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With guest host John Harwood.

Don Jr.’s emails. FBI nominee says heck no to a loyalty pledge. GOP stares down failure on health care bill. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at Arizona State University on Oct. 27, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign rally for his father, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at Arizona State University on Oct. 27, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Somehow, the firestorm over Donald Trump and Russia got even hotter this week, with new emails showing the president’s team eager for Moscow’s help. It follows the president on his trip to Paris, while back in Washington his choice to lead the FBI testifies and Senate Republicans make one last push to pass their Obamacare replacement bill. Up next, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. -- John Harwood.

Guests

Margaret Talev, Senior White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News. (@margarettalev)

David Drucker, Senior Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner. (@DavidMDrucker)

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst. (@jackbeattynpr)

From The Reading List

Bloomberg: Trump's Son Says He Didn't Tell Father About Russia Meeting — "The president and his top lieutenants, including Vice President Mike Pence, have previously denied there were any meetings between his campaign and Russians. Their argument now is that the meetings weren’t out of the ordinary. The younger Trump responded with a sarcastic Twitter post earlier Monday, before the New York Times report."

Washington Examiner: How Republican Medicaid Flip-Flops Made Obamacare Repeal So Much Harder — "Republicans are keenly aware of how they profited from the public's dissatisfaction with Obamacare, passed with only Democratic votes, in two midterm elections. They worry that their own voters, those on Medicaid and others, might reject their health care fix and punish them in 2018."

Reuters: Trump's FBI Pick Vows Independence, Says Russia Probe No 'Witch Hunt' — "Wray, nominated by Trump on June 7 to replace the fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, sought to stake out independence from the president and protect the agency from partisan political influence. Wray even said it would be "highly unlikely" he would agree to meet Trump in a one-on-one situation, as Comey reluctantly did."

This program aired on July 14, 2017.

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