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4:05 PM ET, July 21, 2017


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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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump's lawyers seek to undercut Mueller's Russia investigation  —  Some of President Trump's lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing …
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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump expected to make Scaramucci communications director  —  President Trump is expected to announce that Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci will be White House communications director, according to two sources familiar with the planning.  —  Trump has left the role open since Mike Dubke resigned …
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
We're on the Brink of an Authoritarian Crisis  —  If Trump fires Robert Mueller or pardons himself, Republicans won't do a thing about it—and our democracy will be changed forever.  —  There were many reasons to be alarmed by the transcript of President Donald Trump's Wednesday interview …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Steve Bannon's disappearing act  —  Steve Bannon has largely disappeared from the White House's most sensitive policy debates — a dramatic about-face for an operative once characterized as the most powerful man in Washington.  —  Bannon, chastened by internal rivalries …
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Trump's New Lead Lawyer Denies The Legal Team Is Looking Into Pardons  —  John Dowd, the lawyer now leading President Trump's personal legal team, denied on Friday that the outside legal team has been looking into the president's pardon power.  —  In a phone interview with BuzzFeed News on Friday …
The Daily Beast:
Spicey Bails, White House Flails, As Mooch Prevails
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politicus USA
New York Times:
Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller's Investigators
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   After Colorful Run, the Spicer Show Gets Canceled
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
Inside Steve Bannon's apocalyptic ideology: “Like [Karl] Rove on an acid trip”
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary
Discussion: Axios, Politico and Talking Points Memo
Laura Jarrett / CNN:   President has rare meeting with US attorney nominee
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Spicer resigns as White House press secretary, Scaramucci to be communications director
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 …
Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client  —  5 MIN READ  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. after his father won the Republican nomination for the 2016 U.S. presidential election counted Russia's FSB security service among …
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Lawyer who met with Trump Jr. had Russian intelligence connections
Discussion: The Atlantic and NPR
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.
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.
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 …
Former CBO Directors:
Letter from Former CBO Directors on the Importance of CBO's Role in the Legislative Process  —  Dear Mr. Speaker, Madam Leader, Mr. Majority Leader, and Mr. Minority Leader:  —  The undersigned represent every former Director of the Congressional Budget Office .
John Bowden / The Hill:
Ryan: CBO's healthcare estimate is ‘bogus’
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
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.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Vladimir Putin: ‘I may not leave Russian presidency’  —  A question-and-answer session at a Sochi school was designed to make Putin seem youth-friendly after recent youth demonstrations … Asked what he plans to do when he leaves the presidency, Vladimir Putin paused and smiled.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
Breaking From Campaign Rhetoric, Trump Brings Terrorism Suspect to U.S. for Trial  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has brought an Al Qaeda suspect to the United States to face trial in federal court, backing off its hard-line position that terrorist suspects should be sent …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump 101: How to speak his language  —  One of the more elusive skills in this White House is the ability to communicate effectively with President Trump.  It's no secret he likes things short, simple, graphical.  — Someone who was doing it all wrong (although better lately) …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Raw Story
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
The Producers of HBO's Confederate Respond to the Backlash and Explain Why They Wanted to Tell This Story  —  Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no strangers to controversy, be it serious (questions about the show's handling of sexual violence) or trivial (Ed Sheeran cameos).
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump can usually make it about a third of the way through an interview without mentioning Hillary Clinton  —  President Trump was 20 words into his recent interview with the New York Times when he raised a topic that he seemingly can't resist: Hillary Clinton.
Fox News:
Stuart Varney: Trump has already made America $4 trillion richer (with just six months in office)  —  Programming note: Watch “Varney & Co.” weekdays on the Fox Business Channel from 9 - 12pm ET.  —  It's Thursday, July 20th.  As of today, Donald Trump has been president for 6 months.
Victor Davis Hanson / Hoover Institution:
America's Media Meltdown  —  Between 2008 and 2016, the media were unapologetic about their adoration of President Barack Obama.  Now, they are energized by their thorough loathing of President Donald Trump.  In tragic fashion, the hubris of deifying Obama has now come full circle to the nemesis of demonizing Trump.
Discussion: neo-neocon and JustOneMinute
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Did Kellyanne Conway Just Hold Up a Fox & Friends Interview With a Phone Call From Trump?  —  Much has been said about just how friendly Fox & Friends is to the Trump administration, but this might set a new water mark of accommodation.  —  White House advisor Kellyanne Conway was all set …
Discussion: AOL
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Thomas Frank / The Guardian:
The media's war on Trump is destined to fail. Why can't it see that?
Los Angeles Times:
As Trump wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
A Broader Sweep  —  RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Just after dawn …
Discussion: Fusion
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Ex Trump associates helped fugitive Kazakhs in visa scheme
Discussion: Shakesville
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Pence renews his health care push
Discussion: Political Wire
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Byrd Bath: Seven Provisions That Could Disappear From the Senate Health Bill
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrew Hartman / Washington Post:
The millennial left's war against liberalism
Lance Williams / Mother Jones:
“The Alt-Right Side of History Will Prevail”
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Under fire for opposing health bill, Mike Lee hits back

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Daniel Wiessner / Reuters:
Google scraps a 2019 policy requiring US suppliers and staffing firms to pay their employees $15 an hour and provide health insurance and other benefits

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
The US Senate reauthorizes FISA's Section 702; some communication service providers had threatened to stop cooperating with the US government in case of a lapse

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