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1:45 PM ET, August 20, 2017


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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump's Approval Rating Stands Below 40 Percent in Three Key Midwest States  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's job approval rating in three key states that helped propel him to the White House — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — stands below 40 percent, according to a trio of NBC News/Marist polls.
Marist Poll:
8/20: Return to the Rust Belt: Dismal Job Approval Ratings for Trump in Michigan, Pennsylvania, & Wisconsin  —  In the 2016 presidential election, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin accounted for a combined 46 electoral votes which helped propel Donald Trump into the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:
The Failing Trump Presidency  —  With each day, President Trump offers fresh proof that he is failing the office that Americans entrusted to him.  The rolling disaster of his presidency accelerated downhill last week with a news conference on Tuesday at which he seemed determined …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
John Bowden / The Hill:
Evangelical students returning university diplomas to protest Trump  —  Former students at Liberty University are preparing to return their diplomas in a group protest of university president Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s, support for President Trump's agenda.  —  In a group letter first reported by NPR …
Discussion: The Week and Chicago Tribune
Mike Allen / Axios:
Why top White House officials won't quit Trump  —  There's lots of punditry about why people like Gary Cohn, Rex Tillerson, Dina Powell, Steve Mnuchin and many others don't quit the Trump White House in protest over Charlottesville.  — New Yorker Editor David Remnick writes “The Divider …
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Congress Can't Do Tax Reform Without A Functioning President  —  The Trump-related events of the past week very likely kill any chance of comprehensive reform or even just tax cuts happening this year.  —  Tax reform — the kind of wholesale change to the existing system that was enacted …
Washington Post:
Bannon's departure is unlikely to calm the turmoil in Trump's White House
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Donald Trump's True Allegiances  —  Who could have predicted the President's latest outrage?  Barack Obama and anyone, really.  —  Early last November, just before Election Day, Barack Obama was driven through the crisp late-night gloom of the outskirts of Charlotte, as he barnstormed North Carolina on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
Alex Pareene / Splinter:
Charlottesville Was a Preview of the Future of the Republican Party  —  I hope you appreciated your recent introduction to the future leadership of the Republican Party this past week.  It happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched under the banner of “uniting the right.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change  —  The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Column: While we're toppling offensive symbols, what about the Democratic Party?  —  A statue of Sen. Robert Byrd — a Democrat and former leader of the KKK — is on display in a rotunda inside the West Virginia State Capitol.  —  Al Sharpton just may be right about the need to remove offensive statues from the American public way.
Benjamin Brown / Fox News:
Kaepernick supporters call for NFL boycott  —  Controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves a chance to continue his NFL career, his supporters said Saturday.  —  Those backers include the NAACP and current and former members of the New York City Police Department, including famed corruption fighter Frank Serpico.
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
Dick Gregory, 84, Dies; Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle  —  Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes …
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Dick Gregory, cutting-edge satirist and uncompromising activist, dies at 84
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich: No plans to challenge Trump in 2020  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich sidestepped questions Sunday about whether he thinks President Donald Trump should face a primary challenge in 2020.  —  “I don't have any plans to do anything like that.  I'm rooting for him to get it together,” …
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Associated Press:
The Latest: Police push protesters out of Dallas cemetery  — cf4e32de5aff  —  Link copied!  —  DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local):
Skirmishes, arrests mar mostly peaceful protests to ‘free speech’ rally
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Mnuchin defends Trump's comments on Charlottesville, rebuffs calls to resign  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who faced calls from his Yale University classmates to resign in the wake of President Trump's controversial comments about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville …
Dustin Racioppi /
Christie drops out of contention for WFAN job  —  Gov. Chris Christie has pulled himself out of contention for a post-gubernatorial job as a sports radio host on WFAN, he said Sunday.  —  In response to a Daily News report that he had been informed he was no longer in the mix for a job …
NBC News:
Democrats Could Win 50 House Seats.  Here's How  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa — If Democrats are planning to ride an anti-Trump wave to a takeover of the House in 2018, they can't just rely on seats where voters resisted Donald Trump in 2016.  They also face the major task of winning back those rural …
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Tim Scott: Trump's ability to lead weakened by handling of race issues
Discussion: The Week
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Trump cuts funding for Obama's teen pregnancy program
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
New York Times Applauds Far-Left Violence
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Kristina Wong / Breitbart:
Report: Powerful GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson Supports Campaign to Oust McMaster
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
IT staffers may have compromised sensitive data to foreign intelligence
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
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Rutland Herald:
Vt. community health centers awarded grants
Terrence McCoy / Washington Post:
The road to hate: For six young men, Charlottesville is only the beginning
Washington Post:
How a dozen young men from a small town secretly plotted the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain in more than a decade
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
RNC raises millions more than DNC in July
Anthony Joseph / Daily Mail:
‘Better get out early than late’: Barcelona's chief rabbi urges Jews to move to Israel …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
A Deal Breaker for Trump's Supporters? Nope. Not This Time, Either.
Tracy Jacim / WOFL:
Sabatini: Eustis will ‘gladly accept’ Confederate monuments
Discussion: Raw Story