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10:40 PM ET, July 25, 2017

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The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say.  And He Doesn't Plan to Quit. … Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to leave office as friends say he's grown angry with President Donald Trump following a series of attacks meant to marginalize his power and, potentially, encourage his resignation.
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Won't Say if He Will Fire Sessions  —  'I'm very disappointed in Jeff Sessions,' president says in interview  —  WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump expressed his disappointment in Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday and questioned the importance of Mr. Sessions's early endorsement …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
The standoff between Trump and Sessions escalates … The public standoff between the White House and the nation's senior law enforcement official took another strange turn Tuesday as President Trump escalated his verbal attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was urged by fellow conservatives to stand his ground.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Scaramucci threatens to ‘fire everybody’ to stop White House leaks  —  President Donald Trump's newly appointed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, said Tuesday that he is prepared to “fire everybody” in the White House communications shop in order to put an end to embarrassing internal leaks.
Washington Post:
This is not okay  —  WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP attacked Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a tweet Tuesday for not aggressively investigating Hillary Clinton, most attention focused, understandably, on the implications for Mr. Sessions.  Yet even more alarming than the president's assault …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Eyes Tax-Code Overhaul, With Emphasis on Middle-Class Break  —  In Oval Office interview with the Journal, president again criticizes Sessions  —  In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump continued to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his decision …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
Adam Shaw / Breitbart:
Trump's Attack on Sessions over Clinton Prosecution Highlights His Own ‘Weak’ Stance  —  President Trump's decision Tuesday to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Sessions' “position” on Hillary Clinton's various scandals only serves to highlight Trump's own hypocrisy on the issue …
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Why President Trump suddenly hates his attorney general  —  The Trump-Sessions feud isn't about personalities.  It's about whether the AG should protect him and go after his opponents.  —  The start of the most serious political crisis of Donald Trump's presidency yet could be playing out right in front of our eyes.
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Cabinet Level Revolt Over Trump's Treatment of Jeff Sessions.  “A Clusterf**k” One Secretary Calls It.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
White House press aide resigns amid shakeup
Discussion: IJR
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Press aide resigns as White House purge begins: 'I'm going to fire everybody,' says Scaramucci
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Conflicting reports emerge over firing of White House press aide
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans vote to move ahead on Obamacare repeal  —  Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort that many GOP lawmakers left for dead just a few days ago.  —  The vote is a huge political win and turnaround for Senate Majority …
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Dylan Scott / Vox:
Skinny repeal: the last-ditch idea to save the Senate health care bill  —  “Skinny repeal” is the latest ploy from GOP leaders.  —  Sources suggest that Senate Republicans are weighing a last-ditch idea to pass some kind of health care bill in the coming days: a narrowly focused Obamacare repeal bill.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:   First GOP health care bill fails, with many more votes to come20 minutes ago
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Trump says the motion to proceed means Obamacare repeal is in “good shape.” Not so fast.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Trump: Senate close to ‘liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare’15 minutes ago
NBC News:
Senate Passes Key Vote to Move Forward on Health Care Bill
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Senators on hot mic: Trump is ‘crazy,’ 'I'm worried'  —  At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didn't switch off her microphone.  Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat of the committee …
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Niv Elis / The Hill:
Senators mock Trump on hot mic
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
North Korea promises nuclear strike on US if regime is threatened  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — The US intelligence community assesses that North Korea has accelerated its intercontinental ballistic missile program  —  Washington (CNN)North Korea threatened a nuclear strike on “the heart of the US” …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire
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Elana Schor / Politico:
House approves Russia sanctions that handcuff Trump
Discussion: Shareblue
Josh Delk / The Hill:
North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan's vast mineral wealth …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts  —  Washington (CNN)On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.  And oh what a speech it was!  —  Trump ranged from the current health care bill …
Discussion: vice
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BBC:
Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents
John Solomon / The Hill:
Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying  —  The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing …
New York Times:
N.F.L. Brains … Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players.  A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  —  Of the 202 players, 111 of them played in the N.F.L. …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
How Jared Kushner Helped the Russians Get Inside Access to the Trump Campaign  —  If you read Jared Kushner's statement to congressional committees looking for evidence of a crime, there isn't much there.  But if you read it from the perspective of the Russians trying to gain a toehold …
Discussion: CNN, Weekly Standard and The Atlantic
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Wasserman Schultz aide arrested trying to leave the country  —  Imran Awan, a House staffer at the center of a criminal investigation potentially impacting dozens of Democratic lawmakers, has been arrested on bank fraud and is prevented from leaving the country while the charges are pending.
Discussion: IJR
Miriam Rozen / National Law Journal:
Discussion: Shareblue and Washington Times
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Josh Delk / The Hill:   Ivanka Trump retains defense lawyer for Russia investigation
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate won't let Trump make recess appointments  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Senators are planning to continue procedural moves to prevent the Senate from formally adjourning for recess next month in order to prevent President Donald Trump from making recess appointments …
 
 
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Caitlin Owens / Axios:
First GOP health care bill fails, with many more votes to come   Find
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Tara Copp / Military Times:
Mattis: Get unnecessary training off warfighters' backs   Find
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
A Hot Microphone Catches Senate Gossip, but No Duel Transpires   Find
 
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Tara Copp / Military Times:
Mattis: Get unnecessary training off warfighters' backs
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
State Department denies rumors of possible Tillerson exit
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Rick Perry thought he was talking to a world leader about pig manure. It was a prank call.
Discussion: Raw Story and Jezebel
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
'We're getting nothing done.' John McCain's no-holds-barred lecture to the Senate, annotated
Discussion: TalkLeft
Azi Paybarah / Politico:
Sliwa arrested trying to serve de Blasio court papers
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier agrees to speak to Senate panel
Discussion: RedState and Refinery29
Ed Gillespie / YouTube:
The American Dream is About Opportunity | Ed Gillespie for Governor
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Judiciary Committee to turn the Russia investigation back on Fusion GPS
Joe Concha / The Hill:
MSNBC finishes first in primetime basic cable for first time ever
Kate Davidson / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Says Cohn and Yellen Are Contenders to Lead the Fed
Discussion: Reuters
Amanda Marcotte / Salon:
The sad story of Charlie Gard shows there's no limit to right-wing political vampirism
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Boehner predicts Republicans will ‘never’ repeal and replace Obamacare