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10:50 AM ET, August 22, 2017


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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
'It's a hard problem': Inside Trump's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan  —  President Trump was frustrated and fuming.  Again and again, in the windowless Situation Room at the White House, he lashed out at his national security team over the Afghanistan war, and the paucity of appealing options gnawed at him.
New York Times:
Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's skepticism about America's involvement in Afghanistan was no secret to his staff.  But his top national security officials were still taken aback at a meeting in the Situation Room on July 19 …
Henry C. Jackson / Politico:
Bannon's Breitbart tears into Trump after Afghanistan speech  —  Articles liken the president's approach to Obama's, and blame the national security adviser for the tone of the address.  —  Breitbart seems ready for one of Steve Bannon's famed “wars.”  —  Just minutes after President …
Discussion: NBC News, CNN and The Week
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Worried He'll Change His Mind Again on Afghanistan War Plan
Discussion: The Atlantic
Mike Pence / USA Today:
Donald Trump's new American strategy for Afghanistan will undo past failures
Discussion: Axios
Adam Shaw / Breitbart:
Trump's ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Killing Terrorists Is Not a Strategy
Full Text And Analysis: Trump's Address On Afghanistan, Plans For U.S. Engagement
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 …
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Treasury secretary's wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts Hermes and Valentino fashion  —  U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, boasted of flying on a government plane with her husband to Kentucky on Monday and then named the numerous fashion brands she wore …
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Mnuchin's wife unleashes Instagram fit after backlash  —  Steven Mnuchin with his wife, actress Louise Linton … Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, was being blasted by social media users on Monday night for posting a picture of herself exiting a government plane …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Joe.My.God.
Senate Leadership Fund: “ChemtrailKelli” AZ  —  Arizonans rejected Chemtrail Kelli Ward's embarrassing behavior and dangerous ideas just one year ago.  But she's back at it again.  —  Chemtrail Kelli supported wacky conspiracy theories and even spent taxpayer money on a town-hall about chemtrails.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP on eggshells as Trump storms into Phoenix  —  PHOENIX — President Donald Trump faces a decision on Tuesday evening with profound implications for his already strained relationship with the GOP: whether to attack a vulnerable Republican senator on his home turf.
Ayesha Rascoe / Reuters:
Big protests expected as Trump goes to Phoenix for rally
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
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: Raw Story
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.
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 …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Chaos Breaks Out at Charlottesville City Council Meeting  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — They shouted down the mayor and City Council members, took over the Council chambers for about a half-hour, and gave more than four hours of impassioned testimony about how city officials had botched the response …
Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite
Chris Suarez / Daily Progress:
Councilors vote to shroud Confederate statues at meeting overwhelmed by anger  —  The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously early Tuesday morning to cover the city's statues of Confederate Gens.  Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson in black fabric, which will represent the city's mourning of Heather Heyer.
Virginia voters divided on blame for Charlottesville violence  —  About half see at least equal blame for violence at the Charlottesville white nationalist rally.  Many Virginia voters (47 percent) believe the counter protesters in Charlottesville deserve at least equal blame for the violence at last week's white nationalist rally.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Only 28% approve of Trump's response to Charlottesville (POLL)
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Two unhinged GOP congressmen accuse Democrats of staging neo-Nazi riot in Charlottesville
Discussion: AOL and Raw Story
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.
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.
Discussion: The Root and The FADER
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Schatz's new health care idea could be the Democratic Party's future  —  Democrats are ready to go on the health care offensive.  And Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) may have a new plan for them to do it.  —  In an interview with Vox, Schatz revealed that he's preparing a new bill …
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.
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Paul Ryan: tax reform “far easier” than health care  —  At a CNN town hall Monday night, Paul Ryan said, “I believe it's going to be far easier for us to do tax reform than it was for, say, health care reform.”  —  Our thought bubble: His rationale was that Senate rules won't present the kind …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Ryan defends tax breaks for Taiwan company
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Dems prep for Pence, Kasich, Haley to run in 2020  —  The Democratic National Committee is conducting full-scale opposition research on multiple Republicans it believes could challenge President Donald Trump for reelection — or are likely to run if he does not.
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 …
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Pro-Trump Rallies in 36 States Canceled, Will Be Held As Online Demonstrations
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar ‘dossier,’ to face questions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Michael Edison Hayden / ABC News:
Nikki Haley: Americans won't hear ‘the details’ about US tactics in Afghanistan
Discussion: Politico
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
It's time to talk about Trump's mental health
Pasquale S. Toscano / New York Times:
My University Is Named for Robert E. Lee. What Now?
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report
Discussion: The Daily Caller and VICE News
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Attorneys for condemned Missouri man seek halt to execution
Discussion: The Root
Heidi M Przybyla / USA Today:
Dems' first wave of recruits ‘outsiders’ in 2017 version of Tea Party
 Earlier Items: 
Annie Karni / Politico:
Kushner in Middle East for peace talks
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
This House Democrat Lost A Leadership Race To Nancy Pelosi. Now He May Run For President.
Discussion: National Review
Philip Wegmann / Washington Examiner:
Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill thinks ‘normal people can afford’ private planes
Discussion: Daily Wire and MO Rising Action
Josie Cox / The Independent:
Breitbart News: Nearly 2,600 advertisers have pulled advertising from the far-right website