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4:15 PM 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.
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 …
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Pro-Trump media launch attacks on student survivors of Florida school shooting  —  After any mass shooting, disinformation spreads online like wildfire.  It happens immediately, created and disseminated on purpose, often in real time as the event is unfolding.
James LaPorta / The Daily Beast:
U.S. Army Awards Medal of Heroism to Slain Parkland Students
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
A Facebook Executive Apologizes To His Company—And To Robert Mueller
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 …
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: Axios, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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
Jason Dearen / Associated Press:
Man featured on ‘Trump Dating’ site has child sex conviction  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man who was one of the faces of a dating service for fans of the president has a felony conviction for indecent liberties with a child.  —  News outlets reported Monday that visitors …
Discussion: Raw Story, VICE News and RedState
Carolyn Van Houten / Washington Post:
Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen  —  This Trump accuser keeps asking herself that.  But she plans to keep talking about that day in 2006.  —  She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Between the lines on Trump's Romney endorsement  —  I've been calling people in the White House and sources close to Mitt Romney to find out the backstory behind the Trump endorsement of Romney.  —  What I've learned: Both sides agree Romney, who has a tumultuous history with Trump, didn't ask for an endorsement.
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Mitt Romney said he wouldn't accept an endorsement from Trump. Monday night, he did.
Bryan Schott /   Poll gives Republican Mitt Romney a big lead in Utah's U.S. Senate race
Remy Smidt / BuzzFeed:
Here's What It's Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings  —  Just days after surviving a mass shooting, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution from their parents' living rooms.  —  Reporting From Parkland, Florida  —  PARKLAND, Florida …
Discussion: Splinter, Woke Sloth and Balloon Juice
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: Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: KTLA
Hundreds of students walk out of class and are marching to Stoneman Douglas High
Discussion: ThinkProgress
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Employees Are Very Interested in a Particular Article About Arlington  —  Eagle-eyed readers of this site may have noticed something odd in this past Friday's weekend discussion post: namely, the inclusion of an article from December among the most-viewed stories of the week.
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map  —  (Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the state's high court, the party's congressional campaign arm said on Tuesday.
Serena Williams / CNN:
What my life-threatening experience taught me about giving birth  —  Serena Williams shares scary birth experience  —  Serena Williams is a professional tennis player, businesswoman and UNICEF goodwill ambassador.  The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
Discussion: The Guardian, Mediaite, theGrio and
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Focus On The Family Has Declared Itself A Church, Avoiding IRS Disclosure Rules  —  Focus on the Family, the behemoth Religious Right organization founded by James Dobson, has declared itself to be a church, thereby avoiding a requirement that it file public tax documents …
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Smarm of the Contrarian  —  Conor Friedersdorf has taken some time off from his complaints about how college students are coddled snowflakes to write a column about how horrible it is when people say unkind things about the arguments made by well-compensated newspaper columnists.
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
If Trump has nothing to hide, why is he so soft on Russia?  —  This is a question the press must keep asking over and over again - until they receive an answer … The political world has known the power of repetition since Cato the Elder reputedly ended every speech in the Roman Senate with the words …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement  —  WASHINGTON — Reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times who uncovered ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and journalists who reported allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein …
DCF RECORDS: Nikolas Cruz was Receiving Mental Health Services, Taking Medication, and Attending School when State Case Closed  —  DCF RECORDS: Nikolas Cruz was Receiving Mental Health Services,  —  Taking Medication, and Attending School when State Case Closed
Discussion: RedState and CBS Miami
Washington Post:
Louisville forced to vacate 2013 men's basketball championship in punishment for sex scandal  —  The NCAA appeals committee upheld a ruling that the university must forfeit 123 victories, including the 2013 national championship and a 2012 Final Four appearance, as punishment for a scandal …
Rachel Wolfe / Vox:
How a post-Columbine generation views gun control  —  Younger Americans aren't as progressive on gun legislation as you might expect.  —  In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students have demanded changes to gun control legislation.
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and The Guardian
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jeff Flake / Washington Post:
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Washington Post:
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Angela Wright-Shannon / HuffPost:
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Discussion: The Root and AOL
Washington Post:
Countries made only modest climate-change promises in Paris. They're falling short anyway.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
CNN, MSNBC using Florida teens as anti-Trump propaganda pawns
Discussion: Politicus USA
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Baltimore is the nation's most dangerous city
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Michael Moore participated in anti-Trump rally allegedly organized by Russians
Katie Rogers / New York Times:
Rob Porter's Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger
Discussion: Daily Kos