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Five stories you may have missed while at work, August 21, 2017

The nation was captivated by the first total solar eclipse in the United States in 99 years. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Not everyone can waste company time browsing the internet all day, keeping up with the latest news that breaks between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

That’s why The Evening Blaze breaks down the five biggest stories that took place during business hours, summarizing the key info you need to know to stay informed.

Here’s what happened while you were working today, August 21, 2017:

The first total solar eclipse in the U.S. since 1918 took place. And despite days of warning against it by doctors and scientists, President Donald Trump fearlessly stared straight into it without any sort of eye protection. Emergency rooms around the country braced for increases in patients with eclipse-related eye issues, but it remains to be seen how many people were scammed by fake eclipse glasses.

The Secret Service budget to protect Donald Trump on his trips is maxed out.  More than 1,000 agents assigned to protect President Donald Trump in his family have hit their federally mandated caps for overtime allowances for the 2017 calendar year. For those keeping score at home, we still have more than four months left. The problem? The Secret Service is required by law to make these trips with the President, so there will be a lot of unpaid labor the rest of the year as the Trump family continues to retreat to Mar-a-Lago for some R&R.

An online White House petition to label Antifa as a terrorist organization has reached the 100k signature mark. That threshold is important, because when a petition reaches 100,000 signatures it requires a response from the president. Antifa, also known as the anti-fascists, has been in the news recently for violent conflicts with members of the alt-right.

The Missouri state Senator who said she hoped Donald Trump would be assassinated has finally apologized. And it only took three days. After posting her apparent desire for the President of the United States to come to a violent end on Facebook, Maria Chappelle-Nadal realized maybe government officials shouldn’t speak in such a way. Not everyone is accepting her apology though, and there are still calls for her resignation. You may remember Ms. Chappelle-Nadal from her fiery Ferguson tweets a few years back.

Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart, takes aim at Trump. Who could have predicted that the former chief White House strategist might be displeased with the president after being fired? Reports now say that Bannon and his far-right news site may take aim at getting Trump impeached if the administration breaks any campaign promises. Obviously, Bannon knows things. But can he tell? His level of security clearance with the White House might limit what he can divulge.

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