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4:40 PM ET, June 22, 2017


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Barack Obama:20 minutes ago
Our politics are divided.  They have been for a long time.  And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that's what we need to do today.  —  I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The conservative health care problem  —  Even before the Senate health care bill is released, conservatives already want to amend it.  Sen. Ted Cruz may try to amend the bill to let insurers sell health plans that don't comply with Affordable Care Act rules — but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here comes the Senate GOP's health bill.  It's a cruel and cynical shell game.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  President Trump has privately described the GOP repeal-and-replace bill that recently passed the House as “mean,” and he said he hopes the Senate version has more “heart.”
Senate finally unveils secret health care bill  —  Washington (CNN)The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare.
Mark Murray / NBC News:NEW!
NBC News/WSJ Poll: Public Overwhelmingly Disapproves of House Health Care Bill  —  Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.  —  This new poll comes as Senate Republicans unveil their own health care legislation on Thursday.
Discussion: NBC News, Mother Jones and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to cut Medicaid deeply and end the health law's mandate that most Americans have health insurance.
Audi McCullough / Washington Post:   For me and my son, Medicaid cuts don't mean hard choices. They mean life or death.25 minutes ago
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
The Senate GOP's New Health Care Bill Is Just Obamacare, But Less Of It
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
The Media Bias Toward “New” News Helped the GOP Hide Its Secret Health Care Plan
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senator: I would not call this ‘ObamaCare repeal’
Discussion: RedState
Trump Said to Not Have Recordings of Conversations With Comey  —  President Donald Trump doesn't have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist.
Heather Caygle / Politico:25 minutes ago
Pelosi's Democratic critics plot to replace her  —  A group of unhappy House Democrats plan to meet Thursday to discuss if — and how — they can replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as minority leader.  —  Led by Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) …
Discussion: Axios and MSNBC
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump's ‘poor’ choice of words raises eyebrows
Discussion: Politico
Tara Golshan / Vox:
After 4 special election losses, panic is setting in on the left
Discussion: Axios and CNBC
Intel chiefs tell investigators Trump suggested they refute collusion with Russians  — Coats and Rogers said interactions with Trump about the Russia investigation were odd, uncomfortable  —  (CNN)Two of the nation's top intelligence officials told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team …
Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger  —  A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.  —  Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a “domestic accident”.
Amber Ferguson / Washington Post:
Whipped cream dispenser explodes, killing French Instagram fitness model
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
Kamala Harris Was Silenced.  Then She Silenced Us.  —  Last week, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, made headlines when Republican senators interrupted her at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee while she interrogated Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Robert Fife / Globe and Mail:
Canadian elite special forces sniper makes record-breaking kill shot in Iraq  —  OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF — The Globe and Mail (includes correction)  —  A sniper with Canada's elite special forces in Iraq has shattered the world record for the longest confirmed kill shot in military history at a staggering distance of 3,540 metres.
Chris Francescani / ABC News:
2 Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts.
Scott Cohn / CNBC:
Trump's Carrier jobs deal is just not living up to the hype  — Carrier, a division of UTC, will employ about 1,069 people for 10 years in exchange for $7 million in incentives.  But there are crucial details in the fine print.  — State and local governments spend at least $70 billion …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and The Week
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: 'I just don't want a poor person' in top economic roles
Discussion: Daily Wire
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Gives Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt a Show  —  The commentator is joining MSNBC's Saturday morning lineup, a move that is sure to raise eyebrows at the network and among the network's left-leaning fans.  —  MSNBC, which has been soaring lately in both ratings and in advertising prices …
Aarati Soman / Facebook:
Giving People More Control Over Their Facebook Profile Picture  —  Part of our goal in building global community is understanding the needs of people who use Facebook in specific countries and how we can better serve them.  In India, we've heard that people want more control over their profile pictures …
Heather Kelly / CNNMoney:
Mark Zuckerberg explains why he just changed Facebook's mission
Pew Research Center:
America's Complex Relationship With Guns  —  An in-depth look at the attitudes and experiences of U.S. adults  —  As a nation, the U.S. has a deep and enduring connection to guns.  Integrated into the fabric of American society since the country's earliest days, guns remain a point of pride for many Americans.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
WATCH: Morning Joe panel slams ‘dear leader’ Trump with horrifying 2-minute mashup of his Iowa lies  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A “Morning Joe” panel examined President Donald Trump's lie-filled rally in Iowa, where his supporters cheered each falsehood and jeered when he attacked the media.
Discussion: Washington Times
CBS News:
Girl alleges bullying, some racist, posts video, which goes viral  —  A Bellevue, Washington fourth grader who says she's been bullied since school started in September posted a video on Facebook hoping to get help for herself and other bullied students, reports CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Unique With No Post-Election Image Gain  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are no more likely to view Hillary Clinton favorably than they were before last year's presidential election.  Forty-one percent have a favorable view of the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate …
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Pelosi's Democratic critics plot to replace her   Find
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Iowa GOP Chairman Rips ‘Arrogant Academic’ Ben Sasse   Find
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Iowa GOP Chairman Rips ‘Arrogant Academic’ Ben Sasse
Discussion: RedState and Associated Press
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Saving Chief Wahoo
The Local:
Germany spied on the White House over years: report
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
“Pizzagate” Gunman Is Sentenced To Four Years In Prison
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
95-Degree Days: How Extreme Heat Could Spread Across the World
Robert Snell / Detroit News:
Genital mutilation scandal widens to include mothers
Kurt Schlichter /
Spare Me The Principles Lecture
 Earlier Items: 
Charlotte Mendelson / New Yorker:
Let's Ban Roses
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Election hackers altered voter rolls: report
Discussion: Axios and Raw Story
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
A Cyberattack 'the World Isn't Ready For'
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
D.C. cops used ‘rape as punishment’ after Inauguration Day mass arrests, lawsuit says
Discussion: Raw Story
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: What to do with a broken Illinois: Dissolve the Land of Lincoln