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5:40 PM ET, August 21, 2017


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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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
With or without Bannon, Trump will likely get a lot worse.  Here's what to watch for next.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Now that Stephen K. Bannon has been booted from the White House, the political press is salivating at the prospect of a public struggle between Bannon as outsider and the “globalists” who remain inside the White House.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Secret Service: We have funding to protect Trump through September
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
‘20 seconds of burning’: Friends partly blinded after watching solar eclipse warn of dangers  —  It was a clear day when Louis Tomososki's science teacher mentioned that a partial solar eclipse would be visible from their hometown of Portland, Ore., that afternoon.
Discussion: Slate, Vox, The Week, Gizmodo and VICE News
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
Trump looked at the solar eclipse without glasses despite a shouted warning from an aide
Discussion: Washington Post
Donald Trump / ABC News:
WATCH: The Trump family watches the total solar eclipse together
Discussion: Axios
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
McConnell: ‘Most news is not fake’  —  (R-Ky.) defended the media on Monday, just hours after President Trump lashed out at “fake news” on Twitter.  —  “My view is that most news is not fake, but I do try to look at a variety of sources,” McConnell said at a Louisville Chamber of Commerce event …
Negassi Tesfamichael / Politico:
McConnell undercuts Trump's claim: ‘Most news is not fake’  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday undercut one of President Donald Trump's most-repeated claims, telling a group at the Louisville Chamber of Commerce that “most news is not fake.”
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   That Russian Guy Who Attended The Trump Tower Meeting Is Almost Definitely a Spy
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.
Let There Be No Confusion  —  I was struck by the tone Heather Heyer's parents took at her memorial service.  Here they are suddenly grieving and saying goodbye to their daughter, taken by an act of domestic terrorism.  And instead of turning to anger, they call for healing and forgiveness.
Daniel W. Drezner / Washington Post:
White House aides can't stop talking about President Trump like he's a toddler  —  The Trump-as-toddler Twitter thread, explained and curated  —  It started, as all 2017 stories about American politics start, with a garden-variety snarky tweet: … The point of the tweet was to push …
Dara Lind / Vox:
White House officials are terrified of what Trump would do on his own
Discussion: Politico, Splinter and Axios
Pacific Fleet Headlines:
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca  —  SOUTH CHINA SEA - The guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) has arrived at Changi Naval Base following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Strait of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Breitbart published a story about migrant gang members, using a photo of a major soccer star
Media Matters for America:
Fox guest and former Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson: The Civil War and slavery were part of America's “good history”  —  AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Do you think that [House] Speaker [Paul] Ryan [(R-WI)] should join in with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi [(D-CA)] …
Discussion: Raw Story and Splinter
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
Former Trump Spox: Slavery Is Actually Part Of America's ‘Good History’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fern Shen / Baltimore Brew:
Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized  —  Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized  —  Aimed at explorer's role in “genocide and exploitation,” vandals say, action follows city's removal of Confederate monuments  —  Above: Inscription on one of Baltimore's memorials to explorer Christoper Columbus …
New York Times:
White House Bracing for an Angry Reception in Phoenix  —  WASHINGTON — Officials in the White House and in Arizona are bracing for a furious reception to President Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix this week, amid the fallout from his comments faulting “both sides” for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.
Bryan Clark / Idaho Statesman:
East Idaho rep. says it's ‘plausible’ Obama staged Charlottesville riots  —  Idaho Falls Rep. Bryan Zollinger took to Facebook on Friday, re-posting a conspiracy theory suggesting that last weekend's events in Charlottesville, Va., could have been an inside job orchestrated to smear President Donald Trump.
Discussion: Shareblue and Raw Story
Houston Chronicle:
Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park  —  Museum District area evacuated as agents search home  —  A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.
Arizona Republic:
Phoenix Trump rally … Gov. Doug Ducey will greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac after Air Force One touches down Tuesday afternoon for his first presidential visit to the Grand Canyon state.  —  But the Republican governor, who like many in the GOP has diplomatically sidestepped Trump …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Van Driver in Barcelona Attack Is Killed by Police  —  SUBIRATS, Spain — The fugitive believed to have driven the van in last week's terrorist attacks in Spain was shot dead by the police on Monday in a village outside Barcelona after a Europeanwide dragnet, the police announced.
Tim Graham /
PBS, NPR Bury Their Own Poll Results on BLM, Antifa, and Confederate Statues (Correction Added)  —  Taxpayer-funded PBS and NPR are now in the polling business with Marist College, and like the other networks, their polls are often used to support putting heat on Republicans.
Discussion: Media Matters for America and IJR
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville (POLL)
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Ohio judge shot in ‘ambush’ outside courthouse, attacker killed
Fox News:
Are solar eclipses proof of God?
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
Lindsey McPherson / Roll Call:
Congress Set for Horse-Trading Over Must-Pass Bills in September
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Guardian:
Fran works six days a week in fast food, and yet she's homeless: 'It's economic slavery'
Discussion: Raw Story and Shakesville
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Democrats long for Obama's return
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Which charities have canceled galas at Mar-a-Lago Club? …
 Earlier Items: 
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
A 121-year-old Confederate monument was coming down. This Kentucky town put it back up.
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Caller
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Why Trump Can't Quit the Alt-Right
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan
Discussion: IJR and Wall Street Journal
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property
Kurt Schlichter /
Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama
Discussion: IJR