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7:40 PM ET, August 25, 2017


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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 …
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.
Michael D. Brown / The Hill:
OPINION |  Michael Brown: Mr. President, don't let Hurricane Harvey be your Katrina  —  Dear Mr. President:  —  Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “I suppose my critics will call that preaching, but I have got such a bully pulpit!”  You know quite well the power of that bully pulpit.
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, Axios, Infowars and TVNewser
Julián Aguilar / The Texas Tribune:
Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Cruz, Cornyn back Texas gov's request for disaster declaration
Discussion: New York Times, Fox News and RedState
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.
Ben White / Politico:
Ditching Trump's White House can be a messy affair
Discussion: Axios, CNBC and The Daily Caller
Financial Times:
Gary Cohn urges Trump team to do more to condemn neo-Nazis
Financial Times:
Transcript: Gary Cohn on tax reform and Charlottesville
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.
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump signs directive banning transgender military recruits
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Caller and Deadline
The Hill:
Trump officially bans transgender people from military
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Trump signs memo directing Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from openly serving in US military
Discussion: New York Times, IJR and Mediaite
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
Tim Rogers / Fusion:
The U.S. needs to prepare for the possibility that Trump won't leave office peacefully  —  There's been a lot of talk in recent weeks about whether Donald Trump will survive four years—or even one year—of his disastrous presidency.  —  The internet and cable news are full of voices speculating …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bucyrus Telegraph:
Colonel Crawford statue outside Crawford County courthouse decapitated
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Daily Caller
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
Ledyard King / USA Today:
Group asks Sen. Marco Rubio to stop tweeting Bible verses
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
 Earlier Items: 
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
Brandon Ambrosino / Politico:
My Weekend at the Falwells' South Beach Flophouse
The future of Bannonism  —  Donald Trump's adviser has gone, but his ideas stick around
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Divorces the GOP Congress
Discussion: Raw Story