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2:35 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  —  This is an edited transcript of an interview with Gary Cohn, chief economic adviser to President Donald Trump, conducted on August 24 2017.  —  FINANCIAL TIMES: What is happening with tax reform?  —  GARY COHN: We are completely engaged in tax reform.
Damian Paletta / Washington Post:
Yellen rejects Trump approach to Wall Street regulation, says post-crisis banking rules make economy safer
Discussion: Axios and New York Times
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's top economic adviser just delivered an extraordinary rebuke of his boss
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Week and Mediaite
Victoria Guida / Politico:
Fed's Yellen warns: Don't forget lessons of financial crisis
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Andrew Degrandpre / Washington Post:
From space, ‘astounding’ Hurricane Harvey looks like it's about to swallow all of Texas  —  A brief-but-haunting video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey's powerful churn toward Central Texas, where the slow-moving storm is expected to throttle coastal communities with high winds and up to 25 inches of rain.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
The natural disaster test: Trump braces for Hurricane Harvey  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Washington (CNN)As Hurricane Harvey swirls through the Gulf of Mexico, speeding toward the Texas coast, it could also bring a critical test of President Donald Trump's abilities as commander-in-chief.
John Bowden / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker does outdoor TV interview soaking wet as hurricane approaches
Discussion: TVNewser
Houston Chronicle:
Hurricane Harvey intensifies into Category 2 hurricane, zeroes in on Texas Coast
Discussion: The Week
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Live: Hurricane Lurking in the Gulf Takes Aim at Texas
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
Mike Allen / Axios:
New: Trump to let House GOP write his tax plan
Discussion: CNBC, The Daily Caller and Politico
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.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Source: Kasich, Hickenlooper consider unity presidential ticket in 2020  —  (CNN)Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have entertained the idea of forming a unity presidential ticket to run for the White House in 2020, a source involved the discussions tells CNN.
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 …
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.
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.”
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Ohio judge slams Cleveland Browns players for protesting during national anthem
Discussion: Fox News and RedState
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Trump Fences Himself In With Border Wall Spending Threat  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump handed Democrats a gift this week with his vow to shut down the government if he doesn't soon get money for his border wall.  —  Democrats may be only too happy to let him follow through on his threat since …
Bryce Covert / New York Times:   Republicans Learn to Love Debt
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.
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 …
Brandon Ambrosino / Politico:
My Weekend at the Falwells' South Beach Flophouse  —  “It's actually that one,” our Uber driver said, pointing with one hand and shifting into reverse with the other.  “Right here?”  I asked, thinking he must have gotten the address wrong.  All I saw was a liquor store.  —  “That's it,” he said, crawling to a stop.
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Spies Like Us: A Conversation With John le Carré and Ben Macintyre  —  BRISTOL, England — Their subject is spying.  Their obsessions are secrecy and betrayal.  They are Englishmen of a certain background, old friends and admirers of each other's work.  One writes novels; the other, nonfiction.
Discussion: The Week
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump is losing  —  The Quinnipiac poll confirms that most Americans haven't lost their minds or their consciences: … That's not all.  According to the poll, “Voters disapprove 63 - 31 percent, including 56 - 38 percent among white voters, of the way Trump is handling race relations.
Discussion: AOL and The Guardian
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
Trump Staffer Responsible For Finding Positive News Stories Resigns  —  As director of rapid response, Andy Hemming was tasked with recirculating positive news to journalists.  —  President Donald Trump's administration parted ways with yet another staffer this week.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Dan Steinberg / Washington Post:
Sage Steele: People don't watch ‘SportsCenter’ to hear about Charlottesville  —  Sage Steele has made clear for weeks that her vision of the revamped morning “SportsCenter” she will co-host starting next week will be heavy on highlights; “people I talk to want more of that,” she said this spring.
The Hill:
Franken seen as reluctant 2020 candidate  —  say they believe the Minnesota senator could be talked into running for the White House if he believes he's the Democrat best positioned to defeat President Trump.  —  But they say Franken would need to be convinced, and argue that the former …
Kaila White / Arizona Republic:
Photos: President Trump holds Arizona rally, August 2017 … It started with a comment on Facebook for people looking to protest President Donald Trump's rally Tuesday in downtown Phoenix.  —  Among many posts about where to meet up and what to bring to the “Protest Trump Downtown Phoenix” …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Washington Post:
Interior secretary recommends Trump alter at least three national monuments, including Bears Ears … Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended Thursday that President Trump alter at least three national monuments established by his immediate predecessors, including two in Utah …
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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
Priest Sentenced in Child Porn Case
Discussion: The Daily Caller and AOL
U.S. imposes first economic sanctions against Venezuela
Discussion: Axios and Financial Times
Jimmy Vielkind / Politico:
Cuomo opens new Tappan Zee Bridge, slams ‘complacency’
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Begins Biggest Crackdown on Extremist YouTube Videos
Lauren Sausser / Post and Courier:
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issues executive order cutting off state, local money from abortion clinics
Discussion: The Hill, TheBlaze and IJR
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Far From Dixie, Outcry Grows Over a Wider Array of Monuments
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
British spy behind Trump dossier ordered to give deposition in Buzzfeed suit
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America
Discussion: The Resurgent
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Obama makes rare endorsement in crucial St. Petersburg race
Discussion: AOL
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Is Sean Hannity's endorsement a kiss of death?
Discussion: Weekly Standard and RedState
Hadley Freeman / The Guardian:
James Cameron: 'The downside of being attracted to independent women is that they don't need you'