“Agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will begin leaving the city’s downtown area on Thursday.” According to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon governor says US agents will start leaving Portland.

+ Will Portland be the end of this story? For now, the Dept of Justice has plans to head to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee. But Operation Legend could end up only being a legend in the administration’s mind. If that’s the case, we have the wall of moms and the leaf blower dads to thank.

+ NY Mag: Why Trump’s Protest Crackdown Keeps Blowing Up in His Face. “Trump wishes to frame the election as a conflict between himself and anarchists. But the very act of inserting himself into the conflict changes its nature. Trump’s strategy is failing because he thought he could isolate a static enemy. He wanted to beat up on a new caravan. This time, though, the caravan is all of us.”

+ A factor to consider: The use of federal agents was all about politics. And the actions were not polling well.