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2:10 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 …
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 …
YouGov US Opinion Center News:
The Politics of Pardoning Sheriff Joe  —  Little support for a pardon before it was issued, but few were paying close attention  —  On Thursday and Friday, before President Trump pardoned former Maricopa county Sheriff Joe Arpaio, YouGov polled 1,000 Americans about what they thought should be done.
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: The Week and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
If he'll pardon Arpaio, why wouldn't Trump pardon those who ignore Robert Mueller?  —  That President Trump pardoned former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio surprised no one who'd been paying attention.  On Tuesday, he'd all but said that he was going to do so, soaking up the applause …
New York Times:
Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Who Became Face of Crackdown on Illegal Immigration
Brandon Carter / The Hill:
McCain blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon
The Hill:
Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Trump pardons controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Trump pardons controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Axios
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 …
Ben Kew / Breitbart:
Sebastian Gorka Resigns from Trump Administration
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.
Tony Romm / Recode:   Before Hurricane Harvey, wireless carriers lobbied against upgrades to a national emergency alert system
David Caplan / ABC News:
Hurricane Harvey bashes Texas coast, leaving thousands without power, homes damaged, residents injured
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Trump confronts unprecedented public rebuke by Gary Cohn after Charlottesville  —  An unprecedented rebuke of President Trump by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn reverberated through Washington on Friday, forcing the White House to respond to harsh, public criticism from one of the president's top advisers.
Ben White / Politico:
Ditching Trump's White House can be a messy affair
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Late Wages for Migrant Workers at a Trump Golf Course in Dubai  —  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — They are not inclined to complain, not about the merciless sun or the 110-degree heat, as they labor to transform the pale sands of the Arabian desert into verdant fairways.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
What Joe Manchin Can Teach Democrats  —  At a recent town hall at the West Virginia state fair, Joe Manchin lamented how divided the country has become.  “You saw what happened in Charlottesville,” the Democratic senator told the assembled crowd, referring to the white nationalist rally …
Discussion: The Week
Vikram Dodd / The Guardian:
Buckingham Palace suspect with 4ft sword shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’  —  Luton man, 26, arrested under Terrorism Act after struggle outside palace in which three police officers were injured  —  A man arrested outside Buckingham Palace armed with a 4ft sword repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” …
Discussion: Geller Report and The Week
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Jenna Lyons / San Francisco Chronicle:
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Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
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Discussion: Politico
Jackson Landers / The Daily Beast:
Protesters Got Christopher Cantwell Arrested, Cops Didn't Even Try
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Jack Montgomery / Breitbart:
‘Allahu Akbar!’ Brussels Machete Man Shot After Attacking Soldiers
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