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2:00 PM ET, August 22, 2017


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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 …
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.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Worried He'll Change His Mind Again on Afghanistan War Plan
Discussion: The Atlantic and ABC News
Fred Kaplan / Slate:   Killing Terrorists Is Not a Strategy
New York Times:
Full Transcript and Video: Trump's Speech on Afghanistan
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 …
Inae Oh / Mother Jones:
Here's What Happened When Steve Mnuchin's Wife Mocked a Woman for Having Less Money  —  Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, was forced to make her social-media presence private after sparking outrage with an Instagram post that flamboyantly bragged about a slew …
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Mnuchin's wife unleashes Instagram fit after backlash
Treasury secretary's wife faces criticism for Instagram post, reply
Discussion: Daily Wire
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.
Discussion: TheBlaze and Washington Times
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.
Will Sommer / The Hill:
McConnell allies blast Flake opponent in new ‘Chemtrail Kelli’ ad
Discussion: RedState
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Trump White House's ugly new strategy: Use ‘dreamers’ as a bargaining chip
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Henry Graff / WVIR-TV:
Charlottesville City Council Meeting Ends Abruptly, Residents Express Concerns
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tim Stelloh / NBC News:
Charlottesville City Council Meeting Erupts Over White Nationalist Rally
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: The Hill, RedState, Political Wire and Axios
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
3 in 10 strong Trump supporters accept or are indifferent to white supremacist views
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
Trent Franks / USA Today:
Pardon America's toughest sheriff  —  Joe Arpaio became a principal target of the militant left wing: Opposing view  —  Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio has dedicated his whole life to keeping his fellow human beings safe; in his senior years, he has specifically protected Arizona communities.
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
Pat McManamonESPN / ESPN:
12 Browns players kneel in prayer over racial, social injustice  —  CLEVELAND — A dozen Browns players took a knee in prayer during the national anthem before Monday night's preseason game against the New York Giants.  —  While the group knelt behind the bench, several other players placed …
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Fox News shames Black and white NFL players who prayed for justice before game
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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: The Week
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.
‘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.
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report  —  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report …
Discussion: VICE News, IJR and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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Elaine Duke / USA Today:
Homeland Security secretary: Border walls work. Yuma sector proves it.
Peter Stone / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Pressure on Manafort grows as feds track more income, possible money laundering
Discussion: Political Wire
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
Who Owns the Internet?  —  What Big Tech's monopoly powers mean for our culture.
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Is Learning to Walk Again
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Instapundit
Thomas E. Ricks / The Atlantic:
The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Places with the fewest immigrants push back hardest against immigration
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Ross / ABC News:
Glenn Simpson, key figure behind million-dollar ‘dossier,’ to face questions
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Caller
Michael Edison Hayden / ABC News:
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley had ‘private conversation’ with Trump after Charlottesville
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Exclusive: Sen. Schatz's new health care idea could be the Democratic Party's future
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Caller
Ford Springer / The Daily Caller:
It's High Time Barron Trump Starts Dressing Like He's In the White House