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6:30 AM ET, July 24, 2017

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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.
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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 …
Fox News:
Scaramucci vows to take ‘drastic action’ to stop White House leaks  —  Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, said Sunday that stopping damaging West Wing leaks is a top priority and that he will take “drastic action” to achieve that goal.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV  —  Anthony Scaramucci was almost finished with one of his three Sunday television talk show appearances when he started speaking directly to one particular viewer at home.  —  “If I said some things about him when I was working …
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION
Discussion: Daily Wire and Althouse
CBS News:
Transcript: Anthony Scaramucci on “Face the Nation,” July 23, 2017
Discussion: American Prospect
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Scaramucci makes liar out of Trump lawyer: I talked pardons ‘in the Oval Office with the president last week’
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Scaramucci: Trump still doesn't accept intelligence conclusion on Russia
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Scaramucci promises ‘dramatic action’ to stop White House leaks
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans are in full control of government — but losing control of their party  —  Six months after seizing complete control of the federal government, the Republican Party stands divided as ever — plunged into a messy war among its factions that has escalated in recent weeks to crisis levels.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate Republicans Unsure of What Health-Care Measure They Will Vote On
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kushner denies any improper contacts with Russia  —  The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigations (all times local):  —  The son-in-law of President Donald Trump says a June 2016 meeting with a Russian-American lawyer was such a “waste of time” …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Axios
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Kushner to face intel committee on Monday behind closed doors
Discussion: Raw Story and Business Insider
The Daily Beast:
Schumer Rips Hillary: Don't Blame Comey or Russia, ‘Blame Yourself’  —  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer ripped his former colleague, Hillary Clinton, over her election loss to President Donald Trump and her subsequent efforts to explain why she lost.  “When you lose to somebody …
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Trump had ‘The Art of the Deal.’ Now Democrats say their economic agenda is ‘A Better Deal.’
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: Raw Story
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
The Man McMaster Couldn't Fire  —  Just 24 days into his tenure as Donald Trump's national-security adviser, Michael Flynn was forced to resign, having reportedly misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.  When Flynn departed, the men and women he'd appointed …
CNN:
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 …
Greg P. / twitchy.com:
IT'S HAPPENING!  New poll has Kid Rock up by 4 over Debbie Stabenow  —  He's going to win:  —  New MI-Sen poll: Kid Rock 30%, Debbie Stabenow 26%, undecided 44%http://politicalwire.com/ ... — Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) July 23, 2017  —  The poll was conducted by Delphi Analytica from July 14-18 of 668 Michigan residents:
Discussion: Politico
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Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana  —  The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions  —  President Trump's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid  —  WASHINGTON — Throughout 2016, both Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin complained that American-led sanctions against Russia were the biggest irritant in the plummeting relations between the two superpowers.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Senate Republicans plan to plow ahead with health-care vote this week  —  The Senate returns to Washington on Monday with its GOP leaders determined to vote this week on their years-long quest to demolish the Affordable Care Act, even though the goal remains mired in political and substantive uncertainties.
 
 
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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.
BBC:
Two killed at Israeli building in Amman
Discussion: Informed Comment and The Week
Raw Story:
Republicans have Ken Starr to thank for proving that Donald Trump can be indicted as president
Kimberly Hutcherson / CNN:
Hospital treating baby Charlie Gard is receiving death threats
Discussion: IJR and AOL
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Kellyanne Conway thinks Donald Trump's lies are ok because 'he doesn't think he's lying'
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump has been asked to make a ‘dummy run’ …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Glenn Beck Slams ‘Fraud’ Conservative Hosts on ‘Easy’ Decision to Reject Trump: 'I'm Principle-Driven'
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Associated Press:
Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel
Discussion: Common Dreams
Charles Sykes / The Contrarian Conservative:
What Trump Is Doing To The Conservative Character
 

 
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