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6:05 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.
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.
Discussion: The Guardian and Mediaite
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: 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:
Anthony Scaramucci's Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired
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 and Axios
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 …
Obamacare Repeal Collapses as Senate GOP Blocks Health Bill
Discussion: Politico, Vox, The Atlantic and Vox Popoli
Rachael Bade / Politico:
House weighs ‘martial law’ for Obamacare repeal
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Healthcare groups blast skinny repeal, warn premiums will spike
Discussion:, RedState and Politico
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Read the health bill Senate Republicans waited until the 11th hour to release
Discussion: Daily Kos
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Here's what's in ‘skinny repeal’
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senators threaten to blow up Trumpcare unless they are given an unconstitutional guarantee
Discussion: Mother Jones and Politico
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 …
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 …
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Putin: Russia promises retaliation as Senate passes sanctions bill
Discussion: NPR and Pacific Standard
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Female senators are increasingly on receiving end of insults from male officials  —  Republican women senators whose disapproval of the GOP health-care effort has at times endangered its progress are facing an increasingly pointed backlash from men in their own party, including a handful of comments that invoked physical retaliation.
Erica Martinson / Alaska Dispatch News:
Murkowski says she's not swayed by pressure from Trump administration over health vote
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 …
Jon Ostrower / CNNMoney:
The U.S. has a staggering pilot shortage  —  5 stunning stats about airlines  —  Over the next two decades, 87 new pilots need to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner every day in order to meet our insatiable demand to travel by air.  —  That's one every 15 minutes.
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
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Michiko Kakutani, the Legendary Book Critic and the Most Feared Woman in Publishing, Is Stepping Down from The New York Times  —  Kakutani, who helped make the careers of writers from Foster Wallace to McEwan, and put fear in the hearts of Mailer and Vidal, will leave her post as one of the most formidable critics in the Times history.
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 …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Norm Macdonald Sounds Off on SNL: 'I Think They're Playing Into Trump's Hands' … Norm Macdonald is stuck on a golf course.  “We have all these children in front of us, so we're not going anywhere,” the 57-year-old comedian tells me by phone as he waits to move on to the next hole.
Discussion: The Daily Caller, IJR and
Michelle Ruiz / Vogue:
Look, It's Time to Collectively and Officially Give Up on Ivanka Trump  —  It was Groundhog Day, dystopia edition, yesterday morning when the president banned all transgender servicepeople from the U.S. military, unfurling yet another reversal of an historic Obama-era policy.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Liberal Values
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Trump advisers eyeing possible Priebus replacements  —  Reince Priebus is still the White House chief of staff and on Wednesday he told ABC News he intends to remain in the position, but people close to President Donald Trump say he is increasingly frustrated with the management of the West Wing …
Discussion: Political Wire
Sara A. Carter /
Sources: A top FBI lawyer is under an investigation for allegedly leaking classified information  —  EXCLUSIVE: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker is purportedly under a Department of Justice criminal investigation for allegedly leaking classified national security information to the media …
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Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread
Discussion: Washington Post and Splinter
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Trump to announce MS-13 gang crackdown in Long Island
Discussion: New York Times
Bennett Gershman / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Russia Pardons Would Be an Obstruction of Justice
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pity Paul Ryan: Moderates adopt Freedom Caucus tactics
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Christina Wilkie / Center for Public Integrity:
Steve Bannon has a shadow press office. It may violate federal law.
Kate Brannen / Foreign Policy:
Top Middle East Advisor Out On the National Security Council
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic and The Daily Caller