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1:20 PM ET, June 27, 2017


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Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
McConnell warns Trump, GOP on health bill failure  —  Mitch McConnell is delivering an urgent warning to staffers, Republican senators and even the president himself: If Obamacare repeal fails this week, the GOP will lose all leverage and be forced to work with Chuck Schumer.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes  —  White House and Capitol Hill officials are exploring potential deals to divvy up billions of dollars to individual senators' priorities in a wide-ranging bid to secure votes for the imperiled GOP health care bill.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
5 Points On The Brutal CBO Score Senate Republicans Must Overcome
Discussion: CBS Miami, ABC News and IJR
Howard Gleckman / TaxVox:
The Senate Leadership's Health Bill Is A Big Tax Cut, Especially For The Top One Percent
Discussion: CNBC and The Atlantic
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
CBO: 4 million would lose employer health coverage under GOP plan
Discussion: Towleroad and Politicus USA
Andy Slavitt / USA Today:
Senate health bill breaks GOP promises on costs and Trump's on coverage
New York Times:
Senate Health Bill Reels as C.B.O. Predicts 22 Million More Uninsured
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump blasts media after CNN retraction: ‘They are all Fake News!’  —  President Trump on Tuesday blasted several publications after CNN retracted a story published last week tying a top Trump ally to a Russian investment bank.  —  “So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?”
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article  —  Three CNN journalists, including the executive editor in charge of a new investigative unit, have resigned after the publication of a Russia-related article that was retracted.  —  Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
CNN Journalists Resign: Latest Example of Media Recklessness on the Russia Threat  —  Three prominent CNN journalists resigned Monday night after the network was forced to retract and apologize for a story linking Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund under congressional investigation.
Jim Stinson / LifeZette:   Fake News Meltdown at CNN: Retractions, Resignations and Outbursts
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
3 CNN Journalists Resign After Retracted Story on Trump Ally
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show  —  Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family … More than 15,000 Americans were losing …
Pew Research Center:
U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump's Leadership  —  America still wins praise for its people, culture and civil liberties  —  Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump's presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States.
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Under Trump, a majority of Canadians dislike the U.S. for the first time in 35 years, likely much longer
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Poll shows U.S. tumbling in world's regard under Trump
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics:
CNN Producer Caught on Tape Calling Russia Story BS
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
How paralyzed patients are able to stand again
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Project Veritas Undercover Investigation: CNN Producer Admits Network Hyping 'Mostly Bullsh*t …
White House Says Syria May Be Preparing Another Chemical Attack, Warns Assad Will “Pay A Heavy Price”  —  “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
CNN Battle with Sean Spicer Continues as He Shuts Out Jim Acosta
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
The inside story of how TMZ quietly became America's most potent pro-Trump media outlet  —  Current and former employees speak out about how the celeb gossip site has changed.  —  After the release of the infamous Access Hollywood video where Trump was caught bragging about sexual assault …
Scott Wong / The Hill:
Chaffetz calls for $2,500 legislator housing stipend  —  Just days before he resigns from Congress, Rep. Jason Chaffetz  —  (R-Utah) said Monday that House and Senate lawmakers should receive a $2,500 per month housing allowance — something he explained would help ease housing costs …
Mike Allen / Axios:
What's next if healthcare goes down  —  We hear that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans that there'll be a political and policy price to pay if healthcare goes down — that failure would have painful implications:  — Senators are being told it's not possible …
Discussion: Political Wire, ABC News, AOL and Vox
Robert Costa / Washington Post:   The Trump-McConnell bond is being tested. So is the GOP agenda.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Rejects Conservatism  —  ASPEN, COLO. — There is a structural flaw in modern capitalism.  Tremendous income gains are going to those in the top 20 percent, but prospects are diminishing for those in the middle and working classes.  This gigantic trend widens inequality …
Vanessa Friedman / New York Times:
Justin Trudeau's Sock Diplomacy  —  The first time could have been chalked up to charming idiosyncrasy.  The second time, it seemed like an effort to bring some levity to a complicated situation.  But the third and fourth (and fifth and so on) times that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …
Buzz Bissinger / Vanity Fair:
Cover Story: Serena Williams's Love Match  —  A STAR IS BORN Serena Williams, photographed in Highland Beach, Florida.  —  Last January, on the eve of the Australian Open, Serena Williams handed her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, a paper bag containing six positive pregnancy tests.
Rich Noyes / NewsBusters:
Study: TV News Is Obsessed With Trump-Russia Probe  —  How much has the media's obsession with the ongoing Russia investigation smothered the rest of the Trump policy agenda?  A Media Research Center study of every broadcast network evening newscast in the five weeks since the appointment …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lizzie Dearden / The Independent:
Ukraine cyber attack: Chaos as national bank, state power provider and airport hit by hackers  —  Ukraine's national bank, state power company and largest airport are among the targets of a huge cyber attack on government infrastructure.  —  Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister …
WATCH|  Secret memos show Trump adviser roiled bureau by intervening in agent's discrimination case before he was targeted in Russia case.  —  The FBI launched a criminal probe against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn two years after the retired Army general roiled …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
E.P.A. Official Pressured Scientist on Congressional Testimony, Emails Show  —  WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency's chief of staff pressured the top scientist on the agency's scientific review board to alter her congressional testimony and play down the dismissal of expert advisers, his emails show.
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Premiums under the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act  —  The Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would make significant changes to the amounts that people pay for nongroup coverage and for the care they receive under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Max Blau / STAT:
STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Seattle's Painful Lesson on the Road to a $15 Minimum Wage
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Sanders dodges question on FBI investigation into his wife
Discussion: IJR and Fox News Insider
Oriana Pawlyk /
General: US Pilots Made the Call to Shoot Down Syrian Aircraft
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Remove Your Shoes ... and Your Books
Emily Saul / New York Post:
Potential jurors on Pharma Bro: He's ‘evil,’ a ‘snake’ and a ‘d-k’
Discussion: CNBC and STAT
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Why Didn't ObamaCare Make Us Healthier?
Discussion: Instapundit
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
Trump Hotel Owner in Toronto Reaches Deal to Remove Trump Brand
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Gen. Michael Hayden / The Hill:
OPINION: All the president's tweets — help our adversaries
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Banter
John Shinal / CNBC:
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook can play a role that churches and Little League once filled
Discussion: Daily Wire
Reid J. Epstein / WSJ:
Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Gorsuch is the new Scalia, just like Trump promised
Tom LoBianco / CNN:
First on CNN - Devin Nunes: I can ‘take the investigation over’ after stepping aside
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story