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8:00 AM ET, August 23, 2017


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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  — Home > - US Senator Jeff Flake in Double Electoral Jeopardy Twelve Months Away from Primary Election  —  Republican Party Divided - Provides Opening for Democrats
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump threatens shutdown, suggests controversial pardon at Arizona rally … PHOENIX — President Trump on Tuesday threatened to shut down the government over border wall funding, said the North American Free Trade Agreement is likely to be terminated and signaled that he was prepared …
Saba Hamedy / CNN:
Police spray tear gas at protesters following Trump's Phoenix rally  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Phoenix (CNN)What began as a peaceful protest outside the Phoenix Convention Center turned chaotic Tuesday evening as police officers used tear gas to manage the thousands protesting President Donald Trump's rally there.
New York Times:
At Rally, Trump Blames Media for Country's Deepening Divisions
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Week
Five Reasons Racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio Should Not Receive a Presidential Pardon
Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
Individuals gathered, too  —  Melanie French wasn't part …
Los Angeles Times:
Outside Trump's rally, thousands take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests
Discussion: Informed Comment
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump won't pardon ‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio at Arizona rally
Discussion: Politico, Axios and Washington Monthly
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 …
Washington Times:
ESPN blasted for political correctness after pulling announcer Robert Lee from UVa football game  —  Network scorned on social media for political correctness, called ‘MSESPN’  —  Apparently, even being Asian doesn't mean people won't take you for being a white nationalist.
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
ESPN, Citing Safety, Says Robert Lee Won't Broadcast Virginia Football Game  —  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.
Fox News:
ESPN pulls Asian-American announcer from Virginia football game because he has a Confederate general's name
Discussion: Fox News Insider
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: Raw Story and Splinter
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 …
Trump empowered hatred in Charlottesville, now he's doing the same in Arizona
Discussion: Balloon Juice, Axios and USA Today
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.
Gordon Lubold / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Navy to Relieve Admiral of Command After Collisions  —  Navy tradition of public accountability calls for commanders to be dismissed when superiors lose confidence in their leadership.  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. Navy plans to remove the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and NPR
‘Some remains’ of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says
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 …
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
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}}
Discussion: Political Wire and Axios
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
'We're going to burn you out': Univision anchor has chilling moment with Klansman  —  KKK leader calls Univision reporter the n-word  —  Univision is the latest outlet to provide an intimate glimpse of white supremacy.  —  On Sunday, the Spanish language broadcaster aired a tense …
Discussion: IJR
Washington Post:
Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration  —  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster/AP) … High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump's presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
We Live in Fear of the Online Mobs  —  Internet shaming spreads everywhere and lives forever.  We need a way to fight it.  —  James Damore, the author of the notorious Google memo, has had his 15 minutes of fame.  In six months, few of us will be able to remember his name.
Discussion: alicublog
Night Sights, Lights and Lasers for Concealed-Carry Guns  —  Tritium self-luminous night sights (like the Trijicon HD XR shown), a grip-activated laser (Crimson Trace LG-660) and a handheld light (SureFire E2D Defender Ultra) are prudent accessories for a concealed-carry gun.
Discussion: LewRockwell
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
Trump prepared to go to mat for wall funding  —  The fight over the wall is likely to explode in September.  —  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 …
‘Donald Trump-shaped’ ecstasy pills seized by German police  —  About 5,000 carrot-coloured ecstasy tablets in the shape of Donald Trump's head have been seized by German police in the north-western city of Osnabruck.  —  The drugs were confiscated over the weekend, police say, and an Austrian father and son have been arrested.
Paul Ziobro / Wall Street Journal:
PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS  —  Much of the blame is aimed at Hunter Harrison, the 72-year-old railroad-industry veteran who became CSX's president and chief executive in March as part of a shake-up led by an activist investor.  He promised to run the company's 21,000-mile network …
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Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Google Folds, Restores Accounts Of Banned Statistics Professor
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Wire
Natalie Robehmed / Forbes:
The World's Highest-Paid Actors 2017: Mark Wahlberg Leads With $68 Million
GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has said he doesn't believe Obama is a natural-born citizen
Discussion: Political Wire
Melanie Zanona / The Hill:
Members resign from White House council on infrastructure security
Discussion: Politicus USA
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
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Discussion: The Root and The Week
Kirsten Fleming / New York Post:
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