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8:50 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 …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Secret Service says it will run out of money to protect Trump and his family Sept. 30
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: Raw Story and Mediaite
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Looks At The Sun During Solar Eclipse Despite Shouted Warning  —  President Donald Trump's administration on Monday took a moment in the afternoon to observe the first total solar eclipse to pass over the United States from one coast to the other since 1918.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Yes, Donald Trump really did look into the sky during the solar eclipse  —  (CNN)There's literally only one rule with eclipses: Don't look at the sun during them.  —  Which brings me to the President of the United States:  —  And, again: … And, because three times is a charm:
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
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.”
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: The Hill and Politicus USA
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
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
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.
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: USA Today, Slate, Vox, The Week, Gizmodo and VICE News
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
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 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: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump expected to announce small troop increase for Afghanistan in prime time address  —  President Trump was preparing Monday to rally the nation in support of a new strategy for the U.S. war in Afghanistan, taking greater ownership of a protracted conflict that he had long dismissed as a waste of time and resources.
Discussion: Politicus USA, CNBC, CBS New York and IJR
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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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
White House Going Ahead With HBCU Conference After Charlottesville
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matthew Leimkuehler / Des Moines Register:
Kid Rock closes the Iowa State Fair with a (mostly) politics-free party
Associated Press:
Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents …
Discussion: Politico
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Lord, Fired Pro-Trump CNN Figure, In Talks With Breitbart
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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
Fox News:
Are solar eclipses proof of God?
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Kurt Schlichter /
Normal Americans Are Bored By The Fake Drama
Discussion: IJR
Pacific Fleet Headlines:
USS John S. McCain collides with merchant ship near Strait of Malacca