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6:15 PM ET, August 25, 2017


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New York Times:
Gary Cohn, Trump's Adviser, Said to Have Drafted Resignation Letter After Charlottesville  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Jewish member of President Trump's administration said that the White House “can and must do better” in consistently condemning hate groups.
Financial Times:
Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn neo-Nazis  —  Gary Cohn, the top White House economic official, said the Trump administration “must do better” in condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists following the violent protests in Charlottesville this month that sparked …
Financial Times:
Transcript: Gary Cohn on tax reform and Charlottesville
Mike Allen / Axios:
New: Trump to let House GOP write his tax plan
Outer bands of Hurricane Harvey swipe Texas as more residents flee  —  (CNN)The outer bands of Hurricane Harvey have begun swiping the Texas coast as 35 inches of rain and “catastrophic” storm-surge flooding is predicted following landfall late Friday or early Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
The natural disaster test: Trump braces for Hurricane Harvey
Jon Erdman / The Weather Channel:
Category 3 Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest Texas Coastal Bend Landfall …
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker does outdoor TV interview soaking wet as hurricane approaches
Discussion: Politico, Axios, Infowars and TVNewser
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey
Shane Harris / Wall Street Journal:
Special Counsel Examines Possible Role Flynn Played in Seeking Clinton Emails From Hackers  —  Mueller probe of potential link between Trump campaign and Russia follows trail of GOP operative's correspondence  —  WASHINGTON—Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining what role, if any …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Kasich, Hickenlooper eye joint 2020 bid  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) — “the Johns,” as insiders are calling them — have been making a flurry of joint appearances to talk about state-driven improvements to health care.
NBC News:
Mueller Seeks Grand Jury Testimony from PR Execs Who Worked With Manafort  —  WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued grand jury subpoenas in recent days seeking testimony from public relations executives who worked on an international campaign organized by Paul Manafort …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Trump considers backing away from Strange in heated Alabama Senate runoff … President Trump is considering backing away from Sen. Luther Strange in a heated Republican primary runoff in Alabama, according to multiple Republicans close to the White House, underscoring the deteriorating relationship between …
Washington Post:
Mnuchin viewed eclipse from roof of Fort Knox  —  Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, drew accusations of elitism this week for an Instagram glamour shot of her stepping off a government jet — and for her mockery of an online critic as “adorably out of touch.”
Joe Tacopino / New York Post:
Mnuchin viewed the solar eclipse atop $200B of gold  —  Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flew to Kentucky with his wife and viewed the solar eclipse atop $200 billion of gold at the Fort Knox US Bullion Depository Kentucky, it was revealed Thursday. … The watchdog group Citizens …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president's ardent ally  —  As CIA director, Mike Pompeo has taken a special interest in an agency unit that is closely tied to the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, requiring the Counterintelligence Mission Center to report directly to him.
NBC News:
Trump Likely to End DACA Immigrant Program  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appears likely to pull the plug on DACA, the Obama-era program allowing young people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to remain here, several government officials said Friday.
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
“There's Been a Slightly Hysterical Tone About Race”  —  Author Mark Lilla thinks Democrats' focus on identity politics is destroying the party.  —  On this week's episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask, I spoke with Mark Lilla, a professor of the humanities at Columbia University and the author …
Jim Brown Gives Us ‘The Real Deal’ On Colin Kaepernick, Flag, Activism  —  Jim Brown says he can appreciate Colin Kaepernick's desire to fight for a righteous cause, but the Pro Football Hall of Famer and iconic social activist disagrees with his method.  —  “I want to be in his corner …
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Ohio judge slams Cleveland Browns players for protesting during national anthem
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Trump Hotel at Night: Lobbyists, Cabinet Members, $60 Steaks  —  WASHINGTON — It was nearing midnight at the Trump International Hotel, and the president's son was eating macaroni and cheese.  —  Enveloped in the smooth tones of jazzy hotel music, soft light from a million tiny chandelier crystals …
Jeremy Berke / Business Insider:
Richard Spencer stayed at Trump's D.C. hotel while he planned the Charlottesville rally
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:
Trump attacks Corker: ‘Tennessee not happy’ with GOP senator  —  President Trump on Friday fired back at Republican Sen. Bob Corker  —  (Tenn.), tweeting that Corker has privately asked the president whether he should run for reelection.  —  Trump was responding to Corker's remarks last week …
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Saves Citgo, Repped by His Ex-Aides, From New Sanctions … The White House on Friday announced a new round of sanctions against Venezuela that explicitly exempt the U.S. arm of the country's state-owned oil company.  That company, Citgo, donated six-figure sums to Trump's inauguration …
Discussion: Daily Kos
John C. Danforth / Washington Post:
The real reason Trump is not a Republican … John C. Danforth was a Republican U.S. senator from Missouri from 1976 to 1995.  —  Many have said that President Trump isn't a Republican.  They are correct, but for a reason more fundamental than those usually given.
Ledyard King / USA Today:
Group asks Sen. Marco Rubio to stop tweeting Bible verses  —  WASHINGTON — Marco Rubio likes to tweet Bible verses.  —  Almost every day for the past three months, the Republican senator from Florida slips a pithy message from The Good Book into his Twitter feed for his nearly 3 million followers to digest.
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP floats condemning Charlottesville violence  —  Republicans are floating a resolution to condemn the recent white supremacist protests in Virginia — a measure quickly hammered by Democrats who say the language echoes the equivocal response from President Trump.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Divorces the GOP Congress  —  Republicans need to think of Trump as a political independent.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.  —  A biographer says Donald Trump once told him that he informed second wife Marla Maples …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tammy La Gorce / New York Times:
The Bride, the Groom and the Elephant in the Room  —  Dr. Marc Wallack and his new wife, Cynthia Zhou, were just out of earshot up the sandy stairs to the Westhampton Bath and Tennis Hotel on their way to their wedding reception when the violinist who played their processional struck up the Beatles' “When I'm 64.”
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Facebook has hired former NYT public editor Liz Spayd as a consultant in a ‘transparency’ effort  —  She has also worked at the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review as a top editor.  —  Facebook has recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd on a consulting basis …
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Tim Rogers / Fusion:
The U.S. needs to prepare for the possibility that Trump won't leave office peacefully
Discussion: Raw Story
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Sandy Hook victim's sister slams Scott Baio for Heather Heyer hoax tweet
Discussion: Raw Story
Elliot Kaufman / National Review:
California Threatens Jail Time for Dissenters from the New Transgender Dogma
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Steve Fry / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Jury rejects former Kansas Secretary of State employee's claim she was fired for lack of church attendance
Discussion: Raw Story and Friendly Atheist
Jimmy Vielkind / Politico:
Cuomo opens new Tappan Zee Bridge, slams ‘complacency’
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
Trump Staffer Responsible For Finding Positive News Stories Resigns
Discussion: CNN
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week
Brandon Ambrosino / Politico:
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