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9:55 PM ET, July 21, 2017

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Washington Post:
Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show … Russia's ambassador to Washington told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related matters, including policy issues important to Moscow, with Jeff Sessions during …
Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary  —  WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Spicer Faced Myriad Obstacles During Dramatic White House Rise and Fall  —  The former White House press secretary's briefings became must-see TV, but he was often out of sync with his boss.
Discussion: Mediaite, IJR and Mashable
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Spicer quits amid White House feud  —  White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned on Friday following his disagreement with President Donald Trump's decision to appoint Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, as the new communications director, according to multiple White House officials.
The Daily Beast:
Spicey Bails, White House Flails, As Mooch Prevails … President Donald Trump finally pushed his Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the breaking point on Friday after he chose to hire Wall Street personality Anthony Scaramucci as his next communications director.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:   Anthony Scaramucci Is the Right Answer to the Wrong Question
Benny Johnson / IJR:
Americans Disgusted That Media Ran Live-Feed of Sean Spicer's Family Residence After Resignation
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Inside the 24 hours that broke Sean Spicer
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
The ballad of Sean Spicer: He snagged the Washington dream job, but at a price.
Discussion: Business Insider, The Week and IJR
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Should You Feel Sorry for Sean Spicer?
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Inside Steve Bannon's apocalyptic ideology: “Like [Karl] Rove on an acid trip”
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner Discloses Dozens More Assets in Revised Financial Filing  —  Ivanka Trump disclosed $2.5 million in salary and severance from her father's businesses  —  WASHINGTON— Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, on Friday released …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
In revised filing, Kushner reveals dozens of previously undisclosed assets … Jared Kushner failed to disclose dozens of financial holdings that he was required to declare when he joined the White House as an adviser to President Trump, his father-in-law, according to a ­revised form released Friday.
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Kushner updates financial disclosure after omitting dozens of assets: report
Discussion: RedState
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Dana Bash / CNN:
Exclusive: Mueller asks WH staff to preserve all documents relating to June 2016 meeting  —  WaPo, NYT: Trump legal team trying to undercut Mueller  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the June 2016 meeting …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Trump's New Lead Lawyer Denies The Legal Team Is Looking Into Pardons
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Parliamentarian rules against key provisions in Obamacare repeal bill  —  Several key provisions in the Senate's Obamacare repeal and replace bill, including language targeting Planned Parenthood, may have to be stripped or could be eliminated on the Senate floor by Democrats because they don't comply …
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:   Parliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal bill
Caitlin Owens / Axios:   Some parts of GOP health bill violate Senate rules
Dylan Scott / Vox:   Senate's budget rules invalidate key provisions in Republican health care bill
Manu Raju / CNN:
First on CNN: Rice privately meets with Senate Intel on Russia probe  —  (CNN)Susan Rice, who served as former President Barack Obama's national security adviser, quietly met behind closed doors Friday with Senate intelligence committee investigators probing Russian meddling in the elections …
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Intel Chair: ‘The Unmasking Thing Was All Created By Devin Nunes’  —  Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) on Friday accused his counterpart in the House, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), of creating a false narrative about Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jake Tapper / CNNMoney:
Sean Hannity will no longer receive Buckley Award after controversy  —  Bernstein: ‘We are in a cold civil war’  —  Fox News Channel star anchor Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence at its September 21 gala …
Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
Joseph Rago, Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer, Dies at 34  —  Pulitzer Prize winner was known for his well-reported pieces and policy influence  —  Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer at The Wall Street Journal who was known for his richly reported pieces and influence …
New York Times:
These Americans Hated the Health Law.  Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.  —  DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — Five years ago, the Affordable Care Act had yet to begin its expansion of health insurance to millions of Americans, but Jeff Brahin was already stewing about it.  —  “It's going to cost a fortune,” he said in an interview at the time.
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Joe Lawlorstaff / Press Herald:
Sen. Collins slams current Senate bill that would repeal and replace Affordable Care Act
NBC News:
Russia's Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More Times  —  MOSCOW — President Donald Trump may have held more meetings with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit earlier this month, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday — but he shrugged off the importance of the encounters.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Conversation with Maggie Haberman, Trump's Favorite Foe  —  One of the saving graces of the Trump era is the journalism it has inspired.  Maggie Haberman is a tireless, keen-eyed example.  As part of the New York Times' White House team, she has repeatedly added to the sum total …
Discussion: Political Wire
Florida Today:
Teens filmed, mocked drowning man, Cocoa police say  —  COCOA - Police and prosecutors say little can be done legally after the revelation that a group of teens filmed the dying moments of a 32-year-old disabled man last week, with the teens mocking, cursing and laughing while the man drowned in a fenced-off pond.
Foreign Policy:
Trump Assigns White House Team to Target Iran Nuclear Deal, Sidelining State Department  —  Unhappy with Tillerson over Iran, the president is turning to trusted aides.  —  After a contentious meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, President Donald Trump instructed a group …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Kentucky Officials Have Ended the $18 Million Tax Rebate Deal With Ark Encounter
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Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Eco-conscious DiCaprio won't take private jet to his fancy gala
Discussion: MichelleMalkin.com and twitchy.com
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Taxpayers on hook for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' fight against gay marriage
Discussion: PinkNews
Amy Harder / Axios:
Top coal lobbyist expected to be No. 2 at EPA
Washington Post:
White House taps new acting ethics chief, elevating general counsel over chief of staff
New York Times:
Terror Suspect Brought to U.S. for Trial, Breaking From Trump Rhetoric
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
The media's war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can't it see that?
Discussion: Above the Law
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Vladimir Putin: ‘I may not leave Russian presidency’
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Stuart Varney: Trump has already made America $4 trillion richer (with just six months in office)
Discussion: Media Matters for America and IJR
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump can usually make it about a third of the way through an interview without mentioning Hillary Clinton
Discussion: STAT, Washington Times and The Atlantic
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump 101: How to speak his language
 

 
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Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer

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The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario

Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A look at the negotiations to provide media access to Trump's trial; the state court system hired ex-journalist Al Baker to prepare for the historic trial

 
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