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4:45 PM ET, July 22, 2017

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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: Daily Kos, Raw Story and Political Wire
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Newly Disclosed Clinton-era Memo Says Presidents Can Be Indicted
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 …
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scaramucci goes full Breitbart  —  Anthony Scaramucci gave his first interview as White House communications director to Breitbart's Matt Boyle.  The two sounded like old friends, with Scaramucci kicking off the Saturday morning Breitbart radio interview by jokingly asking Boyle …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and neo-neocon
Noor Sabai / Raw Story:
'This is the last call we'll have': Trump's new lawyer sends cryptic message to Rachel Maddow  —  The White House is breaking the glass and sounding the alarm over the Russia investigation, according to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.  —  Maddow began her segment with a bombshell observation …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Scaramucci deletes old tweets bashing Trump
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE - Anthony Scaramucci: Breitbart ‘Captured the Spirit’ of America
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Inside the 24 hours that broke Sean Spicer
New York Times:
Congress Reaches Deal on Russia Sanctions, Creating Tough Choice for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders have reached an agreement on sweeping sanctions legislation to punish Russia for its election-meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, they said Saturday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House to vote on Russia sanctions deal next week
Discussion: ABC News
NBC News:
Russia's Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More Times
Discussion: New York Times and CNN
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 …
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Fox News:
ISIS broken, but leader slipped away due to leak, says key general  —  ASPEN, Colo. - ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been “dismantled,” with tens of thousands of its jihadist fighters dead, but a promising lead on its leader “went dead” after a media leak, according to a key U.S. military official.
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, IJR and The Hill
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Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Spicer Faced Myriad Obstacles During Dramatic White House Rise and Fall
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
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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 …
CBS News:
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigns in wake of Justine Damond shooting  —  Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau resigned Friday amid criticism of her response to a string of high-profile police shootings.  —  Harteau's resignation came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges …
Discussion: theGrio, The Root, fox13now.com and Mediaite
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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
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
McCain's primary rival urges him to step aside after diagnosis — and suggests she could replace him  —  A day after news came out about Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) brain cancer diagnosis, his one-time political opponent urged the ailing senator to think about his political future sooner rather than later …
Steven G. Calabresi / The Hill:
OPINION |  How Democrats stole the nation's lower federal courts  —  in particular, have engaged in an outrageous set of practices from 1993 to 2017 that have allowed them to steal huge majorities on all the federal circuit courts of appeals.  This story needs telling because Senate Republicans …
New York Times:
Ivanka Trump Received at Least $12.6 Million Since 2016, Disclosure Shows  —  Ivanka Trump or her trust received at least $12.6 million since early 2016 from her various business ventures and has an arrangement to guarantee her at least $1.5 million a year even as she serves in a top White House position …
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Nancy Coleman / CNN:
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HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Atlantic
Virginia Heffernan / Slate:
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Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
The Arkansas Department of Health is warning would-be applicants for medical marijuana cards …
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Trump Jr. and Manafort reach deal with Senate panel to avoid public hearing
Mike Allen / Axios:
Dems want to rebrand as the economic party
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
McConnell's last-ditch Obamacare strategy
Laurence H. Tribe / Washington Post:
No, Trump can't pardon himself. The Constitution tells us so.
Foreign Policy:
Trump Assigns White House Team to Target Iran Nuclear Deal, Sidelining State Department
 

 
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Yiwen Lu / New York Times:
Raw Story, AlterNet, and, in a separate case, The Intercept sue OpenAI in a NY federal court for copyright infringement; The Intercept is also suing Microsoft

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