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12:15 AM ET, August 19, 2017


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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Conservatives react with fury to Bannon's departure
Discussion: Politico and RedState
New York Times:
Steve Bannon, Back on the Outside, Prepares His Enemies List
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Week When President Trump Resigned
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Atlantic
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Get ready for ‘Bannon da barbarian’
Andrew Prokop / Vox:   The chaos of the Trump administration, in one picture
Washington Post:
Trump gets rid of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Bannon's Next Move: A Return To Breitbart And Possible War With Drudge
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and RedState
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House review nears end: Officials expect Bannon firing
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Coulter: Bannon Firing ‘Not Good News’ — 'Trump Should've Hired Ten More Like Him'
Discussion: TheBlaze
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Art of the Deal Writer Says Trump Will Resign Before Year's End: Reminds Me of ‘Last Days of Nixon’
Discussion: Mashable, YouTube and Fox News Insider
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: Forbes, ABC News, Politico, Raw Story and Axios
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.
Discussion: Reuters and New York Magazine
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:   Billionaire Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump
Five more charities pull out of Mar-a-Lago events … Five more philanthropic organizations said Friday they have pulled their fundraising events from President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club following an intense social media push calling on people to boycott charities that use the venue.
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
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Member of Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board resigns over ‘conflict in values’  —  The pastor of a New York megachurch said Friday that he has resigned from President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board, citing “a deepening conflict in values” with the administration.
Tom Gjelten / NPR:   Trump's Evangelical Advisers Stand By Their Man
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
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 …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Political opponent wants FBI to investigate Rohrabacher in wake of Assange meeting  —  Harley Rouda, a Democrat running against Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) in 2018, has asked the FBI to probe the Republican congressman's “political and financial ties to Russia” after Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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
Key developments  — Four people have been arrested: one of them in Alcanar and three in Ripoll.  Three were Moroccan citizens and another was Spanish; they ranged in age from 21 to 34.  None was on the radar for terrorism.  — People from at least 34 countries are among the injured in the attacks, Catalan authorities said.
Washington Post:
Spanish probe points to wider network in attacks; American among dead
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Here is the official résumé of the person Trump put in charge of federal housing in New York
Stephen L. Carter / Bloomberg:
It's Hard to Ignore Trump, But We Have to Try
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
Taxpayer tab up to $70M in Joe Arpaio racial-profiling case
Discussion: Daily Kos
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
Black Charlottesville Has Seen This All Before
Discussion: Daily Kos
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
“The Worm in the Turd:” Impeachment Talk From a Frustrated Republican Congressman
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
Missouri Gov Calls On Senate To Expel Sen Who Said She Wants Trump Assassinated
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Federal court can't force IRS to release Trump's tax returns
Discussion: Washington Times
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
The Democrats search for another Lost Cause
Conservative News Today:
Turns out, New York is named after a horrendous slave trader
Discussion: Daily Wire
Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Feds Spend $438,699 Studying If ‘Gender Norms’ Make LGBTQ People Get Drunk
Discussion: Hot Air, Daily Wire and TheBlaze
Robin Eberhardt / The Hill:
Gingrich: Trump presidency at risk without ‘serious changes’
Brett Cihon / Q13 FOX News:
Seattle's mayor: Lenin statue needs to come down
Discussion:, Eschaton and TheBlaze
Jeffrey Sullivan / Rivard Report:
Armed Group Appears at Council to Oppose Statue's Removal
Discussion: Balloon Juice