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6:05 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.
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.
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 …
Haley Byrd / IJR:
House Republicans to Send McConnell a Letter Demanding Conservative Provisions in Senate Health Bill  —  The conservative Republican Study Committee is preparing to send a letter of demands to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week as he finalizes the upper chamber's version of the bill to replace Obamacare.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Worrying numbers on health care plan for ‘swing vote’ senators
Discussion: Political Wire and Fusion
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  —  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will take on a new, elevated role in the Trump administration, White House officials said Monday.  —  “We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Spicer: Mueller, Rosenstein “serve at the pleasure of” Trump
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump demands face time with favored Cabinet heads
Discussion: Raw Story and
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
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Megyn Kelly Pantses Alex Jones
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
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.
Washington Post:
Officials: 17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque
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 and Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump defiant as pressure grows  —  Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump's explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Daily Caller
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
We need a Robert Mueller resignation or a second special counsel
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to hear potentially landmark case on partisan gerrymandering  —  The Supreme Court declared Monday that it will consider whether gerrymandered election maps favoring one political party over another violate the Constitution, a potentially fundamental change in the way American elections are conducted.
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment
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 …
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: 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.
Car rams police van on Champs-Elysees, armed suspect dead  —  Paris (CNN)Tourists strolling along Paris' famous Champs-Elysees boulevard watched in horror as a car rammed into a police van Monday afternoon — and some witnessed the car burst into flames as police grabbed the man inside and put him on the ground.
BBC:   Champs-Elysees attack car ‘had guns and gas’ - Paris police
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.
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 …
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.
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Discussion: Daily Wire
Madeline Conway / Politico:
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Discussion: TheBlaze and IJR
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