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9:55 AM ET, July 28, 2017


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Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon  —  He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff.  It escalated from there.  —  On Wednesday night, I received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump “loved” Scaramucci's quotes — but he hates being upstaged  —  Top Republicans tell us that yesterday may have been an inflection point in the West Wing meltdown — that if behavior like this continues, apparently sanctioned by the President, people will finally leave.
Discussion: Politico
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Trump's hardball tactics backfire as ‘skinny repeal’ goes down  —  THE BIG IDEA: President Trump's attacks on Republican senators are finally catching up with him, and Lisa Murkowski will not be bullied.  — A last-ditch effort to keep the Obamacare repeal effort alive went …
Tony Lee / Breitbart:
The Scaramucci Show: New Communications Director Unloads Nasty Attack on White House Colleagues to Opposition Party  —  Move over President Donald Trump.  You are yesterday's news.  It seems like this is now The Anthony Scaramucci Show.  And Trump better get used to it.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I do not know how to convey how appalling the GOP's health care process or policy is  —  There is something very wrong with the Republican Party right now.  —  I honestly don't know how to convey how appalling this process or legislation is.  There is no analogue in modern politics.
Fox News:
Anthony Scaramucci uses vulgar language to lash out at Priebus, make fun of Bannon in interview
Mike Allen / Axios:
Mooch to lower profile after New Yorker fracas
Discussion: Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
With Trump's ‘Green Light,’ Scaramucci Declares Total War on Reince Priebus
Alex Conant / Politico:
Why Trump's White House Won't Stop Leaking
Discussion: ABC News
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:   White House tensions flare in the open as Scaramucci rips Priebus in vulgar tirade
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Long Can the Trump Tumult Go On?
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
How McCain tanked Obamacare repeal  —  Paul Ryan couldn't persuade him.  Neither could Mike Pence.  And in the end, President Donald Trump couldn't reel in John McCain either.  —  The president made a last-ditch effort, calling the Arizona senator and key holdout on the GOP's Obamacare repeal measure …
New York Times:
Senate Rejects Slimmed-Down Obamacare Repeal as McCain Votes No  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate in the early hours of Friday morning rejected a new, scaled-down Republican plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, derailing the Republicans' seven-year campaign to dismantle President Barack …
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON VOTING “NO” ON “SKINNY REPEAL”  —  Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on voting “no” on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare:  —  “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
The night John McCain killed the GOP's health-care fight  —  It was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history.  Just ask the senators who witnessed it.  —  A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Obamacare Repeal Collapses as Senate GOP Blocks Health Bill  —  McCain joins GOP holdouts to defeat ‘skinny’ repeal measure  —  Stripped-down bill was intended to start conference with House  —  A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   ‘Wait for the show’: High drama and low voices in a long, weird night at the Capitol.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
‘Skinny’ repeal isn't just a bad bill — it's an insult
Discussion: Daily Wire
Erica Martinson / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski says she's not swayed by pressure from Trump administration over health vote
Associated Press:
The Latest: 2 senators deal a blow to ‘skinny repeal’ effort
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Axios
Health care debate: Turmoil in Senate as Republicans revolt against ‘skinny bill’
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Senate rejects measure to partly repeal Affordable Care Act, dealing GOP leaders a major setback
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Seizes 2 U.S. Properties and Orders Embassy to Cut Staff  —  MOSCOW — Russia seized two American diplomatic properties on Friday and ordered the United States Embassy in Moscow to reduce its staff by September, in the Kremlin's first retaliatory steps against proposed new American sanctions.
Discussion: The Guardian
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking
Discussion: Axios
Elana Schor / Politico:
Congress sends Russia sanctions to Trump's desk, daring a veto
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Gillian B. White / The Atlantic:
Emerson Collective Acquires Majority Stake in The Atlantic  —  David G. Bradley, the chairman and owner of Atlantic Media, is announcing this morning that he is selling a majority stake in The Atlantic to Emerson Collective, an organization led by philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Laurene Powell Jobs's Organization to Take Majority Stake in The Atlantic
MJ Lee / CNN:
Cryptic calls, lip-reading and a thumbs-down: Behind McCain's dramatic vote  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  — All of Thursday, the usually talkative senator had declined to show his cards to probing reporters  —  Washington (CNN)"Mr. McCain."  —  The clerk read the Arizona senator's surname in the microphone of the tense Senate chamber.
Monica Hesse / Washington Post:
Did a 9-year-old called ‘Pickle’ really write that letter to Trump?  Yep, he's real.  —  On Wednesday afternoon, while paddling through a week that began with press secretary Sean Spicer's resignation and was pockmarked by Donald Trump dogging his attorney general, the White House launched …
Discussion: CNN and CBS Philly
Fox News:
Obama official made ‘hundreds of unmasking requests,’ GOP chairman says  —  An Obama official made “hundreds of unmasking requests” during the final year of the previous administration, according to a letter from a top Republican who raised new concerns that officials sought the identities …
Discussion: and Mediaite
USA Today:
Russia probe could reveal Trump's closest-held secrets  —  Since Election Day, President Trump's businesses have sold at least 30 luxury condos and oceanfront lots for about $33 million.  That includes millions of dollars in properties to secretive shell companies, which can hide the identities …
New York Times:
In One Day, Trump Administration Lands 3 Punches Against Gay Rights  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration abruptly waded into the culture wars over gay rights this week, signaling in three separate actions that it will use the powers of the federal government to roll back civil rights for gay and transgender people.
Discussion: Business Insider and RedState
Jessica Collins / House Judiciary Committee:
Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans Call for Second Special Counsel to Address Issues Outside the Scope of Special Counsel Mueller's Investigation  —  Washington, D.C. - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Republicans today sent a letter …
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Senate sends Russia sanctions to Trump's desk  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)The Senate on Thursday passed sweeping legislation slapping new sanctions on Russia and rebuking President Donald Trump in a bill that now will head to the President's desk.  —  The bill, which gives Congress …
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Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Trump's Battle Over LGBT Discrimination Is Just Beginning
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Full text: Senate ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal bill
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Waivers are dead, long live waivers
Discussion: Health Affairs Blog and Vox
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‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread
Discussion: Splinter and Washington Post
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Discussion: Daily Wire and New York Times
Bennett Gershman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Russia Pardons Would Be an Obstruction of Justice
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