recent actions “divisive” and “unhelpful.”
Alex Conant / Politico:
Why Trump's White House Won't Stop Leaking  —  The new White House communications director is launching a take-no-prisoners mole hunt, promising to stop future leaks.  —  He won't succeed.  —  Over the past 15 years, I've worked in dozens of political organizations that all leaked to varying degrees.
Discussion: ABC News and JustOneMinute
Fox News:
Anthony Scaramucci uses vulgar language to lash out at Priebus, make fun of Bannon in interview  —  Newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is using vulgar language to lash out against Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and make fun of Senior Adviser Steve Bannon in a new interview.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Real Story Behind Mooch's War on Reince
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Reince Priebus's Days Are Numbered, Trump Allies Say
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trumpism Distilled
Discussion: Fox News
Scouting Wire:
From the Chief: Our Perspective on the Presidential Visit  —  In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors.  The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission …
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Eric Levenson / CNN:
Boy Scouts official apologizes for ‘political rhetoric’ of Trump speech
Discussion: RedState
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Boy Scouts leader apologizes for Trump speech's ‘political rhetoric’
Discussion: ABC News, Vox and Hot Air
CNN:
US Joint Chiefs blindsided by Trump's transgender ban  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN …
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Josh Hafner / USA Today:
OnPolitics Today: Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers' health care
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Shareblue
Jacqueline Klimas / Politico:
Joint Chiefs: ‘No modifications’ to transgender policy from Trump tweet
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chain of Command
Discussion: First Draft and Task & Purpose
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Senate Republicans hope their own Obamacare repeal won't become law  —  Updated, 5:45 p.m.: Three Republican senators said they will block the GOP's “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill without an ironclad guarantee from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the bill will go to conference committee …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
House weighs ‘martial law’ for Obamacare repeal  —  House Republicans leaders are instructing lawmakers to hold off leaving for August recess this weekend in case the Senate passes Obamacare repeal legislation and the House comes under pressure to act.  —  In an email to lawmakers Thursday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Ryan drops border-tax proposal as GOP unifies around principles
Discussion: Vox and Axios
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   GOP Senators threaten to blow up Trumpcare unless they are given an unconstitutional guarantee
Erica Martinson / Alaska Dispatch News:
Trump administration signals that Murkowski's health care vote could have energy repercussions for Alaska  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn't going to just let Sen. Lisa Murkowski's no vote on Tuesday's health care motion go.  —  Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski's vote.
CNN:
Trump urged to use recess appointment to replace Sessions — is that possible?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Is President Donald Trump trying to force out Jeff Sessions as attorney general so he can “recess appoint” someone to the job who would fire Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
Discussion: Shareblue and Washington Post
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Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Graham: Firing Mueller would be ‘beginning of the end’ of Trump's presidency
Kate Brannen / Foreign Policy:
Top Middle East Advisor Out On the National Security Council  —  National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East advisor on the National Security Council (NSC), from his post on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the personnel move.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
More Turmoil at the National Security Council
Discussion: CNN, Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
CBS News:
Hillary Clinton lets her “guard down” in new memoir after stunning election defeat  —  For the first time since her stunning 2016 presidential election defeat to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton reveals personal details of the unprecedented campaign through her tell-all book “What Happened.”
Discussion: Althouse, Mediaite and The Root
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Stepping Down from The New York Times  —  Kakutani, who helped make the careers of writers from Foster Wallace to McEwan, and put fear in the hearts of Mailer and Vidal, will leave her post as one of the most formidable critics in the Times history.
Michelle Ruiz / Vogue:
Look, It's Time to Collectively and Officially Give Up on Ivanka Trump  —  It was Groundhog Day, dystopia edition, yesterday morning when the president banned all transgender servicepeople from the U.S. military, unfurling yet another reversal of an historic Obama-era policy.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Norm Macdonald Sounds Off on SNL: 'I Think They're Playing Into Trump's Hands' … Norm Macdonald is stuck on a golf course.  “We have all these children in front of us, so we're not going anywhere,” the 57-year-old comedian tells me by phone as he waits to move on to the next hole.
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Here's what's in ‘skinny repeal’  —  Senate Republicans are still editing their “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, but it's changed since yesterday to include slightly more than the law's mandates but no repeal of the law's industry taxes, per two senior GOP aides.  —  Here's what's now in it:
CNN:
Pakistani village elders order retaliatory rape of 17-year-old girl  —  (CNN) Village elders in Pakistan ordered the rape of a 17-year-old girl after her brother was accused of raping another girl.  —  Twenty people have been arrested by police following the two assaults …
Sara A. Carter / circa.com:
Sources: A top FBI lawyer is under an investigation for allegedly leaking classified information  —  EXCLUSIVE: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media …
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Palin to subpoena two dozen reporters in defamation suit  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to subpoena close to two dozen New York Times reporters, editors and other workers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper, it was revealed in court documents Wednesday.  —  SEE ALSO
Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic Rep. Delaney eyes 2020 presidential run  —  Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) plans on bypassing runs for governor and reelection and has told associates he is seriously considering a bid for president in 2020, according to two Democratic sources.  —  Five Democratic sources in the state …
Discussion: Political Wire
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Weighs In Against Protections for Gays in the Workplace  —  The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court.
 
 
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John Solomon / The Hill:
Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter Fails to Grow Its Audience, Again
Nicholas Riccardi / Yahoo:
US conservatism expands to final frontier: City Hall
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Freed From ISIS, Yazidi Women Return in ‘Severe Shock’
Discussion: Jezebel
Ross McKitrick / The Hill:
In the fight between Rick Perry and climate scientists — He's winning
The Nation:
How Oregon Increased Voter Turnout More Than Any Other State
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pity Paul Ryan: Moderates adopt Freedom Caucus tactics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Radio silence for Reince from Trumpworld
Discussion: Mediaite
Christina Wilkie / Center for Public Integrity:
Steve Bannon has a shadow press office. It may violate federal law.
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Enthusiastic, prolific, simplistic Chris Cillizza reaches new heights
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Rep. Waters brings photo of Trump mocking disabled reporter to House floor
David Nather / Axios:
State health care waivers violate Senate budget rules
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources