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12:05 PM ET, August 18, 2017

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Mitt Romney:
I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements.  Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.  His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard.
Chelsea Bailey / NBC News:
Mother of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer Says She's Received Death Threats  —  A day after burying her daughter, the mother of a woman killed during Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville scoffed at President Donald Trump's claim that violence on “both sides” led to her daughter's death.
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Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Taney statue removed from Md. state house grounds overnight  —  Workers dismantled a 145-year-old statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney outside the Maryland State House shortly after midnight Friday, the latest ripple effect from last weekend's deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
Discussion: NPR and The Week
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
Mother of slain Charlottesville protester says she's received death threats
Discussion: Refinery29
Fox News:
Jason Kessler, Charlottesville rally organizer, says he's in hiding
Discussion: Raw Story
The Hill:
Dems launch full assault on Trump over Charlottesville
Discussion: NPR, New York Times, Hit & Run and IJR
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump embraces culture war with call to preserve Confederate statues
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Mother of Charlottesville victim says she won't speak with Trump
Discussion: Refinery29 and Fox News Insider
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
James Murdoch, Rebuking Trump, Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of a frequent ally of President Trump's, condemned the president's performance after the violence in Charlottesville, Va. …
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
21st Century Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump: ‘There are no good Nazis’
Discussion: CNN, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Members of White House presidential arts commission resigning to protest Trump's comments  —  The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump's recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville.
Discussion: Towleroad
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House review nears end: Officials expect Bannon firing  —  A decision is imminent from White House chief of staff John Kelly on whether Steve Bannon will keep his job, according to administration officials with knowledge of the situation:  — Bannon, who has run afoul of Trump in the past …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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Roger Stone / The Daily Caller:   Bannon's Time Is Up  —  Steven K. Bannon, the swashbuckling …
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Steve Bannon Detonates His Trump Survival Plan, Worrying Allies
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms  —  Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance  —  The American Civil Liberties Union, taking a tougher stance on armed protests, will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms …
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Josh Delk / The Hill:
ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Party of Trump  —  Column: America's new, combustible four-party system  —  On July 18, 2015, about a month into his long-shot campaign for president, Donald Trump famously attacked John McCain.  “He's not a war hero,” he said.  “He was a war hero because he was captured.
Discussion: Instapundit and Liberal Values
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Centrist Dems push back on Warren
Joe Otterson / Variety:
MSNBC Ranks as No. 1 Cable Network in Total Viewers for First Time Ever  —  MSNBC ranked as the number one network across all of cable in total viewers for the first time in its history, according to Nielsen data.  —  For Wednesday, Aug. 16, MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the total …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
MSNBC Was the No. 1 Cable Network on Wednesday Across Total Day
CNN:
Private prison industry sees boon under Trump administration  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The private prison industry — one of the most controversial pieces of the US carceral state — has essentially recovered a year after the Obama administration sent a chill down its spine.
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Victoria Guida / Politico:
Justice Department to end Obama-era ‘Operation Choke Point’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Rachael Bade / Politico:
The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman  —  Empty his trash.  Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready.  And don't bother with “unnecessary conversation” — the congressman doesn't have time for your chitchat.  —  Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious on Capitol Hill.
New York Times:
‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Last weekend, when a 27-year-old bike messenger showed up at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., he came ready for battle.  He joined a human chain that stretched in front …
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Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Art of the Deal Writer Says Trump Will Resign Before Year's End: Reminds Me of ‘Last Days of Nixon’  —  Author Tony Schwartz spent 18 months with Donald Trump putting together The Art of the Deal — Trump's best-selling book.  And having spent so much time with the man who is now President …
Discussion: YouTube, Fox News Insider, IJR, AOL and HuffPost
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control  —  Alex Jones from infowars.com speaks during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.  (David Swanson / TNS)  —  The Internet and social media did not create white supremacist movements in the United States …
Jeffrey Sullivan / Rivard Report:
Armed Group Appears at Council to Oppose Statue's Removal  —  The ongoing controversy surrounding the proposed removal of the Confederate monument in Travis Park was at the center of Wednesday evening's citizens to be heard session in City Council Chambers.  —  As speakers addressed Council members …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
As Trump mulls Afghanistan, a former general and fallen Marine's father at his side  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)For months, President Donald Trump has held off a decision on the future of the US military campaign in Afghanistan, rejecting the proposals …
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics  —  A pathbreaking new study of online conversations among economists describes and quantifies a workplace culture that appears to amount to outright hostility toward women in parts of the economics profession.
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Corker: Trump hasn't demonstrated the stability or competence to be successful  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Sen. Bob Corker slammed President Donald Trump's handling of the racially motivated protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, charging that the President “has not demonstrated he understands the character of this nation.”
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Now you can see what Donald Trump sees every time he opens Twitter
 
 
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Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
McCaskill says likely challenger Josh Hawley voted illegally or violated residency rule
Discussion: RedState and MO Rising Action
Brett Cihon / Q13 FOX News:
Seattle's mayor: Lenin statue needs to come down
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
Fighting Nazis doesn't make ‘antifa’ the good guys
Jeff Flake / New York Times:
We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.
Discussion: Politico
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dem group puts Trump's words over video of Charlottesville violence
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
New Poll: Republicans support Trump view of Charlottesville
Moises Velasquez-Manoff / New York Times:
How to Make Fun of Nazis
Discussion: Althouse and ThinkProgress
Washington Post:
Three fundraising giants cancel plans for galas at Mar-a-Lago