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11:30 PM ET, August 23, 2017


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Elana Schor / Politico:
Trump clashed with multiple GOP senators over Russia  —  President Donald Trump privately vented his frustration over Russia-related matters with at least two other Republican senators this month, according to people familiar with the conversations — in addition to the president's public admonishments …
Ted Barrett / CNN:   Ryan warns Trump not to shut down government over border security funding
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Ryan: Shutdown over border wall not necessary
Discussion: RedState
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: Daily Kos and AOL
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.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
'I don't know how it got this bad': Trump supporters and protesters meet in Phoenix  —  PHOENIX — Just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, at an intersection near the convention center where President Trump was scheduled to hold a campaign rally, two vendors hawked products with competing messages.
Discussion: American Prospect and The Week
Katie Mettler / Washington Post:
The strange story of that ‘Blacks for Trump’ guy standing behind POTUS at his Phoenix rally
Discussion: It's Going Down, WCMH-TV and The Root
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
White House Sets Rules for Military Transgender Ban  —  Guidelines expected to direct Pentagon to stop admitting transgender people, gives Mattis power to remove those serving  —  Following President Donald Trump's announcement to ban open transgender service in the military …
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.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's 57 most outrageous quotes from his Arizona speech  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.
Eric Boehlert / Shareblue:
Trump snubbed missing US sailors during Arizona speech, referenced himself nearly 250 times
Discussion: Mashable, Grist, IJR and ABC News
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
Trump Goes Off-Script in Hour-Long Public Meltdown
Discussion: Shakesville, Daily Wire and ABC News
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump huddled Tuesday to plot primary against Sen. Jeff Flake  —  (CNN) President Donald Trump huddled privately with potential Republican primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday night.  —  The backstage meeting included former state GOP …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump met with potential Flake challengers before Phoenix rally
Discussion: Business Insider and CNN
Leinz Vales / CNN:
James Clapper calls Trump speech ‘downright scary and disturbing’
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 …
August 23, 2017: U.S. Department of Treasury - Mnuchin  —  CREW requests:  — copies of all records concerning authorization for and the costs of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's use of a government plane to travel to Lexington, Kentucky on Monday, August 21, accompanied by his wife Louise Linton.
Discussion: The Hill and Towleroad
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Fashion brands turn their backs on Steve Mnuchin's wife
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Malewitz / The Texas Tribune:
Federal judge tosses new Texas voter ID law; state plans to appeal  —  A federal judge has tossed out a new law softening Texas' strict voter identification requirements.  Texas' attorney general says he will appeal the ruling.  —  Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.
Rick Hasen /
Federal Court, Reaffirming Racially Discriminatory Purpose of Texas Voter ID Law, Blocks …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
He wore Confederate dress to Charlottesville.  He got two middle fingers and possible expulsion from college.  —  The following is a retelling based on contemporary accounts of a confrontation in Charlottesville between two middle fingers and a Confederate flag.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
CBS News:
Firefighters enjoy sausages made from piglets they rescued from fire
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower  —  Every time you think President Trump's anti-press rhetoric can't get worse, he finds a way of surprising you and not surprising you all at the same time.  —  That he will attack journalists on a regular basis should be expected at this point, and it is.
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 …
Discussion: Axios
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, The Week and Politicus USA
The Hill:
7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018  —  Next year's midterm elections will provide Republicans with a major opportunity to build their majority in the Senate — if they can overcome President Trump's dismal approval ratings and internal party rancor.  —  The 2018 Senate map heavily …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Analysis Again breaking ground, Trump takes the permanent campaign to new heights  —  President Trump gave supporters plenty to cheer about at a boisterous Phoenix rally on Tuesday.  (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)  —  The permanent campaign has been a fixture of the modern presidency …
Wall Street Banks Warn Downturn Is Coming  —  HSBC, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley say end of market boom is nigh  —  Breakdown in trading patterns is signal to get out soon  —  HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc. and Morgan Stanley see mounting evidence that global markets are in the last stage …
Mitchell Gunter / Campus Reform:
Clemson prof: ‘All Republicans are racist scum’  — A Clemson University professor is labeling all Donald Trump supporters and Republicans as “racist scum,” demanding that they “denounce your affiliation, or admit you're a racist.”  — Professor Bart Knijnenburg even directly advocated violence …
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.”
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
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
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,” …
Associated Press:
Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants  —  The Energy Department said Wednesday the government should make it easier and cheaper to operate power plants, including coal and nuclear plants, to strengthen the nation's electric grid.  —  The department said in a new report …
Discussion: Axios
Mike Rowe:
Off The Wall  —  Chuck Atkins says...  “One of the tenants of white nationalism is that college educated people are academic elitests.  Comment?  No?  I'm not surprised.  You never take a political stand because you don't want to alienate anybody.  Its bad for business.  I get it.
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Kathleen McKiernan / Boston Herald:
Violence at Common rally detailed at arraignments
Discussion: IJR
Melissa Byrne / Washington Post:
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.
Discussion: Business Insider
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
Negassi Tesfamichael / Politico:
Rabbis ditch High Holy Days call with Trump
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
German magazine cover shows Trump doing Nazi salute
Discussion: RedState and Raw Story
CBS News:
West Wing gets new look in Trump White House renovations
Discussion: Politico and Axios
16-year-old MPS student arrested after punching teacher several times in the head
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump's ambassador to Israel: Charlottesville response 'wasn't fine'
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