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5:20 PM ET, August 19, 2017


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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Counterprotesters swarm Boston after police deem free speech rally over  —  One week after violent protests rattled Charlottesville, Virginia, a scheduled free speech rally in Boston this afternoon was deemed “officially over” by police ahead of its official end time, but thousands …
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
‘Free speech’ rally ends early as thousands of counterprotesters descend on Boston Common  —  BOSTON - Thousands of counterprotesters crammed Boston Common and marched through city streets Saturday morning in efforts to drown out the planned “free speech” rally that many feared would be attended by white-supremacist groups.
Skirmishes, arrests mar mostly peaceful protests to ‘free speech’ rally  —  Follow along with live updates from the Boston Common rallies  —  After a largely peaceful day, with pockets of small, short confrontations between crowds and police at Boylston and Tremont streets and on the Boston Common …
Ray Sanchez / CNN:
Thousands march in Boston in protest of controversial rally  —  (CNN)Thousands of counterdemonstrators marched Saturday in downtown Boston in response to a self-described free speech rally that had sparked concerns of possible violence.  —  The largely peaceful march and rally came one week …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bannon plots Fox competitor, global expansion  —  Unshaven and working from home in cargo shorts as he moves into “Bannon the Barbarian” mode, Steve Bannon is thinking bigger than Breitbart.  —  Axios' Jonathan Swan hears Bannon has told friends he sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump: “Who the f@&$ does this guy think he is?”  —  Bannon didn't bother to go to work yesterday.  He knew it was over.  —  At the end, Trump was beyond fed up, viewing Bannon as a self-aggrandizer who had built a personal narrative as the grand puppetmaster.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon  —  In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump.  After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief of staff.
Justin Sink / Bloomberg:
Bannon Exit Won't End White House Chaos That Comes From the Top
John Wagner / Washington Post:
On Twitter, Trump thanks Bannon for his role in defeating ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton’
Discussion: The Guardian, CNBC, The Week and Joe.My.God.
Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Traveler, USC's mascot, comes under scrutiny for having a name similar to Robert E. Lee's horse  —  Hector Aguilar sits atop Traveler moments before a USC football game Oct. 18, 2014.  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)  —  When Richard Saukko galloped his chalk-white Arabian horse named Traveler around …
President Vincent E. Price / Duke Today:
Duke Removes Robert E. Lee Statue From Chapel Entrance  —  Statue will be preserved for students to study university's ‘complex past’  —  Editor's Note:  —  After hearing from and consulting with a number of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and with the strong support of the Board of Trustees …
Discussion: IJR, Washington Post, TheBlaze and NPR
Durham Herald-Sun:
Duke University removes statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Duke Chapel
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Drew / Talking Points Memo:
Duke University Removes Statue Of Robert E. Lee From Campus Chapel
Discussion: Washington Journal
Haley Britzky / Axios:
When Confederate statues were erected throughout history
Discussion: Politico
Senator Ben Sasse:
THE NEXT CHARLOTTESVILLE  —  Over the last week, many Nebraskans have told me some version of this: “There are lots of us here who are scared about where the country is headed.  I think more violence is inevitable.”  That much seems obvious.  Less expected was where some of them went next.
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors after artists boycott event  —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the White House announced on Saturday, after multiple honorees said they would skip the event.
Russ Feingold / The Guardian:
How the Republican party quietly does the bidding of white supremacists  —  Let us finally rip off the veneer that Trump's affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda.  It isn't  —  t takes approximately 30 seconds to send a tweet.  A half hour to draft and release a statement.
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Tweet from the account of Charlottesville rally organizer insults slain protester Heather Heyer  —  Jason Kessler, right, organizer of the Unite the Right rally last weekend, speaks at a press conference Sunday at Charlottesville City Hall.  (Tasos Katopodis / EPA)
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Sheriff: Trump Wants Us To Break The Law … President Donald Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants has some sheriffs worried the White House is pushing them to break the law - demanding they violate the Fourth Amendment or face vilification from the commander-in-chief.
Discussion: Raw Story
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: GOP fears damage done by Trump  —  As a week dominated by President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., draws to a close, many Republicans are worried that serious damage has been done to their party.  —  Specifically, they argue that Trump may have set …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
CBS News:
1 Florida police officer killed, 3 others injured in separate shootings  —  KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One police officer was killed and three wounded in nighttime shootings in two Florida cities where the officers were responding to suspected drug activity and reports of a suicide attempt, police said Saturday.
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Kara Swisher / Recode:
Jeff Immelt has emerged as the frontrunner to become Uber's CEO
Matt Leader / Livingston County News:
Antifascist group outs Honeoye Falls man as Charlottesville marcher
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Trump ends Obama's Operation Choke Point
CBS Los Angeles:
Junipero Serra Statue Vandalized In Mission Hills
Discussion: Daily Wire
Timothy Snyder / New York Times:
The Test of Nazism That Trump Failed
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Resistance’ Goes Lower
CBS Los Angeles:
Laguna Beach Installing Barriers To Protect Pedestrians Against Weaponized Cars
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Terry Jones / Investor's Business Daily:
Repealing ObamaCare Is The Key To Restoring Economic Growth
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Dear Trump Voters: You're a Bunch of Idiots
Sebastian Gorka's PhD adviser: “I would not call him an expert in terrorism”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Here is the official résumé of the person Trump put in charge of federal housing in New York