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1:40 AM ET, August 23, 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
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: Raw Story and Splinter
Arizona Republic:
Fake news?  Trump supporters circulate photo of Phoenix rally crowds ... but it's not … Ah social media is a glorious place.  You see something, it looks cool, and so you retweet it.  —  And sometimes that gets you into trouble.  —  Such was the case Tuesday night …
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 …
Washington Times:
ESPN blasted for political correctness after pulling announcer Robert Lee from UVa football game  —  Network scorned on social media for political correctness, called ‘MSESPN’  —  Apparently, even being Asian doesn't mean people won't take you for being a white nationalist.
New York Times:
At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country's Deepening Divisions  —  PHOENIX — President Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Va., accused the news media on Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt …
Discussion: The Week
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump won't pardon ‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio at Arizona rally
Trump empowered hatred in Charlottesville, now he's doing the same in Arizona
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Axios and USA Today
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Navy to Relieve Admiral of Command After Collisions  —  Navy tradition of public accountability calls for commanders to be dismissed when superiors lose confidence in their leadership.  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Navy plans to remove the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions …
‘Some remains’ of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says
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
Clio Chang / New Republic:
Yes, Democrats Have a Fundraising Problem  —  The DNC is lagging its Republican counterpart, even though the progressive base is energized to take Donald Trump down.  —  The momentum is all on the Democrats' side.  Donald Trump is historically unpopular.  The progressive base is angry and activated …
Matt Vespa /
Howard Dean: If You Vote Republican in 2018, You're A Racist  —  In yesterday's column from Al Hunt in Bloomberg, the veteran political commentator noted that what Democrats needed was not new policies, but a new message.  And former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean has an idea …
Discussion: Daily Wire and
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
'We're going to burn you out': Univision anchor has chilling moment with Klansman  —  KKK leader calls Univision reporter the n-word  —  Univision is the latest outlet to provide an intimate glimpse of white supremacy.  —  On Sunday, the Spanish language broadcaster aired a tense …
Discussion: IJR and Washington Post
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier interviews with Senate panel  —  The co-founder of a firm behind the controversial opposition research dossier on President Trump spoke to investigators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday behind closed doors.
Discussion: Fox News, RedState and ABC News
‘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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: IJR and
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
Night Sights, Lights and Lasers for Concealed-Carry Guns  —  Tritium self-luminous night sights (like the Trijicon HD XR shown), a grip-activated laser (Crimson Trace LG-660) and a handheld light (SureFire E2D Defender Ultra) are prudent accessories for a concealed-carry gun.
Discussion: LewRockwell
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 …
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
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.
Jon Jones Tests Positive for Steroids after UFC 214  —  Jon Jones has tested positive for steroids in his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier ... TMZ Sports has learned.  —  Our sources tell us ... Jones tested positive for Turinabol — an anabolic steroid.
Discussion: MMA Fighting, The Big Lead and Deadspin
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 …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
We Live in Fear of the Online Mobs  —  Internet shaming spreads everywhere and lives forever.  We need a way to fight it.  —  James Damore, the author of the notorious Google memo, has had his 15 minutes of fame.  In six months, few of us will be able to remember his name.
Discussion: alicublog
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor  —  Yesterday we reported that in a shocking, and explained move, statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Wire
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.
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Associated Press:
A ‘Trump Doctrine’? Clues in his new Afghanistan plan
Discussion: Politico
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Mayor de Blasio Used Personal Email for City Matters, Memo Says
How the Boys Run Trump Inc.: With Other People's Money and Some Dubious Partners
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Kirsten Fleming / New York Post:
Fox News anchor on how being pretty helps you get ahead
Discussion: TheBlaze and The Daily Caller
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Politicians usually sound the most off-key when they are trying …
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Trump a ‘Moral Dilemma’ for Black Republicans After Charlottesville
Discussion: IJR and The Root
 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
Michael J. Socolow / Washington Post:
Gawker has been gone for a year. We've never needed it more than now.
Washington Post:
President Trump's list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Alec MacGillis / New York Magazine:
Is Anybody Home at HUD?
Discussion: Daily Kos, Curbed and The Week