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4:15 PM ET, June 29, 2017


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Trump tweets shocking assault on Brzezinski, Scarborough  —  Trump attacks ‘Morning Joe’ hosts on Twitter  —  Even by President Trump's standards, these tweets were shocking.  —  On Thursday morning, while MSNBC's “Morning Joe” was on the air, Trump posted a pair of hateful tweets about co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-lift’  —  President Trump on Thursday assailed the television host Mika Brzezinski in unusually personal and vulgar terms, the latest of a string of escalating attacks by the president on the national news media.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Attacks ‘Crazy’ Mika Brzezinski: She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’ … President Trump launched a cruel personal attack on MSNBC's Morning Joe co-hosts and love birds Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on Thursday morning, rather than deal with his health-care bill seemingly on death's door.
The Hill:
White House offers unapologetic defense of Trump tweets  —  The White House offered an unapologetic defense Thursday of President Trump's tweets attacking MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski during a contentious televised press briefing.  —  Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled …
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
Betsy Klein / CNN:
First lady Melania Trump stands by the President's tweets  —  Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump is standing by President Donald Trump's Thursday morning tweets criticizing MSNBC's “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski.  —  “As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
NBC exec: ‘Beneath my dignity’ to respond to Trump attacks on Mika Brzezinski
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
‘Out of his mind’: MSNBC's Mika unloads on Trump and his ‘lobotomized’ staffers over Tillerson reports
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Daily Banter
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Ted Cruz has a big idea that just might unlock a Senate health care deal  —  Here's how it works.  —  An amendment is under consideration that maybe, just maybe, could unlock the whole Senate Republican health bill.  It might knock over the dominoes necessary for a deal, starting with regulations …
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Magazine
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trumpworld's push to get a Senate health deal
Discussion: Raw Story
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator: Don't expect Trump to ‘have your back’ on healthcare vote
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Critics pan opioid cash designed to deliver moderates
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Daily Kos
Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Senate GOP likely to miss Friday deadline on Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
What we know about Senate health care bill 2.0
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
White House could offer to roll back sanctions in first Trump-Putin meeting  —  G20 meeting of two presidents could see Russia regain access to diplomatic compounds blocked after interference in 2016 US election, say former officials … Donald Trump has told White House aides to come …
Trump to meet Putin on sidelines of G20 gathering next week
Discussion: ABC News and Axios
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Breaking: MSNBC and Greta Van Susteren Agree to Part Ways  —  In an era where liberal anger is driving ratings, the former Fox anchor's show never caught fire.  —  “Remember me?”  Greta Van Susteren crooned to the camera as she raised the curtain on her new MSNBC show on January 9.  “I'm baaack.”
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Pence to Replace His Chief of Staff  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff will depart the White House in the coming weeks and will be replaced by a long-serving aide, in the first major staff change of his office, officials said on Thursday.
Nancy Coleman / CNN:
Army vet beaten to death after saving two teens  —  (CNN)A 62-year-old veteran died saving a pair of teenagers from a brutal attack, and now he's being hailed as a hero.  —  James Farmer Jr. was asleep in his car in downtown Denver on June 16 when he woke up to a homeless man attacking the two teens.
Discussion: The Root
Van Jones / CNN:
Much ado about nothing (burger)  —  Reporter fires back on ‘fake news’ attack  — Jones says he thinks it's unlikely Trump will be forced from office over the Russia investigation but that doesn't mean he thinks there's nothing there  —  CNN political commentator Van Jones is president …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It turns out the liberal caricature of conservatism is correct  —  It's depressing.  But it's true.  —  Marc Thiessen, the George W. Bush speechwriter who now writes a column for the Washington Post op-ed page, is aghast at the Senate GOP's health care bill.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Cecilia Vega / ABC News:
House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller  —  Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Tillerson blows up at top White House aide  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's frustrations with the White House have been building for months.  Last Friday, they exploded.  —  The normally laconic Texan unloaded on Johnny DeStefano, the head of the presidential personnel office …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
A Stunt Turns Deadly for a Couple Seeking YouTube Fame  —  Over the past several weeks, Monalisa Perez of Halstad, Minn., and her boyfriend, Pedro Ruiz III, began their quest for YouTube fame by creating and posting videos of mostly harmless pranks: Mr. Ruiz climbing onto a tenuous tree branch …
Discussion: WDAY-TV
Ann Coulter / Official:
EVEN TRUMP CAN'T MAKE GOLDMAN SACHS POPULAR  —  Having pulled off the monumental achievement of getting elected with zero help from Wall Street, President Trump is at risk of throwing it all away.  He seems to be turning his White House over not only to liberal Democrats …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi at closed-door fundraiser  —  President Donald Trump, facing dimming approval ratings and a stalled legislative agenda, rolled out his greatest hits on Wednesday evening - ripping into CNN, assailing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and hailing his party's string of special election wins.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Trump's Obama Obsession  —  Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama.  Trump is obsessed with Obama.  Obama haunts Trump's dreams.  One of Trump's primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Raw Story
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Trump to discuss North Korea, trade with South Korean president  —  President Donald Trump will focus his first in-person meeting with the South Korean president largely on efforts to halt North Korea's nuclear weapons program and trade, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Fox News:
Military option for North Korea being prepared for Trump, McMaster says
Discussion: TheBlaze and IJR
AP Story / Associated Press:
Bridges takes chilled approach in heated political rhetoric … Jeff Bridges played a president in “The Contender,” a political flick released nearly two decades ago in the wake of President Bill Clinton's White House scandals.  —  But when it comes to critiquing the role of today's real-life president …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’  —  A National Rifle Association ad that has gained traction on social media this month urges Americans to join “freedom's safest place” as protesters and members of the “resistance” …
Caught on camera: Man chased, struck by SUV in Walmart parking lot; man and driver charged  —  A pregnant woman tells News 13 she chased a man and hit him with her SUV in a Walmart parking lot after she says he attempted to steal her purse.  —  It happened around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Walmart on Bleachery Boulevard.
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Caller, WHNT-TV, IJR and KTLA
Ellen Mitchell / The Hill:
Lawmakers applaud after panel approves language revoking war authority  —  The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved an amendment that would revoke a 2001 law giving the president authority to undertake war against al Qaeda and its affiliates unless a replacement provision is created.
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U.S. to run out of cash in October
Discussion: CBO's Publications and Politico
Jeremy Roebuck /
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams pleads guilty in his federal corruption trial
USA Today:
Poll: How are we feeling about Washington? Try ‘alarmed’ and ‘uneasy’
Discussion: Political Wire
Nikhil Sonnad / Quartz:
All the “wellness” products Americans love to buy are sold on both Infowars and Goop
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Scott Wise / WTVR-TV:
Police arrest man who burned American flag hanging from Richmond home
Discussion: KFOR-TV and IJR
Joe Concha / The Hill:
OPINION: Will the media learn from CNN's mistakes? Prepare to be disappointed
Austin Wright / Politico:
Grassley goes after acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Cuomo Declares a State of Emergency for New York City Subways
Discussion: The Verge
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Sessions vows assault on hate crimes
Discussion: Axios
Mike Allen / Axios:
Stop going to the White House press briefings