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9:00 AM ET, July 18, 2017


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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect  —  WASHINGTON — Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
Republicans Aren't Turning on Trump—They're Turning on Each Other  —  The House is mad at the Senate.  The Senate is mad at the House.  Various factions in the House and Senate are mad at each other or mad at their leaders.  —  Republican lawmakers have yet to turn on President Trump in any meaningful way.
Discussion: Fox News and Raw Story
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
GOP health care bill collapses  —  President Donald Trump's top legislative priority was dealt a potentially fatal blow Monday night as two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the party's health care overhaul.  —  Trump quickly called on Republicans to simply repeal Obamacare …
Sam Baker / Axios:
The fallout: Admit defeat, move on to bigger defeat?  —  The current version of the Senate health care bill is dead, following last night's opposition from Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran — and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's subsequent admission that the Senate's repeal-and-replace bill “will not be successful.”
Discussion: CNBC, CBS New York and Mother Jones
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The BCRA is dead, but Obamacare repeal is still alive
Discussion: The Texas Observer
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Old Truth Trips Up G.O.P. on Health Law: A Benefit Is Hard to Retract
Discussion: ABC News
Republicans scramble for new direction on health care
Latest health care bill collapses following Moran, Lee defections
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
The Master of ‘Kompromat’ Believed to Be Behind Trump Jr.'s Meeting  —  MOSCOW — The salacious video, of a naked man in bed with two women, was one of the most prominent examples of “kompromat,” the Russian art of spreading damaging information to discredit a rival or an enemy, in recent Russian history.
Z. Byron Wolf / CNN:
Who was the 8th person in Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians?
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Max Boot / Foreign Policy:
What Did Trump Know About His Son's Meeting, and When Did He Know It?
Discussion: Raw Story, Vox, NPR and Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
The Trumps and the Truth  —  The best defense against future revelations is radical transparency.  —  Even Donald Trump might agree that a major reason he won the 2016 election is because voters couldn't abide Hillary Clinton's legacy of scandal, deception and stonewalling.
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Campaign Conceded in a Memo That Comey Was Having Major Impact … Donald Trump's presidential campaign acknowledged in an internal memo that former FBI Director James Comey's 11th hour decision to reopen an inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of private email helped shift the results.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Dallas Morning News:
Let's outline Trump's achievements during his first six months in office
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Bates / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Trump the foul-mouthed germophobe fired Chris Christie because New Jersey governor arranged for Obama to call his phone NOT The Donald's on election night  — A new book reveals how Trump fell out with his then transition boss Chris Christie over whose cellphone to use on election night
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax overhaul bill  —  House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan Tuesday that would pave the way for ambitious tax reform legislation — but only alongside a package of politically sensitive spending cuts that threaten …
Discussion: Vox, The Atlantic, CNN, CNBC and 1A
Associated Press:
House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts benefits
Discussion: Politico
Peter Jamison / Washington Post:
Coast Guard wants to kick boats off Potomac River when president is golfing  —  The Trump family has offended many sectors of establishment Washington since their arrival in the nation's capital, from Langley's spymasters to mansion-dwellers in the District's Kalorama neighborhood.
Discussion: Shareblue
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:   Is the presidency good for Trump's business? Not necessarily at this golf course.
Michael Rothfeld / Wall Street Journal:
New York Seeks Bank Records of Former Trump Associate Paul Manafort  —  Loans issued by a bank run by former campaign adviser Steve Calk are focus of subpoena  —  New York prosecutors have demanded records relating to up to $16 million in loans that a bank run by a former campaign adviser …
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever.  He Hasn't.  —  WASHINGTON — To hear President Trump tell it, his first six months in the White House should be judged in part by the legislation he has signed into law.  —  At rallies, in speeches and on Twitter …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Seeks to Close Federal Election Agency  —  House Republicans are pressing to defund the sole federal agency that exclusively works to ensure the voting process is secure  —  WASHINGTON—House Republicans are seeking to defund the U.S. Election Assistance Commission …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Finally, a Poll Trump Will Like: Clinton Is Even More Unpopular  —  Views on Democratic nominee harden since exit from spotlight  —  Obama now as popular as he was in first year in White House  —  For a president with historically low poll numbers, Donald Trump can at least find solace in this: Hillary Clinton is doing worse.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Liberals can win again if they stop being so annoying and fix their ‘hamburger problem’  —  I've been haunted by a claim my KCRW colleague Rich Lowry made on our radio show a few weeks ago: Democrats keep coming up short in elections because they won't give any ground on “cultural issues” …
Ben Strauss / Politico:
Is the President Fit?  —  Few props have been more indispensable to Donald Trump's presidency than the golf cart.  He drives them on his frequent weekend trips to the links (invariably at Trump-owned clubs, where he rolls onto the greens, too—normally a no-no).
Discussion: Althouse
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Recertifies Iran Nuclear Deal, but Only Reluctantly  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump agreed on Monday to certify again that Iran is complying with an international nuclear agreement that he has strongly criticized, but only after hours of arguing with his top national security advisers …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Steven Mnuchin, Trump's treasury secretary, is hurtling toward his first fiasco  —  Shortly before he was sworn in as treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin spoke with his predecessor to get some advice.  —  Pay attention to the debt problems in Puerto Rico, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Mnuchin …
Discussion: Politico
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
Tillerson to Shutter State Department War Crimes Office  —  Critics charge top U.S. diplomat with giving the green light to perpetrators of mass atrocities.  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is downgrading the U.S. campaign against mass atrocities, shuttering the Foggy Bottom office …
Discussion: The Hill and Just Security
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
As Party Drifts Left, Pragmatic Democratic Governors Have Eye on White House
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Gay Rights Groups Seek One More Win From Justice Kennedy
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Emily Guskin / Washington Post:
Most Americans worry about full-scale war with North Korea, but lack confidence in Trump to handle issue
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Kermit the Frog Performer and Disney Spar Over an Ugly ‘Muppet’ Firing
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and NPR
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Former Clinton and Romney campaign chiefs join forces to fight election hacking
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Megyn Kelly ratings hit new low, down to half of debut
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and IJR
Olivia Zaleski / Bloomberg:
Hampton Creek's Entire Board Leaves Except for CEO
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘Creeping Sharia’: Internet racists predictably freak out over Apple's new Muslim hijab emoji
Discussion: theGrio
New York Times:
As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away
Senator Mike Lee / The Resurgent:
Why I Am Voting No on BCRA 2.0
Discussion: Mother Jones
Peter Hessler / New Yorker:
How Trump Is Transforming Rural America
Discussion: Hot Air, First Draft and Hullabaloo