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10:30 AM ET, August 21, 2017


 Top Items: 
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Exclusive: Secret Service out of money to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer afford to pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission - in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon Readies His Revenge  —  The war on Jared Kushner is about to go nuclear.  —  On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trump's chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page.  “Why do you sound unfazed?” a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web.
New York Times:
Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit.  Then Came Charlottesville.  —  What was supposed to be an amicable departure for the president's chief strategist became a messy exit after public furor over the president's response to a race-fueled melee.  —  August 20, 2017
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bannon vs. Murdochs
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Breitbart goes after McMaster
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Source: McMaster Fails to Brief Trump Before 'That's Too Bad' Error  —  A source with direct knowledge of these matters tells Breitbart News that the senior staff at the White House, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, did not brief President Donald Trump on the collision …
Discussion: Shareblue
New York Times:
10 Missing After U.S. Navy Ship and Oil Tanker Collide Off Singapore  —  BANGKOK — Ten Navy sailors were missing and five were injured on Monday after a United States destroyer collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, the Navy said, the second accident involving a Navy ship and a cargo vessel in recent months.
Fox News:
10 missing, 5 injured after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker in Pacific
Discussion: IJR
Matt Vespa /
Former DHS Secretary: Removing Confederate Statues Is A Matter Of National Security  —  Statues of Lincoln, Catholic saints, and Confederate generals have been in the political debate as of late.  There are even a few commentators who want to tear down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: The elites strike back — getting under Trump's skin  —  THE BIG IDEA: The 2016 election represented, as much as anything else, a repudiation of America's elites and everything they believe in.  By running on the hollow promises of populism, nativism and isolationism …
Palm Beach Post:
NEW: Palm Beach Zoo gala, MorseLife luncheon leaving Trump's Mar-a-Lago
New York Times:
Lobbyist at Trump Campaign Meeting Has a Web of Russian Connections  —  WASHINGTON — Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian immigrant who met last summer with senior Trump campaign officials, has often struck colleagues as a classic Washington mercenary — loyal to his wife, his daughter and his bank account.
Discussion: Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter /
Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama  —  I took a week off from the milieu of political insanity to go out amongst the normals and chalk up another huge trial victory, and when I got back I was stunned - stunned! - to find that a consensus had formed that Nazis are bad.
Discussion: IJR
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Donald Trump will ask Americans Monday to trust him on his new Afghanistan strategy, exercising a president's most somber duty, a decision on waging war, at a time when his own political standing is deeply compromised.
Discussion: IJR and Wall Street Journal
Freddie / The ANOVA:
personal news  —  Shortly I will be headed to the Richmond University Medical Center to pursue intensive treatment for my mental illness.  My day-to-day existence has become entirely unmanageable, and I fear for my health and safety.  I do not have much of a plan at this point other than to get checked in.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dara Lind / Vox:
White House officials are terrified of what Trump would do on his own  —  Why they're not quitting: “You have no idea how much crazy stuff we kill.”  —  At this point, with so many of President Donald Trump's once-key advisers leaving the White House, and the president himself showing …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
No Sunday show defense from Trump administration
Discussion: Political Wire
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property  —  Christopher Barker, a leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina, agreed to meet for an interview at his home late last month with Ilia Calderón, a Colombian news anchor for Univision based in Miami.
Washington Post:
Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year … The Republican National Committee paid the Trump International Hotel in Washington $122,000 last month after the party held a lavish fundraiser at the venue in June, the latest example of how GOP political committees …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Putin appoints new ambassador to U.S.
Discussion: ABC News and TASS
Niv Elis / The Hill:
Trump poised for a September fight over border wall
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Missouri Democratic state senator apologizes for hoping Trump is assassinated
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots
Discussion: Gizmodo
Katie Kieffer /
Wake Up—Mitch and Paul!
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Mizzou Pays a Price for Appeasing the Left
Doug Smith / Los Angeles Times:
Trump impeachment more likely than removal, California Rep. Brad Sherman says at town hall meeting
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection
New York Times:
White House Bracing for an Angry Reception in Phoenix
R. Derek Black / New York Times:
What White Nationalism Gets Right About American History
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kai Cole / The Wrap:
Joss Whedon Is a ‘Hypocrite Preaching Feminist Ideals,’ Ex-Wife Kai Cole Says (Guest Blog)
Discussion: The Daily Caller and
Ruben Navarrette Jr / San Francisco Chronicle:
Trump and the media love mud wrestling
Discussion: Instapundit
Los Angeles Times:
Enough is Enough  —  T  —  hese are not normal times.
Discussion: Business Insider
Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91