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12:15 PM 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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Trumpism Distilled
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
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: Politico
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 …
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.
David Nather / Axios:
New “skinny repeal” challenge: hitting budget targets
Discussion: Politico, Vox and ThinkProgress
Matt Fuller / HuffPost:
Republicans Say They Can Fix ‘Skinny Repeal’ Later. Don't Be So Sure.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
“Skinny” repeal isn't skinny at all
Discussion: Axios and 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.
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
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 …
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
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jacqueline Klimas / Politico:   Joint Chiefs to troops: ‘No modifications’ to transgender policy
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.
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
The Justice Department Just Argued Against Gay Rights In A Major Federal Case
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.
Joseph R. Murray II / USA Today:
Trump's military transgender ban is unfair but correct
Carla Lewis / HuffPost:
I'm A Trans Veteran And I Fought For Your Right To Hate Me
Hillary Rodham Clinton / New Book Releases …:
What Happened  —  “In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net.  Now I'm letting my guard down.”  —Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened  —  For the first time …
Discussion: Vox and
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
House panel heeds Trump plea, agrees to probe Comey, Clinton emails
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wasserman Schultz kept paying tech expert suspected of stealing House computers  —  When a computer expert who worked for congressional Democrats was accused of stealing computers and data systems in February, members of Congress cut him loose within days, leaving Imran Awan with no supporters five months later.
Matt Vespa /
ABC, NBC, And CBS Pretty Much Bury IT Scandal Engulfing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Office
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
GOP Health Care Bill Foes Have Spent $15 Million (and Counting) on TV Ads
Raquel Rutledge / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
U.S. State Department warns tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts after blackouts reported
Discussion: AOL, ABC News and KTLA
The Guardian:
Freedom of movement ends with Brexit, says immigration minister
Discussion: The Atlantic
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
As Democrats Lay Into Trump, Cuomo Takes a Different Tack
Discussion: Political Wire
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Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources
Discussion: Axios and Engadget
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
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, Scared Monkeys and Washington Post
Stephen Losey / Air Force Times:
Transgender airman: ‘I would like to see them try to kick me out of my military’
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