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4:30 PM ET, July 27, 2017

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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.”
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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 …
Naomi Jagoda / The Hill:
Ryan drops border-tax proposal as GOP unifies around principles  —  The White House and congressional GOP leaders said Thursday that they are no longer looking at a border-adjustment tax as they work to get tax reform legislation enacted this year.  —  In a statement backed by Speaker Paul Ryan
Discussion: Vox and Axios
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: Fox News and bradford-delong.com
New York Times:
Scaramucci Calls for Inquiry After ‘Leak’ of Financial Form
Alex Conant / Politico:   Why Trump's White House Won't Stop Leaking
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 …
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Boy Scouts leader apologizes for Trump speech's ‘political rhetoric’
Discussion: Vox 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
Discussion: First Draft and Task & Purpose
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.
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Here's what's in ‘skinny repeal’  —  Senate Republicans are still editing their “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, but it's changed since yesterday to include slightly more than the law's mandates but no repeal of the law's industry taxes, per two senior GOP aides.  —  Here's what's now in it:
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Sam Baker / Axios:
It's time to vote, and the health care bill isn't finished
Discussion: Vox, New York Magazine and Politico
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood in ‘skinny’ repeal
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
“Skinny” repeal isn't skinny at all
Discussion: Axios and Hot Air
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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Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Sen. Graham warns of “the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency”
Discussion: IJR
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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Michelle Ruiz / Vogue:
Look, It's Time to Collectively and Officially Give Up on Ivanka Trump  —  It was Groundhog Day, dystopia edition, yesterday morning when the president banned all transgender servicepeople from the U.S. military, unfurling yet another reversal of an historic Obama-era policy.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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’
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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Christina Wilkie / Center for Public Integrity:
Steve Bannon has a shadow press office.  It may violate federal law.  —  Private publicist, not White House spokespeople, flacking for top Trump aide  —  In an arrangement prominent ethics experts say is without precedent and potentially illegal, the White House is referring questions …
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
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Enthusiastic, prolific, simplistic Chris Cillizza reaches new heights  —  Chris Cillizza might be the only person in America who can have goofy fun talking about Trumpcare, Russian election interference, and the emoluments clause.  CNN's new political analyst and editor at large …
 
 
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democratic Rep. Delaney eyes 2020 presidential run
The Nation:
How Oregon Increased Voter Turnout More Than Any Other State
Sara A. Carter / circa.com:
Sources: A top FBI lawyer is under an investigation for allegedly leaking classified information
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Norm Macdonald Sounds Off on SNL: 'I Think They're Playing Into Trump's Hands'
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Pity Paul Ryan: Moderates adopt Freedom Caucus tactics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Radio silence for Reince from Trumpworld
Discussion: Mediaite
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:
The Murder Of Charlie Gard
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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ESPN:
Anthem protests led poll of reasons viewers tuned out
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
TSA to require electronics larger than cellphones be X-rayed
Discussion: RedState
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Exclusive: Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign - sources