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2:45 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.
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 …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Trump disbands federal advisory panel on climate change: report  —  The Trump administration will push ahead with disbanding a federal advisory panel that reported on climate change, The Washington Post reported Sunday.  —  The move follows the leak of a draft of a major climate change report warning of rising temperatures.
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.
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 …
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
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.
Ryan Lovelace / Washington Examiner:
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History to feature Colin Kaepernick artifacts
Discussion: IJR and
Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91  —  Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas.  He was 91.
Discussion: The FADER
Dave Kehr / New York Times:   Jerry Lewis, Mercurial Comedian and Filmmaker, Dies at 91
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
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
How Jewish convert Ivanka got ‘Bannon the Barbarian’ to go: Trump's daughter ‘helped to force out’ aide blamed over President's failure to condemn neo-Nazi rally  —  Donald Trump's controversial aide Steve Bannon was ‘pushed out’ by his daughter Ivanka and her husband because his far-Right views clashed …
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: CNN, IJR and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump  —  In the aftermath of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Republican lawmakers and leaders face the most unpalatable set of choices yet in their relationship with President Trump.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Stephanie Pagones / New York Post:
Man stabbed after haircut gets him mistaken for a neo-Nazi
Discussion: TheBlaze, Daily Wire and Raw Story
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Kasich: No plans to challenge Trump in 2020
Discussion: CNN and The Week
NBC News:
Democrats Could Win 50 House Seats. Here's How
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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