Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of July 24, 2017)
Gabriella Schwarz / July 30, 2017
This week ended with another high profile White House shake-up. Reince Priebus was replaced as chief of staff by Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John F. Kelly. The move followed controversial and crude comments made by Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.
Earlier in the week, Republican health care reform efforts failed in the Senate, confusion surrounded Trump’s announcement that transgender people would no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military and the White House announced Trump would approve the Russian sanctions passed by Congress.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. Reince Priebus Is Ousted Amid Stormy Days for White House—The New York Times, Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman
Top line: “Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff who failed to impose order on a chaos-racked West Wing, was pushed out on Friday after a stormy six-month tenure, and President Trump replaced him with John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security and retired four-star Marine general.”
Topic to follow: Reince Priebus
2. Republicans divided on whom to blame for health-care defeat, and what to do next—The Washington Post, Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell and Ed O’Keefe
Top line: “Congressional Republicans on Friday glumly confronted the wreckage of their seven-year quest to abolish the Affordable Care Act, blaming each other and President Trump for the dramatic early-morning collapse of the effort but finding no consensus on a way forward.”
Topic to follow: Health Care
3. Joint Chiefs: No Transgender Policy Changes Until Trump Clarifies Tweets—NBC News, Courtney Kube, Andrew Rafferty and Meredith Mandell
Top line: “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told subordinates on Thursday that the U.S. military will not make any changes to its transgender policy until President Donald Trump clarifies what he meant in a series of surprise tweets…
Pentagon officials were left scrambling Wednesday after tweets from the president announcing a ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces. The tweets seemed to indicated a reversal of the transgender military ban lifted more than a year ago under President Barack Obama.”
Topic to follow: U.S. Military
4. White House: Trump to sign Russia sanctions bill—CNN, Nicole Gaouette and Jeremy Herb
Top line: “President Donald Trump has reviewed the final version of Russia sanctions legislation and plans to sign it, the White House announced Friday night…
The legislation, which was sent to the White House on Friday, would sanction Russia while sharply limiting Trump’s ability to ease penalties against Moscow independently.”
Topic to follow: Russia
5. Trump intends to sign Russia sanctions bill, White House says—USA Today, Kim Hjelmgaard
Top line: “…Moscow retaliated Friday by ordering the expulsion of American diplomats and seized recreational property used by embassy staff.
The Russian foreign ministry told Washington to cut its diplomatic staff to 455 by Sept. 1 and said it would shutter a dacha, or country retreat, used by U.S. diplomatic staff on the outskirts of Moscow, as well as some warehouse facilities.”
Topic to follow: Vladimir Putin
Top line: “Charlie Gard, the baby at the centre of a legal row over his treatment, has died, a family spokesman has confirmed…
He suffered from an extremely rare genetic condition causing progressive brain damage and muscle weakness. His parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, fought a lengthy legal battle with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to allow him to be taken to the US for treatment.”
Topic to follow: Charlie Gard
7. Trucker in Texas denies knowing immigrants were in stifling tractor trailer—Reuters, Jim Forsyth
Top line: “The truck driver accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday.”
Topic to follow: Immigration
8. Kushner says he ‘did not collude with Russia’—Associated Press
Top line: “White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia.
Kushner spoke to reporters at the White House Monday after meeting with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Kushner told reporters he wanted to be ‘very clear.’ He said he ‘did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.'”
Topic to follow: Jared Kushner
9. Sessions ‘confident’ in recusal, despite ‘hurtful’ Trump attacks—Politico, Cristiano Lima
Top line: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he stood by his recusal from the federal probe into Russian election meddling and potential ties to the Trump campaign, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated public rebukes of the move…
President Trump has scolded Sessions numerous times over the past week, in public appearances and on social media, openly criticizing him for stepping away from the investigation.”
Topic to follow: Jeff Sessions
10. Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon—The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza
Topic to follow: Anthony Scaramucci
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