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10:00 PM ET, August 18, 2017


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided to Remove Stephen Bannon  —  President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion.
Peter J. Boyer / Weekly Standard:
Bannon: ‘The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.’  —  Departed White House strategist speaks to THE WEEKLY STANDARD.  —  With the departure from the White House of strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who helped shape the so-called nationalist-populist program embraced by Donald Trump …
Former White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company's evening editorial meeting.  —  Ranked the #63 website in America by Amazon-owned, and with the #13 Facebook page in the world …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon, backed by billionaire, prepares to go to war  —  Steve Bannon's next moves will be all about the billionaire Mercer family.  I'm told Bannon, who visited New York this week, met with Bob Mercer and together they will be a well-funded force on the outside.
Bannon Says He's ‘Going to War for Trump’ After White House Exit  —  Aide left amid furor over Trump remarks on Virginia violence  —  Bannon was architect of Trump's 2016 election victory  —  Stephen Bannon said in his first public remarks since his ouster from White House role …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Seb Gorka's Fate ‘Extremely Uncertain’ as His Boss Bannon Is Ousted … The fate of Donald Trump's pugnacious, controversial aide Sebastian Gorka is up in the air again after his top ally inside the White House, Steven Bannon, was shown the door, multiple White House officials tell The Daily Beast.
Discussion: Raw Story
Rosie Gray / The Atlantic:
Bannon Is ‘Going Nuclear’  —  In firing Steve Bannon, President Trump has lost his chief ideologue, the man who channeled his base and advocated for the populist-nationalist policies that helped propel Trump to victory.  —  But he has gained an unpredictable and potentially troublesome outside ally …
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
BANNON OUT: PREPARE FOR WAR  —  On Friday, Drudge Report scooped The New York Times and reported that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who also served as Trump's chief campaign strategist in the latter months of the campaign, is out at the White House.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
With Steve Bannon Gone, Donald Trump Risks Becoming Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.0  —  President Donald Trump's decision to part ways with Steve Bannon can be understood as an effort to save his presidency after Charlottesville.  It may turn out to be the beginning of the end for the Trump administration …
Andrew Prokop / Vox:   The chaos of the Trump administration, in one picture
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Conservatives react with fury to Bannon's departure
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Get ready for ‘Bannon da barbarian’
Discussion: Axios and Politicus USA
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House review nears end: Officials expect Bannon firing
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Bannon's Next Move: A Return To Breitbart And Possible War With Drudge
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Coulter: Bannon Firing ‘Not Good News’ — 'Trump Should've Hired Ten More Like Him'
Discussion: TheBlaze
Carl C. Icahn / Carl Icahn:
Carl Icahn Issues Statement  —  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.  —  Washington, DC 20500  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  This will confirm our conversation today in which we agreed that I would cease to act as special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform.
Discussion: ABC News, Axios, Politico, Forbes and Raw Story
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington  —  Was President Trump's richest adviser focussed on helping the country—or his own bottom line?  —  One day in August, 2016, the financier Carl Icahn made an urgent phone call to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:   Billionaire Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump
Mitt Romney:
I will dispense for now from discussion of the moral character of the president's Charlottesville statements.  Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.  His apologists strain to explain that he didn't mean what we heard.
Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Son In Crosshairs Of Special Counsel Mueller  —  Prosecutors investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are bearing down on the president's son, attempting to figure out his intent when he attended a meeting in which he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tony Romm / Recode:
Tech has yet to totally bail on Trump
Discussion: VICE News
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Week When President Trump Resigned  —  As the worst week in a cursed presidency wound down, I spotted more and more forecasts that Donald Trump would resign, including from Tony Schwartz, who wrote “The Art of the Deal” for Trump and presumably understands his tortured psyche.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Atlantic
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Art of the Deal Writer Says Trump Will Resign Before Year's End: Reminds Me of ‘Last Days of Nixon’
Discussion: YouTube, Mashable and Fox News Insider
Tom Gjelten / NPR:
Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man  —  President Trump's belated and half-hearted denunciation of the hate groups that marched in Charlottesville has cost him the support of numerous business leaders and fellow Republicans and prompted at least a half dozen nonprofit organizations …
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
‘My life is over’: 21-year-old Charlottesville marcher whines over ‘outing’ by anti-fascist group  —  A 21-year-old Honeoye Falls, NY man was outed as a white supremacist after photos of him marching in Charlottesville, VA circulated online.  —  According to the Livingston County News …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
“The Worm in the Turd:” Impeachment Talk From a Frustrated Republican Congressman  —  I talked to a senior Republican congressman this morning on my way back from taking the kids to school.  He was calling to express his aggravation.  He, like most press reports note, thinks if President Trump …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pediatricians say Florida hurt sick kids to help big GOP donors  —  St. Augustine, Florida (CNN)When he was 11 years old, LJ Stroud of St. Augustine, Florida, had a tooth emerge in a place where no tooth belongs: the roof of his mouth.  —  LJ was born with severe cleft lip and palate …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Brett Cihon / Q13 FOX News:
Seattle's mayor: Lenin statue needs to come down … SEATTLE — Seattle's mayor wants Fremont's privately owned Lenin statue taken down, likening it to Confederate monuments as a symbol of “hate, racism and violence.”  —  A day after a small group led by conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec called …
Discussion:, Eschaton and TheBlaze
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Taxpayer tab up to $70M in Joe Arpaio racial-profiling case  —  Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio may soon be pardoned for a criminal-contempt conviction stemming from a long-running racial-profiling case, but county taxpayers are still on the hook, now to the tune of nearly $70 million.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robin Eberhardt / The Hill:
Gingrich: Trump presidency at risk without ‘serious changes’  —  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Trump needs to make “serious changes” if he wants to have a stable presidency.  —  The Trump ally said in a Fox News interview with Bill Hemmer on Friday that Trump has taken a …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Salvation Army, Red Cross, Susan G. Komen abandon Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  A worker walks along a road at the Mar-a-Lago club in West Balm, Fla. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)  —  The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Susan G. Komen on Friday joined a growing exodus …
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Guardian
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Black Charlottesville Has Seen This All Before
Discussion: Daily Kos
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Missouri Gov Calls On Senate To Expel Sen Who Said She Wants Trump Assassinated
Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Manchin Says He Won't Join Trump's Cabinet as Energy Secretary
Rachel Roubein / The Hill:
Dems ask Trump officials for briefing on ObamaCare
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Federal court can't force IRS to release Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Washington Times
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Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters
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Jeffrey Sullivan / Rivard Report:
Armed Group Appears at Council to Oppose Statue's Removal
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right
Discussion: Althouse and Power Line