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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.
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.
Fox News:
Anthony Scaramucci uses vulgar language to lash out at Priebus, make fun of Bannon in interview  —  Newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci is using vulgar language to lash out against Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and make fun of Senior Adviser Steve Bannon in a new interview.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I do not know how to convey how appalling the GOP's healthcare 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.
The Daily Beast:
With Trump's ‘Green Light,’ Scaramucci Declares Total War on Reince Priebus … President Donald Trump has not only blessed efforts by his new communications director Anthony Scaramucci to wage a battle against chief of staff Reince Priebus, he's actively egging on the very public and painful feud.
Alex Conant / Politico:
Why Trump's White House Won't Stop Leaking  —  The new White House communications director is launching a take-no-prisoners mole hunt, promising to stop future leaks.  —  He won't succeed.  —  Over the past 15 years, I've worked in dozens of political organizations that all leaked to varying degrees.
Discussion: Axios and ABC News
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
White House tensions flare in the open as Scaramucci rips Priebus in vulgar tirade  —  The cinematic infighting that has consumed the White House in recent days was pushed into public view on Thursday, exposing the West Wing as the political equivalent of a New York-accented reality television show …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How Long Can the Trump Tumult Go On?
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
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 …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
GOP aides say “skinny repeal” could become law if it passes the Senate  —  Despite GOP senators' adamant declarations that they don't want their “skinny repeal” bill to become law if they pass it, there's at least a decent chance that's exactly what happens, some staffers openly say.  —  “Coin.
Associated Press:
The Latest: 2 senators deal a blow to ‘skinny repeal’ effort  —  The Latest on the effort by congressional Republicans to pass a health care bill (all times local):  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released the text of his pared-down bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Politico, The Week and Axios
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 …
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 …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:   The night John McCain killed the GOP's health-care fight
Erica Martinson / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski says she's not swayed by pressure from Trump administration over health vote
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House weighs ‘martial law’ for Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Vox and The Daily Caller
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Female senators are increasingly on receiving end of insults from male officials
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Read the health bill Senate Republicans waited until the 11th hour to release
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Healthcare groups blast skinny repeal, warn premiums will spike
Discussion:, RedState and Politico
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Senate rejects measure to partly repeal Affordable Care Act, dealing GOP leaders a major setback
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senators threaten to blow up Trumpcare unless they are given an unconstitutional guarantee
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking  —  MOSCOW — Russia announced Friday it would seize U.S. diplomatic properties and demand that the State Department reduce its staff in Russia, a tit-for-tat punishment that the Russian Foreign Ministry …
Discussion: Axios
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.
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 …
Elana Schor / Politico:
Congress sends Russia sanctions to Trump's desk, daring a veto
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Caller
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Putin: Russia promises retaliation as Senate passes sanctions bill
Discussion: NPR and Pacific Standard
Scouting Wire:
From the Chief: Our Perspective on the Presidential Visit  —  In the last two weeks, we have celebrated the best of Scouting at our 20th National Jamboree with nearly 40,000 participants, volunteers, staff and visitors.  The 2017 National Jamboree has showcased and furthered the Scouting mission …
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread  —  The war in Congress over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has brought anxiety to the people whose health insurance is at risk.  —  Ever since the November election, when the fate of her family's health coverage …
Discussion: Washington Post and Splinter
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.
John Solomon / The Hill:
Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
Trump's Battle Over LGBT Discrimination Is Just Beginning  —  LGBT issues have been all over the news this week.  On Wednesday, President Trump's announced a ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.  That evening, the Department of Justice made another significant move in the fight …
Nicholas Bagley / The Incidental Economist:
Waivers are dead, long live waivers  —  At 10pm on Thursday, the Senate finally released a “repeal” bill—the Health Care Freedom Act—that may have the votes to pass.  If you've been following the reporting, it's mostly as expected.  The bill repeals the individual mandate …
Discussion: Health Affairs Blog and Vox
Dan Riehl / Breitbart:
Rep. Steve King: What Happened to Money Debbie Wasserman Schultz's IT Consultant Wired to Pakistan?  —  Rep. Steve King (R-IA) discussed on Thursday's Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Senate healthcare debate, multiple immigration bills recently passed …
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USA Today:
Russia probe could reveal Trump's closest-held secrets
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Business Roundtable launching multi-million dollar push backing tax reform
Discussion: Axios
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
The U.S. has a staggering pilot shortage
Full text: Senate ‘skinny’ Obamacare repeal bill
Dmitry Solovyov / Reuters:
Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia's presence there for half a century
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Trump advisers eyeing possible Priebus replacements
Discussion: Political Wire
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic Rep. Delaney eyes 2020 presidential run
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Norm Macdonald Sounds Off on SNL: 'I Think They're Playing Into Trump's Hands'
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and
Christina Wilkie / Center for Public Integrity:
Steve Bannon has a shadow press office. It may violate federal law.