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6:45 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
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.”
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  —  Federal authorities said Monday that a Houston man was charged with attempting to bomb a statue in that city honoring a Confederate military figure.  —  The charges, filed Sunday and made public Monday …
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
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.
The Daily Beast:
Jeffrey Lord, Fired Pro-Trump CNN Figure, In Talks With Breitbart
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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.
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.
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
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville (POLL)
Discussion: Axios
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, Axios and Splinter
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.
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, AOL and Raw Story
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 …
Associated Press:
Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation's future precarious.  Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
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
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
A 121-year-old Confederate monument was coming down.  This Kentucky town put it back up.  —  Historian Gerry Fischer found the monument a home in Brandenburg, saying: “You study your history to learn from it.  The bad parts, too.”  (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mother Jones
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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
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Ohio judge shot in ‘ambush’ outside courthouse, attacker killed
Fox News:
Are solar eclipses proof of God?
Discussion: Friendly Atheist
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
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Which charities have canceled galas at Mar-a-Lago Club? …
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