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9:50 AM ET, July 25, 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.
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump messes with Sessions, and Senate Republicans are not pleased  —  President Donald Trump is getting a bitter Washington lesson when he messes with Jeff Sessions - you don't pick a fight with one of the Senate's guys.  —  It's a lesson that could cost him politically in a Senate …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump in phone call: “What would happen if I fired Sessions?”  —  President Trump, in one of his hallmark rituals, recently called a longtime political associate and asked out of the blue: “What would happen if I fired Sessions?”  — Trump has been openly undermining Attorney General Jeff Sessions …
Discussion: Business Insider and Raw Story
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump has sights set on belittling Sessions  —  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY  — Is Jeff Sessions in danger of losing his job?  The president is continuing his public attacks against Sessions, tweeting this morning: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position …
Fox News:
Trump taking aim at Sessions for ‘weak’ position on Clinton, reportedly discussing firing
Associated Press:
AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Cruz being considered to replace Sessions: report
Discussion: The Week, RedState and Balloon Juice
Rudy Giuliani: Jeff Sessions ‘made the right decision’ to recuse from Russia probe
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):
Wall Street Journal:   Can Republicans Govern?  —  Some Senators want to talk forever about health care.
Dylan Scott / Vox:
John McCain to return to Senate for pivotal health care vote
Discussion: Politico and Axios
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trumpcare Is the Worst-Designed Social Policy in History
Discussion: The Atlantic
Sam Baker / Axios:
No one knows what the Senate's going to do. But it will do it today.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Politico and Vox
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Manafort to answer questions, share notes with Senate investigators  —  Paul Manafort will meet with Senate investigators in the next 48 hours and has agreed to provide notes of the meeting at Trump Tower last year with a Russian lawyer, according to a person close to the investigation.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Katie Bo Williams / The Hill:
Pressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned  —  President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said Monday he did not collude with Moscow in the 2016 presidential election, delivering a pair of statements that underlined the mounting pressure on the White House over Russia.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Jason Chaffetz, who recently stepped down from the House …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
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
Discussion: Common Dreams and CNN
Washington Post:
New communications director moves toward possible staff purge at White House … Anthony Scaramucci, the flashy financier President Trump hired to overhaul the White House communications operation, is exercising a broad mandate from the president and intends to follow through on threats …
William D. Cohan / New York Times:
This Is Not the Mooch I Know  —  It's been a rough start for my friend Anthony Scaramucci as President Trump's surprise — and surprising — choice as the new White House communications director.  That's too bad, because I would like nothing better than for him to succeed wildly in his new job.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Scaramucci to oust White House press aide, offers ‘amnesty’ to others  —  Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday that he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short.  —  It would be Scaramucci's first step toward shaking …
Sharon Begley / STAT:
Psychiatry group tells members they can defy ‘Goldwater rule’ and comment on Trump's mental health  —  leading psychiatry group has told its members they should not feel bound by a longstanding rule against commenting publicly on the mental state of public figures — even the president.
Discussion: Althouse
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Boehner predicts Republicans will ‘never’ repeal and replace Obamacare  —  Former House speaker John A. Boehner, who has mostly avoided public commentary since leaving Congress two years ago, told a business gathering last week that Republicans are “not going to repeal and replace Obamacare” …
William Sullivan / American Thinker:   For leading Republicans today, the answer is almost certainly yes.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Stripping Health Insurance From 23 Million People to Pay For Upper-Class Tax Cuts Is So Mavericky  —  I'm sure you'll be surprised by how the story turns out! … He wouldn't be flying in for a vote that was a lost cause.  I'd put the odds of BCRA passing at over 50% now, perhaps well above.
Discussion: WREG-TV and RedState
Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban  — Two videos obtained by CNN suggest the Taliban have received improved weaponry supplied by the Russian government  — Russia's Foreign Ministry declined to comment but has previously called claims they are arming the Taliban “utterly false”
Courtney Vinopal / Washingtonian:
Joshua Green: In Trump's World, “You're Never Really Dead if You Just Stick Around and Endure It”  —  The Bloomberg Businessweek correspondent has written a fascinating account of Steve Bannon's role in Trump's campaign.  —  When journalist Joshua Green attended a screening of a documentary …
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Boos for Obama as Trump speaks at Boy Scout jamboree  —  The crowd attending President Trump's Monday evening speech to the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree appeared to boo former President Barack Obama  —  at one point.  —  “By the way, just a question.  Did President Obama ever come to a jamboree?”
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
The Agony and the Anxiety of The New York Times  —  Despite a historic run, unease is now gripping the paper as a large-scale reorganization (physical, personnel, and psychic) looms.  “The mood at the paper is poisonous in a way I've never seen it in the past 15 years,” as one editor put it.
Alison R. Parker / Shareblue:
Trump rolls eyes at female reporter's questions, admonishes her to be “quiet”  —  After over 150 days without a presidential press conference, a female reporter tried to get some answers during Donald Trump's photo op with White House interns.  What she got in return was an eyeroll …
Discussion: IJR
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Slawomir Sierakowski / New York Times:
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Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Antonia Okafor / New York Times:
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Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
A pro-Putin California congressman has been accused of violating US sanctions on Russia
Matthew Sheffield / Salon:
Alt-right activists say Trump and Bannon are giving them “space to destroy” by keeping FBI away
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
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Discussion: Balloon Juice and Mother Jones
Kurt Schlichter /
Trump Needs To Be Smart About How He Fires Mueller
Discussion: Instapundit
Michael J. Malbin / What to expect …:
Does the opening predict a wave?
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight