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10:20 AM ET, August 18, 2017


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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Members of White House presidential arts commission resigning to protest Trump's comments  —  The remaining members of a presidential arts and humanities panel resigned on Friday in yet another sign of growing national protest of President Trump's recent comments on the violence in Charlottesville.
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
Taney statue removed from Md. state house grounds overnight  —  Workers dismantled a 145-year-old statue of Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney outside the Maryland State House shortly after midnight Friday, the latest ripple effect from last weekend's deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville.
Discussion: The Week
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Trump embraces culture war with call to preserve Confederate statues
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
James Murdoch, Rebuking Trump, Pledges $1 Million to Anti-Defamation League  —  BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — James Murdoch, the chief executive of 21st Century Fox and the son of a frequent ally of President Trump's, condemned the president's performance after the violence in Charlottesville, Va. …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
21st Century Fox's James Murdoch slams Trump: ‘There are no good Nazis’
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
ACLU Will No Longer Defend Hate Groups Protesting With Firearms  —  Executive director says violence and guns at Charlottesville rally spurred new stance  —  The American Civil Liberties Union, taking a tougher stance on armed protests, will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms …
Josh Delk / The Hill:
ACLU will no longer defend hate groups that protest with firearms
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's Crisis of Legitimacy  —  Has there ever been a stronger argument for taking a proper vacation?  On Thursday morning, the thirteenth day of his disastrous summer break from the White House, Donald Trump returned to Twitter, writing, over several tweets, “Sad to see the history …
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.
Discussion: CNBC, and The Week
Fox News:
Barcelona terror attack death toll rises, fourth suspect arrested  —  A fourth person was arrested on Friday in connection with the terror attacks that killed at least 14 people in Barcelona and the resort of Cambrils, police said.  —  News of the arrest followed the announcement …
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Here are the latest developments in a tragic day:
The Guardian:
Spain terror attacks: 13 killed and 100 injured - as it happened
Chelsea Bailey / NBC News:
Mother of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer Says She's Received Death Threats  —  A day after burying her daughter, the mother of a woman killed during Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville scoffed at President Donald Trump's claim that violence on “both sides” led to her daughter's death.
Fox News:
Jason Kessler, Charlottesville rally organizer, says he's in hiding  —  Jason Kessler, who organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., told Fox News late Thursday he's in hiding after getting a string of death threats.  —  Last Saturday, a car rammed into a crowd …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachael Bade / Politico:
The agonizing, 8-page memo on how to chauffeur a congressman  —  Empty his trash.  Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready.  And don't bother with “unnecessary conversation” — the congressman doesn't have time for your chit-chat.  —  Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious on Capitol Hill.
Discussion: The Week and Political Wire
New York Times:
Defiant, Trump Laments Assault on Culture and Revives a Bogus Pershing Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump's Confederacy fight threatens GOP agenda in Congress
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Steve Bannon Detonates His Trump Survival Plan, Worrying Allies  —  “He's saying, 'I'm going to force you to fire me in a public way or we're going to follow the agenda we were elected for,'” an ally said.  —  Allies who spend too long in Donald Trump's doghouse usually get sent away for good.
Roger Stone / The Daily Caller:   Bannon's Time Is Up  —  Steven K. Bannon, the swashbuckling …
Jason Brad Berry / Shareblue:
Steve Bannon's porn and meth house: “You have no idea what kind of evil stuff went on”
Discussion: Mediaite, CANNONFIRE and Raw Story
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
MSNBC Was the No. 1 Cable Network on Wednesday Across Total Day  —  Whenever President Trump finds himself embroiled in controversy, the cable news networks often see their significant ratings improvement.  This has been especially true for MSNBC, which has become the resistance network for the Trump era.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
MSNBC Ranks as No. 1 Cable Network in Total Viewers for First Time Ever  —  MSNBC ranked as the number one network across all of cable in total viewers for the first time in its history, according to Nielsen data.  —  For Wednesday, Aug. 16, MSNBC averaged 1.52 million viewers for the total …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
‘Antifa’ Grows as Left-Wing Faction Set to, Literally, Fight the Far Right  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Last weekend, when a 27-year-old bike messenger showed up at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., he came ready for battle.  He joined a human chain that stretched in front …
Discussion: Althouse, Raw Story and
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
Fighting Nazis doesn't make ‘antifa’ the good guys  —  MORE FROM: … Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn't necessarily make you or your cause good.  By my lights this is simply an obvious fact.  —  The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Dem group puts Trump's words over video of Charlottesville violence  —  A Democratic group is hitting President Trump over his claim that “both sides” were responsible for the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.  —  A new video from Bridge Project …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Mike Allen / Axios:
New Poll: Republicans support Trump view of Charlottesville  —  Watching media coverage, you'd think Trump is nearly alone in believing “both sides” share fault for the Charlottesville violence.  Turns out, most Republicans have his back.  SurveyMonkey findings, previewed first for Axios readers …
Discussion: Political Wire
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
McCaskill, Clay and others call for Mo. senator to resign after post hoping for Trump's assassination  —  With five written words Thursday morning, one of Missouri's most controversial state lawmakers spawned a U.S. Secret Service investigation, potentially endangered her own political career …
Julius Krein / New York Times:
I Voted for Trump.  And I Sorely Regret It.  —  When Donald Trump first announced his presidential campaign, I, like most people, thought it would be a short-lived publicity stunt.  A month later, though, I happened to catch one of his political rallies on C-Span.  I was riveted.
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control  —  Alex Jones from speaks during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016.  (David Swanson / TNS)  —  The Internet and social media did not create white supremacist movements in the United States …
Jenna McLaughlin / Foreign Policy:
WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign  —  The leak organization ignored damaging information on the Kremlin to focus on Hillary Clinton and election-related hacks.  —  In the summer of 2016, as WikiLeaks was publishing documents …
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Faith Gates / Mediaite:
CNN's Angela Rye: Statues of Washington, Jefferson and Lee ‘All Need to Come Down’
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
Circling the Square of President Trump's Relationship With Race
Discussion: The Root