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3:50 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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Secret Service: We have funding to protect Trump through September
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
With or without Bannon, Trump will likely get a lot worse. Here's what to watch for next.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Bannon vs. Murdochs
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
How to watch today's solar eclipse in Washington, Va., and Md.  —  The day of the solar eclipse has, at last, arrived.  —  In the Washington area, we will see a partial solar eclipse, beginning at 1:17 p.m., peaking at 2:42 p.m., and ending at 4:01 p.m. At the peak, the moon will cover 81 percent of the sun.
Allan Smith / Business Insider:   Trump looked at the solar eclipse without glasses on despite a shouted warning from an aide
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Navy to Pause Operations, Review Collisions, With 10 Missing
Discussion: RedState
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump cheers Falwell for ‘fantastic’ defense on ‘Fox and Friends’  —  President Trump on Monday applauded evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell, Jr., for defending his controversial response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va.  —  “Jerry Falwell of Liberty University was fantastic on @foxandfriends.
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.”
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Katie Kieffer /   Wake Up—Mitch and Paul!
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Which charities have canceled galas at Mar-a-Lago Club? …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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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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
John Fund / National Review:
‘No Enemies on the Left’ Is Still the Mantra of Too Many Liberals
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Sullivan / New York Times:
Squabbles Over the Family Summer Home? Don't Hire a Lawyer Just Yet
Discussion: Daily Wire
Kate McKenna / CBC News:
Trudeau to asylum seekers: Crossing border illegally won't fast track immigration
Discussion: RedState and IJR
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
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump to ask Americans to trust him on Afghanistan
Discussion: IJR and Wall Street Journal
Kurt Schlichter /
Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama
Discussion: IJR
Jillian Kay Melchior / Wall Street Journal:
Mizzou Pays a Price for Appeasing the Left