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12:45 PM ET, August 12, 2017


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Joe Heim / Washington Post:
March of white supremacists at University of Virginia ends in skirmishes … Chanting “White lives matter!”  “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!” several hundred white nationalists and white supremacists carrying torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus Friday night.
Anthony P. de Bruyn / UVA Today:
President Sullivan: Friday Night Demonstration Disturbing and Unacceptable  —  UPDATE: The University of Virginia issued the following update today (Aug. 12) regarding Friday evening's demonstration on Grounds:  —  University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan strongly condemned …
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
Charlottesville remains on edge ahead of ‘Unite the Right’ rally  —  (CNN)White nationalists and counterprotesters are expected to flood downtown Charlottesville Saturday as the Virginia city braces for the “Unite the Right” rally.  —  By noon, thousands are expected to gather in Emancipation Park …
New York Times:
State of Emergency Declared in Charlottesville After Protests Turn Violent  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville on Saturday as a protest of a plan to remove a statue of a Confederate general turned violent …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and NBC News
Meghan Moriarty / WVIR-TV:
Police Break up Torch-Lit Gathering of Unite the Right Supporters at UVA's Rotunda
Discussion: Mashable and The Daily Caller
New York Times:
White Nationalists March on University of Virginia
Discussion: Refinery29 and NPR
Henry A. Kissinger / Wall Street Journal:
How to Resolve the North Korea Crisis  —  An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite.  Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play.  —  For more than 30 years, the world's response to North Korea's nuclear program has combined condemnation with procrastination.
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
'We've Had Enough': Conservatives Relish the ‘Fury’ in Trump's Talk
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
The Latest: French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:   How U.S. Military Actions Could Play Out in North Korea
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Despite Trump's threats to North Korea, the U.S. military doesn't appear to be on a new wartime footing
Ankit Panda / The Diplomat:
US Intelligence: North Korea's ICBM Reentry Vehicles Are Likely Good Enough to Hit the Continental US
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Katkov / NPR:
Despite Rhetoric On North Korea, U.S. Military Posture Hasn't Really Changed
Discussion: and Raw Story
Lesley Clark / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
There are 86 million reasons why Trump can't really hurt Mitch McConnell  —  No matter how much President Donald Trump taunts Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader's position is secure, thanks largely to a powerful super PAC that has plowed millions into Senate campaigns, ensuring the loyalty of his Republican caucus.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Trump barrage stuns McConnell and his allies  —  (R-Ky.) did not intend to pick a fight when he questioned President Trump's expectations and was surprised by the explosion it produced, according to people close to the Senate GOP leader.  —  McConnell and Trump spoke Wednesday …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Trump threatens Venezuela with unspecified ‘military option’  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation of Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis that Caracas disparaged as “craziness.”
Discussion: The American Conservative and RT
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's China trade crackdown coming Monday
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Vox
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Pentagon: We've received no new orders on Venezuela after Trump remarks
Discussion: CNN, RedState and The Week
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump predicts ‘tenfold’ boost in tourism for Guam amid threats by North Korea
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
Unmasking Samantha Power  —  We still don't know why Obama officials needed to know the names of so many Trump officials.  —  Of all the Russia storms raging around Donald Trump —the Christopher Steele dossier, the email to Don Jr. promising dirt on Hillary Clinton —there is still …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Senate Inquiry Into Russian Meddling Could Wrap Up This Year, Burr Says
Discussion: Political Wire
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New Yorker:
Paul Manafort Returns to the Center of the Russia Story  —  When he went to bed on July 25th, the political consultant Paul Manafort was a powerful and wealthy man in a complicated position.  He had been, for five months last year, the chair of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign …
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg:
Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department  —  Move would let West Virginia's GOP governor to name successor  —  Idea in early stages of discussion, with Perry stance unclear  —  Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic …
New York Times:
Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say  —  WASHINGTON — When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agency are summoned to a meeting with the agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access …
Ben White / Politico:
Kelly considers further shuffling of West Wing staff, officials say  —  White House chief of staff John Kelly spent this week in Bedminster, N.J., pondering changes in the West Wing, according to four White House officials.  —  Kelly summoned aides to President Donald Trump's golf club …
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
James Damore / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Was Fired by Google  —  James Damore says his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn't be tolerated in the company's ‘ideological echo chamber’  —  I was fired by Google this past Monday for a document that I wrote and circulated internally raising questions …
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Ship Monitoring Rescues of Migrants Refuses to Be Rescued  —  ROME — In the end, it was the gang that couldn't sail straight.  —  A group of hard-right white nationalists determined to keep migrants from reaching Europe garnered international attention this summer when they chartered a ship …
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Who's benefiting from affirmative action? White men.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Jury orders blogger to pay $8.4 million to ex-Army colonel she accused of rape
Discussion: Althouse and National Review
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