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10:05 PM ET, August 22, 2017


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New York Times:
Trump and McConnell Locked in a Cold War, Threatening the G.O.P. Agenda  —  The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty …
US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election  — Home > - US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election  —  Republican Party Divided - Provides Opening for Democrats
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP on eggshells as Trump storms into Phoenix
Emails: Breitbart editor pledges to do ‘dirty work’ for Bannon, smears Ivanka  —  A self-described “email prankster” seemingly fooled top editors at Breitbart over the weekend into believing he was Steve Bannon, the fired White House chief strategist who returned to the right-wing website as executive chairman on Friday.
VICE News:
Arizona GOP uses Margaret Cho sitcom pic to represent Asian Americans  —  Margaret Kim is an Asian American.  She's definitely not a Republican.  She's also not... real.  But that hasn't stopped the Arizona Republican party from using Kim, the 1994 sitcom alter ego of living …
Discussion: Arizona Republic and Raw Story
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Fake Polls Are A Real Problem  —  Is Kid Rock leading the U.S. Senate race in Michigan?  A story like that is essentially designed to go viral, and that's exactly what happened when Delphi Analytica released a poll fielded from July 14 to July 18.  Republican Kid Rock earned 30 percent to Sen. Debbie Stabenow's 26 percent.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Trump empowered hatred in Charlottesville, now he's doing the same in Arizona  —  Trump is throwing salt on the wounds by traveling to Arizona Tuesday amidst rumors swirling that he may pardon controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. … In times of crisis, a president's job is to bring the country together.
Discussion: USA Today and Axios
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump won't pardon ‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio at Arizona rally
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Phoenix prepares for Trump's rally and the chaos it may bring
Washington Post:
Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration  —  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/AP) … High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump's presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing …
Associated Press:
A ‘Trump Doctrine’? Clues in his new Afghanistan plan
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In
New York Times:
Mnuchin's Wife Mocks Oregon Woman Over Lifestyle and Wealth  —  WASHINGTON — The wife of the Treasury secretary on Monday night took a page from President Trump's social media playbook for punching down.  —  Louise Linton, the labels-loving wife of Steven Mnuchin, replied condescendingly …
Dana Hedgpeth / Washington Post:
‘My actions were despicable’: Catholic priest steps down after revealing he was a Ku Klux Klan member decades ago  —  A Catholic priest in Arlington, Va., is temporarily stepping down after revealing he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and burned crosses more than 40 years ago before becoming a clergy member.
Discussion: WTKR-TV and The Root
Clay Travis / Outkick the Coverage:
MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots  —  UPDATE: ESPN ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MOVING ROBERT LEE FROM VIRGINIA GAME:  —  “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding …
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Members resign from White House council on infrastructure security  —  Several members of yet another of President Trump's advisory council have decided to quit, the White House confirmed Tuesday.  —  A number of those sitting on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Anita Kumar / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Trump aides plot a big immigration deal — that breaks a campaign promise  —  Donald Trump's top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president's campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers.
Alec MacGillis / New York Magazine:
Is Anybody Home at HUD?  —  A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson.  —  In mid-May, Steve Preston, who served as the secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the final two years …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Curbed and The Week
‘Donald Trump-shaped’ ecstasy pills seized by German police  —  About 5,000 carrot-coloured ecstasy tablets in the shape of Donald Trump's head have been seized by German police in the north-western city of Osnabruck.  —  The drugs were confiscated over the weekend, police say, and an Austrian father and son have been arrested.
GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has said he doesn't believe Obama is a natural-born citizen  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for US Senate, has cast doubt on former President Barack Obama's citizenship repeatedly and as recently as December 2016 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar ‘dossier,’ to face questions  —  A key figure behind the so-called “dossier” featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Republicans dig deeper after Postal Service cited for workers' Clinton campaign aid  —  Republican lawmakers are casting a wider net in their search for wrongdoing at federal agencies in past election cycles, after learning the Postal Service violated the law by allowing employees …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son  — fa01122a680c  —  Link copied!  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is appealing to the news media for privacy for President Donald Trump's young son, Barron.
Discussion: and IJR
‘Some remains’ of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)"Some remains" of 10 missing US sailors have been found after the collision between the US destroyer John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore, US Navy Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday.
Michael J. Socolow / Washington Post:
Gawker has been gone for a year.  We've never needed it more than now.  —  Gawker wasn't perfect.  But in the age of Trump, it's hard not to miss its voice.  (Henri Grivot/AP)  —  One year ago today, Gawker shut down.  Nick Denton's legendary website is now gone, sued into oblivion …
How the Boys Run Trump Inc.: With Other People's Money and Some Dubious Partners  —  Days after a July visit from “Park Avenue,” as he calls them, Dinesh Chawla points to where each of the Trump Organization's top hotel executives sat around his boardroom table, still sounding awed …
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Natalie Robehmed / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017: Mark Wahlberg Leads With $68 Million  —  Markie Mark is officially Richie Rich: The former rapper-turned-actor is Hollywood's highest-paid leading man, earning $68 million pretax in our 12 month scoring period.  —  The Boston native recorded …
Kirsten Fleming / New York Post:
Fox News anchor on how being pretty helps you get ahead  —  Eboni K. Williams joined Fox News as a contributor in September 2015.  —  When Fox News personality Eboni K. Williams was a young attorney in North Carolina, she grappled with molding her professional image.
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
Polls Show Trump Cratering?  Not So Fast  —  Diagnosing the state of President Donald Trump's political health should be a simple matter.  The story that the traditional metrics tell is straightforward.  —  On a good day for him, Trump's approval rating might crack 40 percent.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Martin Shkreli is buying websites associated with the names of journalists critical of him and customizing them with mocking messages  —  Former drug company executive Martin Shkreli  —  Over the past several months, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has trolled journalists …
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
President Trump's list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000 … We have been tracking President Trump's false or misleading claims for more than seven months.  Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057.  (Our full interactive graphic can be found here.)
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Jessica Estepa / USA Today:
Valerie Plame Wilson wants to buy Twitter and ban President Trump  —  129 Shares  —  Valerie Plame Wilson's on a mission to get President Trump off Twitter.  —  How?  —  By buying it, of course.  —  Wilson — best known for being revealed as a CIA operative because of a leak during …
Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Civil War was initially fought over land, not slavery  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)Maine Gov. Paul LePage defended monuments to the Confederacy in a radio interview on Tuesday, claiming that 7,600 Mainers fought for the South and that the war was initially about land, not slavery.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jim DeRogatis / BuzzFeed:
A Woman Who Says She Had Underage Sex With R. Kelly Is Finally Telling Her Story  —  Jerhonda Pace was just 15 when she met her musical idol, R. Kelly, outside his child pornography trial.  The alleged underage sexual relationship with him that followed and subsequent payouts mirror decades of allegations against the star.
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Wire
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio Used Personal Email for City Matters, Memo Says
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Politicians usually sound the most off-key when they are trying …
Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Former USC kicker Matt Boermeester asks court to reverse expulsion
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Joshua Holland / The Nation:
Russia's Attacks on Democracy Aren't Only a Problem for America
Discussion: Just Security
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Pence squirms as Matt Lauer asks if he's “putting loyalty” to Trump above what's right
Peter Stone / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pressure on Manafort grows as feds track more income, possible money laundering
Discussion: Political Wire
Pat McManamonESPN / ESPN:
12 Browns players kneel in prayer over racial, social injustice
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Schatz's new health care idea could be the Democratic Party's future