At The Washington Post, Katie Mettler and Derek Hawkins explain how Trump’s Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition (21,000+ shares). Travis Andrews calls the piece “An absolutely wonderful deep dive by the eminently talented @kemettler and @D_Hawk.” Christopher Ingraham breaks it down: “Scout Jamboree speech themes: Clinton: Giving back W Bush: Freedom Obama: Service Trump: Trump.”
Scouting parents had some pretty strong reactions to the speech. Rex W. Huppke tweets, “Holy crap, the comments on the Boy Scouts of America Facebook page are 🔥🔥. https://www.facebook.com/theboyscoutsofamerica/ https://t.co/P0K6TJHkNI.”
In New York Magazine, Margaret Hartmann managed to narrow it down to the 14 Most Inappropriate Moments from Trump’s Boy Scout Speech (21,000+ shares). “There is no rock bottom, is there?” asks Christopher Marcisz. As Nolan McCarty puts it, it’s “Another exhibit in the 25th Amendment dossier.”
Speaking of, “There’s been a ‘significant crack’ in psychiatry's decades-old united front against analyzing politicians’ behavior,” tweets Jason Ukman, who links to Sharon Begley’s scoop in Stat News that the American Psychoanalytic Association is lifting the “Goldwater Rule,” telling members they can discuss Trump's mental health. Tweets Michelle Cottle, “I guess this an historic achievement of sorts by Trump.” While Justin Green says, “Note: this is not the association that most of you tweeting it seem to think it is,” Rebecca Robbins wonders, “Will other psych groups follow?”
Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly, write The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Robert Costa, while in The New York Times, Eileen Sullivan reports Trump Steps Up Attacks on His Own Attorney General. And Axios’ Mike Allen reports, Trump in phone call: “What would happen if I fired Sessions?” Says Rob Cox, “Jeff Sessions must really be dedicated to incarcerating minority drug offenders to put up with this crap.”
Meanwhile, POLITICO’s Tara Palmeri has the scoop that Scaramucci said he plans to dismiss assistant press secretary Michael Short, offers ‘amnesty’ to others, in an effort to stop leaks. “Um, not all leaks spring from the press shop, not when you have as many unhappy campers as this administration does,” says Frank Bruni. Justin Gray says, “As a reporter, this is disappointing if true. I've found @MCShort45 to be responsive & professional on deadline.” Tweets William Saletan, “I particularly love Scaramucci's idea that any White House leaker does 10% as much damage as Trump's Twitter feed.”
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So, yeah, the health care vote. Vox’s Dylan Scott reports that Senate Republicans don't know what's in their health bill or what it would do. They're voting anyway. He tweets a summary: “Health care vote today. - No final text - No final Byrd guidance - No final CBO score - No public hearings.” Vox’s Sarah Kliff tweets, “We talk a lot about Trump voters who gained from Obamacare. Urban areas have a lot to lose in ACA repeal, too.” She links to her new piece, How Obamacare saved Detroit.
"Read @caitlinnowens on the state of the Senate and try not to laugh out loud,” tweets Dylan Scott, linking to Caitlin Owens’ piece for Axios, The Senate's evolving health care plan. She tweets, “The BCRA and 2015 fail, along with Portman-Cruz, which is subject to 60 votes. Then who knows what comes next.”
From POLITICO’s Jennifer Haberkorn, Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett comes the latest prediction: Obamacare repeal vote still too close to call.
Also making predictions: “SCOOP: Boehner says GOP plans for full ‘repeal and replace’ are a fantasy, ‘people have gotten accustomed to’ ACA,” tweets The Washington Post’s Robert Costa. The Post obtained video footage of the former House speaker at a business gathering in Las Vegas last week, where he told the group he predicts Republicans will ‘never’ repeal and replace Obamacare. And, Keith Bradsher notes, “Boehner says fragmentation of media hurts political system, nostalgic for era of 3 networks, 5 newspapers.” Says Costa, “Boehner's comments here about health care, Trump, the media, and Washington dysfunction are fascinating.”
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Kevin Quealy refers you to what he calls “A++ work” from Julie Creswell, Reed Abelson and Margot Sanger-Katz at The New York Times, The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills.
In Splinter, Hamilton Nolan writes of Hypocrisy, Greed, And the DNAinfo-Gothamist Union. Tweets Nolan, “You think you're a cool blog guy and then one day you wake up and you're union busting for a pro-Trump billionaire.” It’s “a damning report from @hamiltonnolan that really makes the @gothamist leadership look like shit!” tweets Leah Finnegan.
“As the Facebook CEO travels across the US to ‘learn about people’s hopes and challenges,’ the cafeteria workers at his company struggle to make ends meet,” writes Julia Wong in her piece for The Guardian, Facebook worker living in garage to Zuckerberg: challenges are right outside your door (20,000+ shares).
At Variety, Justin Kroll and Brent Lang have the exclusive, ‘Justice League’ Extensive Reshoots Causing Headaches for Star Schedules, and “This is so crazy on so many levels,” says Brad Miska.
Starbucks Unveils $7 Wake-Up Slap. OK, that’s from The Onion, but you might still want to steer clear of Brett Molina, who says, “would i love to gift this to a few people.”
Not The Onion: The Des Moines Register’s Mary Bowerman reports Wisconsin company to install rice-sized microchips in employees. To which Allison Carter says, “Hard pass,” and Sarah Fowler says, “Nope.” Also alarming, as William Westhoven points out, “This could decimate the lanyard industry.”
And finally, “Et tu, Roomba?” asks Anjali Khosla. Rhett Jones of Gizmodo writes that Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder. Tweets Logan Molen, “About the only place left to find any privacy may be under your carpet.”
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At The New York Times, Peter Baker writes, With the Trump White House, a New Bar for Outrage.
“This is a disturbing, revelatory look into what's happening inside ICE,” says Jay Caspian Kang, of A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out, Jonathan Blitzer’s piece for the New Yorker.
From Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman at The New York Times comes the scoop, Justice Dept. Nominee Says He Once Represented Alfa Bank, the big Russian Bank.
POLITICO’s Josh Dawsey reports, Manafort to answer questions, share notes with Senate investigators.
Videos suggest Russian government may be arming Taliban, report CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalzai.
Nicholas Casey’s interactive piece for The New York Times, I Was Banned from Venezuela, takes a look at how Venezuela’s government is trying to ban The New York Times.
Jeremy Page of The Wall Street Journal is reporting, China Prepares for a Crisis Along North Korea Border.