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11:55 AM ET, August 16, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
‘The President Was Entirely Correct’  —  Every day, the White House communications office sends official talking points to Republican members of Congress.  These communiqués help the GOP stay on the same page (and, in the Trump era, help the embattled president's allies come up with arguments in his defense).
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Aides Tried to Conceal His Crazy, Racist Beliefs From the Country  —  Donald Trump's aides have been angry with him frequently — indeed, usually — since the beginning of his presidential campaign.  But they have rarely registered their dismay as nakedly as they did Tuesday night …
Discussion: The Week
Mike Allen / Axios:
If a top Trump aide leaves, it could ‘start a run on the bank’  —  White House aides say Trump lashed out because he felt that the barrage of media criticism for his Saturday remarks was unfair and wrong — that he was fighting back, campaign style.  —  A veteran of several Republican White Houses told us …
The Definitive Source:
How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville  —  The events in Charlottesville are an opportunity to take another look at our terminology around “alt-right” and the way that we describe the various racist, neo-Nazi, white nationalist and white supremacist groups out there.
Discussion: Political Wire
ITV:   Theresa May attacks Donald Trump over refusal to condemn white supremacists
Matt Latimer / Politico:
Time for My Fellow Republicans to Stand Up and Be Counted
Discussion: The Week
Shane Savitsky / Axios:   McConnell: “there are no good neo-Nazis”
Rachel Stoltzfoos / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Hicks To Be Named White House Comms Director  —  Hope Hicks will be named the new White House communications director, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.  —  President Trump has offered the job to Hicks and she has accepted the position, according to a White House insider.
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Steve Bannon's Ideological Allies Inside the White House Are Souring on Him … Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's besieged chief strategist, came into the White House in late January with a core group of right-wing allies and ideological fellow travelers, including senior policy adviser Stephen Miller …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Hope Hicks expected to take over comms director duties  —  Hope Hicks is expected to take over the duties of the White House communications director on an interim basis, per a source familiar with the arrangements.  —  The big picture: A lot of people think she is the only one who can do the job …
Discussion: Politico and Shakesville
Fox News:
Hope Hicks tapped for interim White House communications director
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Hope Hicks takes interim White House communications role amid search for Scaramucci replacement
Discussion: TVNewser
Russell Goldman / New York Times:
Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation  —  Statues dedicated to Confederate heroes were swiftly removed across Baltimore in the small hours of Wednesday morning, just days after violence broke out over the removal of a similar monument in neighboring Virginia.
Baltimore Sun:
Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight  —  Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away, an end to more than a year of indecision surrounding what to do with the memorials.
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Abrams calls for removal of Confederate faces off Stone Mountain
Manu Raju / CNN:
Source: McConnell upset at Trump over latest Charlottesville comments  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been publicly silent so far over President Donald Trump's latest remarks on Charlottesville, is privately upset with the President's handling of the episode …
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's failure in Charlottesville wasn't political — it was moral
Washington Post:
The nation can only weep  —  TUESDAY WAS a great day for David Duke …
Full text: Trump's comments on white supremacists, ‘alt-left’ in Charlottesville
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump  —  “What I just saw gave me the wrong kind of chills,” a visibly stunned Chuck Todd said on MSNBC.  “Honestly, I'm a bit shaken by what I just heard.”  —  Unable to disguise her disgust, the Fox News host Kat Timpf said …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Fox News Insider:
Donald Trump Charlottesville Charles Krauthammer Laura Ingraham Debate Racism
Discussion: Shareblue, The Hill and The Week
John Harwood / CNBC:
Donald Trump has a very clear attitude about morality: He doesn't believe in it  — President Trump, in a raucous press conference, again blamed “both sides” for deadly violence in Charlottesville  — He attacked business leaders who quit a White House panel over Trump's message on the weekend incident
Marist Poll:
8/16: Trump at Lowest Point With 35% Job Approval Rating... Crack at the Base  —  President Donald Trump's job approval rating is at its lowest point since taking office with only 35% of Americans giving him a positive score.  —  President Donald Trump's job approval rating …
Texas Voter Maps Blocked as Racially Biased by U.S. Judges  —  Federal courts declare Texas voter maps unfair for fourth time  —  State given three days to say whether it will correct maps  —  Texas can't use its current voter maps in the upcoming congressional midterm elections after a panel …
Discussion: Axios
Aaron Young / Des Moines Register:
This sleepy boy and his heifer at the Iowa State Fair are winning over the internet  —  Mitchell Miner and his heifer, Audri, have spent nearly every day together for the past two months.  They've developed an unspoken connection during that short period of time.  Aaron Young/The Register  —  CONNECT
Discussion: AOL, WGNO, WKRG-TV, TheBlaze and FOX News Radio
New York Times:
In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking  —  KIEV, Ukraine — The hacker, known only by his online alias “Profexer,” kept a low profile.  He wrote computer code alone in an apartment and quietly sold his handiwork on the anonymous portion of the internet known as the Dark Web.
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Matthew Walther / The Week:
Censor white supremacy
Discussion: RedState
Nathan Englander / New York Times:
What Jewish Children Learned From Charlottesville
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
The Voter Purge Crusade That Preceded Trump's Sketchy Elections Commission
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Nation is reviewing a story casting doubt on Russian hack of DNC
Discussion: Shareblue and Salon
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Trump Loses Corporate America
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In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On
Steve Crump / The Charlotte Observer:
'I'm glad that girl died' during Virginia protest, says NC KKK leader