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1:55 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.
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP senator denounces white nationalist rally … (R-Utah) spoke out against a widely-covered white nationalist rally in Virginia in a message posted on Twitter Friday night.  —  Hatch retweeted a video posted by reporter Alejandro Alvarez that shows dozens of white men chanting “blood and soil” …
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Van Laar /
Tiki-Torch Bearing “Unite the Right” Protesters Descend on Charlottesville
Discussion: RedState
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:   Chanting ‘blood and soil!’ white nationalists with torches march on University of Virginia
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
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.
David B. Larter / Defense News:
If the US is going to war in North Korea, nobody told the US military  —  WASHINGTON — If you watch cable news or follow the president's Twitter feed, you might be under the impression that the U.S. is heading to war with North Korea.  But somebody, it seems, forgot to loop in the U.S. military.
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
'We've Had Enough': Conservatives Relish the ‘Fury’ in Trump's Talk
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Times:   How U.S. Military Actions Could Play Out in North Korea
Associated Press:
The Latest: French leader urges calm in North Korea crisis
Discussion: Politico
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
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
New York Times:
Mueller Is Said to Be in Talks With White House About Interviewing Officials  —  WASHINGTON — In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III …
Discussion: Raw Story
Mar-Vic Cagurangan / New York Times:
Trump to Guam Governor: North Korea Threats Will Boost Tourism ‘Tenfold’
Discussion: The Week
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Trump's China trade crackdown coming Monday
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and Vox
Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’  —  Trump on Venezuela: Military action an option  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday.
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Pentagon: We've received no new orders on Venezuela after Trump remarks
Discussion: RedState and The Week
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
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 …
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
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Mark Lilla / Wall Street Journal:
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Jonathan Zimmerman / Washington Post:
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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The Bernie Bros and sisters are coming to Republicans' rescue
Discussion: NPR
James Damore / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Was Fired by Google  —  James Damore says his good-faith effort …