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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Real Story Behind Mooch's War on Reince  —  Anthony Scaramucci just accused Reince Priebus of a felony.  For no reason.  —  Anthony Scaramucci has had some difficulty over the course his first few days as White House communications director, but as he wrapped up his first week on the job …
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Lorraine Woellert / Politico:
Scaramucci still stands to profit from SkyBridge from the White House  —  Anthony Scaramucci finally has his White House job, but he still stands to profit from an ownership stake in his investment firm SkyBridge Capital.  —  The incoming White House communications director earned $4.9 million …
New York Times:
Scaramucci Calls for Inquiry After ‘Leak’ of Financial Form  —  WASHINGTON — In the five days since he was named White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci has vowed to hunt down leakers and fire anyone he catches.  By the end of his fifth day, he was on the receiving end of what he called a leak about himself.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trumpism Distilled  —  If the facts of the situation are as they appear this morning, in his first days on the job, Anthony Scaramucci has managed to become a compressed, crystallized version of all the ridiculousness of Trumpism.  He has gone to the unprecedented and almost unimaginable extremity …
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘Those are public records, my dude’: Internet howls after Scaramucci accuses Priebus of leaking his disclosure forms
David Nather / Axios:
State health care waivers violate Senate budget rules  —  The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that another big piece of the GOP health care bill violates Senate budget rules, Senate Budget Committee Democrats announced this afternoon.  Republicans want to expand the Affordable Care Act's …
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
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Sam Baker / Axios:
It's time to vote, and the health care bill isn't finished  —  We're hours away from a series of votes that will culminate, we think, with a brand-new bill to repeal part of the Affordable Care Act.  Of course, no one's seen it.  Senate Republicans don't know where they're headed …
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Here's what's in ‘skinny repeal’
Discussion: Vox and Daily Kos
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
“Skinny” repeal isn't skinny at all
Discussion: Axios and Hot Air
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   Republicans' incredible shrinking Obamacare repeal
David Nather / Axios:
New “skinny repeal” challenge: hitting budget targets
CNN:
US Joint Chiefs blindsided by Trump's transgender ban  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The Joint Chiefs of Staff, including chairman General Joseph Dunford, were not aware President Donald Trump planned to tweet a ban on transgender service members, three US defense officials told CNN …
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Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Joint Chiefs: No change in transgender policy until Trump sends Pentagon direction  —  The highest-ranking military officer in the country said that the military's transgender policy won't actively change until President Trump sends specific directions to the Pentagon.
Reuters:
Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military's policy on transgender personnel …
Discussion: Mother Jones and VICE News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chain of Command
Discussion: Task & Purpose and First Draft
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Transgender People Can Still Serve for Now, U.S. Military Says
Discussion: Political Wire and Daily Kos
Jacqueline Klimas / Politico:
Joint Chiefs: ‘No modifications’ to transgender policy from Trump tweet
Discussion: Hot Air
Erica Martinson / Alaska Dispatch News:
Trump administration signals that Murkowski's health care vote could have energy repercussions for Alaska  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump isn't going to just let Sen. Lisa Murkowski's no vote on Tuesday's health care motion go.  —  Early Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter to express displeasure with Murkowski's vote.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Graham: Firing Mueller would be ‘beginning of the end’ of Trump's presidency  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a sharp warning Thursday to President Donald Trump that it “could be the beginning of the end” of his presidency if he makes moves to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
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CNN:
Trump urged to use recess appointment to replace Sessions — is that possible?  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Is President Donald Trump trying to force out Jeff Sessions as attorney general so he can “recess appoint” someone to the job who would fire Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller?
Discussion: Washington Post and Shareblue
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Sen. Graham warns of “the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency”
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Allies Warn Trump of Conservative Revolt Unless He Backs Off Sessions  —  Among those urging Mr. Trump to spare the attorney general have been Reince Priebus, the chief of staff, and Stephen K. Bannon, the president's chief strategist.  —  ON WASHINGTON  —  Lisa Murkowski, a Swing Vote on Health Care, Isn't Swayed
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Washington Post:
Trump talks privately about the idea of a recess appointment to replace Sessions
Kate Brannen / Foreign Policy:
Top Middle East Advisor Out On the National Security Council  —  National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has removed Derek Harvey, the top Middle East advisor on the National Security Council (NSC), from his post on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the personnel move.
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Weekly Standard:
Derek Harvey Out at NSC  —  One of the smartest minds on Iraq gets the boot.  —  Derek Harvey, a top Middle East adviser to President Donald Trump, has been fired from his position at the National Security Council, effective today.  Harvey, a longtime intelligence professional with vast experience …
Bloomberg:
Jeff Bezos Surpasses Bill Gates as World's Richest Person  —  His net worth climbs more than $1 billion in intraday trading  —  Gates has held top spot on Bloomberg wealth index since 2013  —  A surge in Amazon.com Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer's earnings report …
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’  —  https://apnews.com/2966d534b7034f64ab37 dc9b81179040  —  Link copied!  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton is calling her new book “What Happened” and promising unprecedented candor as she remembers her stunning defeat last year to Donald Trump.
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Josh Hafner / USA Today:
OnPolitics Today: Trump's Mar-a-Lago trips cost more than trans soldiers' health care  —  3.9k Shares  —  President Trump tweeted this morning that the U.S. military wouldn't allow transgender troops “in any capacity,” an apparent rejection of the military's roughly 6,000 trans troops and the Obama-era policy that embraced them.
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Joseph R. Murray II / USA Today:
Trump's military transgender ban is unfair but correct
Discussion: HuffPost, NPR and Arizona Republic
Matt Vespa / Townhall.com:
ABC, NBC, And CBS Pretty Much Bury IT Scandal Engulfing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Office  —  Well, just in case you didn't hear, an information technology officer has been accused of bank fraud.  He tried to flee the country, and now Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's (D-FL) …
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Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
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The Guardian:
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Associated Press:
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes
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