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11:45 PM ET, February 20, 2018

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Jeff Tavss / Associated Press:
Florida House votes down motion to take up weapons ban with Douglas students present  —  Final vote was 36-71 on first day of lobbying for students  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On their first full day lobbying Florida lawmakers in Tallahassee to change the state's gun laws …
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Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Parkland students come under attack for their outspokenness  —  Critics begin to question their motives.  —  The grieving students in Parkland have been praised for their articulate, emotional and forceful response to the tragedy.  —  Now they are coming under attack from the far-right …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:   A spreading movement?  How Florida school shooting survivors are inspiring other students to demand gun control
Sun-Sentinel:
West Point posthumously admits shooting victim Peter Wang to Class of 2025
miamiherald:
Hundreds of students walk out of class and are marching to Stoneman Douglas High
Discussion: ThinkProgress
BuzzFeed:
Donald Trump Jr. Liked Tweets Promoting A Conspiracy Theory About A Florida Shooting Survivor
Cameron Cawthorne / Washington Free Beacon:
MSNBC's Katy Tur: ‘Kids or Guns, What Do You Value More?’
Discussion: miamiherald, Rewire and Shareblue Media
New York Times:
Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues  —  Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff …
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Democrat Linda Belcher Takes Deep-Red Kentucky Seat, the 37th Flip Since Trump's Inauguration … Democrat Linda Belcher triumphed in a special election on Tuesday night in a deep-red Kentucky district where President Trump previously won by a whopping 50-point margin.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Democrats just flipped a Kentucky state legislature seat in a district Trump won by 49 points  —  Democrat Linda Belcher regains her old seat.  —  Democrat Linda Belcher was just pronounced the winner of the special election in Kentucky's House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried …
Courier-Journal:
Dan Johnson's widow and former lawmaker clash in special House election to replace him
Discussion: Mother Jones, Splinter and Daily Kos
Courier-Journal:   Dan Johnson's widow claims voter fraud after losing seat to Linda Belcher in District 49 race
Courier-Journal:
Linda Belcher defeats Rebecca Johnson to reclaim District 49 seat
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Democrat wins state House race in Kentucky after a Republican's scandal and suicide
CNN:
Senior HHS official placed on leave for promoting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories on social media  —  (CNN)A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services has been placed on administrative leave after a CNN KFile inquiry while the agency investigates social media postings …
Discussion: Axios and Talking Points Memo
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last minute cancellation … PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Vice President Pence departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials …
Lisa Respers France / CNN:
George and Amal Clooney to attend March For Our Lives  —  Survivor: I'm terrified to return to school  —  (CNN)George and Amal Clooney have stepped up in support of the survivors of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida.  —  The superstar couple announced Tuesday that they are donating $500,000 …
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Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Clooneys, Spielbergs, Katzenbergs, Oprah Donate to Parkland Students' March for Our Lives
Discussion: Business Insider and IJR
Washington Post:
Mueller probe: London-based son-in-law of Russian businessman to plead guilty to false statements … The London-based son-in-law of one of Russia's wealthiest men is set to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon in Washington to making false statements in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe …
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Chris McDaniel / BuzzFeed:
Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs.  Now We Know What They Were Hiding.  —  The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death.  Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Travis Fain / WRAL-TV:
NC couple pitching dating site for Trump supporters  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website.  —  Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger's smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at Trump.dating.
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Libby Watson / Splinter:
You Dumb Motherfuckers, John Kelly Was Always Bad  —  FiveThirtyEight, a website that apparently still exists, has a deeply depressing story out Tuesday on White House Chief of Staff John Kelly by politics writer Perry Bacon Jr. The piece is essentially a mea culpa, where Bacon admits …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight and The Week
KPNX:
Arizona candidate got topless selfie from legislative staffer, messages reveal  —  A legislative staffer sent Steve Montenegro a topless photo via text message, according to a series of messages between Montenegro and the staffer that were reviewed by 12 News.  —  Author: Brahm Resnik
Discussion: Political Wire
Sports Illustrated:
Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks  — More than a dozen current and ex-employees characterize the Mavs' hostile work environment—ranging from sexual harassment to domestic violence—as an “open secret.”  Sports Illustrated details the allegations in a special investigation.
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
In Emails, Trump's Top General Said The Transgender Military Ban Was “Unexpected” And He Was “Not Consulted”  —  Emails newly obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal the surprise for Joint Chiefs of Staff.  —  Less than 24 hours after President Trump tweeted that “after consultation with my Generals …
Discussion: Politico
Arthur Allen / Politico:
Shulkin says he has White House backing to purge VA  —  The White House has given VA Secretary David Shulkin the green light to quash an internal rebellion among conservative foes of his leadership, he told POLITICO late Tuesday.  —  The embattled Cabinet head said he'd begun investigating what he called …
CNNMoney:
The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia  —  Rosenstein: Russians paid, recruited Americans  —  A Donald Trump supporter who unwittingly helped a Kremlin-linked operation to meddle in American politics says he only learned of his part in the Russian plot when the FBI showed up at his doorstep months later.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Devin Nunes' 10 questions about the Trump dossier  —  House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has sent a series of questions about the Trump dossier to a number of current and former government officials.  The committee did not specify to whom Nunes sent the questions …
Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
Natalie Portman Doesn't Want To Live In Oblivion  —  In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Portman discusses Annihilation, Hollywood's Time's Up revolution, learning from Reese Witherspoon, and her regret over signing the Roman Polanski petition.  —  Over the course of Natalie Portman's career …
Discussion: IndieWire and Mashable
Philip Elliott / TIME:
Inside Donald Trump's Twitter-Fueled Weekend Meltdown  —  White House aides prayed for rain.  Inclement weather would mean President Donald Trump would have to take the motorcade to the waiting plane to Florida.  That would mean he couldn't take the helicopter from the South Lawn to Joint Base Andrews …
KUSA-TV:
‘I was almost a school shooter’  —  That's not a sentence many people ever hear, or read.  It's also not a sentence many people would ever say publicly.  —  Author: Next with Kyle Clark  —  “I was almost a school shooter.”  —  That's not a sentence many people ever hear, or read.
Discussion: NBC News, thecut, Axios and KXAN-TV
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Poison We Pick  —  This nation pioneered modern life.  Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.  —  It is a beautiful, hardy flower, Papaver somniferum, a poppy that grows up to four feet in height and arrives in a multitude of colors.
Discussion: Instapundit
Libby Watson / Splinter:
New York Times Editorial Board: Person Published by Times a Week Ago Is ‘Disreputable’ and Untrustworthy  —  Remember last week, when the New York Times ran an op-ed from the gun ‘researcher’ John Lott, who has been thoroughly and consistently debunked by basically everyone else who researches gun violence?
CNN:
Trump moves to ban ‘bump stocks’  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.  —  “Just a few moments ago I signed a memo directing …
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Washington Post:
Trump's ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama
Discussion: New York Magazine and Axios
Bloomberg:
Florida Teachers' Pension Fund Invested in Maker of School Massacre Gun
Discussion: Eduwonk
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek Staffers Threaten to Resign, Claiming Company Tried to Silence Investigation of Owners
Discussion: Mediaite
John Ruch / Reporter Newspapers:
Bill would kill Sandy Springs' wood-frame apartments restriction, mayor complains
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tavis Smiley sues PBS for firing him over sexual misconduct allegations
The Daily Beast:
NRA Usually Shuts Up After Mass Shootings. Not This Time.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Magazine
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
The View From Afghanistan: The Dark Stain Of American Gun Exceptionalism
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Guardian
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Trump Appointee ‘Conflict’ Throws Key Labor Ruling Into Doubt
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
Inside the Mueller Indictment: A Russian Novel of Intrigue
Discussion: VICE
Ernesto Semán / Washington Post:
Comparing Trump to South American authoritarians reveals a dangerous misunderstanding of democracy
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map
ARLnow.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington
Discussion: AOL and Mashable