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The president tweets about the pardon:

He did say at his rally in Arizona that Arpaio could "feel good."

Live Hurricane Harvey coverage via CBS News:

The Weather Channel:

Rightside Broadcasting:



It's turning out to be a busy news night, this Friday evening:

So disappointed. Gorka is a good man with all the right enemies. He was fighting a good fight. All the wrong people are celebrating his departure tonight.

For instance:


Fox News' Tucker Carlson with more on the Arpaio pardon:

Late-breaking (good) Friday news:


You have got to be kidding me:

Olympics Will Allow Transgender Competitors for 2018 Winter Games:

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that it would allow transgender athletes to compete in whatever category they wish to participate in during the 2018 Winter Olympics, a report says.

IOC officials noted that they will not require athletes to compete in categories that match their birth gender nor will there be any gender or sex testing of competitors ahead of the games, Daily Caller reported.

“With regard to Hyperandrogenism in female athletes, there were no regulations in place at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and there will be no regulations in place at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as we are still awaiting the resolution of the Dutee Chand case,” the IOC recently claimed.

This is insanity. Everyone knows women are at a physical disadvantage in most sports.

In figure skating, for instance, most men can perform a quadruple jump, while the ladies are limited to triples. There is a reason for this.

Quads "require a level of contraction that keeps all but the most narrow-framed skaters from the top levels of competition," according to Quartz in an article called, The Physics Behind Figure Skating's Most Difficult Jump:

This is part of what’s kept women skaters from having a similar quad revolution. Where puberty tends to make male skaters stronger and better at jumping, female skaters get wider hips and chests, which slow them down. France’s Surya Bonaly attempted numerous quads in competition in the 1990s, though none of them were considered successful. In 2002, Japan’s Miki Ando landed a quad successfully, and she remains the only female figure skater to have done so, though other women have landed them in practice.

But on the men’s side of the sport, there’s no sign of things slowing down. With the sport’s continued evolution, though, has come more than a fair share of reticence: is spectacular jumping really what figure skating is about? For many ice-skating officials, the answer is no. That’s why some elements, like the backflip, are banned.

It won't be long before physically male figure skaters who have perfected the quad jump start competing against female skaters who struggle with triples.

WaPo wants you to know where the constantly-moving goal posts in the climate "debate" are being placed for the current storm:

Here is the article it links to. The attempt to keep the Climate Church orthodoxy intact is, as always, tortured:

It would be strange to ignore the role of a changing climate when it comes to hurricanes, because they themselves have a climatology — that is, certain conditions make them more likely to form and also to worsen. But it’s August, and the Gulf of Mexico can certainly sustain fierce hurricanes this time of year. Singling out Harvey as some kind of climate-driven anomaly would be a big mistake.

Yet the climate influence is still something we need to consider, said Kerry Emanuel, a hurricane theorist at MIT.

“My feeling is, when there’s a hurricane, there’s an occasion to talk about the subject,” he said. “But attributing a particular event to anything, whether it’s climate change or anything else, is a badly posed question, really.”

Scientists like Emanuel prefer to speak about climate-related factors that can worsen hurricanes, like Harvey, in specific ways — and about the ways in which certain attributes of Harvey seem consistent with what to expect, more generally, in a warming climate, even if they can’t be causally attributed to it.

As with any climate change story, it's important to pay attention to the qualifying words and phrases like "My feeling," and "seem." And let's talk about it even if it isn't causing it, just to keep the narrative going.


If you thought the #resistance Democrats would be content with Steve Bannon's head, think again:

A pair of House Democrats unveiled proposals on Friday to cut off the salaries of controversial White House aides Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka. California Democratic Reps. Jared Huffman and Barbara Lee submitted amendments to a government spending package expected on the House floor after Labor Day.

The language of their amendments prohibit the use of federal funds to pay the salaries of Miller and Gorka, specifically naming both aides in the legislativet ext. Miller makes $179,700 annually as an assistant to the president and senior adviser for policy, while Gorka earns $155,000 as a deputy assistant to the president and strategist, according to an official list of White House salaries.

The lawmakers submitted their amendments a week after Stephen Bannon resigned as President Trump’s chief strategist and returned to his post leading Breitbart News, which he once described as “the platform for the alt-right.”

They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit.

OKay. Seriously? Isn't this exactly what General Flynn was supposed to have done?

Podesta Group files more retroactive disclosures.

The Podesta Group belatedly filed several new disclosures with the Justice Department on Aug. 17 related to work the firm completed between 2012 and 2014 on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian think tank.

Back in April, the powerful Washington lobbying firm run by Clinton ally Tony Podesta filed a document admitting its work for the pro-Russia European Centre for a Modern Ukraine may have principally benefited a foreign government. New disclosures revealed dozens of previously unreported interactions the firm made with influential government offices, including Hillary Clinton's State Department and the office of former Vice President Joe Biden, while lobbying on behalf of the center. Embattled ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort failed to disclose his extensive lobbying efforts on behalf of the center at the time as well.

Anyone lobbying or doing public relations on behalf of foreign governments is required to register as a foreign agent in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The Aug. 17 filings include short-form registration statements for six Podesta Group employees and an amendment to the firm's registration statement that includes a list of political contributions made by relevant employees throughout 2013.