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2:25 PM ET, February 18, 2018


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Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Trump attacks everyone but Russia  —  President Donald Trump railed against the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election Saturday night into Sunday, sending off a stream of tweets attacking the FBI, CNN, the Democratic Party, his own national security adviser …
Discussion: New York Times
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election … West Palm Beach, Fla. — President Trump questioned the intensifying special counsel's investigation of his campaign and administration while attacking his own national security adviser …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care
Associated Press:
Trump vents frustration over Russia probe, rails against FBI
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Amy Held / NPR:
Trump Chides McMaster For Saying Evidence Of Russian Interference ‘Incontrovertible’
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:
Florida teen shooting survivors announce ‘March for Our Lives’ demonstration in Washington  —  Teen survivors of the school shooting massacre in Florida last week are calling for a march on Washington to demand action on gun control.  —  Student organizers of the protest told ABC News' …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘We need concealed carry’ in schools
Discussion: Breitbart
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Florida shooting survivors announce national march against gun violence
Discussion: Breitbart and WSVN-TV
Quinn Scanlan / ABC News:   Trump needs to ‘talk to these kids’ who survived Florida school-shooting massacre: Democrat representative
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 …
Washington Post:
The 21st-century Russian sleeper agent is a troll with an American accent … Not long after Marat Mindiyarov started working at the Internet Research Agency, the Russian troll factory indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday, he began hearing about the coveted “Facebook Department.”
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Reading the Mueller Indictment: A Russian-American Fraud  —  In his first indictments for Russian interference in the 2016 election, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has revealed the inner workings of a shadow campaign—conceived in Moscow and deployed in the United States …
Discussion: Eschaton
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
‘Black Panther’ brings in a record-breaking box office weekend  —  The Marvel model for success  —  All hail the king.  —  “Black Panther,” Marvel's first film directed by an African-American, brought in an estimated $192 million for its three-day debut in North America this weekend.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Bounds to Record-Shattering $218M-Plus Bow  —  The movie scores one of the top openings of all time in North America; overseas, it amasses $169 million for a $387 million global debut.  —  In a defining moment for Hollywood, Disney and Marvel Studios …
Discussion: The Root
Christopher Lebron / Boston Review:
‘Black Panther’ Is Not the Movie We Deserve
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Honor Jones / New York Times:
Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women  —  It's a new year and I've got a new gym membership.  I went the other morning.  It was 8 degrees outside.  And every woman in there was wearing skintight, Saran-wrap-thin yoga pants.  Many were dressed in the latest fashion — leggings with patterns …
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.
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Adam Rippon will work for NBC as a correspondent for remainder of 2018 Winter Olympics  —  PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — U.S. figure skater Adam Rippon, the openly gay Olympic team bronze medalist who has become one of the best-known names at these Games, has been hired by NBC to work …
Discussion: CNNMoney, Outsports, Mediaite, thecut and AOL
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 …
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Putin's quest for lost glory  —  As our correspondent prepares to leave Russia, he argues that the Russian leader's rule has been dedicated to restoring pride lost in the collapse of the Soviet Union … Working on one of my final stories as the Guardian and Observer's Moscow correspondent …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump's immigration framework  —  's immigration framework faced an unexpected opponent this week as it crashed on the Senate floor: Republicans.  —  The opposition from more than a fourth of the GOP conference came despite an intense pressure campaign …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump administration assault on bipartisan immigration plan ensured its demise
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
Under fire for travel expenses, Pruitt cancels trip to Israel … Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has canceled a nearly week-long trip to Israel, agency officials confirmed Sunday.  —  Pruitt, who had been scheduled to leave this weekend for an extensive tour of the Mideast ally …
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Katherine Howell / National Review:
Fire the FBI Chief
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Kasich pleads with Trump to take action on gun control: ‘Mr. President, I ask you to do this’
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Justice Clarence Thomas says he's ‘worn down’ with victimhood culture
Sean Ingle / The Guardian:
Russian curler fails Winter Olympics drug test
Discussion: AOL
New York Times:
President or Luxury Towers: Either Way, Trump Is the Rage in India
Netanyahu says Israel could act against Iran's ‘empire’
Discussion: The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Yonhap News Agency:
Incheon man booked over threatening call to Japanese Embassy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Teen shot in face after gun falls from man's pants in Raleigh, police say
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Republicans race to reverse midterm recruitment failures
Discussion: Political Wire
USA Today:
In a world first, Switzerland deems it illegal to boil a lobster
New York Times:
‘An Endless War’: Why 4 U.S. Soldiers Died in a Remote African Desert
Stephanie Towers / WYFF-TV:
Greenville County teacher found partially undressed in SUV with student, charged with sex crimes, deputies say
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Facebook Still Lying About Its Role in the 2016 Election