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3:30 PM ET, July 13, 2017


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Dana Bash / CNN:
First on CNN: Graham, Cassidy unveil details of alternative health care plan  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)With the prospects for passing the current Senate Republican health care bill still in jeopardy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana …
Paige Winfield Cunningham / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Doctors make last-ditch effort to sink GOP health-care bill  —  THE PROGNOSIS  —  Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attends a new conference following party policy lunch meeting.  (REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX)  —  It's looking increasingly …
Sarah Karlin-Smith / Politico:
Senate Republicans one vote away from Obamacare repeal failure  —  The Senate Republican effort to repeal Obamacare is on the cusp of defeat, with two Republican senators threatening to kill the measure before the Senate can even start debate.  —  GOP leaders released a modified draft …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Draft GOP health bill will include Cruz provision  —  A controversial idea championed by Sen. Ted Cruz will be included in today's draft of the GOP health care bill, according to three sources familiar with the bill.  It's similar to the provision Cruz worked on with Sen. Mike Lee …
Haley Byrd / IJR:
Senate Republicans are Considering Alternative Scoring for Cruz Amendment Instead of Waiting for CBO  —  Republicans are considering using alternative scoring methods for a version of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) Consumer Freedom Option in order to proceed with their health care push next week rather …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Republican Senators Left Exposed in Health Care Ad Wars  —  By now, we know that Republicans in the Senate are having a tough time coming to agreement on a health care bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the drastic step this week of cancelling at least the first two weeks …
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
Dylan Scott / Vox:
Leaked outline shows Senate bill will allow bare-bones health plans
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
TEXT: Cruz amendment would allow insurers to escape these nine Obamacare regulations
Discussion: and Daily Wire
Ezra Klein / Vox:   The new Senate health bill is terrible for anyone who is sick, has been sick, or will be sick
David Nather / Axios:
Lindsey Graham's health care idea: Turn it over to the states
Discussion: Politico
Highlights of Reuters interview with Trump  —  7 MIN READ  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here are highlights of the Reuters Oval Office interview with U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday.  —  ON WHETHER HE WAS AWARE HIS SON DONALD TRUMP JR. WAS MEETING WITH A RUSSIAN LAWYER  —  “No. That I didn't know.
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Dark cloud hangs over Trump's visit to City of Lights  —  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY  — Bonjour!  President Trump is in Paris today and Friday at the invitation of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, for the Bastille Day celebrations and to hold a one-on-one meeting.
Rusty Surette / KBTX-TV:
Rep. Flores says President Trump's children should be removed from White House  —  A Republican U.S. Representative from the Brazos Valley believes the President's children should be removed from the White House.  —  Rep. Bill Flores, District 17, made the remarks on Wednesday …
Discussion: Vox, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Officials Overheard Discussing Trump Associates Before Campaign Began  —  It isn't clear whether Mr. Trump's associates had any connection to his presidential aspirations  —  WASHINGTON—Investigators are re-examining conversations detected by U.S. intelligence agencies in spring 2015 …
Kurt Schlichter /   This Time We Liberals Have Totally Got Trump. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Mark Katkov / NPR:
Justice Department Releases Sessions' Disclosure Form, A Day Late  —  Updated 11 a.m.  —  A day late, the Justice Department complied this morning with a federal court order and released part of a security clearance form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' contacts with foreign governments.
The Hill:
Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team  —  The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump  —  's inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Were Democrats Working With Russia Against Trump?  That Russian Lawyer Has Ties to Democrat Oppo Researchers
Tyler Durden /
Why Did Loretta Lynch Grant Trump Jr's Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter America?
Discussion: The Rush Limbaugh Show and IJR
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked Documents Suggest Secretive Billionaire Trump Donors Are Milo's Patrons  —  Photo illustration by BuzzFeed News; Getty Images  —  Secretive hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his family launched themselves into the top rank of American power through a series …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Sheldon Silver's Conviction Is Overturned  —  A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned the 2015 corruption conviction of Sheldon Silver, the once-powerful New York State Assembly speaker who obtained nearly $4 million in illicit payments in return for taking official actions that benefited others …
Aidan Geary / CBC News:
Jimmy Carter OK after collapsing from dehydration in Winnipeg  —  Former U.S. president and wife Rosalynn were helping construct a Habitat for Humanity home  —  Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter received medical attention for dehydration while in Winnipeg on Thursday, where he is helping build a Habitat for Humanity home.
CBO's Publications:
An Analysis of the President's 2018 Budget  —  Under the President's proposals, budget deficits from 2018 through 2027 would total nearly one-third less than those in CBO's baseline projections, ranging between 2.6 percent and 3.3 percent of GDP, down from 3.6 percent in 2017.
U.S. Department of Justice:
National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses  —  Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services …
Patrick Wilson / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Corey Stewart to announce run Thursday for Tim Kaine's Senate seat  —  Receive daily news emails sent directly to your email inbox  —  A month after nearly toppling Ed Gillespie in the GOP race for governor with a campaign centered on the Confederate flag and restricting immigration …
Liz Farmer / Dallas Morning News:
Activists say Arlington police promised to drop charges against teens if mom gave up video  —  Updated at 9:01 a.m. with the response from Arlington police.  —  Activists say Arlington police promised to drop charges against two teenagers in exchange for their mother's video of their arrests, which appeared on Facebook overnight.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan moves to ‘modernize’ dress code of Speaker's lobby
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump's favorite new TV defender: Sebastian Gorka
Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism
Eliza Shapiro / Politico:
After years of battle, de Blasio and charters weigh a truce
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Olivia Solon / The Guardian:
Airbnb host who canceled reservation using racist comment must pay $5,000
Discussion: Raw Story, Gizmodo and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Shane Savitsky / Axios:
Chuck Todd: “every man and woman for themselves” in Trumpland
Craig Unger / New Republic:
Trump's Russian Laundromat
Discussion: Scripting News
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
‘He is a monkey’: Federal appeals court appears doubtful that a monkey who took a selfie can sue