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11:35 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
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
Associated Press:
INSIDE WASHINGTON: Secrecy in lawmaking hardly new
Discussion: Politico
Haley Byrd / IJR:
House Republicans to Send McConnell a Letter Demanding Conservative Provisions in Senate Health Bill
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Jeffrey Young / HuffPost:
The Not-So-Secret Truth About the Senate GOP's Secret Health Care Bill
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 on the briefing room podium as part of a larger plan to shake up the White House communications operation, 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 …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Trump's Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors
Fox Business:
Sean Spicer takes on new WH role, may no longer give press briefings
Discussion: Heat Street, Mediaite and
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
VIDEO: It Took Two Hours To Walk From Jon Ossoff's House to Georgia's Sixth District  —  Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff can't vote for himself on Tuesday because he doesn't live in the congressional district that he is running to represent.  —  Ossoff has downplayed his inability to vote for himself …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Congressional shooting clouds final days of Georgia special election
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Can the New Activist Passion of Suburban White Women Change American Politics?
Discussion: The Intercept
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
Georgia special election tweets traced to one source
Discussion: ABC News
Associated Press:
The Latest: Ossoff criticizes ad on Scalise shooting
Discussion: Politico
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: Refinery29, TheBlaze and The Week
Diamond Naga Siu / Politico:
Otto Warmbier dies days after being released by North Korea
Discussion: Axios
Emanuella Grinberg / CNN:
Former North Korea detainee Otto Warmbier dies
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.
Man charged with murder of Muslim teen; road rage appears to have led to killing, police say  —  Authorities: Teen slain after leaving mosque, man arrested  —  Police charge man with murder in death of missing teen  —  HERNDON, Va. - A man has been charged with murder after police …
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.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly just helped some guy get thousands of new followers
Discussion: Forbes, TheBlaze and New York Magazine
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: The Guardian, Politico and Raw Story
United States Central Command:
Coalition Defends Partner Forces from Syrian Fighter Jet Attack
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 …
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.
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
CBS News:
Poll: Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil  —  Members of Congress are getting positive ratings for the way they responded to the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, last week.  President Trump gets slightly lower — though still net positive — evaluations for his response …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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 …
Jeff Stein / Newsweek:
MICHAEL FLYNN, RUSSIA AND A GRAND SCHEME TO BUILD NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE ARAB WORLD  —  SPYTALK MICHAEL FLYNN RUSSIA SAUDI ARABIA  —  In 2015 and 2016, according to his filing, Flynn was an adviser to X-Co Dynamics Inc./Iron Bridge Group, which at first glance looks …
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.
New York Daily News:
Man stabbed to death after threesome turns fatal in Brooklyn apartment building  —  A threesome in Brooklyn turned deadly Monday after one of the participants began filming the encounter, sparking a brutal attack with baseball bats and knives, police sources said.
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Senators ask administration to probe possible Russian takeover of Citgo  —  Six senators are calling on the secretaries of State and Treasury to review whether a potential Russian takeover of petroleum company Citgo could threaten national security and violate economic sanctions.
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sources: Heller gets Democratic opponent for 2018 race
New York Times:
A Top Presidential Public Defender Was Also a Twitter Critic
Chicago Tribune:
Congressional shooter James Hodgkinson was abusive alcoholic, foster daughter told judge before her overdose death
 Earlier Items: 
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump defiant as pressure grows
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
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
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
New Study Shows What Really Happened in the 2016 Election