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10:45 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.
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 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
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with Rick Gates  —  (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016.  —  Alex Van Der Zwaan is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon.
Discussion: The Week
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Mueller probe's latest indictment: Alex Van Der Zwaan
Discussion: Politico
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: Daily Kos and Shakesville
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
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 …
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Columbine survivor introduces bill to expand concealed-carry in schools
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Associated Press:
Man featured on ‘Trump Dating’ site has child sex conviction  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man with a felony conviction for indecent liberties with a child was one-half of the poster couple for a new “Trump Dating” website.  —  News outlets reported Monday that visitors …
Discussion: RedState
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:   Man featured in ads for pro-Trump dating site was convicted of child sex crimes: report
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.
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Trump's morning tweets perfectly align with Fox & Friends  —  President Trump had a busy Tuesday morning on Twitter, with seven tweets before 9am, touching on topics from the Russia investigation to Pennsylvania's new congressional district map.  —  Why it matters: His tweets perfectly aligned with Fox & Friends' morning lineup.
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues New Congressional Map To Replace Gerrymandered One  —  Republicans have enjoyed a considerable advantage under the earlier map, which was in place for three congressional elections.  —  Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Monday issued a new congressional map …
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.
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.
David Pierson / Los Angeles Times:
Fake videos are on the rise.  As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing  —  All it takes is a single selfie.  —  From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but fabricated from whole cloth by software.
Discussion: Althouse
David Willman / Los Angeles Times:
Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann has a reputation for hard-charging tactics — and sometimes going too far … When FBI agents raided the northern Virginia home of President Trump's former campaign manager Paul J. Manafort Jr. on July 26, they came with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
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 …
Matt Grossmann / New York Times:
Missing Conservatism?  Just Wait for a Democratic President  —  With President Trump's support, Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress recently enacted an enormous increase in government spending, reversing the only major policy victory of Tea Party insurgents in 2011.
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 …
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.
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.
Paul Demko / Politico:
Trump proposal boosts skimpy insurance plans, again undercutting Obamacare  —  The Trump administration is proposing to expand the availability of short-term health insurance plans that some deride as “junk insurance” — an effort that could give consumers cheaper coverage options …
Discussion: Vox
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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