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9:55 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 …
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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Yes, Donald Trump really did look into the sky during the solar eclipse
Discussion: New York Daily News 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
Ford Springer / The Daily Caller:
It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In the White House  —  I've been on the Barron Trump train from the start, but it's about time the president's son starts dressing the part.  —  Barron is the youngest son of Donald Trump and the only child the president shares with Melania Trump.
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and Mediaite
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.”
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville (POLL)  —  President Donald Trump moves out of his difficult Charlottesville week and into his national address on Afghanistan policy tonight with a poor but stable job performance rating and still-weaker grades for his handling …
Washington Post:
Poll shows clear disapproval of how Trump responded to Charlottesville violence … Twice as many Americans disapprove than approve of President Trump's response to the deadly Charlottesville protests led by white supremacists that ignited widespread political backlash against the White House …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Survey: 9 percent call neo-Nazi views acceptable
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.
Alison R. Parker / Shareblue:
Paul Ryan issues 434 words on Charlottesville, and none of them are “Donald Trump”
Discussion: IJR and Daily Wire
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.
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Texas man charged with trying to bomb a Confederate statue in Houston
Discussion: New York Times
Omaid Faizyar / RealClearDefense:
Did China Hack the Seventh Fleet?  —  Today the USS McCain collided a merchant vessel, marking the 4th incident in the past year at the Navy.  The timeline is as follows: … These ships share similarities, they are all based in Yokosuka Naval Base, and the USS McCain & USS Fitzgerald …
Discussion: CNBC and JustOneMinute
Pacific Fleet Headlines:
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca
Wall Street Journal:
Navy to Pause Operations, Review Collisions, With 10 Missing
Discussion: RedState
Peter Hasson / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Keith Ellison Reveals Nancy Pelosi's Real Views On Single-Payer [VIDEO]  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is more supportive of pursuing a single-payer health care system than she's willing to publicly admit, deputy Democratic National Committee chair and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison …
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
All the Light Trump Was Not Supposed to See.  But He Peeked.  —  Of course he looked.  —  Monday's solar eclipse — life-giving, eye-threatening, ostensibly apolitical — summoned the nation's First Viewer to the Truman Balcony of the White House around 2:38 p.m.  —  The executive metaphor came quickly.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
That Russian Guy Who Attended The Trump Tower Meeting Is Almost Definitely a Spy  —  A month and a half ago, the New York Times obtained emails in which Donald Trump Jr. set up a meeting in Trump Tower with Russian officials who were promising him sensitive information, on his father's opponent, that would help the Trump campaign.
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: Shareblue and Talking Points Memo
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Christopher Cantwell, White Nationalist in Vice Video, Braces for Charges  —  By at least one measure, Christopher Cantwell, a self-described white nationalist, said he believed his decision to be interviewed in a Vice News report had “worked out magnificently.”
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Daily Kos
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, Raw Story and AOL
Josie Cox / The Independent:
Breitbart News: Nearly 2,600 advertisers have pulled advertising from the far-right website  —  On Friday, Steve Bannon, known for his nationalist views, returned to head up the site after leaving the White House  —  More than 2,500 advertisers have reportedly stopped advertising …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and Shareblue
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Lord, Fired Pro-Trump CNN Figure, In Talks With Breitbart … It's been nearly two weeks since Jeffrey Lord, the former Reagan administration official and pro-Trump political commentator, was sacked from his contributor job at CNN.  —  The abrupt firing, officially due to Lord tweeting …
Discussion: IJR, Raw Story and Mediaite
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Ohio judge shot in ‘ambush’ outside courthouse, attacker killed  —  An Ohio judge was shot Monday morning outside his courthouse in an ambush attack that ended when the judge and a probation officer returned fire, killing the attacker, authorities said.  —  Police said a man apparently waiting …
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
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
White House Going Ahead With HBCU Conference After Charlottesville  —  A White House official said that a Trump administration-backed conference for historically black colleges and universities will go ahead as planned next month.  —  In recent days, a Democratic lawmaker and prominent nonprofit donor …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump expected to announce small troop increase for Afghanistan in prime-time address
Discussion: Politicus USA, CNBC, CBS New York and IJR
Associated Press:
Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents …
Discussion: Politico
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
A gay couple was told that their sharing dessert 'doesn't go with the ambiance' at a D.C. restaurant
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Towleroad
Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times:
Danish Submarine Inventor Says He Buried Swedish Journalist at Sea
Discussion: NPR
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
I spent a night in Trump's childhood home
Discussion: New York Times
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
Kaitlin L Lange / Indianapolis Star:
Bernie Sanders returns to Indianapolis for jobs rally Monday
 Earlier Items: 
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
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Which charities have canceled galas at Mar-a-Lago Club? …
Discussion: RedState, NBC News, Daily Kos and Splinter
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
A 121-year-old Confederate monument was coming down. This Kentucky town put it back up.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mother Jones
Fern Shen / Baltimore Brew:
Columbus statue in Baltimore vandalized
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
KKK leader threatens to ‘burn’ Latina journalist, the first black person on his property