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7:45 PM ET, February 20, 2018


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Jeff Tavss / Associated Press:
Florida House votes down motion to take up weapons ban with Douglas students present  —  Final vote was 36-71 on first day of lobbying for students  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On their first full day lobbying Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee to change the state's gun laws …
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Parkland students come under attack for their outspokenness  —  Critics begin to question their motives.  —  The grieving students in Parkland have been praised for their articulate, emotional and forceful response to the tragedy.  —  Now they are coming under attack from the far-right …
West Point posthumously admits shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025
Media Matters for America:
Pro-Trump media launch attacks on student survivors of Florida school shooting
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Former Congressman joins smear campaign against students who survived Parkland massacre
Florida legislators vote down attempt to revive ban on assault rifles
Donald Trump Jr. Liked Tweets Promoting A Conspiracy Theory About A Florida Shooting Survivor
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC's Katy Tur: ‘Kids or Guns, What Do You Value More?’
Discussion: Rewire and Shareblue Media
Associated Press:
The Latest: West Point posthumously admits shooting victim
Discussion: Splinter and The Week
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Mueller Charges Lawyer With Lying in Russia Probe  —  Van Der Zwaan helped prepare Ukraine report for Manafort  —  False statements case comes days after Russians charged  —  An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities …
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed:
Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions  —  As the special counsel investigated President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, authorities obtained details on “suspicious” banking activity that was first unearthed in 2014 and 2015.
Washington Post:
Mueller probe: London-based son-in-law of Russian businessman to plead guilty to false statements … The London-based son-in-law of one of Russia's wealthiest men is set to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon in Washington to making false statements in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe …
New York Times:
Former Skadden Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Investigation
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Inside the Mueller Indictment: A Russian Novel of Intrigue  —  IT WAS THE day of the biker rally, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend 2016, when thousands of motorcyclists descend in a cacophonous blitz on Washington, DC, for the annual Rolling Thunder rally.
Discussion: VICE
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company—And To Robert Mueller
Senior HHS official placed on leave for promoting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories on social media  —  (CNN)A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services has been placed on administrative leave after a CNN KFile inquiry while the agency investigates social media postings …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Axios
Washington Post:
Toomey, sensing ‘momentum,’ plans revival of bill to expand background checks … Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), who once spearheaded an unsuccessful bipartisan agreement to strengthen gun laws, said Tuesday that he plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would expand background checks …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices
Discussion: New Republic
Trump moves to ban ‘bump stocks’
Discussion: The Atlantic, Gizmodo and
The Hill:
Trump to take steps to ban bump stocksNEW!
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
George and Amal Clooney to attend March For Our Lives  —  Survivor: I'm terrified to return to school  —  (CNN)George and Amal Clooney have stepped up in support of the survivors of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.  —  The superstar couple announced Tuesday that they are donating $500,000 …
Discussion: National Review and KTLA
Hundreds of students walk out of class and are marching to Stoneman Douglas High
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Travis Fain / WRAL-TV:
NC couple pitching dating site for Trump supporters  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website.  —  Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger's smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last minute cancellation … PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Vice President Pence departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Libby Watson / Splinter:
New York Times Editorial Board: Person Published by Times a Week Ago Is ‘Disreputable’ and Untrustworthy  —  Remember last week, when the New York Times ran an op-ed from the gun ‘researcher’ John Lott, who has been thoroughly and consistently debunked by basically everyone else who researches gun violence?
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
In Emails, Trump's Top General Said The Transgender Military Ban Was “Unexpected” And He Was “Not Consulted”  —  Emails newly obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal the surprise for Joint Chiefs of Staff.  —  Less than 24 hours after President Trump tweeted that “after consultation with my Generals …
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map  —  (Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.
Libby Watson / Splinter:
You Dumb Motherfuckers, John Kelly Was Always Bad  —  FiveThirtyEight, a website that apparently still exists, has a deeply depressing story out Tuesday on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly by politics writer Perry Bacon Jr. The piece is essentially a mea culpa, where Bacon admits …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Week
Remy Smidt / BuzzFeed:
Here's What It's Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings  —  Just days after surviving a mass shooting, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution from their parents' living rooms.  —  Reporting From Parkland, Florida  —  PARKLAND, Florida …
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington  —  Eagle-eyed readers of this site may have noticed something odd in this past Friday's weekend discussion post: namely, the inclusion of an article from December among the most-viewed stories of the week.
Discussion: Mashable and AOL
‘I was almost a school shooter’  —  That's not a sentence many people ever hear, or read.  It's also not a sentence many people would ever say publicly.  —  Author: Next with Kyle Clark  —  “I was almost a school shooter.”  —  That's not a sentence many people ever hear, or read.
Discussion: NBC News, Axios, thecut and KXAN-TV
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Devin Nunes' 10 questions about the Trump dossier  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has sent a series of questions about the Trump dossier to a number of current and former government officials.  The committee did not specify to whom Nunes sent the questions …
Serena Williams / CNN:
What my life-threatening experience taught me about giving birth  —  Serena Williams shares scary birth experience  —  Serena Williams is a professional tennis player, businesswoman and UNICEF goodwill ambassador.  The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
Discussion: The Guardian, Mediaite, theGrio and
Ernesto Semán / Washington Post:
Comparing Trump to South American authoritarians reveals a dangerous misunderstanding of democracy  —  Such comparisons fundamentally misunderstand Latin American populism.  —  It's en vogue for enraged liberals to compare Trumpism to Argentine Peronism, wielding the analogy as a warning …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Respect First, Then Gun Control  —  This has been an emotional week.  We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage.  The anger inevitably gets directed at the N.R.A., those who support gun rights …
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Guardian
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Yiannopoulos dropping lawsuit against former publisher
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Trump Appointee ‘Conflict’ Throws Key Labor Ruling Into Doubt
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Trump again seeks to end funding for earthquake early warning system
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
AR-15 auction removed from fundraiser with McMorris Rodgers
White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance
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DCF RECORDS: Nikolas Cruz was Receiving Mental Health Services, Taking Medication, and Attending School …
Discussion: RedState and CBS Miami
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Focus On The Family Has Declared Itself A Church, Avoiding IRS Disclosure Rules
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Between the lines on Trump's Romney endorsement
Angela Wright-Shannon / HuffPost:
Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.
Discussion: The Root and AOL
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Smarm of the Contrarian  —  Conor Friedersdorf has taken …
Discussion: Eschaton
Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
If Trump has nothing to hide, why is he so soft on Russia?
Discussion: Hullabaloo