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11:10 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 …
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed:
Trump Adviser Sebastian Gorka Exits The White House  —  Sebastian Gorka, an adviser to President Trump, has exited the White House — though how and why remains unclear.  —  Gorka, a deputy assistant to the president, is known for his focus on Islamic terrorism and as a frequent presence on cable news.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Sebastian Gorka, a fiery nationalist and Bannon ally, abruptly exits White House
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Sebastian Gorka Is Forced Out as White House Adviser, Officials Say
Discussion: Political Wire and The Guardian
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 …
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.
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Megan Cassidy / Arizona Republic:
President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio … President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his criminal contempt conviction, removing the only legal consequences the lawman faced stemming from a racial-profiling suit.  —  The White House announced …
Discussion: RedState, WND and Feeds
New York Times:
Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:   If he'll pardon Arpaio, why wouldn't Trump pardon those who ignore Robert Mueller?
The Hill:
Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump pardons controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: Power Line and CBS New York
Kaili Joy Gray / Shareblue:
Racist Trump pardons racist criminal Joe Arpaio in biggest gift to white supremacists yet
Discussion: Axios and Daily Kos
Joint statement from ICE and CBP regarding Hurricane Harvey  —  As Hurricane Harvey approaches the United States, the Governor of Texas has issued a State of Disaster declaration for 30 counties in Texas, and the Governor of Louisiana has declared a State of Emergency.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
The natural disaster test: Trump braces for Hurricane Harvey
Outer bands of Hurricane Harvey swipe Texas as more residents flee
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker does outdoor TV interview soaking wet as hurricane approaches
Discussion: Politico, Infowars, Axios and TVNewser
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey
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, The Daily Caller and CNBC
Katie Rogers / New York Times:   Trump Hotel at Night: Lobbyists, Cabinet Members, $60 Steaks
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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: Daily Kos and Joe.My.God.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC approves anti-KKK resolution — after White House signoff
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 …
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.”
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.
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 …
Jackson Landers / The Daily Beast:
Protesters Got Christopher Cantwell Arrested, Cops Didn't Even Try … CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Police did not seek the warrants that led to the arrest of white supremacist Christopher Cantwell this week, documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show.  —  Cantwell was booked …
Discussion: Splinter and Raw Story
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Bucyrus Telegraph:
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David Matthews / DNAinfo Chicago:
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Discussion: Chicagoist and The Root
Marcy Wheeler / New Republic:
The Senate Wants to Prevent Russia From Compromising U.S. Elections. Does Trump?
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 Earlier Items: 
Tim Rogers / Fusion:
The U.S. needs to prepare for the possibility that Trump won't leave office peacefully
Discussion: Raw Story
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:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Kasich, Hickenlooper eye joint 2020 bid