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11:40 AM ET, July 15, 2017


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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
The Russian Lawyer And The Lobbyist From The Trump Jr. Meeting Had A Busy Month In America Last Summer  —  The meeting at Trump Tower was just one moment of a busy series of days in June 2016 for Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of the story that has dominated the past week with new revelations daily.
Trump Tower Russia meeting: At least eight people in the room
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Couldn't We Just Trade Presidents?  —  Why can't Emmanuel Macron be our president?
Discussion: Associated Press
Also At Trump Jr.-Russia Meeting: An Ex-U.S. Government Worker With Liberal Views
The Hill:
Russian lobbying that touched Trump tied to Moscow figures
Discussion: Raw Story
Edward Price / Politico:
Why Does Jared Kushner Still Have a Security Clearance?  —  With nearly each passing day, the public learns more sordid details of the Russia scandal engulfing the Trump administration.  It's far from clear just how deep the Russia affair goes; in today's climate, one progressive's collusion …
Discussion: Washington Post
Michael Isikoff / Yahoo:
White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steam … Under intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney turns …
LawNewz Prediction: President Trump Fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller Within 100 Days
New York Times:
Governors From Both Parties Denounce Senate Obamacare Repeal Bill  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The nation's governors, gathered here for their annual summer meeting, came out strongly on Friday against the new Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ratcheting up the pressure …
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
‘Simply Unworkable’: Insurers Blast New Provision In Senate Health Bill  —  The industry sounds just as angry as the patient advocates.  —  Two organizations representing the U.S. health insurance industry just called a new provision of the Senate Republicans' health care proposal …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNBC
Michael F. Cannon / Cato Institute:   No ‘Freedom Option’ in the Revised Senate Health Care Bill
Alex Roarty / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
DNC worried about voters unregistering in Colorado  —  Top officials in the Democratic National Committee are worried about a sudden drop in voter registrations in Colorado, concerned that President Donald Trump's new election commission is encouraging Democrats across the country …
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information
Discussion: NPR, Vox, Gizmodo and Business Insider
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘Lie after lie after lie’: Fox News's Shepard Smith has a Cronkite moment on Russia … Between its “Fox and Friends” morning show and Sean Hannity at night, Fox News has become a haven for those who think this whole Russia thing is nonsense.  On Friday morning, Steve Doocy even declared that …
Media Matters for America:
Fox's Shepard Smith slams Trump lies over Russia meeting: The deception “is mind boggling”
Discussion: Washington Post and
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Trump campaign adviser admits they'd have erased Russian emails if they'd broken the law
Discussion: IJR
New York Times:
Dropping the Bluster, Trump Revives Banter With Reporters  —  WASHINGTON — The Donald J. Trump who turned up in the press cabin of Air Force One on Wednesday evening, as his plane crossed the Atlantic Ocean on the way to Paris, was starkly different from the one who publicly pillories …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Althouse
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
What Is Donald Trump Saying to Emin Agalarov in This Video?  —  As controversy around Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer continues to plague the White House, the Trumps' relationship with the Agalarov family is coming under more scrutiny.
Abigail Hauslohner / Washington Post:
In memo, Trump administration weighs expanding the expedited deportation powers of DHS  —  The Trump administration is weighing a new policy to dramatically expand the Department of Homeland Security's powers to expedite the deportations of some illegal immigrants.
Alan Gomez / USA Today:   First DREAMer deported under Trump files court documents disputing administration's account
Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru  —  5 MIN READ  —  SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention center left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steve Annear /
Someone complained about Dunkin' Donuts hot cups on Facebook and a war broke out  —  It's safe to say this person will never be the Mayor of Dunkin' Donuts.  —  When a customer took to the company's Facebook page Sunday to complain that an employee used a hot cup to insulate an iced coffee …
Karen Crouse / New York Times:
At U.S. Women's Open, Presidential Air Is Stirred by a Gust of Commotion  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Lexi Thompson, at No. 3 the highest-ranked American in the women's world rankings, was preparing to hit her third shot, from just off the green, on the par-5 15th hole at Trump National Golf Club …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The GOP's moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr.  —  The key insight from a week of gobsmacking revelations is not that the Russia scandal may finally have an underlying crime but that, as David Brooks suggests, “over the past few generations the Trump family built an enveloping culture that is beyond good and evil.”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
David Brooks / New York Times:
Moral Vacuum in the House of Trump
Billy House / Bloomberg:
Roger Stone's Testimony in House Russia Probe Delayed After Radio Tirade  —  Former Trump campaign adviser Stone was to testify July 24  —  Stone had called Democrat on panel a ‘yellow-bellied coward’  —  The House Intelligence Committee has postponed the scheduled July 24 closed-door testimony …
Discussion: RedState
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Ben Strauss / Politico:
'Mr. President, You Know What It's Like To Be a Black Man'
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Ryan Browne / CNN:
US kills leader of ISIS in Afghanistan
Discussion: IJR and Axios
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Pence will join GOP leaders for fundraiser benefiting his PAC
Discussion: Business Insider
Jane Kay / Reveal:
Trump administration suddenly pulls plug on teen pregnancy programs
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Rewire
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Tankersley / Vox:
The Senate health care bill is getting dangerous for Donald Trump
John Bowden / The Hill:
Kushner's lawyer dropping out of representing him: report
Discussion: IJR and RedState
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Projection President