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2:35 AM ET, August 21, 2017

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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon Readies His Revenge  —  The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear.  —  On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trump's chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page.  “Why do you sound unfazed?” a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web.
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Daily Mail:
How Jewish convert Ivanka got ‘Bannon the Barbarian’ to go: Trump's daughter ‘helped to force out’ aide blamed over President's failure to condemn neo-Nazi rally  —  Donald Trump's controversial aide Steve Bannon was ‘pushed out’ by his daughter Ivanka and her husband because his far-Right views clashed …
Discussion: Mediaite, AOL, Joe.My.God., IJR and Breitbart
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Breitbart goes after McMaster
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet:
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca  —  SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Five sailors injured, 10 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship  —  SEOUL — Ten U.S. Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size collided near Singapore early Monday.
Fox News:
10 missing, 5 injured after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker in Pacific
Discussion: IJR
Freddie / The ANOVA:
personal news  —  Shortly I will be headed to the Richmond University Medical Center to pursue intensive treatment for my mental illness.  My day-to-day existence has become entirely unmanageable, and I fear for my health and safety.  I do not have much of a plan at this point other than to get checked in.
Variety:
Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91  —  Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas.  He was 91.
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Dave Kehr / New York Times:
Jerry Lewis, Mercurial Comedian and Filmmaker, Dies at 91
Discussion: Althouse, CBS Los Angeles and The Week
David Hinckley / New York Daily News:
Jerry Lewis, entertainment icon and longtime host of Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons, dead at 91
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
New York Times:
Lobbyist at Trump Campaign Meeting Has a Web of Russian Connections  —  WASHINGTON — Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant who met last summer with senior Trump campaign officials, has often struck colleagues as a classic Washington mercenary — loyal to his wife, his daughter and his bank account.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change  —  The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump disbands federal advisory panel on climate change: report
Discussion: TheBlaze and Joe.My.God.
Kai Cole / The Wrap:
Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’ Ex-Wife Kai Cole Says (Guest Blog)  —  “He used his relationship with me as a shield ... so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist,” she writes
Discussion: The Daily Caller and twitchy.com
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Vice correspondent: Charlottesville protesters did not discuss Confederate monument, they chanted about Jews  —  The Vice News reporter who followed white supremacist marching in Charlottesville said they were chanting about Jews, not the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.
Discussion: Raw Story and RedState
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David Bixenspan / IJR:   Vice Reporter: Charlottesville Protesters 'Didn't Talk About Robert E. Lee...They Chanted About Jews'
Palm Beach Post:
NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  And then there were two.  —  Or maybe four, depending on what happens when a couple of boards meet this week.  —  Today, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and MorseLife both announced a change of venue …
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit.  Then Came Charlottesville.  —  What was supposed to be an amicable departure for the president's chief strategist became a messy exit after public furor over the president's response to a race-fueled melee.  —  August 20, 2017  —  A Deal Breaker for Trump's Supporters?
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump's Approval Rating Stands Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls.
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Marist Poll:
8/20: Return to the Rust Belt: Dismal Job Approval Ratings for Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania, & Wisconsin
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump to announce Afghanistan plan Monday in TV address  —  President Trump will announce his plan for Afghanistan in an address to the nation Monday at 9 p.m. ET from Fort Myer in Arlington, Va., with troops as his live audience.  Trump discussed his options Friday with his national security team at Camp David.
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
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Wall Street Journal:
Donald Trump to Unveil Afghanistan Strategy in Televised Address Monday
Discussion: ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels
Discussion: The Week and Axios
Los Angeles Times:
Enough is Enough  —  T  —  hese are not normal times.  —  The man in the White House is reckless and unmanageable, a danger to the Constitution, a threat to our democratic institutions.  —  Last week some of his worst qualities were on display: his moral vacuity and his disregard for the truth …
Discussion: Business Insider
John Bowden / The Hill:
Evangelical students returning university diplomas to protest Trump  —  Former students at Liberty University are preparing to return their diplomas in a group protest of university president Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s, support for President Trump's agenda.  —  In a group letter first reported by NPR …
Discussion: The Week
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R. Derek Black / New York Times:
What White Nationalism Gets Right About American History
Ruben Navarrette Jr / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump and the media love mud wrestling
Discussion: Instapundit
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
No Sunday show defense from Trump administration
Discussion: Political Wire
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall.com:
Gohmert: During the Campaign, Paul Ryan Told Us to ‘Keep President Hillary Clinton Accountable’
Dara Lind / Vox:
Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to “free speech” after Charlottesville
Dustin Racioppi / NorthJersey.com:
Christie drops out of contention for WFAN job
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich: No plans to challenge Trump in 2020
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Congress Can't Do Tax Reform Without A Functioning President
Discussion: New York Times
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
New York Times Applauds Far-Left Violence
New York Times:
The Failing Trump Presidency
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's True Allegiances