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August 17, 2017

8-17-2017 Political Nuggets….

TODAY IN 5 LINES

President Trump announced on Twitter that he was dissolving two of his advisory councils, after business leaders had stepped down from the groups, citing Trump’s handling of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. At a memorial service, Susan Bro, the mother of the young woman killed in Charlottesville, urged attendees to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile.” Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s long-time aides, will serve as the interim White House communications director. Former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will advance to a runoff election in September to fill the Senate seat left open by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The city of Baltimore removed four Confederate monuments overnight.

Washington Brief

  • President Donald Trump’s relationships with members the business community, the armed services and his own party are fraying in the wake of his comments defending white nationalists. GOP leaders in Congress have distanced themselves from the remarks but have not mentioned Trump by name in their public comments. (The New York Times)
  • The Trump administration confirmed it will make its cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for the month of August. The president has repeatedly threatened to end the payments in hopes of pressuring congressional Democrats to the negotiating table on health care legislation. (Business Insider)
  • In a wide-ranging interview, White House adviser Steve Bannon undercut the president’s stance on North Korea and spoke frankly about his clashes with the administration’s national security and trade officials as he pushes Trump to take on China. He later said he did not realize he was speaking on the record, according to a source close to the former Breitbart chairman. (CNN)

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