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5:20 PM ET, July 21, 2017

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Glenn Thrush / New York Times:
Sean Spicer resigns as White House Press Secretary; source says resignation is over Trump's appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director  —  WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sean Spicer, who served up falsehood as truth from the start, should have quit long ago and saved himself months of humiliation  —  There's something about Sean Spicer that inspires pity.  He's had so much to deal with: The brutal “Saturday Night Live” skewerings.
CNN:
Sources: Scaramucci has accepted White House communications director job, filling Mike Dubke's spot  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump offered the job of White House communications director to Anthony Scaramucci on Friday morning, according to a senior administration official, a White House official and a source with knowledge.
Jake Tapper / CNNMoney:
Sources: Sean Hannity will no longer receive the Media Research Center's William F. Buckley Award after Buckley's family expressed disapproval  —  Bernstein: ‘We are in a cold civil war’  —  Fox News Channel star anchor Sean Hannity will no longer receive the conservative Media Research …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy reports Q2 net loss of $37.4M, mostly due to CareerBuilder impairment charge, on $225M revenue, down 7.1% YoY; digital subs rose to 91K, up 13.8% YoY  —  As expected, McClatchy today reported some encouraging gains in several of its digital businesses but a big second quarter loss - $37.4 million on revenues of $225 million.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Source: Vice Media is laying off about 2% of its 3K employees across multiple departments as it looks to expand internationally and ramp up video production  —  Vice Media is laying off about 2% of its 3,000 employees across multiple departments while at the same time the company …
Jennifer Levitz / Wall Street Journal:
Joseph Rago, a Wall Street Journal editorial writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for challenging Obama's health care policies, dies at 34  —  Pulitzer Prize winner was known for his well-reported pieces and policy influence  —  Joseph Rago, a Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Ari Melber's new MSNBC show The Beat will debut on Monday, replacing Greta Van Susteren's 6pm hour  —  IS THE WITCHING HOUR NOW 9 P.M.?  It was after that hour last night that multiple dizzying stories about the Trump administration dropped.  Here's The Washington Post's bombshell, (note …
Terry McDonell / Literary Hub:
Terry McDonell describes what it was like to edit Hunter S. Thompson's stories  —  TERRY MCDONELL ON THE ORIGIN OF ‘GONZO’ AND LATE NIGHT CALLS FROM HUNTER  —  There are conflicting stories about the first use of the word gonzo to describe Hunter's journalism but all credit fellow journalist Bill Cardoso.
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
The Hill names Richard Beckman, formerly of Group Nine, Vice, and Prometheus Global, among others, as its first president  —  The former Prometheus Global Media CEO reunites with James Finkelstein  —  Richard Beckman joins The Hill as its first president, a move that reunites him with James Finkelstein …
Nathan Layne / Reuters:
Japan's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp to hear its defamation case against Reuters  —  2 MIN READ  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Japan's Universal Entertainment Corp (6425.T) to hear its defamation case against Reuters …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
El Financiero and Bloomberg launch Bloomberg Businessweek México, a Spanish-language magazine with local content  —  El Financiero and Bloomberg L.P. announced Thursday the launch of Bloomberg Businessweek México, a Spanish-language, bi-weekly edition.
 
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