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3:40 PM ET, August 11, 2017


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Simon Denyer / Washington Post:
China warns North Korea: You're on your own if you go after the United States  —  BEIJING — China won't come to North Korea's help if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned on Friday, but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Republicans, Remove This Madman From Power  —  As Trump tweets yet more provocations at North Korea, his ruling party must act before it's too late.  —  When Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama warned last year that Donald Trump was unfit to control the U.S. nuclear arsenal …
Matthew Pennington / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Beyond bluster, US, NKorea in regular contact  — 93a1d8297145  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months …
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Degrandpre / Washington Post:
Guam releases guidance to prepare residents for North Korean nuclear strike  —  Public safety officials in Guam have distributed a two-page pamphlet advising island residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on threats to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S. territory.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Trump's Twitter Fury at McConnell Risks Alienating a Key Ally
Discussion: Daily Kos
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Merkel: Escalation of rhetoric on North Korea is wrong answer
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
Meet Kim Jong-un, a Moody Young Man With a Nuclear Arsenal
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Behind the Trump-McConnell feud
Discussion: The Week, New York Times and ABC News
Oliver Holmes / The Guardian:
US and South Korea to stage huge military exercise despite North Korea crisis
Cynthia Lee / Vox:
I'm a woman in computer science.  Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.  —  I'm a lecturer in computer science at Stanford.  I've taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly.  I've had a single-digit employee number in a startup.  Yes, I'm a woman in tech.
Discussion: Althouse
Daniel / Crooked Timber:   From a logical point of view ...
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Combative Trump Pulls His Punches for One Man: Putin  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The roster of villains in President Trump's world is legion.  The list of people he has been willing, even eager, to publicly attack includes not just Mitch McConnell, his latest target, but Jeff Sessions …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google's C.E.O.  —  There are many actors in the whole Google/diversity drama, but I'd say the one who's behaved the worst is the C.E.O., Sundar Pichai.  —  The first actor is James Damore, who wrote the memo.  In it, he was trying to explain why 80 percent of Google's tech employees are male.
John McCain / ABC News:
Congressional investigators want to question Trump's longtime secretary, Rhona Graff, in Russia probe  —  Congressional investigators want to question President Donald Trump's longtime personal secretary as part of their ongoing probe into a controversial meeting between Trump campaign officials …
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
Breitbart's war on McMaster bites Bannon  —  The conservative news site Breitbart has waged a nonstop campaign against national security adviser H.R. McMaster, but so far it seems to have done the most damage to someone else: Steve Bannon.  —  A Wall Street Journal editorial earlier …
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - August 2017: The Politics of ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts  —  KEY FINDINGS:  — The August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds that the majority of the public (60 percent) say it is a “good thing” that the Senate did not pass the bill that would have repealed and replaced the ACA.
Rebecca Kheel / The Hill:
Navy secretary on transgender troops: ‘Any patriot’ should be allowed to serve  —  The recently confirmed secretary of the Navy says he will follow any order the president gives on transgender troops, but that “any patriot” should be allowed to serve.  —  “We will process and take direction …
Hugh Lessig / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Trump's new Navy secretary touches down, treads lightly
Discussion: WGNO and ThinkProgress
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama to re-emerge in ‘delicate dance’ with Dems  —  Former President Obama will re-emerge on the national scene this fall, though Democrats expect him to do so with caution.  —  One aide describes the beginning of a “delicate dance” that aims to put Obama in the Democratic fray, but prevent him from remaining the face of the party.
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Daniel Loeb, a Cuomo Donor, Makes Racial Remark About Black Leader  —  The hedge fund manager Daniel S. Loeb, a prominent supporter of charter schools and a major financial backer of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and congressional Republicans, accused the African-American woman who leads the Democrats …
Candy Woodall / PennLive:
Bannon calls Jeffrey Lord to support ‘no apologies tour’ after CNN cuts ties over Nazi salute  —  Jeffrey Lord gets early support from Steve Bannon after being ousted at CNN for tweeting a Nazi salute.  —  CAMP HILL - Hours after he was fired from CNN, Jeffrey Lord started his “no apologies tour.”
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Freedom Caucus seeks to force ObamaCare repeal vote  —  The conservative House Freedom Caucus on Friday is planning a move to try and force a vote on an ObamaCare repeal bill.  —  A spokeswoman for the group said members plan to file a “discharge petition,” which would force a vote …
Discussion: RedState
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
SCOOP: Freedom Caucus to file petition TODAY to bring up clean Obamacare repeal …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Senators learn the hard way about the fallout from turning on Trump  —  Republican senators who have been a thorn in President Trump's side are beginning to see the political consequences of opposing the White House as pro-Trump activists start to mobilize.  —  Just this week …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
At raucous town halls, Republicans have faced another round of anger over health care  —  BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The long August congressional recess, which Republicans hoped would begin a conversation about tax reform and must-pass budget measures, has so far seen another round of angry town halls focused …
Carlos Greer / Page Six:
Omarosa causes uproar at National Assoc. of Black Journalists conference … There's some “heavy drama” in New Orleans at the National Association of Black Journalists conference after organizers decided to add top Trump aide Omarosa Manigault to a panel.  —  “The majority there don't want her involved.
Discussion: Raw Story, AOL and TVNewser
Nina Burleigh / Newsweek:
Tegna / KPNX:
Sinema aiming for Senate, Stanton preps for congressional seat  —  Democratic Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema of Phoenix is planning a 2018 run for the U.S. Senate seat held by first-term Mesa Republican Jeff Flake, according to sources familiar with Sinema's plans.
Jesse Green / New York Times:
Review: Michael Moore, Bragging on Broadway, in ‘The Terms of My Surrender’  —  THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER - Broadway, Play, Solo Performance - 1 hr. and 30 min. - Closing Date: October 22, 2017 - Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St. - 212-239-6200  —  In 1972, having campaigned on a platform …
Wall Street Journal:
How Do You Price a Problem Like Korea?  —  Relatively small market moves are “reflective of the extreme difficulty the market faces in pricing in the ramifications of a nuclear confrontation.”
Discussion: IJR, Mediaite, The Week and Joe.My.God.
John Feinstein / Washington Post:
The NFL cowards who aren't signing Colin Kaepernick  —  John Feinstein is a Post contributor and author of “Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL.”  His book “The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup” will be published in October.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
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Lissandra Villa / BuzzFeed:
This Unknown Democrat Has Emerged As Nancy Pelosi's Most Aggressive Critic
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
MacArthur and Meadows working on ACA stabilization package
Discussion: Mother Jones
Matthew Stein / The College Fix:
Stanford University course to study ‘abolishing whiteness’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Seth Masket / Pacific Standard:
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
Steve Bannon's Tall Tale About How He Visited Pakistan in the Navy and Saw the Muslim Threat
Discussion: Raw Story
Todd ArcherESPN / ESPN:
Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended six games for conduct
Discussion: The Root, KXAN-TV and The Week
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Trump's judge picks snub Democrats
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Diamond Naga Siu / Politico:
Joe Arpaio: I'd accept a pardon from Trump
Josh Siegel / Washington Examiner:
Trump says he's ‘honored’ by White House leaks that show staff fighting for his ‘love’
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Rep. Ruben Gallego: ‘We Just Have to Admit’ Donald Trump Is an ‘Absolute Racist’
Robin Eberhardt / The Hill:
‘SNL’ compares Trump Jr. Russia meeting to ‘To Catch a Predator’
Discussion: RedState
Matt Motta / Washington Post:
Republicans are increasingly antagonistic toward experts. Here's why that matters.