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2:40 PM ET, July 25, 2017


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The Daily Beast:
Jeff Sessions Is Growing ‘Pissed’ at Trump, His Allies Say.  And He Doesn't Plan to Quit. … Attorney General Jeff Sessions has no plans to leave office as friends say he's grown angry with President Donald Trump following a series of attacks meant to marginalize his power and, potentially, encourage his resignation.
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Cabinet Level Revolt Over Trump's Treatment of Jeff Sessions.  “A Clusterf**k” One Secretary Calls It.  —  “If he can get treated that way, what about the rest of us?” one of the President's Cabinet secretaries asked me with both shock and anger in his voice.
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 …
Adam Shaw / Breitbart:
Trump's Attack on Sessions over Clinton Prosecution Highlights His Own ‘Weak’ Stance  —  President Trump's decision Tuesday to attack Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Sessions' “position” on Hillary Clinton's various scandals only serves to highlight Trump's own hypocrisy on the issue …
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.
Betsy Klein / CNN:
Trump slams Sessions, rips DOJ in Twitter outburst
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Trump and Jeff Sessions ‘need to either get together or separate,’ White House spokesman Anthony Scaramucci says
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Ex-Jets player sues Jeff Sessions to legalize marijuana
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump's hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts  —  Washington (CNN)On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree.  And oh what a speech it was!  —  Trump ranged from the current health care bill …
Trump boy scout Jamboree speech angers parents
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Trump's Boy Scouts Speech And The Thin Line Between Openness And Recklessness
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Trump's Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at 2017 National Scout Jamboree
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
After Trump's partisan speech, Boy Scouts of America reiterates that it is ‘wholly non-partisan’
Discussion: Shareblue, Raw Story and The Week
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Scaramucci threatens to ‘fire everybody’ to stop White House leaks  —  President Donald Trump's newly appointed communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, said Tuesday that he is prepared to “fire everybody” in the White House communications shop in order to put an end to embarrassing internal leaks.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Conflicting reports emerge over firing of White House press aide  —  Conflicting reports emerged Tuesday over whether a White House press aide had been fired, with the staffer himself saying that no one had informed him he had lost his position.  —  “No one has told me anything …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Inside the Purge  —  I mentioned yesterday that Anthony …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Senators on hot mic: Trump is ‘crazy,’ 'I'm worried'  —  At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didn't switch off her microphone.  Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat of the committee …
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
Rep. Farenthold of Texas says he would challenge female GOP senators to a duel — if they were South Texas men
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Skinny repeal: the last-ditch idea to save the Senate health care bill  —  “Skinny repeal” is the latest ploy from GOP leaders.  —  Sources suggest that Senate Republicans are weighing a last-ditch idea to pass some kind of health care bill in the coming days: a narrowly focused Obamacare repeal bill.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Momentum shifts in Senate for Obamacare repeal vote  —  Senate Republicans picked up critical votes as they neared a dramatic Tuesday roll call to start dismantling Obamacare, even as they were unsure what the final plan would be.  —  Conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Senate GOP to Reform Health-Care System on the Fly, in a Blindfold
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Axios
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Ivanka Trump retains defense lawyer for Russia investigation  —  Ivanka Trump will retain criminal defense lawyer Abbe Lowell to counsel her in the ongoing Russia probe, according to the National Law Journal.  —  Lowell, an attorney for the D.C.-based firm Norton Rose Fulbright …
Discussion: Shareblue
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Senate panel subpoenas Manafort as campaign aides provide Russia information  —  A Senate committee said Tuesday it sent Paul Manafort a subpoena compelling his testimony in its Russia probe, even as he and Jared Kushner were providing information to other congressional investigators …
New York Times:   Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators About June 2016 Meeting With Russians
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” …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
North Korea could cross ICBM threshold next year, U.S. officials warn in new assessment … North Korea will be able to field a reliable, nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile as early as next year, U.S. officials have concluded in a confidential assessment that dramatically shrinks …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Korean Games of Thrones
Discussion: CNBC
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate won't let Trump make recess appointments  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)Senators are planning to continue procedural moves to prevent the Senate from formally adjourning for recess next month in order to prevent President Donald Trump from making recess appointments …
Scaramucci Seeks Federal Tax Break on SkyBridge Sale  —  Agreement to sell firm came before he joined administration  —  Ex-government ethics chief says deal probably doesn't qualify  —  Anthony Scaramucci wants to put off a tax bill that could reach millions of dollars on the pending sale …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump White House Tests a Nation's Capacity for Outrage  —  GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — Remember that time President George W. Bush told his attorney general to investigate Al Gore for his “crimes”?  Or President Barack Obama called for a Justice Department prosecution of John McCain?
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New York Times:
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Matthew Diebel / USA Today:
Petition calls for Confederate monument to be replaced by statue of Snooty the manatee
Discussion: IJR and The Root
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
How Obamacare saved Detroit
Josh Delk / The Hill:
US Navy ship fires warning shot at armed Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf
Discussion: CNN and IJR
President Trump coming to LI to discuss MS-13, Rep. King says
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
More U.S. Cars Are Being Made in Mexico
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Discussion: IJR
David Brooks / New York Times:
How Cool Works in America Today
Discussion: Mediaite
Courtney Vinopal / Washingtonian:
Joshua Green: In Trump's World, “You're Never Really Dead if You Just Stick Around and Endure It”