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11:05 PM ET, August 16, 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.
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 …
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:
Bannon's colleagues disturbed by interview with left-wing publication  —  Steve Bannon either feels incredibly secure in his White House job or it's a case of forgetting to tell a reporter “this is off the record,” à la Anthony Scaramucci with Ryan Lizza.
New York Times:
Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's personal lawyer on Wednesday forwarded an email to conservative journalists, government officials and friends that echoed secessionist Civil War propaganda and declared that the group Black Lives Matter …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
The Times of Israel:
Yair Netanyahu says leftists more dangerous than neo-Nazis  —  Echoing Trump, PM's son claims ‘thugs of Antifa and Black Lives Matter are getting stronger’ while Nazis are a thing of the past  —  The son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said American left-wing groups are more dangerous than neo-Nazis.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
'I'm terrified': Neo-Nazi blubbers like a baby in video reporting he's wanted for arrest in Charlottesville
Discussion: Business Insider and Towleroad
Faith Gates / Mediaite:   Shep Smith: We Haven't Yet Found ‘The Very Fine People Protesting With the White Supremacists’
CNN:   Trump defiant after outburst and GOP picks up pieces
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Here are the Republicans denouncing Trump by name
Mark Landler / New York Times:   Unlike His Predecessors, Trump Steps Back From a Moral Judgment
New York Times:
After Trump Hedges His Condemnation of Hate, C.E.O.s Organize a Mass Defection  —  On Monday, Indra Nooyi, the chief executive of Pepsi, picked up the phone and began calling other prominent corporate chieftains who — like her — had agreed to advise President Trump.  —  A rebellion was brewing.
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 …
Top CEOs jump from Trump, disband strategic council of corporate giants  —  Members of President Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum have agreed to disband the group, sources told CNBC, as corporate backlash mounts against the president.  —  The business advisory council …
Inside the dramatic decision by corporate giants to rebuke Trump
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios
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.
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Mashable, Business Insider and IJR
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
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, Politicus USA and Politico
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Cloudflare CEO on Terminating Service to Neo-Nazi Site: ‘The Daily Stormer Are A**holes’  —  Internet companies typically take a hands-off approach to offensive content on their networks, erring on the side of maintaining an open internet.  But this approach sometimes ends in PR disaster.
Matthew Prince / Cloudflare Blog:
Why We Terminated Daily Stormer
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator  —  One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller's team, sources tell ABC News.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Zachary Cohen / CNN:
Former CIA director slams Trump's ‘despicable’ comments in letter to CNN anchor  —  Washington (CNN)Former CIA director John Brennan slammed President Donald Trump's “dangerous” and “ugly” comments on the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia …
Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
Donald Trump Needs To Not Be President Yesterday  —  We're done with the “Well, maybe it won't be so bad and we should take what we can get” phase of this administration.  It's time for the “He's a disaster and needs to go” phase.  For everybody's good, Donald Trump needs to not be president …
CJ Hunt / GQ:
A Charlottesville White Supremacist Stripped Down to Escape Protesters and We Got It on Video  —  I arrived in Charlottesville at sundown on Friday, where I'd come looking for an ending to the documentary I'm making on Confederate monuments.  In two years of covering the debate in New Orleans …
Discussion: The Root
Fox News Insider:
Tucker Carlson Bill Kristol Charlottesville Violence Anti-Semitism Slavery  —  Tucker Carlson fired back at former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who appeared to accuse the host of “rationalizing slavery” in his monologue the previous night.  —  Carlson recounted how he said the outrage …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Angry White Boys  —  What do the white nationalists actually want?  —  W  —  hat is it these white boys are so angry about?  —  You don't go to a protest because you're happy.  You go to a protest because you are mad about something or, in my case, because it is your job.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Trump Removed the White House's Capital Bikeshare Station  —  The Obama administration got the “secret” dock installed in 2010 for people who worked inside.  —  As Capital Bikeshare grew bigger and more widespread over the past seven years, there was always one station the vast majority …
Public Enemy  —  From the jury selection process that took place over three days in June for the trial of Martin Shkreli, an investor and hedge fund founder who is facing eight counts of securities and wire fraud.  In 2015, when Shkreli was CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals …
Discussion: Mashable, Gothamist and IJR
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Trump's idea that jobs will solve racism is just wrong  —  President Donald Trump has a theory about how to overcome America's racial divides — and no, it doesn't involve him clearly and forthrightly condemning the violent white supremacist rallies being carried out in his name by avowed racists and neo-Nazis.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Apple Pay Is Cutting Off White Supremacists  —  A screenshot of some the product offerings from, which was banned from using Apple Pay and PayPal for selling Nazi apparel.  —  Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed News / Via  —  The most valuable company …
Associated Press:
Phoenix mayor not happy about President Trump's rally plans  —  President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters in Phoenix next week, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is not happy about it.  —  Trump's campaign announced the event Wednesday — a day after the president blamed “both sides” …
Discussion: Politico
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Fox's Shep Smith: We couldn't find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump  —  Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday that the network tried and failed to get a Republican on-air to defend President Trump's controversial comments on violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend
Discussion: The Week
Southern Poverty Law Center:
The Daily Caller has a White Nationalist Problem  —  On Monday, August 14, the Daily Caller very quietly removed white nationalist Jason Kessler's contributions to the publication after the violence and chaos in Charlottesville.  The white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally was organized by Kessler.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox's Abby Huntsman Humiliates Herself as Guests Weep Over ‘Morally Bankrupt’ Trump … What's a Fox & Friends host to do when they desperately want to push President Donald Trump's narrative the “both sides” are to blame for Charlottesville, but their guests want to talk about what's really going on in America right now?
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Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
Squarespace is dropping Richard Spencer's think tank and other “alt-right” websites
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Breitbart Presidency  —  If Van Jones was right …
Alex Heath / Business Insider:
Facebook shut down an anonymous group used by its Trump-supporting employees after people started harassing one another
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Tom Dart / The Guardian:
Dashcam video shows police sexually assaulted Texas woman, lawyer says
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
California confronts its Confederate past as monuments are abruptly removed
Discussion: The Root, Breitbart, The Week and Infowars
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Ben Carson calls criticism of Trump's Charlottesville response ‘little squabbles’ being ‘blown out of proportion’
Discussion: The Stranger …
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Ben Gray / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
KKK's request to burn cross on Stone Mountain denied
Discussion: The Guardian
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Majority Believes Trump's Response To Charlottesville Hasn't Been Strong Enough
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Pence ends international trip early amid Trump controversy