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1:15 PM 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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday asserted the “complete power to pardon” relatives, aides and possibly even himself in response to investigations into Russia's meddling in last year's election even as he came to the defense …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Trump: Everyone agrees the president has ‘complete power to pardon’  —  President Trump asserted his “complete power to pardon” in a tweet Saturday morning after reports emerged this week that he was discussing his ability to pardon people in the ongoing investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump is building a Cabinet ready for political, legal war  —  When President Trump makes more changes in his West Wing (insiders suspect August or September, but who knows?), any new faces are likely to be in the mold of Anthony Scaramucci, age 53, the pugilistic Wall Streeter known as …
Discussion: Politico, Raw Story and AOL
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Annie Karni / Politico:
The untouchable Hope Hicks  —  Hope Hicks was celebrating a family wedding at a Bermuda golf club the weekend after Donald Trump was elected president when she overheard members of another party expressing dismay about his victory.  —  The young press secretary was off duty …
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and IJR
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Inside the 24 hours that broke Sean Spicer
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Can the President Be Indicted?  A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes  —  WASHINGTON — A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr's independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
TMZ.com:
John Heard Dead at 71  —  John Heard, the beloved star of several huge 80s and 90s movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, CA ... TMZ has learned.  —  Heard was found dead in a hotel by the maid service ... according to family sources.  Police were called to the hotel for a report of a medical emergency …
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Dave Quinn / People.com:
Home Alone and Sopranos Star John Heard Has Died  —  John Heard — the actor known for his role in several iconic '80s and '90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner's office confirms to PEOPLE.  He was 71.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
In revised filing, Kushner reveals dozens of previously undisclosed assets
Discussion: Political Wire, Politico and The Week
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell's last-ditch Obamacare strategy  —  Talking is no longer working.  It's time to vote.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking the rare step of forcing his members to take a tough vote on an Obamacare repeal bill, H.R. 1628 (115), that is on track to fail, making them own their votes.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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HuffPost:
Senate Referee Rejects Key Pieces Of Repeal Bill, Dealing Major Blow To GOP
Discussion: The Atlantic
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Parliamentarian rules against key provisions in Obamacare repeal bill
Reuters:
U.S. investigators seek to turn Manafort in Russia probe: sources  —  3 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators examining money laundering accusations against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort hope to push him to cooperate with their probe …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Noor Sabai / Raw Story:   'This is the last call we'll have': Trump's new lawyer sends cryptic message to Rachel Maddow
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Minneapolis Police Chief Forced Out After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman  —  The Minneapolis police chief, Janee Harteau, resigned on Friday at the mayor's request, less than a week after one of the city's officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 for help.
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CBS News:
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns in wake of Justine Damond shooting
Discussion: The Root, fox13now.com and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Minneapolis police chief forced out after officer's fatal shooting of Australian woman
Rosa Goldensohn / New York Times:
Manhattan's District Attorney vs. Aeschylus  —  In a criminal courtroom in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday evening, a group of prosecutors were screaming for revenge.  —  “We are wretched, overcome with rage, completely consumed by the lust for vengeance now coursing through our veins!” they roared.
Laurence H. Tribe / Washington Post:
No, Trump can't pardon himself.  The Constitution tells us so.  —  Laurence H. Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School.  Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, was chief White House ethics lawyer …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mashable
 
 
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The Guardian:
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The Arkansas Department of Health is warning would-be applicants for medical marijuana cards …
CNN:
Trump Jr. and Manafort reach deal with Senate panel to avoid public hearing
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Foreign Policy:
Trump Assigns White House Team to Target Iran Nuclear Deal, Sidelining State Department
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