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10:00 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  —  The coming war between Steve Bannon and the “globalists” inside the White House promises to be a public spectacle, and a continuing distraction for the Trump administration.  But it's Bannon vs. the Murdoch sons that could really define conservatism — or at least conservative media — far beyond the Trump era.
Discussion: Raw Story
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Breitbart goes after McMaster
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.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Five sailors injured, 10 missing after U.S. Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship  —  SEOUL — Ten U.S. Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker three times its size collided near Singapore early Monday.
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Source: McMaster Fails to Brief Trump Before 'That's Too Bad' Error
Discussion: Shareblue
Fox News:
10 missing, 5 injured after USS John S. McCain collides with tanker in Pacific
Discussion: IJR
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
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
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
Matthew Watkins / The Texas Tribune:
UT-Austin removes Confederate statues in the middle of the night  —  In a surprise move, workers at the University of Texas at Austin removed multiple Confederate statues from a prominent grass mall on campus late Sunday night.  —  Late Sunday night, 10 days before classes were scheduled to start …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and NPR
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
Katie Kieffer /
Wake Up—Mitch and Paul!  —  Waiter!  Bring ice water!  We need to wake up our lethargic congressional leaders, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Paul Ryan.  Because when they snooze, America loses.  —  How do these two knuckleheads keep getting elected?  It might be better if we had elected two La-Z-Boy armchairs to office.
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.
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.
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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
Washington Post:
Republican committees have paid nearly $1.3 million to Trump-owned entities this year
Discussion: Political Wire and The Week
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump ramping up for 2020 reelection
New York Times:
White House Bracing for an Angry Reception in Phoenix
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
No Sunday show defense from Trump administration
Discussion: Political Wire
Los Angeles Times:
Enough is Enough  —  T  —  hese are not normal times.
Discussion: Business Insider