A Pocketful Of Links From This Week

Megachurch pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical council: Most of President Trump’s evangelical advisers have stood by him this week following much criticism over his response to violent clashes in Charlottesville, even as several CEOs left business advisory councils. But one pastor quietly stepped away. – by Sarah Pulliam Bailey – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/18/megachurch-pastor-resigns-from-trumps-evangelical-council/

James Fields Jr.: A neo-Nazi’s violent, rage-fueled journey to Charlottesville: Late in his senior year of high school, James Fields Jr. was excitedly mapping his future, hoping to join the Army right after graduation. – by Abigail Hauslohner, Paul Duggan, Jack Gillum and Aaron C. Davis – Tags: politics – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-james-fields-jr-charlottesville-20170818-story.html

For Murdoch Empire, Perhaps a Decisive Point in Relationship to Trump: At 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, James Murdoch sent an email to a list of blind-copied recipients offering a striking repudiation of President Trump and a pledge to donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League. – by Emily Steel – Tags: politics – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/business/media/murdoch-trump-charlottesville.html

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’: The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend’s violent Charlottesville rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since. – by Avi Selk – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/08/18/the-rise-and-humiliating-fall-of-charlottesvilles-starring-fascist/

Trump thanks Putin for expelling U.S. diplomats, infuriating State Department: President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for expelling American diplomats from Russia on the grounds that “we’re going to save a lot of money,” prompting dismay among many of the rank-and-file at the State Department. – by Nahal Toosi, Madeline Conway – Tags: politics – http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/10/trump-thanks-vladimir-putin-diplomats-241498

House majority leader to colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump: KIEV, Ukraine — A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill. – by Adam Entous – Tags: politics – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

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