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10:05 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 …
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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 …
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
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Priebus sidelined as Washington outsiders' power grows
Discussion: RedState
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV
Discussion: The Week
Fox News:
Scaramucci vows to take ‘drastic action’ to stop White House leaks
Discussion: The Last Tradition
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 …
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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 …
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
Associated Press:
The Latest: Kushner blames aide for faulty questionnaire
Discussion: Vox and ABC News
Annie Karni / Politico:
Kushner defends his Russia contacts: ‘I did not collude’
Discussion: ABC News and The Resurgent
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 …
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Associated Press:
Democrats attempt rebranding with populist new agenda
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Scared Monkeys
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems to unveil ‘better deal’ messaging campaign Monday
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Why are Republicans trouncing Democrats in fundraising?
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
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
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:
Exclusive: Trump ponders Rudy Giuliani for attorney general  —  President Trump is so unhappy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has raised the possibility of bringing back Rudolph Giuliani to head the Justice Department, according to West Wing confidants.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trump Has Averaged 50% or Higher Job Approval in 17 States  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump, who has averaged 40% job approval since his inauguration, received approval ratings of 50% or higher in 17 states in the first half of 2017.  Residents in an equal number of states gave him approval ratings below 40%.
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
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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Donald Trump Jr. adds DC-based attorney to legal team
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
The Trump White House's War Within  —  Last week, President Trump's senior Cabinet officials and top national security advisers met for a contentious meeting to finally agree on a new strategy for America's longest war.  After months of wrangling, they would ask Trump for a modest troop increase …
Discussion: Financial Times
 
 
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Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
USA Today:
Poll: Americans split 42%-42% on impeaching Trump
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Paul Starr / American Prospect:
What Happened to Health Care Reform?
Discussion: Washington Post
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
The Man McMaster Couldn't Fire
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republicans are in full control of government — but losing control of their party
Discussion: Balloon Juice
David Cohen / Politico:
New York Times requests apology from Fox on ISIS story
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana
 

 
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