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3:30 PM ET, February 16, 2018

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New Yorker:
Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity  —  One woman's account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair.  —  In June, 2006, Donald Trump taped an episode of his reality-television show, “The Apprentice …
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The Daily Beast:
Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals for Election Interference, Says They Communicated With Trump Campaign  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.  The lead defendant is the …
The Hill:
Mueller indicts 13 Russians for interfering in US election  —  has brought charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 U.S. elections.  —  The explosive new charges allege that the Russians created false U.S. personas and stole the identities …
Bloomberg:
Mueller Accuses Russians of Pro-Trump, Anti-Clinton Meddling  —  13 Russian nationals, 3 entities indicted in sweeping case  —  Social media, contacts with campaign and staging rallies  —  U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unveiled the details of a widespread and coordinated campaign …
The Guardian:
Thirteen Russians criminally charged for interfering in US election, Mueller announces  — Indictment does not say whether anyone else in Trump's team had knowingly colluded with Russian operatives  — Charges state that as far back as 2014, the defendants conspired together to defraud the US through interference
CNN:
Grand jury indicts 13 Russian nationals over 2016 election interference  —  (CNN)A federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:   Trump Lawyer: President's ‘Happy’ Mueller Indicted 13 Russian Meddlers
CNN:
The Russia investigation: Live updates
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC
CNN:
Exclusive: A top Trump campaign adviser close to plea deal with Mueller
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
FBI Statement on the Shooting in Parkland, Florida  —  On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI's Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him.  The caller provided information about Cruz's gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior …
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CNN:
From ‘broken child’ to mass killer  —  (CNN)Long before he slaughtered 17 people at the South Florida high school he once attended, Nikolas Cruz had a disturbing way of introducing himself.  —  “Hi, I'm Nick,” he used to say, according to an acquaintance interviewed by CNN.  “I'm a school shooter.”
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed:
Authorities Were Called To Alleged Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz's House More Than 35 Times  —  Years of sheriff's reports detail consistent issues with Nikolas Cruz and his brother, Zachary, describing two erratic, violent, and turbulent boys who repeatedly “threw items,” were “out of control,” and “ran away from home.”
Jennifer Glatz / FOX 61:
Deputies called to Florida high school gunman's home 39 times since 2010
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:   Parkland survivor slams GOP for shrugging off dead kids — but freaking out over ‘rainbow wedding cakes’
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
FBI failed to follow up on Florida shooting suspect tip in January
Discussion: RedState and Breitbart
Cameron Kasky / CNN:
Parkland student: My generation won't stand for this
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Week
James Risen / The Intercept:
Is Donald Trump a Traitor?  —  I find it hard to write about Donald Trump.  —  It is not that he is a complicated subject.  Quite the opposite.  It is that everything about him is so painfully obvious.  He is a low-rent racist, a shameless misogynist, and an unbalanced narcissist.
Bloomberg:
Mueller Announces Guilty Plea of California Man in Investigation  —  U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday released plea deal with Richard Pinedo, saying he knowingly used the IDs of other people in connection with “unlawful activity” and was paid at least $1,000 for doing so, Bloomberg News reports.
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Apple's New Spaceship Campus Has One Flaw - and It Hurts  —  Some distracted staff are walking into glass panes designed to foster collaboration  —  The centerpiece of Apple Inc.'s new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company's famed design-obsessed aesthetic.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Trolls Are Posting Fake Claims Of Being Assaulted At Showings Of “Black Panther”  —  Trolls on Twitter are trying to stoke outrage by making false claims of racially motivated assaults at screenings of Black Panther.  For example, the photo in this tweet actually shows a 19-year-old Swedish woman who was assaulted at a bar last month.
Discussion: Woke Sloth, AOL and The Root
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
EXCLUSIVE: Kushner Quietly Made More Fixes To His Financial Disclosures, May Have More To Come  —  Jared Kushner quietly filed an addendum to his personal financial disclosure adding even more previously undisclosed business interests in recent weeks — and may have even more to disclose …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Mueller Has Interviewed Trump Legal Team's Former Spokesman  —  Mark Corallo, former spokesperson for President Donald Trump's legal team, spoke with Special Counsel Bob Mueller on Thursday for over two hours, two people familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast.
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Don't Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria  —  Mattis gave Putin “plausible deniability” for a military assault that went badly awry.  —  If you've been listening just to the Kremlin and the Pentagon, you probably didn't know that Russia attacked American forces and their allies …
Discussion: Shakesville
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
More than 40 percent of Trump's Cabinet-level picks have faced ethical or other controversies  —  President Trump came to Washington promising to “drain the swamp.”  But after less than 13 months, more than 40 percent of the people he originally picked for Cabinet-level jobs have faced ethical or other controversies.
Kurt Bardella / USA Today:
President Trump's Russia denialism is grounds for impeachment  —  That fundamental right to choose our own leaders is under siege and the president is not only doing nothing, he won't accept that it's happening.  —  The 35 words that make a president: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) …
Discussion: NPR
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
An unusual turn in the Michael Flynn case?  —  Observers are buzzing about a series of events in the last 60 days in the case of Michael Flynn, the Trump national security adviser who on Dec. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Why Romney Is Running for Senate  —  Mitt Romney launched his long-anticipated campaign on Friday, tweeting, “I am running for United States Senate to serve the people of Utah and bring Utah's values to Washington.”  —  Over recent weeks, much of the national pundit chatter has focused …
 
 
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
New Jersey to restore funding for Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Axios and LifeNews.com
Leah Barkoukis / Townhall.com:
Cruz Pushes Back on GOP: We Should Not Be Going to the Left of Obama
Discussion: RedState
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Sen. Kamala Harris endorsing Gavin Newsom for governor
Discussion: Political Wire and KTLA
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Commerce recommends major tariffs on steel and aluminum
Discussion: The Week
David Spicer / ABC:
Australia ‘under attack’ for 15 years from group of Muslim men, judge tells court
Discussion: Breitbart and Jihad Watch
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
GOP Congresswoman on Rob Porter: 'They're Not Crimes of Character'
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Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Trump Has Abandoned The Press Briefing Room And Reporters Should Too
USA Today:
Trump can't block the Democratic memo on Russia. Here's why.
Pete Thamel / Yahoo Sports:
Sources: College hoops corruption case poised to take down Hall of Fame coaches, top programs, lottery picks
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CBS Chicago
Washington Post:
A significant minority of Americans say they could support a military takeover of the U.S. government
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
ABC's George Stephanopoulos Has Landed The Big Comey Interview