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8:10 PM ET, February 18, 2018


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David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Former Trump aide Rick Gates to plead guilty; agrees to testify against Manafort, sources say … A former top aide to Donald Trump's presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days - and has made clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul J. Manafort Jr. …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Gates agrees to testify against Manafort in Mueller probe: report
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and RedState
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: Breitbart
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care  —  As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter.  —  Not for him the rituals of grief.  He is too consumed by rage and resentment.  He interrupted his holidaying schedule …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jill Stein Downplays Russian Meddling: Media and DNC Interfered in 2016 Election Too  —  Days after the Russian indictments were handed down, Jill Stein appeared on MSNBC today to downplay Russian interference by pointing to American interference in the election.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Reading the Mueller Indictment: A Russian-American Fraud
Discussion: Eschaton
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' …
Christine Yared / New York Times:
Don't Let My Classmates' Deaths Be in Vain  —  Parkland, Fla. — I am a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In the days since the attack that killed 17 people here, I have continued replaying those terrifying moments in my head.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Florida shooting survivors announce national march against gun violence
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
We've just hit a new presidential low … Donald Trump has taken the presidency to yet another new low.  —  In a remarkable set of tweets over the weekend, the commander in chief sounded off on new revelations about the extent of Russia's campaign to undermine our electoral system.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm … WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump lashed out with fresh anger about the intensifying Russia probe over the weekend, accusing Democrats of enabling a foreign adversary to interfere in the 2016 election and attacking …
New York Times:   Trump's Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment
Max Londberg / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri  —  Third-graders in a Missouri community are continuing to sell raffle tickets for an AR-15 to benefit their traveling baseball team after the same type of rifle was used to slaughter and injure dozens at a Florida school.
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Eric and Don Jr. egged on Trump's weekend Twitter tirade against the FBI: CNN
Discussion: HuffPost
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Limbaugh: ‘We need concealed carry’ in schools
Discussion: Breitbart and ABC News
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
'He's scared out of his mind': Ex-official nails Trump over blaming FBI for shooting to deflect from Russia probe  —  Appearing on AM Joy, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi harshly criticized Donald Trump for attacking the FBI over the tragedy in Parkland …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Appeasing the Trigger Gods
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Skirmish in Beijing over the nuclear football  —  On Thursday Nov. 9, when President Trump and his team visited Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Chief of Staff John Kelly and a U.S. Secret Service agent skirmished with Chinese security officials over the nuclear football.
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 …
Matt Philbin / NewsBusters:
NBC Hires Anti-Pence Gay Skater
Discussion: Deadline and USA Today
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments … A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference …
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
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
‘Black Panther’ brings in a record-breaking box office weekend
Discussion: NPR
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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run
Discussion: IJR and
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test
Discussion: AOL
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Dem senator warns Mueller against issuing Russia report near 2018 election
Discussion: RedState and
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Storm clouds over Munich
Associated Press:
Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy
 Earlier Items: 
Katherine Howell / National Review:
Fire the FBI Chief
Washington Post:
Under fire for travel expenses, Pruitt cancels trip to Israel
Discussion: Gizmodo and Axios
New York Times:
President or Luxury Towers: Either Way, Trump Is the Rage in India
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Putin's quest for lost glory
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Teen shot in face after gun falls from man's pants in Raleigh, police say