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11:10 AM ET, July 27, 2017


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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.
Kenneth W. Starr / Washington Post:
Kenneth Starr: Mr. President, please cut it out  —  Kenneth W. Starr, a former U.S. solicitor general and federal judge, served as independent counsel in the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations during the Clinton administration.  —  Mr. President, please cut it out.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘Those are public records, my dude’: Internet howls after Scaramucci accuses Priebus of leaking his disclosure forms  —  In baffling tweet on Wednesday night, White House Communications Director Andrew Scarmucci appeared to accuse Chief of Staff Reince Priebus of leaking his financial disclosure form.
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 …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump dines with Sean Hannity, Scaramucci at White House
Discussion: RedState
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump dines with Sean Hannity, former Fox executive Bill Shine and Scaramucci
Kashmir Hill / Splinter:
Why Did Jared Kushner Download an Encrypted, Disappearing Message App?
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
The Justice Department Just Argued Against Gay Rights In A Major Federal Case  —  Lawyers under Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in federal court that 1964 civil rights law does not protect a gay employee from discrimination.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Weighs In Against Protections for Gays in the Workplace  —  The Department of Justice has filed court papers arguing that a major federal civil rights law does not protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation in a case now being considered by a New York appeals court.
Washington Post:
Trump talks privately about the idea of a recess appointment to replace Sessions … President Trump has discussed with confidants and advisers in recent days the possibility of installing a new attorney general through a recess appointment if Jeff Sessions leaves the job …
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.
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 Inc. shares Thursday morning in advance of the online retailer's earnings report …
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Becomes World's Richest Person, Surpassing Bill Gates  —  SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos on Thursday took something away from a billionaire neighbor in the Seattle area, Bill Gates — the mantle of world's richest person.  —  A 1 percent pop in the shares of …
Discussion: Althouse
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes  —  The news is being reported on split screen as if the one big story in Washington is disconnected from the other.  But President Trump's lawless threats against Attorney General Jeff Sessions have a lot in common with the Senate's reckless approach …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
House panel heeds Trump plea, agrees to probe Comey, Clinton emails
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Sessions Abuse
Discussion: Mediaite
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’  —  After President Trump's surprise announcement Wednesday barring transgender people from serving “in any capacity” in the military, one prominent transgender airman said he's more determined than ever to continue serving in the Air Force.
Carla Lewis / HuffPost:
I'm A Trans Veteran And I Fought For Your Right To Hate Me
Paul Szoldra / Business Insider:
Kristin Beck, transgender Navy SEAL hero: 'Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy'
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Senate Republicans' approach to health care is bizarre and appalling  —  You can't blame Trump for this pile of lies and broken promises.  —  Nobody can tell exactly what Senate Republicans are doing with Americans' health care, largely because they keep lying about it.
Sam Baker / Axios:
It's time to vote, and the health care bill isn't finished
Discussion: Politico
Robert Greenstein / Center on Budget …:   Commentary: “Skinny Repeal Bill” — a Trojan Horse for Broader ACA Repeal and Deep Medicaid Cuts
Matt Vespa /
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) …
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Congressional IT staffer charged with home equity loan fraud
Kid Rock:
When my name was thrown out there for US Senate...  When my name was thrown out there for US Senate I decided to launch  I was beyond overwhelmed with the response I received from community leaders, D.C. pundits, and blue-collar folks that are just simply tired of the extreme left and right bulls**t.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Inside Trump's snap decision to ban transgender troops  —  After a week sparring with his attorney general and steaming over the Russia investigation consuming his agenda, President Donald Trump was closing in on an important win.  —  House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked …
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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
As Democrats Lay Into Trump, Cuomo Takes a Different Tack
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
America and the Foxconn Dream
Discussion: and Business Insider
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections
Discussion: Political Wire
Nancy Cook / Politico:
White House adviser clashes with Mnuchin over tax plan
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
A history lesson for Trump: Transgender soldiers served in the Civil War
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
When the White House Lies About You
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Republican Sen. Steve Daines to make Democrats vote on single payer
Discussion: Vox and Washington Post
CBS News:
State Department feels the pain of vacancies
Discussion: ABC News
Page Six:
‘Dancing with the Stars’ wants Sean Spicer