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9:00 AM ET, August 17, 2017


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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Steve Bannon, Unrepentant  —  Steve Bannon on the phone, December 9, 2016  —  You might think from recent press accounts that Steve Bannon is on the ropes and therefore behaving prudently.  In the aftermath of events in Charlottesville, he is widely blamed for his boss's continuing indulgence of white supremacists.
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'  —  President Donald Trump's decision to double down on his argument that “both sides” were to blame for the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was driven in part by his own anger — and his disdain for being told what to do.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Steve Bannon thought he wasn't giving an interview  —  Steve Bannon's White House colleagues can't believe what they're reading tonight — and here's the twist: neither can Bannon.  — The White House chief strategist has told associates he never intended to do an “interview” …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
What Steve Bannon thinks about Charlottesville  —  On Tuesday night, while Gary Cohn was fuming about President Trump's latest comments, Steve Bannon was excitedly telling friends and associates that the “globalists” were in mass freakout mode.  — Today, Bannon reveled in the disbanding …
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed  —  BEDMINSTER, N.J. — As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them.  He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Every Republican must sign a censure of the president
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:   Liberal Groups Said They Wanted Three White House Advisers Fired — But Then Only Named Two
Associated Press:
Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea
Discussion: Axios
USA Today:
After Charlottesville, time to censure President Trump  —  Republicans, put your votes where your tweets are: Our view  —  Several prominent Republicans took to Twitter on Wednesday to denounce hatred and bigotry in the wake of President Trump's shocking equivocations about the white-supremacist mayhem …
New York Times:
Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation's top business executives, contradicted by military leaders and shunned …
CBS News:
Partisan divide over Trump's response to Charlottesville: CBS News poll  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans consider the attack that led to loss of life in Charlottesville an act of “domestic terrorism,” a view that spans partisan lines.  But President Trump's response to Charlottesville finds more division.
Discussion: Mediaite
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Fox's Shep Smith: We couldn't find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump
Discussion: Shareblue and The Week
Faith Gates / Mediaite:   Shep Smith: We Haven't Yet Found ‘The Very Fine People Protesting With the White Supremacists’
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Here are the Republicans denouncing Trump by name
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Unpacking the controversy over what Trump has said, and not said, on Charlottesville
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Heidi M. Przybyla / USA Today:
Mitch McConnell's secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP's Trump dilemma  —  WASHINGTON - There was a reason why it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an entire night to respond to President Trump's chaotic news conference equating counter protesters with the Nazis they came to resist.
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Congressman Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange  —  In Their Own Words: The Radical Political Goals Of ‘Anti-Fascists’  —  US |  PETER HASSON  —  FBI Reopens Case Into Lynch-Clinton Tarmac Meeting  —  POLITICS |  JACK CROWE  —  ‘Searching’ for documents
John Solomon / The Hill:
Assange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns
Yashar Ali / New York Magazine:
Rabbi That Oversaw Ivanka Trump's Conversion to Judaism Slams Trump on Charlottesville Response  —  The rabbi that oversaw Ivanka Trump's conversion to Judaism has released a letter to the congregation of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's longtime synagogue condemning President Trump's widely …
Sara Ashley O'Brien / CNNMoney:
The ‘March on Google’ is off  —  Fired engineer: Google a ‘psychologically unsafe environment’  —  Rallies were slated to happen Saturday in at least nine major U.S. cities to protest Google (GOOG)'s firing of James Damore, an engineer who wrote a controversial memo on the company's diversity policies.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:   What the counter-protesters Trump despises were actually doing in Charlottesville last weekend.
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The ‘Flight 93 Election’ Moment Is Now … The most important intellectual case for Donald Trump's candidacy, to the extent that such a thing could even exist, was an essay published last September by the Claremont Review of Books titled The Flight 93 Election.
Discussion: Damian J. Penny and PolitiFact
Eric Boodman / STAT:
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests.  Some don't like what they find  —  t was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that his DNA testing revealed his ancestry to be only …
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Week
Arizona Republic:
Donald Trump makes it official: He'll hold a downtown Phoenix rally  —  From Trump Tower in New York City, President Trump implied the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee could be the beginning of a trend of removing statues of historic figures on public display.  He asks ‘where does it stop?’
Associated Press:
Phoenix mayor not happy about President Trump's rally plans
Discussion: Politico
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Right-Winger Jack Posobiec, Retweeted by Trump, Is Navy Intel Officer  —  WASHINGTON — A right-wing activist who brought attention to debunked conspiracy theories — and who gained new prominence when he was retweeted by President Donald Trump this week — is a U.S. naval intelligence officer detailed …
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Politicus USA
New York Times:
Trump's Embrace of Racially Charged Past Puts Republicans in Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's embrace of the country's racially charged past has thrown the Republican Party into crisis, dividing his core supporters who have urged him on from the political leaders who fear …
Discussion: Infowars, The Week and Raw Story
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Read Apple CEO Tim Cook's Email To Employees About Charlottesville  —  On Wednesday evening Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to all global employees condemning racism and bigotry as well as President Trump's response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Oops, dad did it again!  —  A clear pattern has emerged when President Trump does something highly controversial or deeply offensive to large chunks of America.  Within 24 hours, a story is leaked about how Ivanka and Jared are disappointed or tried to stop it.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit  —  “You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit, and they were very, very violent. . . . You had a lot of people in that [white nationalist] group that were there to innocently protest …
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Becca Andrews / Mother Jones:
“We Just Feel Like We Don't Belong Here Anymore”
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Fed Officials Confront New Reality: Low Inflation and Low Unemployment
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Breitbart Presidency  —  If Van Jones was right …
Tom Dart / The Guardian:
Dashcam video shows police sexually assaulted Texas woman, lawyer says
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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Southern Poverty Law Center:
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Donald Trump Needs To Not Be President Yesterday
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator
New York Times:
After Trump Hedges His Condemnation of Hate, C.E.O.s Organize a Mass Defection