Links for 08/15/17

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White nationalists clash with counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. (CNS/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

At The Washington Post, Michael Gerson on President Trump's complete lack of moral authority in the face of the tragedy in Charlottesville.

Check out our newest column: The Gospel of Sports.

At Politico, Jeff Greenfield on the price we all pay for Trump's utter ignorance of American history. 

At the Daily Mail, more evidence of why British journalists have a hell of a lot more fun than their American counterparts: What would it look like if Trump and Kim Jong Un swapped hair! 

At RNS, Mark Silk on the controversy about the converts in which he provides me with a description that I should like to have on my tombstone: "Scourge of the anti-Francis right."

Happy Feast. Here is Palestrina's great Missa Assumpta est Maria in caelum.

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