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6:00 AM ET, August 23, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump and McConnell Locked in a Cold War, Threatening the G.O.P. Agenda  —  The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty …
US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election  — Home > - US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election  —  Republican Party Divided - Provides Opening for Democrats
Discussion: Political Wire
VICE News:
Arizona GOP uses Margaret Cho sitcom pic to represent Asian Americans  —  Margaret Kim is an Asian American.  She's definitely not a Republican.  She's also not... real.  But that hasn't stopped the Arizona Republican party from using Kim, the 1994 sitcom alter ego of living …
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Arizona Republic:
Fake news?  Trump supporters circulate photo of Phoenix rally crowds ... but it's not … Ah social media is a glorious place.  You see something, it looks cool, and so you retweet it.  —  And sometimes that gets you into trouble.  —  Such was the case Tuesday night …
Clay Travis / Outkick the Coverage:
MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots  —  UPDATE: ESPN ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MOVING ROBERT LEE FROM VIRGINIA GAME:  —  “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding …
Emails: Breitbart editor pledges to do ‘dirty work’ for Bannon, smears Ivanka  —  A self-described “email prankster” seemingly fooled top editors at Breitbart over the weekend into believing he was Steve Bannon, the fired White House chief strategist who returned to the right-wing website as executive chairman on Friday.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally … PHOENIX — President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared …
Saba Hamedy / CNN:
Police spray tear gas at protesters following Trump's Phoenix rally  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Phoenix (CNN)What began as a peaceful protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center turned chaotic Tuesday evening as police officers used tear gas to manage the thousands protesting President Donald Trump's rally there.
Discussion: VICE News, FOX40, IJR and Arizona Republic
New York Times:
At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country's Deepening Divisions  —  PHOENIX — President Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt …
Discussion: The Week
Five Reasons Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio Should Not Receive a Presidential Pardon
Los Angeles Times:
Outside Trump's rally, thousands take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests
Discussion: Informed Comment
Trump empowered hatred in Charlottesville, now he's doing the same in Arizona
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Axios and USA Today
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump won't pardon ‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio at Arizona rally
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Navy to Relieve Admiral of Command After Collisions  —  Navy tradition of public accountability calls for commanders to be dismissed when superiors lose confidence in their leadership.  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Navy plans to remove the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions …
Discussion: NPR, The Daily Caller and Instapundit
‘Some remains’ of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says
Matt Vespa /
Howard Dean: If You Vote Republican in 2018, You're A Racist  —  In yesterday's column from Al Hunt in Bloomberg, the veteran political commentator noted that what Democrats needed was not new policies, but a new message.  And former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean has an idea …
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Fake Polls Are A Real Problem  —  Is Kid Rock leading the U.S. Senate race in Michigan?  A story like that is essentially designed to go viral, and that's exactly what happened when Delphi Analytica released a poll fielded from July 14 to July 18.  Republican Kid Rock earned 30 percent to Sen. Debbie Stabenow's 26 percent.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
'We're going to burn you out': Univision anchor has chilling moment with Klansman  —  KKK leader calls Univision reporter the n-word  —  Univision is the latest outlet to provide an intimate glimpse of white supremacy.  —  On Sunday, the Spanish language broadcaster aired a tense …
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration  —  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/AP) … High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump's presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
We Live in Fear of the Online Mobs  —  Internet shaming spreads everywhere and lives forever.  We need a way to fight it.  —  James Damore, the author of the notorious Google memo, has had his 15 minutes of fame.  In six months, few of us will be able to remember his name.
Discussion: alicublog
Night Sights, Lights and Lasers for Concealed-Carry Guns  —  Tritium self-luminous night sights (like the Trijicon HD XR shown), a grip-activated laser (Crimson Trace LG-660) and a handheld light (SureFire E2D Defender Ultra) are prudent accessories for a concealed-carry gun.
Discussion: LewRockwell
‘Donald Trump-shaped’ ecstasy pills seized by German police  —  About 5,000 carrot-coloured ecstasy tablets in the shape of Donald Trump's head have been seized by German police in the north-western city of Osnabruck.  —  The drugs were confiscated over the weekend, police say, and an Austrian father and son have been arrested.
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Members resign from White House council on infrastructure security  —  Several members of yet another of President Trump's advisory council have decided to quit, the White House confirmed Tuesday.  —  A number of those sitting on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Martin Shkreli is buying websites associated with the names of journalists critical of him and customizing them with mocking messages  —  Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli  —  Over the past several months, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has trolled journalists …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jon Jones Tests Positive for Steroids after UFC 214  —  Jon Jones has tested positive for steroids in his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier ... TMZ Sports has learned.  —  Our sources tell us ... Jones tested positive for Turinabol — an anabolic steroid.
Jessica Estepa / USA Today:
Valerie Plame Wilson wants to buy Twitter and ban President Trump  —  129 Shares  —  Valerie Plame Wilson's on a mission to get President Trump off Twitter.  —  How?  —  By buying it, of course.  —  Wilson — best known for being revealed as a CIA operative because of a leak during …
Natalie Robehmed / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017: Mark Wahlberg Leads With $68 Million  —  Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich: The former rapper-turned-actor is Hollywood's highest-paid leading man, earning $68 million pretax in our 12 month scoring period.  —  The Boston native recorded …
GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has said he doesn't believe Obama is a natural-born citizen  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for US Senate, has cast doubt on former President Barack Obama's citizenship repeatedly and as recently as December 2016 …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Wire
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio Used Personal Email for City Matters, Memo Says
Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Civil War was initially fought over land, not slavery
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Republicans dig deeper after Postal Service cited for workers' Clinton campaign aid
How the Boys Run Trump Inc.: With Other People's Money and Some Dubious Partners
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Kirsten Fleming / New York Post:
Fox News anchor on how being pretty helps you get ahead
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Politicians usually sound the most off-key when they are trying …
 Earlier Items: 
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Pence squirms as Matt Lauer asks if he's “putting loyalty” to Trump above what's right
Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
Polls Show Trump Cratering? Not So Fast
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
‘My actions were despicable’: Catholic priest steps down after revealing he was a Ku Klux Klan member decades ago
Washington Post:
President Trump's list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story