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11:35 AM 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.
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.
Arizona Republic:
Fake news?  Trump supporters circulate photo of Phoenix rally crowds ... but it's not … Ah social media is a glorious place.  You see something, it looks cool, and so you retweet it.  —  And sometimes that gets you into trouble.  —  Such was the case Tuesday night …
Discussion: Raw Story
VICE News:
Arizona GOP uses Margaret Cho sitcom pic to represent Asian Americans  —  Margaret Kim is an Asian American.  She's definitely not a Republican.  She's also not... real.  But that hasn't stopped the Arizona Republican party from using Kim, the 1994 sitcom alter ego of living …
Discussion: VICE, Joe.My.God., Splinter and Raw Story
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Black Trump Supporter Punched While Fleeing Arizona Melee … A black supporter of President Donald Trump was punched in the face after leaving the president's rally in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday night.  —  A few thousand protesters showed up outside the event, and things were mostly peaceful until …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally
Clay Travis / Outkick the Coverage:
MSESPN Pulls Asian Announcer Named Robert Lee Off UVa Game To Avoid Offending Idiots  —  UPDATE: ESPN ISSUES OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MOVING ROBERT LEE FROM VIRGINIA GAME:  —  “We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding …
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
ESPN Pulls Announcer Robert Lee From Virginia Game Because of His Name  —  ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginia's first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country.
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
ESPN pulls announcer Robert Lee off Virginia game in reaction to Charlottesville protests
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: Politicus USA
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump hits new low after Charlottesville  —  President Donald Trump's approval rating has hit a new low following a week in which a majority of voters believe he did more to divide the country than unite it, a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows.  —  Only 39 percent of voters approve …
Cameron Easley / Morning Consult:
Trump's Approval Rating Dips Below 40% for First Time After Charlottesville  —  Americans are taking a dimmer-than-ever view of President Donald Trump's job performance following his response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month, when a woman was killed …
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}}
Mark Murray / NBC News:   12 Days That Stunned a Nation: How Hillary Clinton Lost
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Clinton says her ‘skin crawled’ from Trump's looming behavior at debate
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Rachel Chason / Washington Post:
James Clapper questions Trump's fitness, worries about his access to nuclear codes
Discussion: Shareblue and Political Wire
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:   James Clapper: I Question Trump's Fitness For Office, Wonder If He Is “Looking For A Way Out”
New York Times:
Trump and McConnell Locked in a Cold War, Threatening the G.O.P. Agenda  —  The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty …
US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election
Discussion: Political Wire
Matt Vespa /
Howard Dean: If You Vote Republican in 2018, You're A Racist  —  In yesterday's column from Al Hunt in Bloomberg, the veteran political commentator noted that what Democrats needed was not new policies, but a new message.  And former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean has an idea …
Discussion: The Resurgent and
Emily Zanotti / Daily Wire:   Former DNC Chair Howard Dean: If You Vote For Republicans In The Midterms, Consider Yourself Racist
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump prepared to go to mat for wall funding  —  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.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg:   Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
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.
Lucien Greaves / Washington Post:
I'm a founder of the Satanic Temple.  Don't blame Satan for white supremacy.  —  Calling hatred Satanic just lets people off the hook.  —  Soon after the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville this month, religious leaders and pious politicians began the usual drudgery …
Discussion: Christianity Today and Daily Wire
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
‘This Is Not Hazing.  This Is Rape’: Inside a Texas Town's Football Nightmare … LA VERNIA, Texas—When Jennifer's* son made varsity—as a freshman, no less—it should have been cause for celebration.  —  Here, football is king.  The town is one of the oldest communities in the Lone Star State …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
Bundy Ranch standoff trials … A federal jury in Las Vegas did not return any guilty verdicts Tuesday against four men accused of taking up arms against federal agents during the Bundy Ranch standoff in 2014.  —  Jurors dealt government prosecutors a stinging defeat in the case when …
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller
Martin Selsoe Sorensen / New York Times:
Kim Wall Is Confirmed Dead as Danish Inventor Is Investigated  —  COPENHAGEN — The Copenhagen police announced on Wednesday that a torso found this week in local waters was that of Kim Wall, a Swedish freelance journalist whose disappearance after boarding a Danish inventor's submarine has stunned many Scandinavians.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Secret Service agrees to stop erasing White House visitor log data  —  The Secret Service has agreed to stop erasing White House visitor log data while a lawsuit demanding public access to some of the information goes forward.  —  Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing Tuesday night that …
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Haroon Siddique / The Guardian:
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Discussion: Yahoo, Shareblue and The Week
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Trump claims news media turned off cameras at rally as live coverage goes uninterrupted
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
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Discussion: IJR
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: MattBruenig, alicublog and Instapundit
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: NPR and The Daily Caller