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6:35 PM ET, August 26, 2017


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Joe Arpaio / Arizona Republic:
Our View: Donald Trump just resurrected Joe Arpaio from irrelevance … CONNECT  —  While America was talking about tearing down monuments that offend historically oppressed people, Donald Trump effectively erected yet another one.  —  His pardon of Joe Arpaio elevated …
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PARDON OF JOE ARPAIO  —  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on President Trump's pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio:  —  “No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted …
Francisco Chairez / Washington Post:
The year I spent in Joe Arpaio's tent jail was hell.  He should never walk free.  —  I was born in Mexico, grew up in Tijuana, and moved to Arizona when I was 14.  I went to high school in a small town called Holbrook, then went to Phoenix to go to Arizona State University.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Trump Won't Back Down  —  At 11:46 a.m. on Friday, August 25, President Trump issued the first of what would become a sequence of 12 tweets that day about the government's readiness for Hurricane Harvey.  —  Seldom if ever before in his tenure has this president so publicly performed the role …
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
House Speaker Paul Ryan Criticizes Donald Trump's Pardon for Joe Arpaio  —  Republican joins two GOP senators from Arizona in opposing the move  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday criticized President Donald Trump for pardoning a former Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, becoming the highest-ranking Republican to object to the move.
Discussion: Axios
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
Why Donald Trump Pardoned Joe Arpaio  —  At 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time on Friday evening, the White House Press Office issued a statement that President Trump had pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  —  President Trump had little to offer that was specific or coherent in the rambling …
Bbauer / Lawfare:
The Arpaio Pardon  —  Joe Arpaio speaks at a campaign rally in Arizona in October 2016.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)  —  President Trump issued his pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio apparently without a Justice Department recommendation or even consultation, according to various outlets citing unnamed officials.
Latest developments  — Harvey's impact will be devastating and leave areas “uninhabitable for weeks or months,” forecasters said.  — Even though Harvey had made landfall and weakened, it was still a dangerous storm and “turning into a deadly inland event,” the FEMA chief tweeted.
David Caplan / ABC News:
Hurricane Harvey bashes Texas coast, leaving thousands without power, homes damaged, residents injured  —  Hurricane Harvey continues to hammer Texas with a deluge of wind and rain, as communities and emergency responders prepare for rescues and damage assessment amid potential flash flooding and tornadoes across the state's Gulf Coast.
Washington Post:
At least one dead, buildings destroyed as Hurricane Harvey drenches central Texas coast
Tony Romm / Recode:   Before Hurricane Harvey, wireless carriers lobbied against upgrades to a national emergency alert system
Matthew Boyle / Breitbart:
Exclusive — Low Level White House Staffer Inflates Credentials to Lie About Dr. Sebastian Gorka's Resignation to Press  —  Kelly Sadler, a low-level staffer in the White House, lied about her credentials to push inaccurate leaked information to the press about the resignation of Dr. Sebastian Gorka from the administration.
Ben Kew / Breitbart:
Sebastian Gorka Resigns from Trump Administration
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
Mattis to US troops: ‘Hold the line until our country gets back to respecting each other’  —  gave a pep talk to U.S. troops stationed abroad during his trip to three countries last week.  —  In a video that has recently surfaced on social media, Mattis is seen speaking to U.S. troops in an unknown location.
Lizzie Johnson / San Francisco Chronicle:
Right-wing rallies in limbo in San Francisco and Berkeley  —  Patriot Prayer rally organizer Joey Gibson says he's not a white supremacist and that he's Japanese adding that he's not even religious.  His rally has gained the condemnation of local politicians in the aftermath of Charlottesville, but he says he an
Julianne Herrera /
KRON4 speaks to Patriot Prayer organizer
Discussion: SFist
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Memo: Trump allies say he needs a GOP scalp  —  Republicans on Capitol Hill lament President Trump's aggressive behavior toward them, but some people in the president's orbit are urging him to up the ante even further.  —  They say that, far from making nice, Trump needs to instill fear …
The White House:
Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security  —  MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE  —  Section 1.  Policy.  (a) Until June 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) (collectively, the Departments) …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Russia's propaganda machine amplifies alt-right  —  Russia's army of media influencers, social media bots and trolls has increasingly amplified alt-right and far-right narratives in the United States since the 2016 presidential election.  —  Russia's efforts to push propaganda and disinformation …
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Edward Helmore / The Guardian:
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Fox News:
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Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
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Discussion: The Week
Bruce Bawer / Gatestone Institute:
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Jackson Landers / The Daily Beast:
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