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11:35 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.
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” …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Bannon says controversial interview with liberal magazine was GOOD for the White House because it ‘drew fire away’ from Trump  — White House's chief strategist called a liberal magazine writer on Wednesday and spoke casually about North Korea, China and race politics
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BANNON intvw intrigue: what was he doing?  — WHAT TRIGGERS TRUMP's temper — KELLY ‘dismayed’ — FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sessions remarks in N.C. — B'DAY: Ron Bonjean  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Good Thursday morning.  BANNON SPEAKS ... TWO Steve Bannon interviews in the last 48 or so hours.
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.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Trump's lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Every Republican must sign a censure of the president
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Carrie Dann / NBC News:   Poll: 40 Percent Now Support Trump Impeachment
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 …
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.
Penny Starr / Breitbart:
Protesters vandalized and attempted to take down the Peace Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, mistaking it for a pro-Confederate statue.  —  The protesters were marching in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday where one woman died …
Karen L. Cox / Washington Post:
The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy
Esmeralda Bermudez / Los Angeles Times:
California confronts its Confederate past as monuments are abruptly removed
Discussion: The Root, The Week, Infowars and Breitbart
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What the counter-protesters Trump despises were actually doing in Charlottesville last weekend.  —  On Tuesday, after a weekend that included a white supremacist mowing down and killing a peaceful counter-protester in Charlottesville and Nazis marching on the University of Virginia with torches …
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 …
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and GeekWire
New York Times:
Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.
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
K-Sue Park / New York Times:
The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right.  This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va. …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, ACLU and Althouse
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
‘Art Of The Deal’ Co-Author Tony Schwartz Predicts Trump's About To Resign  —  “Trump's presidency is effectively over.”  —  Donald Trump's Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz is predicting that the president is getting ready to call it quits and that the resignation will happen soon.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns  —  Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
There's No ‘Nazi’ Exception to the First Amendment
Discussion: RedState and IJR
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 …
Jason Williams /
PX: Robert E. Lee monument in Greater Cincinnati removed.  Will it be relocated? … FRANKLIN, Ohio - On Wednesday morning, no one here seemed to know anything about the Robert E. Lee monument sitting amid shrubbery along a rural Warren County route.  —  By early Thursday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Republicans are even avoiding Fox News when asked to talk about Trump and Charlottesville  —  Congress is in recess, but Republicans are in hiding, apparently unsure how to answer questions about President Trump's response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville — and unwilling to try.
Discussion: NPR
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 …
Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president  —  U-turns, self-regard and equivocation are not what it takes  —  DEFENDERS of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
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.
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker: Trump showing signs of ‘mental instability,’ must be removed
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mercury News
Paul Wood / Spectator:
Forget Charlottesville - Russia is still the true Trump scandal
Discussion: Raw Story
Greg P. /
The VA State Police basically called Gov. Terry McAuliffe a liar
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Un-American activities
KC Johnson / Washington Post:
Campus sexual assault policies are unfair to the accused. This case shows how.
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
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Arizona Republic:
Donald Trump makes it official: He'll hold a downtown Phoenix rally
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Breitbart Presidency  —  If Van Jones was right …
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Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Right-Winger Jack Posobiec, Retweeted by Trump, Is Navy Intel Officer
Discussion: Raw Story, Politico and Politicus USA