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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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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Newt Gingrich: White House communications director Scaramucci has been ‘divisive,’ ‘full of himself’  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich harshly criticized White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci in a radio interview Thursday, calling his recent actions “divisive” and “unhelpful.”
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
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.
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 …
Elizabeth Preza / Raw Story:
‘Those are public records, my dude’: Internet howls after Scaramucci accuses Priebus of leaking his disclosure forms
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.
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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
Discussion: Vox and Politico
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood in ‘skinny’ repeal
David Nather / Axios:
New “skinny repeal” challenge: hitting budget targets
Discussion: Politico, New York Magazine and Vox
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
“Skinny” repeal isn't skinny at all
Discussion: Axios and Hot Air
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chain of Command  —  This morning there is news that there will - for now - be no change in the US military's policy toward transgender service members.  The news comes in the form of a letter shared with members of the press from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and First Draft
Reuters:
Top U.S. general says no changes yet to transgender policy
Discussion: Mother Jones, VICE News and Mediaite
Jacqueline Klimas / Politico:
Joint Chiefs: ‘No modifications’ to transgender policy from Trump tweet
Discussion: Above the Law
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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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes
Discussion: CNN, DCReport.org and Fox News Insider
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Sen. Graham warns of “the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency”
Discussion: IJR
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 …
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
Kenneth W. Starr / Washington Post:
Kenneth Starr: Mr. President, please cut it out
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost and The Hill
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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CBS News:
Hillary Clinton lets her “guard down” in new memoir after stunning election defeat  —  For the first time since her stunning 2016 presidential election defeat to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton reveals personal details of the unprecedented campaign through her tell-all book “What Happened.”
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Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Hillary Clinton calling new book ‘What Happened’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mashable
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
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, TheBlaze and Arizona Republic
Fox News:
Sarah Palin to subpoena two dozen New York Times staffers in lawsuit  —  Sarah Palin is planning to subpoena almost two dozen New York Times staffers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper.  —  In a motion arguing for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for The New York Times …
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Kaja Whitehouse / New York Post:
Palin to subpoena two dozen reporters in defamation suit
 
 
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