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3:00 PM ET, July 2, 2017


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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground  —  President Trump posted a short video to his Twitter account on Sunday in which he is portrayed wrestling and punching a figure whose head has been replaced by the logo for CNN.  —  The video, about 28 seconds long …
Alicia Cohn / The Hill:
Trump takes down CNN in WWE fight video  —  President Trump on Sunday tweeted a modified video of a wrestling match between himself and his media rival CNN.  —  The tweet escalates an ongoing war of rhetoric between the president of the United States and the cable news outlet.
Mitchell Alva / ABC News:
‘No one would perceive that as a threat,’ adviser says of Trump's CNN tweet  —  President Trump's homeland security adviser defended the president's tweet Sunday morning showing him body-slamming and punching a person signifying CNN, saying “no one would perceive that as a threat.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Week
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
How the Left Lost Its Mind  —  Last month, Democratic Senator Ed Markey delivered what seemed like an explosive bit of news during an interview with CNN: A grand jury had been impaneled in New York, he said, to investigate the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia.  —  The only problem: It wasn't true.
Deena Zaru / CNN:
Sasse warns of ‘weaponizing distrust’ after Trump's media attacks  —  (CNN)Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that he is troubled by President Donald Trump's latest attacks on the news media because he is concerned about the danger of “weaponizing distrust,” which can harm the freedoms that define a democracy.
Discussion: Political Wire
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Trump vows to support religious freedom
Discussion: RedState
Fox News:
Trump honors veterans at Celebrate Freedom Rally
Discussion: Reuters, The Week and TheBlaze
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
'I'm President and They're Not': Trump Attacks Media at Faith Rally
Associated Press:
Trump vows to support and defend religious freedom in US
Discussion: Business Insider
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start  —  WASHINGTON — In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules …
New York Times:
Justice Gorsuch Delivers  —  Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has had a rough couple of weeks.  Yet, however many setbacks he might suffer over health care reform or other parts of the Republican agenda, he knows he has already won the biggest fight of all: the theft …
Discussion: RedState
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Frances Isbell has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that has left her unable to walk or even roll over in bed.  But Ms. Isbell has a personal care assistant through Medicaid, and the help allowed …
Kevin Gullufsen / Juneau Empire:
Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear  —  Quick action from a Hoonah boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear on June 18, the Empire has learned through Alaska State Troopers and family members.  —  It was the first Defense of Life or Property (DLP) …
Discussion: Fox News and TheBlaze
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
In Austin, the air smells of tacos and trees — and city-state conflict  —  AUSTIN — The grand old oak called Patsy Cline rises gracefully on three trunks.  Waylon Jennings leans lazily before angling back toward the sun.  And Willie Nelson, tall and broad, ascends on a torso three feet thick …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
The Times & The Sunday Times:
Theresa May's team on standby for visit by Donald Trump  —  Ministers are on the alert for a flying visit to Britain by Donald Trump this month.  —  Senior government officials say they expect the American president to make an unscheduled stop at his Aberdeenshire golf course as part …
Discussion: Axios
Christina Powell / ABC News:
Senate health bill means choosing between ‘children, seniors, the disabled,’ Kasich says  —  Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio says that the current version of the Senate Republican health care bill is “not an acceptable choice.”  —  “If you cut $750 billion out of Medicaid …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Going Small on Health Care  —  SEVEN years ago the Democratic Party found itself at a crossroads.  Its sweeping health care bill was increasingly unpopular — the subject of angry town hall protests, the cause of a shocking special-election defeat in Massachusetts.
Lucas Tomlinson / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon sails destroyer near disputed island in South China Sea, officials say  —  For the second time since President Trump took office, the Pentagon dispatched a U.S. Navy warship to sail near a disputed island claimed by China in the South China Sea, two U.S. defense officials told Fox News.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Mail
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Lee on healthcare: Lumping too much into one bill dooms its chances  —  (R-Utah) during an interview that aired Sunday warned that putting too much into one piece of legislation makes it more difficult for it to pass.  —  During an interview on CBS's “Face The Nation,” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama plays behind-the-scenes role in rebuilding Democratic Party  —  Former President Obama is involved in discussions about the future of the Democratic Party, sources close to the former president tell The Hill.  —  Since leaving office, he has held meetings—on a by-request basis …
David Nather / Axios:
WH official endorses Cruz-Lee health care efforts  —  A top White House official suggested the Trump administration supports Sen. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee's proposal to add more health insurance choices to the Senate health care bill — including plans that might not include …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bob Price / Breitbart:
REPORT: After Phoenix Dropped Sanctuary City Status, Crime Rate Fell  —  When the City of Phoenix ended its sanctuary city status crime began to fall, the Arizona Police Association reports.  Their statement contrasts sharply with politically motivated chiefs of police from around the country.
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
‘Love Thy Neighbor?’  —  When a Muslim doctor arrived in a rural Midwestern town, “it felt right.”  But that feeling began to change after the election of Donald Trump.  —  The doctor was getting ready.  Must look respectable, he told himself.  Must be calm.
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Roberto Ramirez / Reuters:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Wagner / Washington Post:
HHS secretary says Trump's tweets aren't impeding his push for health-care overhaul
Discussion: The Guardian
David Remnick / New Yorker:
American Dignity on the Fourth of July
Minyvonne Burke / New York Daily News:
UK woman found guilty at retrial for using fake penis, blindfold to trick female friend into sex
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
New Florida law lets any resident challenge what's taught in science classes
Martin Matishak / Politico:
An inside view of the House Russia probe
Discussion: AOL
New York Times:
For Abused, Gay Iraqi in Turkey, U.S. Refugee Freeze is Cruelest Hit
 Earlier Items: 
D.A. / The Dustin Inman Society Blog:
The Dustin Inman Society has confirmed that at least one of the individuals recently arrested …
Jerome Hudson / Breitbart:
Phones for Dead People: GAO Report Uncovers Massive Fraud in ‘Obamaphone’ Program
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
When Dad's the president — a look inside Ivanka Trump's complicated world
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Cruella de Trump
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Special counselor adds former Preet Bharara prosecutor to Russia probe: Reports
Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
Carl Bernstein calls for ‘different kind of reporting’ to take on ‘malignant presidency’
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
GOP's latest worry: White House turmoil dividing Trump, Pence staffs
Discussion: Daily Mail
Adam Wisnieski / City Limits:
Next 100 Days: In the Era of Trump, NYS is Out of Step and In the Crosshairs
Discussion: Axios