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11:20 AM ET, August 24, 2017


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Exclusive: Top Trump aide's email draws new scrutiny in Russia inquiry  —  Washington (CNN)Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials …
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 …
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 …
Veronica Stracqualursi / ABC News:
The Note: Will go-it-alone leave Trump empty-handed?
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Eric Walsh / Reuters:
White House to send memo to Pentagon soon on transgender ban
Discussion: CNBC
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Kelly moves to control the information Trump sees  —  Confronted with a West Wing that treated policymaking as a free-for-all, President Donald Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, is instituting a system used by previous administrations to limit internal competition — and to make himself …
Discussion: Axios, The Week and Associated Press
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Good Riddance to Steve Bannon  —  The country is better off with him out of the West Wing, but now Trump has to step up.  —  After departing his post as White House chief strategist last week, Steve Bannon told the Weekly Standard that “the Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
General Kelly Commands the White House, But He Can't Control Trump
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Trump retweets meme of his blocking Obama, labeled the ‘best eclipse ever’  —  President Donald Trump today retweeted a meme that showed a picture of his gradually blocking out an image of former President Obama with the caption “The Best Eclipse Ever.”  —  The meme was originally tweeted …
Nassim Benchaabane / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
ST. LOUIS  • Police and a witness gave differing versions of how protesters were injured when a driver pulled into a group that had blocked an intersection on Wednesday night.  —  The witness, Keith Rose, said the driver had his middle fingers raised before he accelerated through the group …
Discussion:, ABC News and Splinter
Nassim Benchaabane / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Driver pushes into protesters in St. Louis street; 3 people sustain minor injuries
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
SCOOP: ANDY HEMMING out at WH — TRUMP's heated calls with senators — THE JUICE: PERRY bringing family and friends on trip abroad — RISA HELLER drops Kushner Cos. as a client — JAY SOLOMON's new job  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Thursday.  AN INTERESTING DATAPOINT — TONY FABRIZIO …
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: White House rapid response director is out  —  W.H. RAPID RESPONSE DIRECTOR IS OUT — ANDY HEMMING left his job on Monday as the White House director of rapid response, according to multiple sources.  A source familiar with the move told us it was a “mutually agreed upon” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Senate 2018: Republican Edge Runs Up Against Trump, History  —  Beyond president's poor numbers lies difficulty of beating out-of-power party incumbents  —  Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency, 2018's race for the Senate seemed to pit two powerful, competing forces against one another …
Discussion: Latino Rebels
The Hill:
7 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2018
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New Texas voter ID law discriminates, federal judge rules  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  (CNN)A federal district court judge granted a permanent injunction against Texas' voter ID law Wednesday, holding that the state acted with discriminatory intent.  —  Attorney General Ken Paxton called the ruling …
Discussion: Houston Public Media
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Federal judge blocks further implementation of Texas' voter ID law
New York Times:
Christopher Cantwell, White Nationalist, Surrenders to the Police  —  A white nationalist whose behavior at the violent gatherings this month in Charlottesville, Va., brought him notoriety after he was featured in a widely viewed documentary, has turned himself into the authorities in Virginia days …
Robin Eberhardt / The Hill:
White supremacist from Vice documentary surrenders to police
Discussion: RedState
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Rabbis Protest Trump's Comments by Boycotting Conference Call  —  For years, the presidential conference calls were a nonpartisan holiday tradition: President Barack Obama would speak by phone with hundreds of rabbis in advance of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, in what participants described …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Government shutdown chances rising by the day  —  Top White House and GOP leadership officials tell us the chances of a market-rattling government shutdown are rising by the day — and were even before Trump threatened at his raucous Phoenix rally on Tuesday night to use a shutdown as leverage to get funding for a border wall.
Discussion: Political Wire
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Odds of a government shutdown rise after Trump threat
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Republican Establishment Stands Behind Trump  —  President Trump's response to the deadly white-supremacist protests in Charlottesville earlier this month sparked a fierce national backlash, drawing rebukes from elected officials, corporate executives, military leaders, clergy, and—according to a new poll—a majority of Americans.
Discussion: Washington Post
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
We're Journalists, Mr. Trump, Not the Enemy  —  Sigh.  If only President Trump denounced neo-Nazis as passionately and sincerely as he castigates journalists.  —  What could be an easier task than distancing oneself from Nazis or violent white supremacists?
Wfla Web / WFLA-TV:
93-year-old Confederate monument in Manatee County moved  —  BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) - It didn't take long for the 93-year-old Confederate war memorial outside the Manatee County Courthouse to be moved.  —  The monument was already gone from Bradenton Thursday morning.
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 …
Robin Eberhardt / The Hill:
Gingrich: Left's treatment of Trump is like ‘slave newspapers’ attacking Lincoln  —  Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday compared liberals who are critical of President Trump to “slave newspapers” attacking Abraham Lincoln.  —  Speaking on Fox News's “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” …
Kurt Schlichter /
Does Anybody Understand What These Never Trump Republicans Think They're Achieving?  —  What's the end game for these preening, posturing doofuses who call themselves Republicans, but who can't pass a CNN camera without slamming their party's president?  There is a lot of blue falconry …
John Blake / CNN:
‘White supremacists by default’: How ordinary people made Charlottesville possible  —  ‘White advocate’ made same arguments as Trump  —  (CNN)Blame President Trump for his tepid moral response.  Call the neo-Nazis and white nationalists thugs.  Fill your Facebook and Twitter accounts with moral outrage.
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.
New York Times:
Even With Affirmative Action, Blacks and Hispanics Are More Underrepresented at Top Colleges Than 35 Years Ago  —  +8 pts.  —  Over-  —  +4  —  Under-  —  Whites  —  Asians  —  Hispanics  —  Blacks … '15  —  +8 pts.  —  '80  —  Over-  —  +4  —  Under-  —  Whites
Fox News:
Gregg Jarrett: Trump vs. crooks, liars and the liberal media  —  President Trump's speech in Phoenix brought out the usual cast of misfits and miscreants.  —  And no, I'm not just referring to the “Antifa” anarchists who were, for the most part, denied their typical practice of wielding clubs …
Eric Holthaus / Grist:
A Texas-size flood threatens the Gulf Coast, and we're so not ready  —  In what could become the first major natural disaster of the Trump presidency, meteorologists are sounding the alarm for potentially historic rainfall over the next several days in parts of Texas and Louisiana.
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Mark Curnutte /
This immigrant mom had a permit to work at Amazon. Now U.S. agents hold her in jail
Discussion: ThinkProgress, C4AD and KABE-LP
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Menendez Is Denied Reprieve From Corruption Trial to Cast Senate Votes
Discussion: Political Wire
Emily Atkin / New Republic:
America Is on the Verge of Ratpocalypse
Discussion: Althouse
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Russia's Sudan Ambassador Found Dead
Roxanne Jones / CNN:
Why ESPN and Robert Lee are right
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
California Democrats lead attack over Trump's mental health
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Georgia governor expects lawmakers to plunge into Civil War debate next year
 Earlier Items: 
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
How Alan Dershowitz Went From Hillary Donor to Trump's Attack Dog on Russia
Heidi M. Przybyla / USA Today:
How Trump could ease the burden he's putting on the Secret Service
Discussion: The Week
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Fashion brands turn their backs on Steve Mnuchin's wife
Discussion: Raw Story
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump Takes Aim at the Press, With a Flamethrower
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
He wore Confederate dress to Charlottesville.  He got two middle fingers and possible expulsion from college.
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
White House has paperwork ready for Joe Arpaio pardon