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5:05 PM ET, August 17, 2017


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CBS News:
Barcelona terror attack: Van crashes into pedestrians in city center  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Police in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van has jumped the sidewalk in the city's historic Las Ramblas district, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50.
Iain Burns / Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: At least 13 dead and dozens injured in Barcelona terror attack after van crashes into pedestrians in Las Ramblas tourist district before ‘two gunmen take hostages at restaurant’  — 13 dead and dozens hurt as van drives into crowds of people in Barcelona amid reports of gunshots nearby
Washington Post:
Van swerves into crowds in Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas district; 13 reported dead and more than 50 injured … LONDON — A driver swerved a van onto a pedestrian area Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, ramming into crowds and leaving at least 13 people dead …
Van mows down crowd in Barcelona, 13 reported killed  —  BARCELONA (Reuters) - A van plowed into crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media reported at least 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack.
Melania Trump sends ‘thoughts and prayers’
The Guardian:
Las Ramblas attack: van hits crowd in tourist area of Barcelona
Julius Krein / New York Times:
I Voted for Trump.  And I Sorely Regret It.  —  When Donald Trump first announced his presidential campaign, I, like most people, thought it would be a short-lived publicity stunt.  A month later, though, I happened to catch one of his political rallies on C-Span.  I was riveted.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Shakesville
Gail Collins / New York Times:
How to Handle Donald Trump
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Steve Bannon says controversial interview with liberal magazine was GOOD for the White House because it ‘drew fire away’ from Trump  — White House's chief strategist called a liberal magazine writer on Wednesday and spoke casually about North Korea, China and race politics
Jason Brad Berry / Shareblue:
Steve Bannon's porn and meth house: “You have no idea what kind of evil stuff went on”
Discussion: Raw Story
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
THE BANNON intvw intrigue: what was he doing? …
Discussion: The Week
Jenna McLaughlin / Foreign Policy:
WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign  —  The leak organization ignored damaging information on the Kremlin to focus on Hillary Clinton and election-related hacks.  —  In the summer of 2016, as WikiLeaks was publishing documents …
Discussion: Business Insider
An open letter from the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.  —  Dear Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of the Monument Avenue Commission,  —  We are native Richmonders and also the great-great-grandsons of Stonewall Jackson.  As two of the closest living relatives to Stonewall …
CBS News:
Partisan divide over Trump's response to Charlottesville: CBS News poll  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans consider the attack that led to loss of life in Charlottesville an act of “domestic terrorism,” a view that spans partisan lines.  But President Trump's response to Charlottesville finds more division.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:15 minutes ago
The huge problem with Trump comparing Robert E. Lee to George Washington  —  We celebrate the good things the founders did.  Confederates didn't do anything good.  —  In fresh tweets Thursday morning, Donald Trump, a life-long New Yorker with no personal or familial connection whatsoever …
New York Times:
Trump Lawyer Forwards Email Echoing Secessionist Rhetoric
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
Navy official: Ship name honoring Confederate victory unlikely to change
Elana Schor / Politico:
Pelosi, Booker push for removal of Capitol's Confederate statues  —  The nationwide debate over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy is coming to the U.S. Capitol.  —  While President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the preservation of “our beautiful statues and monuments” …
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press:
Maine Gov. LePage: Removing Confederate statues like losing 9/11 memorial
Discussion: The Root and The Daily Caller
Scott Thistlestaff / Press Herald:
LePage echoes Trump on Charlottesville violence, calls counterprotesters ‘equally as bad’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: America's culture being ‘ripped apart’ by removal of Confederate statues
Discussion: ABC News
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Longtime Trump business partner ‘told family he knows he and POTUS are going to prison’: report  —  Felix Sater, one of Donald Trump's shadiest former business partners, is reportedly preparing for prison time — and he says the president will be joining him behind bars.
Paul Wood / Spectator:
Forget Charlottesville - Russia is still the true Trump scandal
Discussion: Washington Journal
Joanne Kaufman / New York Times:
Bubble Tea Purveyors Continue to Grow Along With Drink's Popularity  —  Editors' note: An earlier version of this article prompted criticism by readers and we have since revised the article in response.  —  The Starbucks on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village was all but empty at 8:30 …
New York Times:
Our Readers Call Us Out Over Bubble Tea. They Are Right.NEW!
Discussion: Eater NY - All
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:25 minutes ago
McCaskill, others call for state senator to resign after post hoping for Trump's assassination  —  U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party both called Thursday for the resignation of Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, for posting a Facebook comment stating: “I hope Trump is assassinated!”
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Secret Service investigating Mo. state senator over Facebook post hoping for Trump's assassination
Heidi M. Przybyla / USA Today:
Mitch McConnell's secret fury over Charlottesville response highlights GOP's Trump dilemma  —  WASHINGTON - There was a reason why it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an entire night to respond to President Trump's chaotic news conference equating counter protesters with the Nazis they came to resist.
K-Sue Park / New York Times:
The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech  —  The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of defending the First Amendment rights of groups on both the far left and the far right.  This commitment led the organization to successfully sue the city of Charlottesville, Va. …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway, ACLU and Althouse
New York Times:
How Do Trump's Black Friends Feel?  It's Complicated  —  WASHINGTON — Kara Young, a biracial model who dated Donald J. Trump for two years before he married another model named Melania Knauss, remembers clearly bringing up her race with the real estate tycoon early in their relationship.
Alex Brandon / Associated Press:
Cleveland Clinic pulls gala from Trump's Mar-a-Lago  —  The Cleveland Clinic has held an annual fundraising event at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago for the last eight years.  It has canceled plans to do so in 2018.  —  Close More share options:  —  WASHINGTON — The Cleveland Clinic …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Cleveland Clinic cancels plans for gala at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Rosanne Cash:
A message from the children of Johnny Cash:  —  We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile.  He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father.  We were sickened by the association.
Dakin Andone / CNN:
The Southern Poverty Law Center's list of hate groups  —  Design: Will Mullery, CNN  —  Dots represent the hate groups operating out of each state, according to the SPLC  —  (CNN)917.  —  That's the number of hate groups operating in the US, according to data from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jay Rey / The Buffalo News:
Carl Paladino removed from Buffalo School Board … Carl P. Paladino is out as a member of the Buffalo Board of Education.  —  That's the ruling today from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, according to the board's attorney.  —  “He is out effective immediately,” said Frank W. Miller, the board's attorney.
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Business Councils Disband After CEOs Defect   Find
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Joanne Kaufman / New York Times:
Bubble Tea Purveyors Continue to Grow Along With Drink's Popularity   Find
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Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
This is Not Sustainable. Something Has to Give. The Nation Cannot Tolerate 3.5 More Years of This.15 minutes ago
Discussion: The Atlantic
Alanna Vagianos / HuffPost:
This Is How Taylor Swift's Donations Will Impact Sexual Assault Survivors
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem to introduce impeachment articles over Charlottesville
Bill Carter / CNNMoney:
On late-night TV, Trump's no laughing matter anymore
Discussion: Axios
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
He put on an 82nd Airborne cap and gave a KKK salute in Charlottesville. Vets had words.
CIA Torture Psychologists Settle Lawsuit
Discussion: Shadowproof
 Earlier Items: 
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Neil Gorsuch Speech at Trump Hotel Raises Ethical Questions
Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The ‘Flight 93 Election’ Moment Is Now
Discussion: Damian J. Penny
Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Oops, dad did it again!
Eric Boodman / STAT:
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like what they find
Discussion: The Atlantic and The Week
Josh Dawsey / Politico:
'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'