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2:45 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.
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 …
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” …
Jennifer Van Laar /
Tiki-Torch Bearing “Unite the Right” Protesters Descend on Charlottesville  —  Ahead of Saturday's planned “Unite the Right” rally/protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, participants marched through town carrying tiki torches and chanting “Blood and and soil” and “You will not replace us.”
Discussion: RedState
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 …
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Ryan denounces ‘repugnant’ views of Virginia white nationalist marchers
Discussion: RedState and Joe.My.God.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:   Chanting ‘blood and soil!’ white nationalists with torches march on University of Virginia
Joshua Eaton / ThinkProgress:
Violence erupts at Klan-like rally through the University of Virginia campus
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Shareblue and WTVR-TV
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:
Mueller Is Said to Seek Interviews With West Wing in Russia Case  —  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: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Ben White / Politico:
Kelly considers further shuffling of West Wing staff, officials say
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
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
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
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
Mar-Vic Cagurangan / New York Times:
Trump to Guam Governor: North Korea Threats Will Boost Tourism ‘Tenfold’
Discussion: The Week
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
Constance Grady / Vox:
The Taylor Swift groping trial shows how we think about who's entitled to women's bodies  —  This week saw the beginning of what the internet has mostly referred to as simply “the Taylor Swift groping trial.”  The pop megastar is facing off in court against former radio DJ David Mueller …
Discussion: CNN, The Guardian and Refinery29
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 …
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Discussion: Althouse and National Review
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Discussion: NPR
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