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8:20 AM ET, July 17, 2017


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New York Times:
McCain's Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say  —  The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday.
U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting  —  4 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Excuses for the Don Jr. Meeting Go from Bad to Worse … In the week since the Donald Trump Jr. Russia-email scandal broke, the excuses from the White House, the president's legal team, and top Trump associates have gone from bad to worse.  —  On Sunday, Jay Sekulow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Fox News host defends Trump Jr.: I'd meet with the Devil for opposition research
Discussion: Raw Story
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Secret Service: Trump Jr. not under protection during meeting with Russian lawyer
Discussion: Politicus USA, IJR and Mediaite
Mark Moore / New York Post:
Secret Service: We didn't clear Don Jr.'s Russian lawyer
Fox News Insider:
FIERY Judge Jeanine: Any Politician Would Take ‘First Trolley to Hell’ if the Devil Offered Opposition Research
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Aren't Team Players  —  GOP Senators who defect from ObamaCare repeal will hurt themselves, their party and the country.  —  Politics is a team sport, and Republicans are playing it poorly.  They have one more chance in the Senate to repeal and replace ObamaCare—possibly their last hope for a victory.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
How the White House and Republicans underestimated Obamacare repeal
David Nather / Axios:   Now that they have a health care extension ...
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Tom Price Says Insurers Should ‘Dust Off How They Did Business Before Obamacare’
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Health care on a scalpel's edge
Discussion: ABC News and New York Magazine
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare repeal bills could put coverage out of reach for millions of sick Americans
Discussion: RedState
Joe Scarborough / Washington Post:
Trump is killing the Republican Party  —  I did not leave the Republican Party.  The Republican Party left its senses.  The political movement that once stood athwart history resisting bloated government and military adventurism has been reduced to an amalgam of talk-radio resentments.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What campaign wouldn't seek motherlode of Clinton emails?  —  The public learned on March 10, 2015 that Hillary Clinton had more than 60,000 emails on her private email system, and that she had turned over “about half” of them to the State Department and destroyed the rest, which she said were …
Discussion: Althouse
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials  —  The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar's emir …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:   Qatar Opens Its Doors to All, to the Dismay of Some
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for ‘Ed Wood,’ Dies at 89  —  His résumé includes ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ and ‘North by Northwest.’ It does not, however, include ‘Star Trek.’  —  Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor who showcased his versatility …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
How ‘Neoliberalism’ Became the Left's Favorite Insult of Liberals  —  A generation ago, “neoliberalism” was the chosen label of a handful of moderately liberal opinion journalists, centered around Charles Peters, then-editor of the Washington Monthly.  Some neoliberals started calling traditional liberals “paleoliberals.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Americans Feel Good About the Economy, Not So Good About Trump  —  Just 40 percent approve of president's performance in office  —  Narrow majority expect stock market to be higher by year's end  —  Almost six months into Donald Trump's presidency, Americans are feeling fairly optimistic about their jobs …
Discussion: USA Today and Politico
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump hasn't forgiven Sessions for Russia recusal  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions' administration allies were hoping President Trump could, as he himself might say, see his way clear to letting it go.  But that's not happening.  —  Trump's initial fury about Sessions' recusal …
Discussion: Washington Post
Cyra Master / The Hill:
Break-in reported at GOP Senator's office  —  DON'T MISS A BRIEF.  SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY EMAIL.
Discussion: LASVEGASNOW and Raw Story
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Carville: It would be ‘very, very difficult’ for Dems to retake Senate in 2018  —  Democratic operative James Carville is expressing doubt that his party will take back the Senate in 2018, saying Saturday that it would be “very, very difficult,” to do so.  —  “I think right now most Democrats …
Pam Key / Breitbart:
Carville: ‘No One’ Is in Charge of the Democratic Party
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Foreign-born recruits, promised citizenship by the Pentagon, flee the country to avoid deportation  —  Frustrated by delayed promises from the U.S. military for citizenship, and in fear of the Islamic State if he were deported back to Iraq, Ranj Rafeeq has given up the American Dream for a Canadian one.
The Seattle Times:
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused foster son, child-welfare investigator found in 1984  —  Records previously thought destroyed provide the clearest picture yet of the investigation of claims Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son.  —  An Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded …
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Public to Trump: Lay off the Twitter (POLL)  —  Americans are highly disapproving of President Donald Trump in personal terms, with his tweeting habit a major irritant: Seventy percent say he's acted in an unpresidential manner since taking office, 68 percent don't see him as a positive role model …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas  —  PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States.
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Nearly 150,000 attempts to hack SC voter registration system on Election Day: report
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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Netanyahu: Israel Opposes Cease-fire Deal Reached by U.S. and Russia in Southern Syria
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Maryam Mirzakhani, Only Woman to Win a Fields Medal, Dies at 40
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Why these professors are warning against promoting the work of straight, white men
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit