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4:15 PM ET, July 31, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump Removes Anthony Scaramucci From Communications Director Role  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has decided to remove Anthony Scaramucci from his position as communications director, three people close to the decision said Monday, relieving him just days after Mr. Scaramucci unloaded …
EXCLUSIVE: Kelly called Comey to express anger over firing, sources say  —  Who is John Kelly?  —  Washington (CNN)New White House chief of staff John Kelly was so upset with how President Donald Trump handled the firing of FBI Director James Comey that Kelly called Comey afterward …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Donald Trump's shocking disloyalty  —  Trump promised to hire “the best people.”  He has built a White House that will only attract the worst.  —  There are few traits Donald Trump claims to value the way he values loyalty.  In a remarkable passage in The Art of the Deal …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Trump ousts Scaramucci as communications director  —  President Donald Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, a little more than a week after the former financier was named to the post, the White House said on Monday.  —  The change came at the request of new chief …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Discussion: The Root and Alabama Today
John Santucci / ABC News:
Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mashable
Emily Heil / Washington Post:   Anthony Scaramucci erroneously listed as dead in the new Harvard Law alumni directory
Matthew Continetti / New York Times:
Trump Goes Rogue
Discussion: Power Line
Jeannette Walls / CBS News:
Sen. Jeff Flake says Republican Party has “lost its way”  —  Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party has “lost its way,” and is urging members to turn back to what he calls “traditional conservatism” — after a particularly contentious week in Washington.  —  “We've given in to nativism and protectionism.
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:   Flake: Republicans who don't call out Trump are complicit
James Hibberd /
HBO hacked: Upcoming episodes, Game of Thrones data leaked online  —  HBO chairman: ‘Disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us’  —  HBO has joined the ranks of Hollywood entertainment companies to suffer a major cyber attack.  —  EW has learned that upcoming episodes …
Judge rules Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty in criminal contempt case  — staff, wire reports  —  PHOENIX - Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio was convicted of a criminal charge Monday for refusing to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants, marking a final rebuke for a politician …
Discussion: RedState and Boing Boing
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt of court
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
Rasmussen Reports:
in Politics  —  The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 39% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump's job performance.  Sixty-one percent (61%) disapprove.  —  The latest figures for Trump include 26% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 49% who Strongly Disapprove.
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump drops to new low in Rasmussen poll
Discussion: RedState
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Ate Republicans' Brains?  —  When the tweeter-in-chief castigated Senate Republicans as “total quitters” for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he couldn't have been more wrong.  In fact, they showed zombie-like relentlessness in their determination to take health care away …
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
White House not letting go of Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Vox, Talking Points Memo and The Week
The Hill:
Dem campaign chief vows no litmus test on abortion  —  Democrats will not withhold financial support for candidates who oppose abortion rights, the chairman of the party's campaign arm in the House said in an interview with The Hill.  —  Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) …
Jennifer Wishon /
Bible Studies at the White House: Who's at the Heart of This Spiritual Awakening?  —  WASHINGTON - A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House.  —  Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God's Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed:
RNC Tells Staff To Preserve All Documents Related To 2016 Campaign  —  The 2016 Republican National Convention.  —  Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images  —  Republican National Committee employees have been asked to preserve all documents related to last year's presidential campaign …
BJ Lutz / WISN:
NJ gov gets in Cubs fan's face: 'You're a big shot'  —  Brad Joseph says the governor made contact with him with his knee and asked if he wanted to ‘do something’ and ‘start something’  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  MILWAUKEE —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie paused …
David Wharton / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles makes deal to host 2028 Summer Olympics  —  Olympic champion Allyson Felix was part of the LA 2024 team that helped bring the Summer Games back to Southern California.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)  —  Los Angeles has reached an agreement with Olympic leaders on terms …
Sopan Deb / New York Times:
Sam Shepard, Pulitzer-Winning Playwright and Actor, Is Dead at 73  —  Sam Shepard, the celebrated avant-garde playwright and Oscar-nominated actor, died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky.  He was 73.  —  A spokesman for the Shepard family said the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Ryan Zinke, Trump's Cowboy Enforcer, Is Ready for His Closeup  —  He raised eyebrows for his threats against Senator Lisa Murkowski after she voted to block the Republican health care bill; he raised ire for slashing Obama-era environmental protections.  And all the while, Ryan Zinke …
Discussion: Shareblue and Raw Story
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
For Trump and Sessions, a warm beginning turned into an icy standoff  —  They met more than a decade ago, when the genteel junior senator from Alabama invited the brash real estate mogul to testify on Capitol Hill about the renovation of the United Nations.  Jeff Sessions was taken by Donald Trump …
Foreign Policy:
How the Trump Administration Broke the State Department  —  Morale has hit rock bottom at Foggy Bottom, as American foreign service officers languish and Rex Tillerson builds a mini-empire. … THE OFFICE FURNITURE STARTED APPEARING WEEKS AGO.  —  Employees at the State Department …
Discussion: The Week
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
McConnell wages war down South  —  Mitch McConnell is unleashing the full force of his political machine in an all-out push to stop two far-right conservatives who threaten to make his life miserable in the Senate.  —  The Republican leader is aiming to thwart Rep. Mo Brooks …
Discussion: The Resurgent and NPR
Los Angeles Times:
California's bullet train is likely to face more environmental hurdles after a high court ruling  —  The Cedar Viaduct of California's high-speed rail project is under construction in Fresno.  (Gary Reyes / TNS)  —  California's high-speed train project is likely to continue to be buffeted …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
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Wall Street Journal:
Climate Change Isn't the End of the World
Discussion: Power Line
Ethan Epstein / Weekly Standard:
Social Justice ‘War and Peace’
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
LePage rallies his supporters against Susan Collins
Matt Bruenig:
The Success Sequence Is About Cultural Beefs Not Poverty
Discussion: and Eschaton
Fox News:
Media sympathizes with MS-13, lambasts Trump
Richard Fry / Pew Research Center:
Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 election
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg:
Executives Are More Worried About Amazon Than Trump's Setbacks
Discussion: The Week
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Blind woman banished to back pew with service dog
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Donald Trump's War on Scientists Has Had One Big Side Effect
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Post:
O.J. Simpson's children went on a real estate spending spree
Discussion: IJR and
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Dem redistricting group clocks $10.8 million in first 6 months
Discussion: Politicus USA and The Daily Caller
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The Military Coup Against Donald Trump of 2018, Part 1
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Secret donations are helping to boost President Trump's agenda, fights with investigators
Discussion: Political Wire
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Putin's Bet on a Trump Presidency Backfires Spectacularly
Discussion: Vox