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6:50 PM ET, August 23, 2017


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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned  —  PHOENIX — Just before President Trump strolled onto the rally stage on Tuesday evening, four speakers took turns carefully denouncing hate, calling for unity and ever so subtly assuring the audience that the president is not racist.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Why Ben Carson's appearance in Phoenix was likely a violation of federal law  —  Right before Ben Carson took the stage at President Trump's rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, the announcer introduced him.  —  “The secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development …
Discussion: Business Insider
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Wall Street Journal Editor Admonishes Reporters Over Trump Coverage  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper's coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve.
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown  —  Trump explained that the biggest victim in the Charlottesville violence last weekend was, in fact, himself.  —  After walking on stage at the Phoenix Convention Center to “God Bless the U.S.A.” for what was, effectively, a 2020 campaign rally …
Discussion: Shakesville, Daily Wire and ABC News
Leinz Vales / CNN:
James Clapper calls Trump speech ‘downright scary and disturbing’  —  (CNN)James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, said Wednesday morning he questioned President Donald Trump's fitness for office.  —  “I really question his ability to be — his fitness to be — in this office …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Trump Holds Steady After Charlottesville; Supporters Think Whites, Christians Face Discrimination  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Donald Trump's approval rating is pretty steady in the wake of the Charlottesville attack, probably because his supporters think that whites and Christians …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Politicus USA and The Week
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Shutdown threat grows as Trump digs in on wall  —  President Donald Trump's vow Tuesday to close down the government if he doesn't get money for the border wall mirrors private comments he has made to advisers in recent days — and could cause significant rifts within his own party if he follows through.
CBS News:
West Wing gets new look in Trump White House renovations
Discussion: Axios
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Ryan: Shutdown over border wall not necessary
Discussion: RedState
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:   Dems to Trump: We won't yield on wall funding
Exclusive: Hillary Clinton in her own words  —  Hillary Clinton reflects on the 2016 campaign in her new book ‘What Happened.’ Morning Joe has an exclusive first look. ...  more Duration: {{video.duration.momentjs}}
Rescued piglets served up as sausages to firefighters  —  A litter of piglets whose bacon was saved from a barn fire has been served up as dinner to the firefighters who rescued them.  —  The 18 piglets and two sows survived the fire in Wiltshire in February, which saw 60 tonnes of hay catch fire.
Steven Morris / The Guardian:
Firefighters eat sausages made of piglets they saved from blaze
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
CBS News:
Firefighters enjoy sausages made from piglets they rescued from fire
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House has paperwork ready for Joe Arpaio pardon  —  (CNN) The White House has prepared the paperwork for President Trump to pardon former sheriff Joe Arpaio when he makes the final decision to do so, CNN has learned.  —  An administration official said the White House …
Dana Liebelson / HuffPost:
State Department Science Envoy Quits With Not-So-Secret Message For Trump: ‘IMPEACH’  —  The acrostic was included in a letter of resignation.  —  WASHINGTON A science envoy for the Department of State sent a resignation letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday with a not-so-subtle secret message: “IMPEACH.”
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump's ambassador to Israel: Charlottesville response 'wasn't fine'
Federal Trade Commission:
Statement of Federal Trade Commission's Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition on the Agency's Review of, Inc.'s Acquisition of Whole Foods Market Inc.  —  Bruce Hoffman, the Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, issued this statement …
Lauren Thomas / CNBC:
Whole Foods shareholders vote in approval of Amazon deal
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
The Insidious Libertarian-to-Alt-Right Pipeline … Libertarianism has an alt-right problem.  Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian.  I am curious as to... why?  —  Milo Yiannopoulos has billed himself (and has been billed by others) as libertarian.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Elana Schor / Politico:
Trump clashed with multiple GOP senators over Russia  —  The conversations are evidence of rising tensions between the president and congressional Republicans heading into a critical legislative span.  —  Donald Trump privately vented his frustration over Russia-related matters with at least …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump stokes primary challenge against Flake  —  PHOENIX — President Donald Trump continues to amp up the pressure on Sen. Jeff Flake, savaging the Arizona Republican on Twitter and holding a private meeting with several of his prospective primary opponents.
David Smith / The Guardian:
'He's anti-left, anti-PC, anti-stupid': Trump supporters in their own words
Discussion: Shakesville
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
The strange story of that ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind POTUS at his Phoenix rally  —  At a number of political rallies over the year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Guardian: We expect Rep. Gianforte ‘to be a man of his word’  —  Civility prevailed at the June 12 sentencing hearing for Greg Gianforte.  Just weeks earlier, Gianforte, heading toward a successful bid for Montana's sole congressional seat, body-slammed Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs instead …
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
CNN's Big Secret  —  BREAKING: Host reveals that journalists don't like Trump.  —  Now it can be told.  A CNN host named Brian Stelter confided to his audience this week about conversations occurring off-camera and off the record across the media landscape.  According to Mr. Stelter:
Discussion: Instapundit
Tony Diaz / Latino USA:
OPINION: Arizona's Mexican American Studies Victory Gives Nation Some Hope for Future  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of Latino USA.  —  In historic news on Monday, a U.S. District Court overturned Arizona's ban of Mexican American Studies (MAS).
Discussion: Latino Rebels and Splinter
Katie Zavadski / The Daily Beast:
ISIS Uses American Boy to Threaten Trump in New Video … ISIS for the first time apparently used an American child in a propaganda video, a boy living in the so-called Islamic State.  —  “My message to Trump, the puppet of the Jews: Allah promised us victory, promised you defeat,” …
16-year-old MPS student arrested after punching teacher several times in the head  —  MILWAUKEE — A teacher at South Division High School punched by a student.  The whole thing was captured on camera.  —  The video shows a student punching a teacher several times in the head.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Trump snubbed missing US sailors during Arizona speech, referenced himself nearly 250 times  —  During his televised pity party Tuesday night in Phoenix, where Donald Trump spent huge chunks of time complaining about press coverage, Trump made no mention of the 10 U.S. sailors who remain missing …
Discussion: Grist, IJR, ABC News and Mashable
After angry rally, Trump calls for healing in Nevada  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Reno, Nevada (CNN)Hours after his irate campaign rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump on Wednesday called for national healing.  —  “It is time to heal the wounds that divide us and to seek a new unity based …
Discussion: The Root, IJR, and WTVR-TV
Negassi Tesfamichael / Politico:
Rabbis ditch High Holy Days call with Trump  —  A prominent coalition of American rabbis has decided not to hold its annual conference call with the president to mark Jewish holidays, citing Donald Trump's remarks on the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, as supporting …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Melissa Byrne / Washington Post:
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.
Discussion: Business Insider
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
Global Economies Grow in Sync
Discussion: Axios
S.e. Cupp / New York Daily News:
After ESPN's Robert Lee moment and other insanity, it's clear: Trump has won the monument debate
Mike Rowe:
Off The Wall  —  Chuck Atkins says...  “One of the tenants …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Wire
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
Billy Joel dons Jewish star against Neo-Nazis
John M. Donnelly / Roll Call:
Members of Trump's Infrastructure Panel Resign in Protest
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
German magazine cover shows Trump doing Nazi salute
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
Stuart Leavenworth / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Exclusive: Trump team goes to bat for NRA-backed bill, deleting Park Service concerns
Discussion: New York Magazine
CBS News:
Some U.S. diplomats in Cuba diagnosed with serious health conditions, medical records show
Discussion: The Atlantic, Axios and Gizmodo
David Roth / The Baffler:
The President of Blank Sucking Nullity
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘This Is Not Hazing. This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town's Football Nightmare
Discussion: Raw Story