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1:40 AM ET, February 18, 2018


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David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Trumps went straight from Parkland to Studio 54- themed ‘disco party’ at Mar-a-Lago: report  —  President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump didn't spend overlong pondering the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Friday night, according to
Discussion: Mediaite and Politicus USA
Paula McMahon / Sun-Sentinel:
Nikolas Cruz: 'We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know.'  —  Sun Sentinel  —  Nikolas Cruz was immature, quirky and depressed when James and Kimberly Snead took him into their Parkland home.  But he was pleasant and seemed to be growing happier, they said.
Caleb Parke / Fox News:
Florida Teacher of the Year's gun violence post goes viral after school shooting
Discussion: The Right Scoop, TheBlaze and DEARLY
New York Times:
Florida Agency Investigated Nikolas Cruz After Violent Social Media Posts
Discussion: Mother Jones and RedState
CNN announces town hall with students, parents affected by Florida school shooting
ABC News:
Florida teen who survived shooting massacre rallies passionate crowd, 'It's time for victims' to change gun laws
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
McMaster: Evidence of Russian meddling is ‘now really incontrovertible’  —  McMaster responds to Russian indictments  —  Washington (CNN)Evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “now really incontrovertible,” White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump's Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader  —  WASHINGTON — After more than a dozen Russians and three companies were indicted on Friday for interfering in the 2016 elections, President Trump's first reaction was to claim personal vindication …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Trump's National Security Chief Calls Russian Interference ‘Incontrovertible’  —  MUNICH — Just hours after the Justice Department indicted 13 Russians in what it charged was a broad conspiracy to alter the 2016 election, President Trump's national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster …
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Russian indictments prove Trump won fair and square
Associated Press:
The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges ‘fantasies’
Discussion: ThinkProgress, IJR and ABC News
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Prominent Republican Donor Issues Ultimatum on Assault Weapons  —  A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the party pass legislation to restrict access to guns, and vowed not to contribute to any candidates or electioneering groups that did not support a ban on the sale of military-style firearms to civilians.
Caroline Orr / Shareblue Media:
Florida GOP in crisis as major donor threatens to pull money over guns  —  “I will not write another check unless they all support a ban on assault weapons.  Enough is enough!”  —  Republicans in Florida are facing a crisis after a Republican mega-donor threatened to cut off future contributions …
Bob Bauer / Just Security:
The Charging Mystery in the Russia Indictments—And Its Indication of What Comes Next in the Mueller Investigation  —  The special counsel's indictment of Russian individuals and organizations brought campaign finance law for the first time into formal charges in the case.  But this development came with a mystery.
Discussion: emptywheel
Robert Barnes / Law & Crime:
Does Mueller Indictment Mean Clinton Campaign Can Be Indicted for Chris Steele?
Discussion: Power Line
Anton Troianovski / Washington Post:
A former Russian troll speaks: 'It was like being in Orwell's world' … The indictment by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of 13 Russians associated with a St. Petersburg online “troll factory” that allegedly interfered with the U.S. election has brought a sense of vindication to the handful …
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Joe Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides.  —  Huddled in his newly opened office steps …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
No Country for Young Men With AR-15s  —  Four years ago the essayist Helen Andrews wrote a critique, for the religious journal First Things, of what she described as “bloodless moralism” — meaning the decay of public moral arguments into a kind of a vulgar empiricism, a mode of debate …
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Letting American Kids Die
Bret Stephens / New York Times:   To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendment
Stephanie Towers / WYFF-TV:
Greenville County teacher found partially undressed in SUV with student, charged with sex crimes, deputies say  —  Elizabeth Heaton Taylor was Greer High track coach  —  GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —  A Greenville County teacher and track coach at Greer High School has been charged …
Alex Harris / miamiherald:
‘No more guns’: Protesters escorted out of Paul Ryan fundraiser in Key Biscayne  —  Two protesters chanting “no more guns” were removed from a Republican fundraiser in Key Biscayne Friday night after confronting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan about the mass shooting that happened days earlier and miles up the road.
David Badash / Raw Story:   'You're here celebrating the death of 17 children': Gun reform protesters booted out of Paul Ryan Florida fundraiser
USA Today:
In a world first, Switzerland deems it illegal to boil a lobster  —  GENEVA — When it comes to cooking fresh lobster, the Swiss are now saying: We feel your pain.  —  A law goes into effect March 1 that bans the common cooking method of tossing a live lobster into a big pot of boiling water, quickly killing the tasty crustacean.
Christopher Lebron / Boston Review:
‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve  —  Black Panther, the most recent entry into the Marvel cinematic universe, has been greeted with the breathless anticipation that its arrival will Change Things.  The movie features the leader of a fictional African country who has enough wealth …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
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Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times:
Italian model's rape allegations against Weinstein could bring charges, but case is far from overwhelming
Bruce Riley Ashford / Fox News:
Mike Pence, Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy have all been ‘Christian Shamed.’ This ugly form of bigotry must stop
Washington Post:
D.C. has given Elon Musk a permit to do a little digging for the Hyperloop
Discussion: Mashable
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Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trump Should Get Behind Romney's Candidacy, McConnell Says
Discussion: Political Wire and Mitt Romney
Jordon Dyrdahl-Roberts / Washington Post:
I was asked to help ICE at my government job. I couldn't do that. So I quit.
Joe Trinacria / Pushback:
Larry Krasner Sues Big Pharma, Drops All Marijuana Possession Charges
Discussion: Balloon Juice