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3:05 PM ET, July 24, 2017

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, RedState and Daily Kos
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Priebus sidelined as Washington outsiders' power grows  —  Reince Priebus took the punishing job of President Donald Trump's chief of staff with the idea that he would stick it out for at least one year.  —  Six months in, with one of his top allies in the West Wing — press secretary Sean Spicer …
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump reportedly floats making Rudy Giuliani attorney general
Discussion: Vox, Mediaite and Washington Post
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 After Meeting With Senate Investigators  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, emerged Monday from a private, two-hour-long meeting with congressional investigators and said his meetings last year with Russians were not part of any attempt …
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.
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.
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Tells AP Reporter Asking About O'Care Repeal Effort: ‘Quiet’ (VIDEO)  —  President Donald Trump on Monday scolded an Associated Press reporter who asked about the progress of Senate Republicans' plan to repeal Obamacare.  —  According to a pool report, reporters were “unexpectedly summoned” …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:   Republicans in the dark on big Obamacare vote
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans can't repeal Obamacare because they can't replace it
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Republicans want to break Obamacare, then spend billions of dollars to clean up the mess
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Ryan: Special counsel Mueller ‘anything but’ a biased partisan  —  Exclusive: Mueller asks WH staff to preserve Don Jr. meeting docs  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday defended special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russian meddling …
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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%.
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at E.P.A. Traveling Home, Report Says  —  Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to his home state, Oklahoma, 10 times over three months this year, largely at taxpayer expense, according to a report released Monday.
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Reuters:
EPA chief spent almost half of spring in home state of Oklahoma
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Media Matters for America:
Fox & Friends forced to issue a clarification after airing a false smear against the NY Times  —  NY Times demanded an apology after Fox & Friends Saturday uncritically repeated a claim that a Times report led to the leader of ISIS escaping a raid  —  Fox & Friends was forced to clarify …
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: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
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.
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Virginia  —  Tied Race For Governor  —  Trump appears to be a drag on Gillespie  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The race for Virginia governor is neck and neck in the first Monmouth University Poll of the 2017 election there.
New York Post:
Man ordered to pay $65K in child support for kid who isn't his … A Texas man is battling a court order that mandates he must pay tens of thousands in child support for a child whom he did not biologically father and whom he met only once.  —  In 2003, a child support court in Texas ruled …
YouTube:
Second Amendment  —  Mo Brooks has stood up to the liberal media and the activist left when it truly counted.  His principles never waiver.  He is the kind of conservative we deserve standing up for our rights in the US Senate.
Discussion: The Guardian and The Week
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
The Trump White House's War Within  —  Last week, President Donald 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 …
 
 
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Matt Katz / WNYC News:
Christie's Hiring of FBI Nominee as Bridgegate Attorney Raises Questions
Discussion: Associated Press
Taí Coates / Rational 360:
Rational 360 Digital Snapshot: The Most Influential Reporters on Capitol Hill
Discussion: TVNewser
Jonathan Blitzer / New Yorker:
A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Johnson / Recode:
The government should fight ‘corporate villainy’ in tech, Senator Cory Booker says
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Aliyya Swaby / The Texas Tribune:
After Texas “human trafficking crime,” Lt. Gov. Patrick lauds sanctuary city law
SpringerLink:
Party and Gender Stereotypes in Campaign Attacks
Discussion: Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Stein / Vox:
It's time to see if Democrats are serious about single-payer
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
Jack Shenker / The Guardian:
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor, has been caught misstating his background on live television on Sunday.
Al Weaver / Washington Examiner:
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows takes a seat at the top table
Josh Mitchell / Wall Street Journal:
In Reversal, Colleges Rein In Tuition
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Luke Rosiak / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide's Home
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and twitchy.com
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Joe and Mika (and Donald): A Beltway Love Story
 

 
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Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
The EU Commission fines Apple €1.8B for stifling competition from rival music streaming services, the EU's third-largest antitrust fine; Apple plans to appeal

Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Ofcom has “significant concerns about GB News' editorial control of its live output” after finding GB News in breach over Laurence Fox's misogynistic comments

Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
Report for America, the nonprofit that placed 600+ reporters in newsrooms since its 2017 launch, is “phasing out” partnerships with hedge fund-owned outlets

 
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