* The Trump agenda is moving forward at breakneck speed:

President Donald Trump will not move forward with a planned Advisory Council on Infrastructure, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works.

The action follows Trump announcing on Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory councils. Corporate chief executive officers had started to quit the panels in protest over Trump’s remarks that appeared to confer legitimacy on white supremacists following a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12.

Wasn’t this supposed to be Infrastructure Week at the White House? Somehow it turned into Confederate Appreciation Week.

* Elana Schor reports that Democrats would like to do some long-overdue remodeling to the Capitol:

The nationwide debate over the removal of monuments to the Confederacy is coming to the U.S. Capitol.

While President Donald Trump on Thursday urged the preservation of “our beautiful statues and monuments” honoring Confederates, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) plans to craft legislation that would remove the Capitol’s statues lionizing supporters of the slave-holding era and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for their elimination.

Pelosi on Thursday urged Republicans to join her in supporting removal of the Confederate figures from the Capitol, lending new momentum to Booker’s effort. Only a few Democrats had previously called for the statues’ removal after white supremacists staged a violent rally in Charlottesville over that city’s likeness of Robert E. Lee.

Fun fact: in the statuary collection, which contains two statues from each state, there are a total of ten Confederates, and a total of nine women.

* Alex Isenstadt reports that White House aides were taken aback when the president gave a Twitter endorsement to Sen. Jeff Flake’s primary opponent, since they think she’s a weaker candidate than some other possibilities. Fine tuned machine!

* Mark Murray reports that the fate of confederate monuments has now become an issue in the closely watched Virginia gubernatorial contest. The Trump effect?

* Julius Krein, who founded the pro-Trump journals American Affairs to give intellectual ballast to the Trump administration, says that he regrets supporting the president, and admits his harshest critics were right to point to his tendency to pander to racists.

* A new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows that nearly half the benefits of the Trump administration’s proposed tax cut would go to the top one-half of one percent.

* Adam Liptak reports that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s decision to give a speech at Trump’s hotel to a conservative group is raising questions among ethics experts.

* Fred Imbert reports that the stock market took a tumble today, supposedly because investors are worried that the president is a lunatic.

* Alice Ollstein reports that the Trump administration and Republican states are already initiating a plan of sorts to gut Medicaid, and they’ll probably get away with it.

* Jonathan Bernstein makes a strong case that Trump must let Steve Bannon go, for the good of the country — and himself.

* Ron Brownstein considers whether Trump is staining the GOP in a way it won’t be able to erase.

* Karen Attiah offers the kind of report on the events in Charlottesville you’d see if it happened in a foreign country.

* Alyssa Rosenberg says that if we want to replace Confederate monuments with tributes to heroes who didn’t betray their country in the cause of maintaining slavery, there are plenty of options.

* Jodi Jacobson says yes, Donald Trump is a white supremacist, and we should stop beating around the bush about it.

* The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Trump’s approval at a healthy 39 percent.

* At The Week, I examined how a single event like Charlottesville can send out ripples that transform the political terrain.

* I also marveled at the fact that the president of the United States is now a full-blown neo-Confederate.

* And Steve Benen gives us the backstory behind the tweet Trump sent out this afternoon advocating mass murder with a side order of religious hatred as an effective terrorism prevention tool.