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5:40 PM ET, February 14, 2018

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Associated Press:
Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.
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Mike Walters / The Blast:
Stormy Daniels Warns Trump & Lawyer: You Breached Our Agreement, Now I'm Free to Talk!  —  Stormy Daniels has suddenly changed her position and is ready to spill all the tea regarding her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and it all has to do with the president's personal attorney allegedly breaching …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump's Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket  —  Michael D. Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.
CBS News:
Police respond to report of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida — live updates  —  CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — Authorities are responding to reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.  —  The Broward Sheriff's Office said there are reports of victims.
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Sun-Sentinel:
Multiple deaths in South Florida high school shooting  —  Sun Sentinel  —  Multiple deaths were reported Wednesday as gunfire broke out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with the suspected shooter arrested near the school.  —  Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell …
Emily Shapiro / ABC News:
Florida high school shooting leaves ‘numerous fatalities,’ superintendent says; suspect in custody
CBS Miami:
BSO: Shooter At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High In Parkland
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Third White House official resigns after being told he wouldn't qualify for full clearance  —  National Economic Council official George David Banks departed amid increasing scrutiny of the Trump administration's decision to let multiple staffers work on interim clearances.
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump endorses 25-cent gas tax hike
Washington Post:
White House counsel walks a fine line in serving Trump's demands
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Erica Werner / Washington Post:
Trump's military parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million, White House budget director says
Discussion: The Week
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Amid Rob Porter controversy, Trump declares he's ‘totally opposed to domestic violence’
Discussion: Political Wire
Chris Whipple / Vanity Fair:
“Who Needs a Controversy Over the Inauguration?”:  Reince Priebus Opens Up About His Six Months of Magical Thinking  —  Months after his chaotic resignation as chief of staff, and with his successor on the hot seat, Priebus comes clean about everything: the inauguration crowd-size fiasco …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“A Death Match”: As Kelly Twists, a Chaotic Search for a New Chief of Staff Engulfs the West Wing  —  Different factions are pushing their own candidates: Javanka wants Cohn, Hannity pushed Wayne Berman, Trump wanted Mulvaney or Barrack.  But who would take the job?
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Riding an Untamed Horse: Priebus Opens Up on Serving Trump  —  WASHINGTON — The meeting, to say the least, had not gone well.  Upset at a presidential dressing down, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just left the White House vowing to resign.  Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff …
BostonGlobe.com:
Read the text of Elizabeth Warren's speech to Native American group  —  Read the prepared text of the speech Senator Elizabeth Warren gave to Native Americans on Wednesday.  —  Thank you for having me here today.  —  I want to start by thanking Chairwoman Andrews-Maltais for that introduction.
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BostonGlobe.com:
Warren addresses claims of Native American heritage  —  WASHINGTON - Senator Elizabeth Warren made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians Wednesday morning, forcefully responding to President Trump's derisively calling her “Pocahontas” and addressing her claims …
Discussion: RedState and Political Wire
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Veterans Affairs chief Shulkin, staff misled ethics officials about European trip, report finds  —  Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin's chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements to create a pretext for taxpayers to cover expenses for the secretary's wife on a 10 …
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The Intercept:
In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don't Like  —  On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the relatively warm weather …
Courtney Tanner / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah's Republican chairman slams Mitt Romney and his expected Senate bid, compares him to Hillary Clinton  —  The Utah Republican Party chairman blasted Mitt Romney's anticipated Senate run, hitting him for “essentially doing what Hillary Clinton did in New York” — campaigning in a state he hasn't spent much time in.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: GOP gains on generic ballot, Trump approval ticks upward  —  Republicans have erased the Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot in a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll that, for the first time since April, also shows President Donald Trump's approval rating equaling …
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Public Policy Polling:
Democrats Lead by 8 Points On Generic House Ballot Nationally
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal  —  A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday said they have reached an immigration deal as lawmakers try to break through a gridlocked floor debate.  —  “It's going to be ready today.  It's going to be ready today,” Sen. Tim Kaine
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leaked Chat Transcripts: New York Times Employees Are Pissed About Bari Weiss  —  According to one employee, diversity efforts at the publication “are nothing but lip service.”  —  In 2016, James Bennet left his esteemed job at The Atlantic to run the editorial pages for The New York Times.
NBC Washington / NBC4 Washington:
3 Hurt After Driver Tried to Enter NSA Campus  —  The FBI believes there is no link to terrorism, a representative said  —  Several Hospitalized After Shooting at NSA in Fort Meade  —  Three people, including a police officer, were injured after authorities say a driver tried to enter …
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Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Adam Schiff: There is ‘ample evidence’ of collusion between Trump campaign, Russians  —  WASHINGTON — There is “ample evidence” that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, but only special counsel Robert Mueller can decide if it's enough to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt …
 
 
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Reuters:
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Mark D. Faram / Navy Times:
Seabee command triad fired after XO found strolling naked in woods
Discussion: Military.com and The Daily Caller
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
CNN host debunks GOP congressman's FBI conspiracy in just 2 minutes
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
Gabriel Rossman / Weekly Standard:
Open Letter to the Bruin Republicans Who Invited Milo Yiannopoulos to UCLA
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Jim Windolf / New York Times:
After Storm Over Tweets, The Times and a New Hire Part Ways
Shawn Musgrave / Politico:
Kelli Ward touts endorsement from fake-news site
Samuel Chamberlain / Fox News:
GOP rep unveils ‘Crumbs Act’ to make bonuses tax-free, in swipe at Pelosi
Discussion: RedState, Roll Call, Townhall.com and IJR
Christian Caryl / Washington Post:
Christopher Steele is a hero - and Americans owe him their thanks