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10:10 PM ET, February 19, 2018


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Exclusive: Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts  —  Sources: Rick Gates close to plea deal  —  Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing …
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
How A Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn Could Uncover More Federal Corruption  —  On Friday, Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v. Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating: A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Wire
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Columbine survivor introduces bill to expand concealed-carry in schools  —  Legislation comes with Parkland students calling for gun control  —  DENVER — Some students are calling for tougher gun-control laws after escaping last week's horrific massacre in Parkland, Florida …
Matthew Chapman / Shareblue Media:
Students who survived massacre refuse to pose for photo op with Trump  —  The students of Parkland, Florida, aren't letting anyone tell their stories for them — not even the president of the United States.  —  The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, refuse to be props for Trump's agenda.
Discussion:, IJR and USA Today
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Won't Attend CNN Town Hall on Florida School Shooting
Discussion: Progressives Everywhere and CNN
Eli Watkins / CNN:
Trump tweet angers survivors of Parkland shooting
New York Times:
The New Pennsylvania House Districts Are In.  We Review the Mapmakers' Choices.  —  Reviewing the decisions made to redraw the map in one of the country's most gerrymandered states.
Jonathan Lai /
Pa. gerrymandering case: State Supreme Court releases new congressional map for 2018 elections  —  The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday released a new congressional district map to be used for the 2018 elections for U.S. House seats, its remedy for what it ruled was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Bshughart / Senator Joe Scarnati:   Scarnati, Turzai Issue Statement PA Supreme Court's Gerrymandered Congressional Map
Elena Schneider / Politico:
New Pennsylvania map gives Democrats big boost in midterms
Discussion: Axios
Associated Press:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new election map
Discussion: The Week
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News Plans a Streaming Service for ‘Superfans’  —  Thanks to a relentless news cycle — and a dedicated fan in the Oval Office — Fox News has defied the downward trends in the television business, notching its highest-rated year in 2017 even as audiences dwindled for many networks.
Alvin Chang / Vox:
Fox News's appalling past 72 hours, analyzed  —  A data analysis shows how Fox News spun the Mueller indictment and Florida shooting into a defense of the president.  —  On Friday, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller filed the first charges against Russians in his investigation.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment
New York Times:
After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced  —  SAN FRANCISCO — One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking up the gun control debate.
Nina Burleigh / Newsweek:
HOW AN ALT-RIGHT BOT NETWORK TOOK DOWN AL FRANKEN  —  White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows.  —  While everyone has been focused on Russian meddling …
Discussion: Power Line, Raw Story and Instapundit
Lucian Wintrich / The Gateway Pundit:
EXPOSED: School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg's Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines [VIDEO]  —  As previously reported:  —  In less than a week since they survived a mass murdering gunman attack on their school, two student who quickly became media stars …
Discussion: RedState and CNN
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Oops!  Sarah Huckabee Sanders cops to making a rare mistake and says Trump has not confirmed for WHCD yet - but WILL go to Gridiron  — The White House told Monday that President Trump would attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner, but then walked it back
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Right Scoop
New York Times:
How Does Trump Stack Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents?  —  Where does Donald Trump rank on the list of American presidents?  —  We surveyed presidential politics experts to sketch out a first draft of Trump's place in presidential history.  —  Since our previous survey in 2014 …
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Rep. Tom Rooney will not seek re-election  —  Rooney has been frustrated with Washington  —  WASHINGTON - Florida Rep. Tom Rooney will not run for re-election, he announced on Monday.  —  “After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland …
Discussion: Axios and Joe.My.God.
Congressman Thomas J. Rooney:
Rep. Tom Rooney Will Not Seek Re-Election in 2018
Washington Post:
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals … The White House was under siege.  —  Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup.  Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel.
Kristine Phillips / Washington Post:
Lawmaker who led #MeToo push invited staffer to play spin the bottle, complaint says … California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, one of the leading voices behind the #MeToo movement, is facing accusations that she sexually harassed staffers — including one who said she fired him after he refused …
Discussion: The Stranger …
Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
Spin the bottle game among newest allegations against female lawmaker
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India … NEW DELHI — The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is making what's been dubbed an unofficial visit to India to promote his family's real estate projects.  But he's also planning to deliver …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
President Trump is losing control  —  Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation, and the Russia scandal in general, are driving this president around the bend, to the point where he is setting himself against not just the government he leads but also the interests of the United States of America.
Derek Hunter / The Daily Caller:
Michael Moore Participated In Russia-Sponsored Anti-Trump Rally
Discussion: Power Line
New York Times:
Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans  —  The tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law now has more supporters than opponents, buoying Republican hopes for this year's congressional elections.  —  The growing public support for the law coincides with an eroding Democratic lead …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Dave Lawler / Axios:   Poll: Most Americans now support GOP tax law
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Trump's Miss Universe Gambit  —  For years, he used his beauty pageants to boost business interests abroad.  A 2013 contest, in Moscow, may also have helped give him the Presidency.  —  The first-round results of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant seem to have come as a surprise …
Discussion: Power Line, Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Trump Reportedly Fixed the Miss Universe Pageant, Favoring Countries With Whom He Had Business Ties
Discussion: Politico
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Allison Reamer / Toledo Blade:
Toledo pastor, family charged with aggravated robbery
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Yonhap News Agency:
(2nd LD) S. Korean military to press ahead with joint drills with U.S. this year
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
Norway is dominating these Winter Olympics with a unique approach to sports
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Noga Tarnopolsky / Los Angeles Times:
Netanyahu in deeper peril as more Israeli officials are arrested on corruption charges
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Elizabeth Warren On Her Journey From Low-Information Voter
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
State House Republicans in Virginia back Medicaid expansion
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Kurt Schlichter /
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The story behind the story: How the Rob Porter scandal broke
Discussion: KTLA and CNN
New York Times:
Texas Democrat Writes Giant-Killer Narrative One Livestream at a Time
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Trump hits golf course 3 days after visiting shooting victims
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Politico
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