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7:30 AM ET, August 24, 2017

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CNN:
Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials …
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Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
White House Sets Rules for Military Transgender Ban  —  Guidelines expected to direct Pentagon to stop admitting transgender people, gives Mattis power to remove those serving  —  Following President Donald Trump's announcement to ban open transgender service in the military …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper's coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve.
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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump huddled Tuesday to plot primary against Sen. Jeff Flake  —  (CNN) President Donald Trump huddled privately with potential Republican primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday night.  —  The backstage meeting included former state GOP …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump met with potential Flake challengers before Phoenix rally
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Tries to Recharge His Base in Arizona Rally
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Elana Schor / Politico:
Trump clashed with multiple GOP senators over Russia  —  President Donald Trump privately vented his frustration over Russia-related matters with at least two other Republican senators this month, according to people familiar with the conversations — in addition to the president's public admonishments …
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Federal judge blocks further implementation of Texas' voter ID law  —  Updated at 7:15 p.m. with more from the ruling and reaction.  —  A federal judge in Corpus Christi blocked further implementation of Texas' controversial voter identification law, after finding for a second …
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Rick Hasen / electionlawblog.org:
Federal Court, Reaffirming Racially Discriminatory Purpose of Texas Voter ID Law, Blocks Its Use Entirely in Future Elections  —  This 27-page opinion and order explains the basis for the trial court's decision to hold that Texas's voter identification law may not be enforced at all.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Off the Kuff
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Rabbis Protest Trump's Comments by Boycotting Conference Call  —  For years, the presidential conference calls were a nonpartisan holiday tradition: President Barack Obama would speak by phone with hundreds of rabbis in advance of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, in what participants described …
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Negassi Tesfamichael / Politico:
Rabbis ditch High Holy Days call with Trump
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.
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Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Trump snubbed missing US sailors during Arizona speech, referenced himself nearly 250 times
Discussion: Grist, IJR, Mashable and ABC News
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown
Discussion: The Hill, Shakesville and Daily Wire
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Fashion brands turn their backs on Steve Mnuchin's wife  —  MORE FROM: … Luxury fashion labels are distancing themselves from Louise Linton, wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, after she posted a picture of herself stepping off a government plane in designer clothes and then went …
Discussion: Raw Story
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
He wore Confederate dress to Charlottesville.  He got two middle fingers and possible expulsion from college.  —  The following is a retelling based on contemporary accounts of a confrontation in Charlottesville between two middle fingers and a Confederate flag.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower  —  Every time you think President Trump's anti-press rhetoric can't get worse, he finds a way of surprising you and not surprising you all at the same time.  —  That he will attack journalists on a regular basis should be expected at this point, and it is.
Nassim Benchaabane / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ST. LOUIS  • Police and a witness gave differing versions of how protesters were injured when a driver pulled into a group that had blocked an intersection on Wednesday night.  —  The witness, Keith Rose, said the driver had his middle fingers raised before he accelerated through the group …
Discussion: FOX2now.com, ABC News and Splinter
Heidi M. Przybyla / USA Today:
How Trump could ease the burden he's putting on the Secret Service  —  WASHINGTON - “I alone can fix it,” Donald Trump famously declared as he accepted the presidential nomination last summer.  When it comes to the serious budget crisis now facing the president's Secret Service, that might actually be true.
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Melissa Byrne / Washington Post:
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.
Discussion: Business Insider
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House has paperwork ready for Joe Arpaio pardon  —  (CNN) The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so, CNN has learned.  —  An administration official said the White House …
Bloomberg:
Kushner Cos.  Switches to Crisis Manager for Media Relations  —  Finsbury's Eric Wachter replaces Risa Heller Communications  —  Kushner under federal scrutiny for firm's investment efforts  —  Kushner Cos., the family real estate business of Jared Kushner, has switched public relations firms …
John Early / WVIR-TV:
Updated: Crews Cover Charlottesville's Confederate Statues  —  Statues of Confederate generals in downtown Charlottesville are now hidden under dark tarps.  —  Crews with the Charlottesville Department of Parks & Recreation began concealing the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee …
Discussion: New York's PIX11 and TheBlaze
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Guardian: We expect Rep. Gianforte ‘to be a man of his word’  —  Civility prevailed at the June 12 sentencing hearing for Greg Gianforte.  Just weeks earlier, Gianforte, heading toward a successful bid for Montana's sole congressional seat, body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs instead …
Discussion: Axios
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Again breaking ground, Trump takes the permanent campaign to new heights  —  President Trump gave supporters plenty to cheer about at a boisterous Phoenix rally on Tuesday.  (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)  —  The permanent campaign has been a fixture of the modern presidency …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
'I don't know how it got this bad': Trump supporters and protesters meet in Phoenix  —  PHOENIX — Just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, at an intersection near the convention center where President Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign rally, two vendors hawked products with competing messages.
Discussion: Vox and American Prospect
The Hill:
7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018  —  Next year's midterm elections will provide Republicans with a major opportunity to build their majority in the Senate — if they can overcome President Trump's dismal approval ratings and internal party rancor.  —  The 2018 Senate map heavily …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming  —  HSBC, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley say end of market boom is nigh  —  Breakdown in trading patterns is signal to get out soon  —  HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage …
John Blake / CNN:
‘White supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible  —  ‘White advocate’ made same arguments as Trump  —  (CNN)Blame President Trump for his tepid moral response.  Call the neo-Nazis and white nationalists thugs.  Fill your Facebook and Twitter accounts with moral outrage.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
How Alan Dershowitz Went From Hillary Donor to Trump's Attack Dog on Russia … Alan Dershowitz—a liberal Harvard law professor and ardent backer of Hillary Clinton—has emerged as one of the Russia probe's most vocal critics.  —  He's likened the investigation to a KGB hunt …
CREW:
August 23, 2017: U.S. Department of Treasury - Mnuchin  —  CREW requests:  — copies of all records concerning authorization for and the costs of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of a government plane to travel to Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, August 21, accompanied by his wife Louise Linton.
Discussion: The Hill and Towleroad
 
 
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Kyle Smith / National Review:
The Left Opens Fire on Columbus Statues
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Trump hits four countries with visa sanctions
Discussion: Axios and IJR
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
The Democrat running for Va. governor wants Confederate monuments to come down. …
Associated Press:
Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
'It's a Slow Death': The World's Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Ryan warns Trump not to shut down government over border security funding
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Global Economies Grow in Sync
Discussion: Axios
Mike Rowe:
Off The Wall  —  Chuck Atkins says...  “One of the tenants …
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Insidious Libertarian-to-Alt-Right Pipeline
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
CNN's Big Secret
Discussion: Instapundit