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8:45 PM ET, June 19, 2017


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Wall Street Journal:
Senate GOP Plans Health-Care Vote Next Week  —  Senate GOP leaders are planning to vote next week on legislation to repeal large chunks of the Affordable Care Act, even though they don't yet appear to have secured enough support to pass it.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate GOP considers deeper Medicaid cuts than House bill  —  A leading option in the Senate's ObamaCare repeal debate is to make even deeper cuts to Medicaid spending than the bill passed by the House, according to lobbyists and aides.  —  The proposal would start out the growth rate …
The Hill:
GOP considers cancelling August recess to salvage agenda  —  Alarmed by the stalemate on healthcare reform, lack of progress on tax reform and appropriations bills that are far behind schedule, Republican lawmakers across Congress are increasingly willing to consider cancelling the month-long August recess.
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Democrats to halt Senate business over Obamacare repeal  —  Democrats will grind Senate business to a halt in a protest against Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.  —  Beginning Monday night, Democrats will start objecting to all unanimous consent requests in the Senate, according to a Democratic aide.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Worrying numbers on health care plan for ‘swing vote’ senators
Discussion: Fusion and Political Wire
Haley Byrd / IJR:
House Republicans to Send McConnell a Letter Demanding Conservative Provisions in Senate Health Bill
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Associated Press:
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Secrecy in lawmaking hardly new
Discussion: Politico
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Spicer searching for candidates to take over White House briefing  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer is leading a search for his own replacement at the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operations, according to two people with knowledge of the effort.
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
Trump Weighs New Role for Press Secretary Sean Spicer  —  President's spokesman may move into more senior position  —  New spokesman may be hired, though discussions aren't final  —  The White House is weighing whether to move Press Secretary Sean Spicer into a more senior role focused …
Fox Business:
Sean Spicer takes on new WH role, may no longer give press briefings
Discussion: Heat Street, Mediaite and
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Expanded role for Spicer, oversee all Trump communications operations
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Spicer: Mueller, Rosenstein “serve at the pleasure of” Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview got lots of attention, but not many viewers  —  Jones vs. Kelly: Battle between new and old media  —  Megyn Kelly's much talked about interview with Alex Jones got plenty of attention for Kelly and NBC, both good and bad, but not many viewers.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview a ratings flop
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly just helped some guy get thousands of new followers
Tara Fowler / ABC News:
Otto Warmbier, American student detained in North Korea for 17 months, dies  —  Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday.  —  “It is our sad duty to report that our son …
Susan Svrluga / Washington Post:
Otto Warmbier dies days after release from North Korean detainment
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Week
Diamond Naga Siu / Politico:
Otto Warmbier dies days after being released by North Korea
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Congressional shooting clouds final days of Georgia special election  —  THE BIG IDEA:  —  JOHNS CREEK, Ga.—When Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel went table to table greeting patrons at Marlow's Tavern on Friday night, almost everyone asked her about the letters.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why The Georgia Special Election Matters
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
Georgia special election tweets traced to one source
Discussion: ABC News
Lynn Thompson / The Seattle Times:
Mother with knife killed by police was pregnant and had mental-health issues, family says  —  Seattle police on Sunday shot and killed a 30-year-old old woman who had called officers to report an attempted burglary and then displayed a knife, SPD said.  Police took three children from the home …
Public Affairs / SPD Blotter:
Fatal Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in Sand Point
Discussion: KTLA and NPR
Tom Batchelor / The Independent:
Russia to treat US jets in Syria as ‘targets’ after America guns down first regime warplane  —  Communication channel between Washington and Moscow to be suspended immediately  —  Russia has said it will treat US warplanes operating in parts of Syria where its air forces are present as …
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Pentagon working to re-establish ‘deconfliction’ line with Russia
Discussion: Politico, The Guardian and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Killing of a Muslim teenager in Virginia is being investigated as a road-rage incident, police say … The death of a Virginia teenager who police say was attacked near a mosque in the Sterling area is not being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said Monday.
A Muslim Teen Was Kidnapped And Murdered Outside A Virginia Mosque
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election  —  The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has a new survey of the electorate that explodes many of the myths that we believe about American politics.  Lee Drutman has a fascinating report delving into the data.
Lee Drutman / Democracy Fund Voter Study Group:
Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond
John Hudson / BuzzFeed:
The Trump Administration Has A New Plan For Dealing With Russia  —  A classified document by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lays out a new path for Russia and the US.  But does the president, weighed down by scandal and investigation, support it?  —  As the White House fends off accusations …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios, Raw Story and The Week
Emily Weaver / myrtlebeachonline:
Three shootings in 8 hours.  Eight wounded.  Some tourists say they won't be back.  —  “Multiple people down!”  Bubba Hinson exclaimed as he live-streamed a video of what started as a mob stalling traffic, but turned into a mass shooting on Ocean Boulevard early Sunday morning.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Black Monday for the Climatistas  —  Most climatistas are going to call today “Black Monday,” because today has dealt a double-whammy of what Al Gore would call inconvenient news.  —  • First, an article out today in Nature Geoscience ponders the problem of why observed temperatures …
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters  —  Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Let's Consider Secession  —  This past week has made me realize the situation in this country is unlikely to get better.  We have 320 million people who hate each other and the left shows no signs of toning down rhetoric after last week's mass assassination attempt.  If anything, too many of them regret there were no deaths.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
George W. Bush and Barack Obama Both Popular in Retirement  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President George W. Bush's national image continues to improve in his retirement, with his favorable rating rising seven percentage points over the past year to 59%.  This continues the fairly steady improvement …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Politico
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment  —  From today's opinion by Justice Samuel Alito (for four justices) in Matal v. Tam, the “Slants” case: … Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote separately, also for four justices, but on this point the opinions agreed:
New York Times:
A Top Presidential Public Defender Was Also a Twitter Critic  —  WASHINGTON — In April, Mark Corallo, the spokesman for President Trump's personal legal team, used Twitter to suggest — twice — that Vice President Mike Pence, not Mr. Trump, should be the Republican nominee for president in 2020.
Tom DiChristopher / CNBC:
Energy Secretary Rick Perry says CO2 is not the main driver of climate change  — Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he does not believe CO2 emissions from human activity are the primary driver of climate change.  — That view is at odds with the conclusions of the Environmental Protection Agency …
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Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Chicago Tribune:
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Douglas Murray / Wall Street Journal:
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump defiant as pressure grows
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
New York Daily News:
Man stabbed to death after threesome turns fatal in Brooklyn apartment building
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The 15 Best-Educated Districts in the U.S., and Why It Matters in the Georgia Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
Gianforte assault emulated Jesus
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump: ‘Panama Canal is doing quite well’
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Daily Caller
‘Full Measure’: Quitting Congress