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5:05 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 …
The Daily Beast:
Team Trump Worried He'll Change His Mind Again on Afghanistan War Plan
Discussion: The Atlantic and ABC News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
'It's a hard problem': Inside Trump's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Jared Kushner heads to the Middle East
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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 …
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:   Gawker Is Dead And Deserved To Die
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: The Root
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
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 …
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Co-founder of firm tied to Trump dossier interviews with Senate panel
Discussion: RedState, Fox News and ABC News
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: Axios
Trent Franks / USA Today:   Pardon America's toughest sheriff
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
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 …
Chris Suarez / Daily Progress:
Three arrested as councilors vote to shroud Confederate statues at meeting overwhelmed by anger
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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
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.
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 …
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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Time for Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to exit gracefully  —  State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, issued a full-throated apology Sunday to President Donald Trump and his family for posting on Facebook that she hopes he'll be assassinated.  There are times when unequivocal contrition …
Tegna / KSDK-TV:
Maria Chappelle-Nadal removed from all committee assignments
Discussion: IJR
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
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Pro-Trump Rallies in 36 States Canceled, Will Be Held As Online Demonstrations  —  Pro-Trump rallies that were originally being planned for roughly 37 locations across the US have been canceled.  The rallies, scheduled for September 9th, were being coordinated by ACT For America …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amanda House / Breitbart:
Exclusive - ‘America First Rallies’ Canceled, Replaced with Online ‘Day of ACTion’ over Threat of Violence
‘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.
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Nathan Fenno / Los Angeles Times:
Former USC kicker Matt Boermeester asks court to reverse expulsion
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bradley Olson / Wall Street Journal:
Chevron CEO John Watson to Step Down
Discussion: Axios
Yamiche Alcindor / New York Times:
Trump a ‘Moral Dilemma’ for Black Republicans After Charlottesville
Discussion: The Root
Bryan Clark /
Bryan Zollinger ‘doubles down’ on Charlottesville
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Pence squirms as Matt Lauer asks if he's “putting loyalty” to Trump above what's right
Scott Gleeson / USA Today:
Patriots gave President Trump Super Bowl ring as thank-you for White House visit
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Louis Nelson / Politico:
U.S. may sanction Pakistani officials with ties to terrorists, Trump official says
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hullabaloo
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
Thomas E. Ricks / The Atlantic:
The Book He Wasn't Supposed to Write
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