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9:30 AM ET, July 24, 2017


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John King / CNN:
A chill emanating from the White House reaches State Department  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Talk of a potential “Rexit” at Foggy Bottom, new tests for President Trump on immigration, tax reform and media relations and a big challenge for the nation's oldest civil rights organization …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Anthony Scaramucci On Hot Mic: I Called On CNN To Send A Message To Jeff Zucker  —  “I have to call on CNN and send a message to Zucker that we are back in business,” Scaramucci said on a hot mic Sunday in between morning show appearances.  —  Anthony Scaramucci is already working to smooth …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump wishes Reince would take the hint  —  A much-discussed question at the top of the White House: just what magnitude of indignity would it take for Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to resign?  — President Trump knew that appointing Anthony Scaramucci as communications director would humiliate Reince, who fought hard against it.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
GOP despairs at inability to deliver  —  The Republican Party is more powerful than it's been in more than a decade — and yet it has never seemed so weak.  —  Continuing chaos in the White House has been punctuated by the failure to deliver on the GOP's seven-year pledge to overhaul Obamacare …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans are in full control of government — but losing control of their party
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV
Discussion: The Week
Tara Palmeri / Politico:   Priebus sidelined as Washington outsiders' power grows
Fox News:
Scaramucci vows to take ‘drastic action’ to stop White House leaks
Discussion: The Last Tradition
READ: Jared Kushner's statement on Russia to congressional committees  —  Bolding below included as submitted in statement  —  STATEMENT OF JARED C. KUSHNER TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES  —  I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order …
New York Times:
‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says in Prepared Remarks to Senators  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said on Monday that he had been unaware that a June 2016 meeting he attended at Trump Tower was set up in hopes that a Russian lawyer would provide the Trump campaign …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Jared Kushner Details Russia Meetings, Denies Collusion  —  President's son-in-law and adviser spoke with ambassador Sergei Kislyak at event at Washington hotel  —  WASHINGTON— Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, on Monday released details …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Kushner defends his Russia contacts: ‘I did not collude’
Discussion: ABC News and The Resurgent
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kushner denies any improper contacts with Russia
Discussion: ABC News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Kushner to detail four meetings with Russian officials in congressional testimony, but says ‘I did not collude’
Discussion: NBC News
Mike Allen / Axios:
Jared Kushner tells Congress: “I did not collude”
Discussion: ABC News
Chuck Schumer / New York Times:
A Better Deal for American Workers  —  Americans are clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy.  They feel, rightfully, that both systems are rigged against them, and they made that clear in last year's election.  American families deserve a better deal so that this country works …
Discussion: Fusion and Washington Post
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday  —  Democrats in both chambers will gather in rural Virginia on Monday to unveil a new national messaging campaign aimed at easing the economic strain on working-class Americans — and propelling their party back to power in order to check an unpopular president in Donald Trump
Associated Press:
Democrats attempt rebranding with populist new agenda  —  Democratic leaders believe they lost to President Donald Trump partly because voters don't know what the party stands for.  So they're trying to rebrand themselves with a new slogan and a populist new agenda as they look ahead to the 2018 midterms.
Discussion: Politico and Axios
The Guardian:
Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case  —  Donald Trump's son-in-law bought part of old New York Times building from Soviet-born tycoon, Guardian investigation into Russian money in NYC property market finds
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Joe and Mika (and Donald): A Beltway Love Story  —  Joe, Mika, and their star-crossed relationship with the president.  —  It was Joe Scarborough's 53rd birthday, April 9, 2016, and his youngest child, an 8-year-old boy named Jack, was trying to tell him something.  “Dad, look at the birthday cake,” he said.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump Jr.'s high-powered help  —  Donald Trump Jr., who appeared short of experienced advisers with his email release and multiple statements about the Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, is getting help from Washington stalwart Fred Fielding ahead of this week's Capitol Hill appearance.
Discussion: Political Wire
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr. adds DC-based attorney to legal team
USA Today:
Poll: Americans split 42%-42% on impeaching Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Just six months after his inauguration, Americans already are split down the middle, 42%-42%, over whether President Trump should be removed from office, a new USA TODAY/iMediaEthics Poll finds.
David Durenberger / USA Today:
Former GOP senator: Resist the bullying.  Don't vote for a mystery health care bill.  —  There will be no do-overs on this.  Take it from me: a no vote this week is the only one that will be defensible in the years to come.  —  CONNECT  —  What do you do when you are a U.S. senator …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home  —  FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's information technology (IT) administrator, according to an individual who was interviewed …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Has Averaged 50% or Higher Job Approval in 17 States
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
The Trump White House's War Within
Discussion: Financial Times
Harriet Torry / Wall Street Journal:
It's a Vasectomy Party! Snips, Chips and Dips With Your Closest Friends
Discussion: The Week and Daily Wire
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Yearns for Less-Partisan Political Climate
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans plan to plow ahead with health-care vote this week
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
What Happened to Health Care Reform?
Discussion: Washington Post
Monika Nalepa / Washington Post:
The attack on Poland's judicial independence goes deeper than you may think.  Here are 5 things to know.
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
The Man McMaster Couldn't Fire
Raw Story:
Republicans have Ken Starr to thank for proving that Donald Trump can be indicted as president
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana
Kimberly Hutcherson / CNN:
Hospital treating baby Charlie Gard is receiving death threats
Discussion: IJR and AOL