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10:10 PM ET, July 24, 2017


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Washington Post:
Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly  —  President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.
Rudy Giuliani: Jeff Sessions ‘made the right decision’ to recuse from Russia probe  —  (CNN)Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday swatted away a report that he is a contender to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and said Sessions made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
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.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Cruz being considered to replace Sessions: report  —  President Trump and his advisers are floating possible replacements for Attorney General Jeff Sessions  —  (R-Texas), The Washington Post reports.  —  Cruz and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are reportedly among …
Associated Press:
The Latest: McConnell calls for GOP dissenters to back bill  — a62c922112580af7  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the ongoing effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
GOP congressman blames health care struggles on ‘repugnant’ Republican ‘female senators’  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold suggested he'd like to resolve things with a gunfight.  —  Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) is livid at the inability of the Senate to repeal Obamacare, and he knows exactly who to blame: the Republican women of the Senate.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Farenthold blames ‘some female senators’ for Obamacare repeal failure
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
McCain to make dramatic return for Obamacare vote
Discussion: Hot Air, Axios and Vox
Madeline Conway / Politico:
Trump warns senators against voting to extend ‘Obamacare nightmare’
Discussion: Axios
Graham Lanktree / Newsweek:
REX TILLERSON DEBATES QUITTING AFTER ‘UNPROFESSIONAL’ TRUMP BASHES JEFF SESSIONS  —  U.S. DONALD TRUMP REX TILLERSON STATE DEPARTMENT FOREIGN POLICY  —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and could quit before the year is through, according to reports.
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 …
Washington Post:
New communications director moves toward possible staff purge at White House
Discussion: AOL
Eric W. Dolan / Raw Story:
CNN analyst rips Kushner's statement to shreds: He's going to solve the Middle East but can't fill out forms  —  A legal analyst for CNN on Monday observed that Jared Kushner — Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor — had apparently had trouble with simple political activities even though …
Discussion: CNN
READ: Jared Kushner's statement on Russia to congressional committees
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Jason Chaffetz, who recently stepped down from the House …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote  —  (R-Ariz.) will return to the Senate on Tuesday after being diagnosed with brain cancer, giving the GOP push to repeal and replace ObamaCare a boost of momentum.  —  “Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow …
Discussion: Political Wire and CBS New York
John McCain to return to Senate Tuesday for health care vote
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and RedState
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP seeks McCain's return for tight Obamacare vote
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Speaker Ryan: Mueller is ‘anything but’ a Dem partisan  —  (R-Wis.) on Monday defended special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's investigation into the Russia election interference, saying he's “anything but” a Democratic partisan.
Addy Baird / ThinkProgress:
The White House's hypocritical attack on Robert Mueller's team
Discussion: Raw Story
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%.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In 47 states, a smaller part of the population now approves of Trump than voted for him
Discussion: Axios and AOL
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Alt-right activists say Trump and Bannon are giving them “space to destroy” by keeping FBI away  —  Top alt-right podcasters say the Trump administration is deliberately backing off investigating domestic extremists  —  While the neo-fascist alt-right is not entirely happy with President Donald Trump's …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael J. Malbin / What to expect …:
Does the opening predict a wave?  —  Congressional candidates filed their six-month financial reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on July 15.  But the one number that leapt off the page had little to do with finance.  It immediately made me think about wave elections.
Kurt Schlichter /
Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller  —  Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt “investigation” where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey.
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out  —  In March, two months after President Trump took office, I received a text message from a veteran agent at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice).  I had been trying to find field agents willing to describe what life was like at the agency in the Trump era.
Erin Adler / Star Tribune:
Fake street signs warn of ‘easily startled’ police in Twin Cities  —  At least two orange street signs reading “Warning: Twin Cities police easily startled” were seen in the Twin Cities Sunday.  —  Joe Morino brought an incredulous friend to see the orange street sign he just spotted in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Tegna / KARE-TV:
Mystery signs mock Mpls. Police
Discussion: NBC News and Geller Report
Rachel Roubein / The Hill:
Cornyn floats conference of House, Senate healthcare bills  —  The Senate's No. 2 Republican said the two chambers might conference their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bills.  —  “Initially there was some thought that maybe the House would take up the bill that we passed, but that may not be the case,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn
Discussion: Political Wire
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems finally focus on message  —  According to a Gallup survey earlier this year, 44 percent of Democrats describe themselves as liberal.  —  But 41 percent of America's Democrats self-identify as moderates.  Another 15 percent say they are conservatives.  —  A Bernie Sanders  —  or Elizabeth Warren
Jonathan Allen / Roll Call:
Opinion: Can Democrats Deliver Like Papa John's?
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Microsoft Paint to be killed off after 32 years  —  Long-standing basic graphics editing program, used throughout childhoods since the 1980s, has been marked for death  —  Microsoft's next Windows 10 update, called the Autumn (or Fall in the US) Creators Update, will bring a variety of new features.
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Brooks defends campaign ad on Scalise shooting  —  Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks on Monday defended a new ad from his Senate campaign that uses footage of the aftermath of the shooting rampage last month in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded and four others were hurt.
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House: Schiff Has Done 14 Hours of TV Interviews Since Trump Took Office  —  Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) has done 123 national television interviews totaling more than 14 hours of air time since January, according to a tracking report provided to the White House.
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Los Angeles Times:
Migrants trapped in sweltering truck in Texas were ‘lying on the floor like meat,’ driver says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Edison Hayden / ABC News:
Charlie Gard's family ends legal fight: ‘We will miss him terribly’
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
ICE chief lists worst sanctuary cities: Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Philadelphia
Andrew Redlawsk / USA Today:
To win in Trump era, liberals must first listen to his voters
Discussion: Instapundit
New York Times:
The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends forced to issue a clarification after airing a false smear against the NY Times
Jordan Gehrke / The Federalist:
How Kid Rock Can Win Michigan's 2018 Senate Seat
Discussion: The Resurgent and The Daily Caller
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor, has been caught misstating his background on live television on Sunday.
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