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8:10 AM ET, July 22, 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 …
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Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Jeff Sessions has no plans to resign amid reports of campaign conversations with Russia: source  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to resign after a report emerged that he engaged in campaign and policy-related conversations with Russia during the 2016 campaign …
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
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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.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Inside the 24 hours that broke Sean Spicer  —  Sean Spicer came to the White House on Thursday completely unaware President Donald Trump was planning to meet with Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime Wall Street friend, and offer him the job of communications director.
Benny Johnson / IJR:
Americans Disgusted That Media Ran Live-Feed of Sean Spicer's Family Residence After Resignation  —  Note: this article contains coarse language that may offend some readers.  —  Sean Spicer resigned from his post at the White House on Friday.  —  The move took the political world by storm.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Anthony Scaramucci Is the Right Answer to the Wrong Question
Discussion: Axios
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
The ballad of Sean Spicer: He snagged the Washington dream job, but at a price.
Discussion: Business Insider, IJR and The Week
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Spicer quits amid White House feud
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: Balloon Juice and 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.
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:   White House taps new acting ethics chief, elevating general counsel over chief of staff
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Kushner updates financial disclosure after omitting dozens of assets: report
Discussion: RedState
Washington Post:
Minneapolis police chief forced out after officer's fatal shooting of Australian woman  —  Watch more!  —  Minneapolis chief of police Janeé Harteau resigned Friday, forced out by the city's mayor nearly a week after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman in a case that has drawn international scrutiny and criticism.
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Matt Richardson / Fox News:
Protests erupt at Minneapolis mayor's press conference announcing police chief resignation
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman
Discussion: The Atlantic
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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Dylan Scott / Vox:   Senate's budget rules invalidate key provisions in Republican health care bill
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:   Parliamentarian deals setback to GOP repeal bill
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan
Caitlin Owens / Axios:   Some parts of GOP health bill violate Senate rules
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
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
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 …
 
 
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Laurence H. Tribe / Washington Post:
No, Trump can't pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
Hemant Mehta / Friendly Atheist:
Kentucky Officials Have Ended the $18 Million Tax Rebate Deal With Ark Encounter
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Taxpayers on hook for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' fight against gay marriage
Discussion: PinkNews
Joe Lawlorstaff / Press Herald:
Sen. Collins slams current Senate bill that would repeal and replace Affordable Care Act
David Remnick / New Yorker:
A Conversation with Maggie Haberman, Trump's Favorite Foe
Discussion: Political Wire
Amy Harder / Axios:
Top coal lobbyist expected to be No. 2 at EPA
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Terror Suspect Brought to U.S. for Trial, Breaking From Trump Rhetoric
Discussion: NPR and Political Wire
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
 

 
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