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12:15 PM ET, August 22, 2017

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New York Times:
Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's skepticism about America's involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff.  But his top national security officials were still taken aback at a meeting in the Situation Room on July 19 …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
'It's a hard problem': Inside Trump's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan  —  President Trump was frustrated and fuming.  Again and again, in the windowless Situation Room at the White House, he lashed out at his national security team over the Afghanistan war, and the paucity of appealing options gnawed at him.
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Bannon's Breitbart tears into Trump after Afghanistan speech  —  Articles liken the president's approach to Obama's, and blame the national security adviser for the tone of the address.  —  Breitbart seems ready for one of Steve Bannon's famed “wars.”  —  Just minutes after President …
Discussion: RedState, NBC News, Daily Wire, CNN and The Week
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Worried He'll Change His Mind Again on Afghanistan War Plan
Discussion: The Atlantic
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Killing Terrorists Is Not a Strategy
Adam Shaw / Breitbart:
Trump's ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech
Mike Pence / USA Today:
Donald Trump's new American strategy for Afghanistan will undo past failures
Discussion: Axios
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Trump Debuts Afghanistan Strategy: ‘We Are Not Nation-Building Again, We Are Killing Terrorists’
New York Times:
Mnuchin's Wife Mocks Oregon Woman Over Lifestyle and Wealth  —  WASHINGTON — The wife of the Treasury secretary on Monday night took a page from President Trump's social media playbook for punching down.  —  Louise Linton, the labels-loving wife of Steven Mnuchin, replied condescendingly …
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Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Treasury secretary's wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts Hermes and Valentino fashion  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, boasted of flying on a government plane with her husband to Kentucky on Monday and then named the numerous fashion brands she wore …
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Mnuchin's wife unleashes Instagram fit after backlash
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Daily Caller
YouTube:
Senate Leadership Fund: “ChemtrailKelli” AZ  —  Arizonans rejected Chemtrail Kelli Ward's embarrassing behavior and dangerous ideas just one year ago.  But she's back at it again.  —  Chemtrail Kelli supported wacky conspiracy theories and even spent taxpayer money on a town-hall about chemtrails.
Discussion: Washington Times
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP on eggshells as Trump storms into Phoenix  —  PHOENIX — President Donald Trump faces a decision on Tuesday evening with profound implications for his already strained relationship with the GOP: whether to attack a vulnerable Republican senator on his home turf.
Trent Franks / USA Today:
Pardon America's toughest sheriff  —  Joe Arpaio became a principal target of the militant left wing: Opposing view  —  Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio has dedicated his whole life to keeping his fellow human beings safe; in his senior years, he has specifically protected Arizona communities.
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Madison Park / CNN:
Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he hasn't been invited to Trump rally
Discussion: Vox
Joseph Flaherty / Phoenix New Times:
Antifas, Bikers for Trump, and Other Groups Planning to Protest Trump's Phoenix Rally
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Chaos Breaks Out at Charlottesville City Council Meeting  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — They shouted down the mayor and City Council members, took over the Council chambers for about a half-hour, and gave more than four hours of impassioned testimony about how city officials had botched the response …
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Chris Suarez / Daily Progress:
Councilors vote to shroud Confederate statues at meeting overwhelmed by anger
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
Charlottesville City Council Meeting Erupts Over White Nationalist Rally
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump aides plot a big immigration deal — that breaks a campaign promise  —  Donald Trump's top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president's campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers.
Washington Post:
President Trump's list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000 … We have been tracking President Trump's false or misleading claims for more than seven months.  Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057.  (Our full interactive graphic can be found here.)
Discussion: Raw Story
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Fox News shames black and white NFL players who prayed for justice before game  —  The national anthem protest movement in the NFL is growing, it now includes white players, and it revolves around prayer.  Fox News is upset.  —  Members of the Cleveland Browns kneel during the national anthem
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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Pat McManamonESPN / ESPN:
12 Browns players kneel in prayer over racial, social injustice
Ford Springer / The Daily Caller:
It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In the White House  —  I've been on the Barron Trump train from the start, but it's about time the president's son starts dressing the part.  —  Barron is the youngest son of Donald Trump and the only child the president shares with Melania Trump.
Alec MacGillis / New York Magazine:
Is Anybody Home at HUD?  —  A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson.  —  In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the final two years …
Discussion: The Week
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns  —  WASHINGTON  —  The Pentagon won't yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy's decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack.
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Jim DeRogatis / BuzzFeed:
A Woman Who Says She Had Underage Sex With R. Kelly Is Finally Telling Her Story  —  Jerhonda Pace was just 15 when she met her musical idol, R. Kelly, outside his child pornography trial.  The alleged underage sexual relationship with him that followed and subsequent payouts mirror decades of allegations against the star.
massincpolling:
Virginia voters divided on blame for Charlottesville violence  —  About half see at least equal blame for violence at the Charlottesville white nationalist rally.  Many Virginia voters (47 percent) believe the counter protesters in Charlottesville deserve at least equal blame for the violence at last week's white nationalist rally.
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Michael J. Socolow / Washington Post:
Gawker has been gone for a year.  We've never needed it more than now.  —  Gawker wasn't perfect.  But in the age of Trump, it's hard not to miss its voice.  (Henri Grivot/AP)  —  One year ago today, Gawker shut down.  Nick Denton's legendary website is now gone, sued into oblivion …
Discussion: The Federalist
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar ‘dossier,’ to face questions  —  A key figure behind the so-called “dossier” featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Places with the fewest immigrants push back hardest against immigration
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Pro-Trump Rallies in 36 States Canceled, Will Be Held As Online Demonstrations
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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley had ‘private conversation’ with Trump after Charlottesville
Discussion: Politico
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