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10:15 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” …
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Unpacking the controversy over what Trump has said, and not said, on Charlottesville
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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: Axios, Politico and Mediaite
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.
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Here are the Republicans denouncing Trump by name
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
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.
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
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 …
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: RedState,, CNNMoney and Gizmodo
Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists
Discussion: Business Insider and Axios
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
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 and ACLU
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.
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
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
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Protesters vandalized and attempted to take down the Peace Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta …
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
President Trump's false claim that counter-demonstrators lacked a permit
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Fox's Shep Smith: We couldn't find a Republican willing to come on and defend Trump
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Mike Levine / ABC News:
Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator