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9:50 AM ET, February 20, 2018


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Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed:
Manafort Under Scrutiny For $40 Million In “Suspicious” Transactions  —  As the special counsel investigated President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, authorities obtained details on “suspicious” banking activity that was first unearthed in 2014 and 2015.
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company—And To Robert Mueller  —  ON FRIDAY MORNING, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives for interfering in the US election.  The document was 37 pages, and it mentioned Facebook 35 times.
Mike Allen / Axios:
5 clues to Mueller's roadmap  —  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's shop doesn't leak, but last week's 37-page indictment of Russians provided a mess of clues about what he's up to.  —  The big picture: Here are five things we've learned from the indictment and our reporting surrounding the overall Russia probe.
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians  —  Michael Moore attends Russia-sponsored anti-Trump rally  —  Michael Moore, the polemical filmmaker who has long accused President Trump of colluding with Russians, posted videos and pictures of himself participating …
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
Don't blame ‘Washington.’ Blame the GOP.  —  Dysfunctional Washington refuses to work out its differences to solve problems that matter to Americans.  —  So say pundits and policy activists, perhaps hoping that diffuse criticism, rather than finger-pointing, will yield a government willing to govern.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
Washington Post:
Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds
Discussion: Political Wire and ABC News
Washington Post:
Reactions to Florida mass shooting, views of Trump and Congress' efforts at preventing mass shootings
Discussion: Politico
Bill Scher / Politico:
Why the NRA Always Wins
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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Elena Schneider / Politico:
New Pennsylvania map gives Democrats big boost in midterms
Jonathan Lai /
Pa. gerrymandering case: State Supreme Court releases new congressional map for 2018 elections
Discussion: The Week, BuzzFeed and NBC News
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.
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Columbine survivor introduces bill to expand concealed-carry in schools
Alvin Chang / Vox:
Fox News's appalling past 72 hours, analyzed
Exclusive: Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts  —  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 for his company from foreign investors during …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Respect First, Then Gun Control  —  This has been an emotional week.  We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage.  The anger inevitably gets directed at the N.R.A., those who support gun rights …
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.
Discussion: The Week and The Atlantic
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 …
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Rob Porter's Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger  —  WASHINGTON — People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state.  Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice.
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 …
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Poll: Most Americans now support GOP tax law
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Mueller Charges Lawyer With Lying in Russia Probe  —  Van Der Zwaan helped prepare Ukraine report for Manafort  —  False statements case comes days after Russians charged  —  An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump's rebuke of McMaster was months in the making  —  Their strained relationship was on rare public display over the weekend when the president chastised his national security adviser over questions of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.  —  For a few weeks in late November …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won't  —  For the past year, chief executives have often talked about the new sense of moral responsibility that corporations have to help their communities and confront social challenges even when Washington won't.
Maya Kosoff / Vanity Fair:
“Just an Ass-Backward Tech Company”: How Twitter Lost the Internet War  —  Twitter faces more challenges than most technology companies: ISIS terrorists, trolls, bots, and Donald Trump.  But its last line of defense, the company's head of trust and safety, Del Harvey, isn't making things easier.
Kareem Shaheen / The Guardian:
'It's not a war.  It's a massacre': scores killed in Syrian enclave  —  Assad regime uses barrel bombs and attacks hospitals in rebel-held eastern Ghouta … Play Video  —  Pro-regime forces continued to bombard the opposition-controlled enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria on Tuesday …
Bob Jordan / USA Today:
History experts in New York Times op-ed: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10  —  Donald Trump is America's worst president, says a New York Times opinion piece that's based on a survey of 170 members of the American Political Science Association's Presidents and Executive Politics section.
CBS News:
5 things that are more complicated than buying a gun in Florida  —  The 19-year-old accused of killing 17 people on Valentine's Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, allegedly bought seven rifles in the last year, a federal law enforcement source has told CBS News.
Discussion: Breitbart, RedState and
NBC Bay Area:
THE LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND SAN FRANCISCO  —  How dirty is San Francisco?  An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco.  The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city - the more than 20-mile stretch …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Instapundit
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?  —  JERUSALEM — The mushrooming corruption scandal plaguing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel turned in a surprising new direction on Tuesday, with an allegation that one of his closest advisers had sought …
Discussion: VICE News
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Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
The Senate Failed To Save DACA. What Happens Now?
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President
Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
Nashville's Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?
Associated Press:
Man featured on ‘Trump Dating’ site has child sex conviction
Discussion: RedState
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Witnessing the Collapse of the Global Elite
Discussion: Breitbart
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
End ICE  —  The most notorious government agency under …
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Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules
Discussion: Raw Story
Australia should pass Magnitsky Act to target Putin's cronies, businessman Bill Browder says
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron delivers Reuters Memorial Lecture at the University of Oxford
Dan Wolken / USA Today:
Norway is dominating these Winter Olympics with a unique approach to sports
Discussion: Breitbart and Daily Wire
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Oops!  Sarah Huckabee Sanders cops to making a rare mistake and says Trump …
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and The Right Scoop
Washington Post:
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals