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9:55 PM ET, August 25, 2017


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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration  —  Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist.  —  In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism …
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 …
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 …
Outer bands of Hurricane Harvey swipe Texas as more residents flee
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker does outdoor TV interview soaking wet as hurricane approaches
Discussion: Politico, Infowars, Axios and TVNewser
Jon Erdman / The Weather Channel:
Category 3 Hurricane Harvey a Catastrophic Rainfall Flood Threat; Strongest Texas Coastal Bend Landfall …
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.
Jeremy Berke / Business Insider:
Richard Spencer stayed at Trump's D.C. hotel while he planned the Charlottesville rally  —  Richard Spencer, a noted white nationalist and supporter of President Donald Trump, is one of many frequent guests at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., according to a New York Times report published Friday.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Ben White / Politico:
Ditching Trump's White House can be a messy affair
Discussion: Axios
Katie Rogers / New York Times:   Trump Hotel at Night: Lobbyists, Cabinet Members, $60 Steaks
Financial Times:
Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn neo-Nazis
The Hill:
Trump officially bans transgender people from military  —  President Trump signed a presidential memo Friday instructing the Defense Department to stop accepting transgender people who want to enroll in the military.  —  The memo details Trump's previous Twitter announcement last month …
New York Times:
Trump Gives Mattis Wide Discretion Over Transgender Ban
Discussion: Mashable
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from openly serving in US military
Discussion: TheBlaze, Mediaite and IJR
Jim Kane / NPR:
Trump Signs Memo Implementing Ban On Transgender People Enlisting In The Military
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Trump pardons controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio  —  Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by President Donald Trump on Friday after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants.
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: RedState, WND and Feeds
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.
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: RedState and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Trump tightens Venezuela's access to U.S. financial system
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
Marin Independent Journal:
San Anselmo's San Domenico School creates stir by removing Catholic statues  —  Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents.  —  In an email to the school's board of directors …
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.
The Hill:
Franken seen as reluctant 2020 candidate
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.
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.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC approves anti-KKK resolution — after White House signoff
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 …
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.”
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 …
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Bucyrus Telegraph:
Colonel Crawford statue outside Crawford County courthouse decapitated
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
David Matthews / DNAinfo Chicago:
South Loop Bars Stand With Kaepernick, Won't Show NFL Games
Discussion: Chicagoist and The Root
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
The Senate Wants to Prevent Russia From Compromising U.S. Elections. Does Trump?
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Shannon Ryan / Chicago Tribune:
University of Illinois bans ‘war chant’ during sporting events
Discussion: Chicagoist
News, East Bay Express:
Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman Jailed, Barred from Possessing Sticks and Other Weapons
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Rogers / Fusion:
The U.S. needs to prepare for the possibility that Trump won't leave office peacefully
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Safi / The Guardian:
Ram Rahim Singh: fatal clashes follow Indian guru's rape conviction
Discussion: VICE News
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Facebook has hired former NYT public editor Liz Spayd as a consultant in a ‘transparency’ effort
Ledyard King / USA Today:
Group asks Sen. Marco Rubio to stop tweeting Bible verses
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Sandy Hook victim's sister slams Scott Baio for Heather Heyer hoax tweet
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Divorces the GOP Congress
Discussion: Raw Story