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2:25 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.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
White House review nears end: Officials expect Bannon firing  —  A decision is imminent from White House chief of staff John Kelly on whether Steve Bannon will keep his job, according to administration officials with knowledge of the situation:  — Bannon, who has run afoul of Trump in the past …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Bannon's next move  —  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 has felt liberated since it became clear he was being pushed out, according to friends.
Washington Post:
Trump gets rid of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon … President Trump on Friday dismissed his embattled chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, an architect of his 2016 general election victory, in a major White House shake-up that follows a week of racial unrest, according to multiple administration officials.
Roger Stone / The Daily Caller:   Bannon's Time Is Up  —  Steven K. Bannon, the swashbuckling …
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.
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
President's arts and humanities committee resigns over Trump's Charlottesville response
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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. …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Trump pushing away what few allies he has left
Discussion: New York Times and RedState
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.
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 …
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 …
David French / National Review:
In One Tweet, Donald Trump Just Spread Fake History, Libeled a Hero, and Admired an Alleged War Crime  —  Just minutes ago the president of the United States - the man who just yesterday said, “When I make a statement, I like to be correct.  I want the facts” - fired out a tweet apparently …
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 chitchat.  —  Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious on Capitol Hill.
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 …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Party of Trump  —  Column: America's new, combustible four-party system  —  On July 18, 2015, about a month into his long-shot campaign for president, Donald Trump famously attacked John McCain.  “He's not a war hero,” he said.  “He was a war hero because he was captured.
Discussion: Instapundit and Washington Post
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Centrist Dems push back on Warren
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:, TheBlaze and Eschaton
Private prison industry sees boon under Trump administration  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)The private prison industry — one of the most controversial pieces of the US carceral state — has essentially recovered a year after the Obama administration sent a chill down its spine.
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Justice Department to end Obama-era ‘Operation Choke Point’
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Daily Caller
Martin Matishak / Politico:
Trump elevates U.S. Cyber Command, vows ‘increased resolve’ against threats  —  President Donald Trump on Friday announced that U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a “Unified Combatant Command,” putting it on equal footing with existing organizations that oversee military operations in the Middle East, Europe and the Pacific.
The White House:
Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Elevation of Cyber Command
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 …
Confederate flag ‘looking’ tiles to be changed in subway  —  NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - The MTA says it is going to “modify” tiles in a Manhattan subway station that people have complained look like Confederate Flags.  —  The pattern of tiles have been in the Times Square station for almost 100 years.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Art of the Deal Writer Says Trump Will Resign Before Year's End: Reminds Me of ‘Last Days of Nixon’  —  Author Tony Schwartz spent 18 months with Donald Trump putting together The Art of the Deal — Trump's best-selling book.  And having spent so much time with the man who is now President …
Discussion: YouTube, Fox News Insider, IJR, AOL and HuffPost
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.
Tae Kim / CNBC:
Goldman: There is a ‘50% chance’ of a government shutdown  — Goldman Sachs says there is a “50% chance of a brief government shutdown” due to President Donald Trump's declining poll ratings.  —  President Donald Trump's popularity is falling due to his controversial comments …
Discussion: Axios
Anousha Sakoui / Bloomberg:
Hollywood, Apple Said to Mull Rental Plan, Defying Theaters  —  Studios are said focused on project despite exhibitor pushback  —  Theater chains are said to seek 10 years of revenue split  —  Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead …
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 …
Michael Chabon:
AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR FELLOW JEWS  —  To our fellow Jews, in the United States, in Israel, and around the world:  —  We know that, up to now, some of you have made an effort to reserve judgment on the question of whether or not President Donald Trump is an anti-Semite, and to give him the benefit of the doubt.
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.
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Aram Roston / BuzzFeed:
Trump's Son In Crosshairs Of Special Counsel Mueller
Discussion: Daily Kos
Awr Hawkins / Breitbart:
Hit List: CNN Publishes Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S.
Jeffrey C. Billman / News, Indy Week:
Durham City Council Member: White Supremacists Rallying in Durham at Noon
Discussion: WNCN and Mediaite
Foreign Policy:
Inside Trump's Tortured Search for a Winning Strategy in Afghanistan
Discussion: The Atlantic, CNN and The Week
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Trump is a ‘victim’ and is being ‘bullied,’ says a GOP megadonor and veteran money manager
Discussion: Axios, The Gateway Pundit and
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
McCaskill says likely challenger Josh Hawley voted illegally or violated residency rule
Discussion: RedState and MO Rising Action
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Sullivan / Rivard Report:
Armed Group Appears at Council to Oppose Statue's Removal
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jonah Goldberg / New York Post:
Fighting Nazis doesn't make ‘antifa’ the good guys
Jeff Flake / New York Times:
We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Axios and Politico
The Hill:
Dems launch full assault on Trump over Charlottesville
Mike Allen / Axios:
New Poll: Republicans support Trump view of Charlottesville
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Moises Velasquez-Manoff / New York Times:
How to Make Fun of Nazis
Discussion: Althouse and ThinkProgress