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12:55 PM 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.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Why Anthony Scaramucci's Rant Probably Ticked Off the FBI … In his immediately infamous phone call to a New Yorker staff writer, Anthony Scaramucci didn't just say the White House chief of staff was a “f-king paranoid schizophrenic” or accuse the president's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of engaging in autofellatio.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Trump says he wants a ‘general’ to replace Priebus: report  —  President Trump has said privately that he wants to appoint “a general” to replace White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, The New York Times reports.  —  The president, the Times reported on Thursday, has so far focused …
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Mooch to lower profile after New Yorker fracas
New York Times:
Anthony Scaramucci's Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired
Hadas Gold / Politico:   Scaramucci's tirade — Healthcare's dramatic nightlong coverage — N.Y. Times is failing up
Fox News:
Anthony Scaramucci uses vulgar language to lash out at Priebus, make fun of Bannon in interview
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
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 …
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
John McCain saved Republicans from themselves  —  On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham made a demand: He would vote for the terrible healthcare bill being offered before the Senate, a bill he thought would cause health-insurance market disaster if enacted, as long as he received clear assurances …
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 …
MJ Lee / CNN:   Cryptic calls, lip-reading and a thumbs-down: Behind McCain's dramatic vote
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Enough about McCain. It was Collins, Murkowski and red-state Democrats who killed Trumpcare.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Obamacare Repeal Collapses as Senate GOP Blocks Health Bill
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
‘Wait for the show’: High drama and low voices in a long, weird night at the Capitol.
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Obamacare Is Alive Because It Has Made Life Better For Millions
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   Senate ‘Skinny’ Repeal Vote Was All About John McCain
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
‘Skinny’ repeal isn't just a bad bill — it's an insult
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lauren Fox / CNN:
John McCain's maverick moment
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Health care debate: Turmoil in Senate as Republicans revolt against ‘skinny bill’
New York Post:
Couple jump to their deaths because they 'can't afford' health care  —  A couple jumped to their death in Murray Hill early Friday.  —  Seth Gottfried  —  Manhattan parents struggling to pay their doctor's bills jumped to their deaths early Friday - leaving double suicide notes pleading …
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.
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking
Discussion: Politico, PEN America and Axios
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.
Discussion:, AOL and Gizmodo
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Laurene Powell Jobs's Organization to Take Majority Stake in The Atlantic
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Trump job approval swings lower  —  After a brief rebound, President Trump's job approval rating has swung lower in the latest Harvard-Harris Poll survey.  —  Forty-four percent say they approve of the job Trump is doing, a 4-point drop from June and down near the previous low of 45 percent in May.
Discussion: RedState
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
Emma Green / The Atlantic:   Trump's Battle Over LGBT Discrimination Is Just Beginning
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: The Daily Caller, CNN and CBS Philly
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Julian Robinson / Daily Mail:
Machete-wielding man ‘screaming Allahu Akbar’ …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
North Korea fired a missile that may have landed off the coast of Japan
Discussion: BBC, Associated Press, Axios and The Week
USA Today:
Marco Rubio stakes out role in Congress as human rights champion
New York Times:
Wisconsin's Lavish Lure for Foxconn: $3 Billion in Tax Subsidies
Discussion: and The Atlantic
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Kris Kobach says Trump's voter fraud panel will keep voter data secure.  Some states aren't buying it
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
Trump promised to end the “American carnage.” Gun deaths are up 12 percent
 Earlier Items: 
Anna Edney / Bloomberg:
Tobacco Shares Plunge After FDA Proposes Cut to Cigarette Nicotine
Discussion: Investor's Business Daily and NPR
Julianna Goldman / CBS News:
Trump Organization employees must agree to keep info about Trump family secret
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Steve Bannon Wants Facebook and Google Regulated Like Utilities
Discussion: IJR, The Hill and New York Magazine
Fox News:
Obama official made ‘hundreds of unmasking requests,’ GOP chairman says
Discussion:, Mediaite and TheBlaze
Zamira Rahim / CNN:
Ferrari crash: Newly-bought supercar gone in 60 minutes
Discussion: The Guardian and KTLA
Jessica Collins / House Judiciary Committee:
Goodlatte & Judiciary Republicans Call for Second Special Counsel to Address Issues Outside …