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12:10 AM ET, February 19, 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. …
Blake Hounshell / Politico:
Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic  —  If, like me, you've been following every twist and turn of the Russia investigations, you've probably wrestled with the same question that has been gnawing at me for more than a year now: What if there's nothing there?
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Gates agrees to testify against Manafort in Mueller probe: report
Discussion: RedState
Aileen Graef / CNN:
LA Times: Former Trump aide Gates to plead guilty, testify against Manafort
New York Times:
Trump's Evolution From Relief to Fury Over the Russia Indictment  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump began the weekend believing that something good had just happened to him.  An indictment leveled against 13 Russians for interfering with the 2016 election had not accused him or anyone around him of wrongdoing.
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
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now  —  Our democracy is in serious danger.  —  President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   Appeasing the Trigger Gods
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Reading the Mueller Indictment: A Russian-American Fraud
Discussion: Eschaton
Jill Abramson / New York Magazine:
Do You Believe Her Now?  —  With new evidence that Clarence Thomas lied to get onto the Supreme Court, it's time to talk seriously about impeachment.  —  Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas testifying before the Senate in 1991.  Paul Hosefros/The New York Times/Redux (Hill); Jose R. Lopez/The New York Times/Redux (Rhomas)
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.
David Edwards / Raw Story:   Rush Limbaugh attacks Parkland students for marching and ‘bashing’ NRA: ‘This is totally political’
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.
CBS News:
Oprah follows up with the partisan voters in Michigan  —  Last fall, Oprah Winfrey spoke with 14 Michigan voters, seven of whom voted for Donald Trump.  Winfrey sat down with the voters again to get their thoughts on Trump's first year in office  —  Oprah Winfrey
New York Times:
Tools of Trump's Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids  —  As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially damaging stories fell to his longtime lawyer and all-around fixer, Michael D. Cohen.
National Journal:
Democrats Hoping for a Shocker in Trump Country  —  Conor Lamb is running as a pro-gun, pro-union, pro-drilling Democrat in a region where voters have defected from the party en masse.  Republicans hope that tying him to Nancy Pelosi is all that's needed to hold onto this seat—and perhaps the House majority.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber / Reuters:
Russian medalist at Games suspected of doping: source  —  PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - A Russian medalist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is suspected of having tested positive for a banned substance, a source at the Games said on Sunday, in a potential major blow to Russia's efforts to emerge from a drug-cheating scandal.
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Russian Athlete May Lose Olympic Medal After Failed Doping Test
Discussion: Mashable and AOL
Matt Philbin / NewsBusters:
NBC Hires Anti-Pence Gay Skater  —  NBC Winter Olympics coverage may be tanking in the ratings, and taking fire for sloppy broadcasting, but the Peacock is reluctant to let go of the Gayest Games Ever™.  The network just announced it has hired Adam Rippon to as a correspondent for the remainder of the Olympics.
Discussion: Deadline
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Mark L. Rosenberg / Politico:
What's Missing From the Gun Debate
Discussion: NewsBusters
Japan Times:
Shadowy North Korean IT group believed hiding out in Russian Far East: sources
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Kelly skeptical of Ivanka's paid family leave push
Discussion: Splinter
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
Eric and Don Jr. egged on Trump's weekend Twitter tirade against the FBI: CNN
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Dem senator warns Mueller against issuing Russia report near 2018 election
Discussion: RedState and
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments
Discussion: and The Daily Beast
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matthew Karnitschnig / Politico:
Storm clouds over Munich
Associated Press:
Florida suspect's red flags weren't enough to stop gun buy
Max Londberg / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri
Frank Pallotta / CNNMoney:
‘Black Panther’ brings in a record-breaking box office weekend
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and NPR
Honor Jones / New York Times:
Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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