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12:00 AM ET, February 22, 2018


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Trump suggests arming teachers as a solution to increase school safety  —  Watch CNN's town hall “Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” live on Wednesday, February 21, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN TV and CNNGo.  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, after listening to a series …
John Herrman / New York Times:
The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy
Holly Yan / CNN:
Florida lawmakers refuse to debate assault rifles — but say porn is dangerous
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
NRA to participate in CNN town hall
Associated Press:
The Latest: Sheriff: Deputies to carry rifles at schools
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:
Mueller asking if Manafort promised banker White House job in return for loans  —  Federal investigators are probing whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort promised a Chicago banker a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
Wall Street Journal:   Mueller Examines Manafort Loans
Fresh U.S. criminal charges filed in special counsel's Manafort case
Discussion: Politicus USA and Axios
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Former Trump Adviser Sam Nunberg expected to meet with special counsel team
Discussion: Politico
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump: “Why aren't Dem crimes under investigation?  Ask Jeff Sessions!”  —  Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation?  Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling?
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why The Trump/Russia ‘Skeptics’ Are Wrong
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Vox
Jake Gibson / Fox News:   Top DOJ official Rachel Brand fires back at claims she bolted over Mueller probe concerns
Steve Holland / Reuters:   U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump's former bodyguard makes $15,000 a month from a GOP ‘slush fund’  — The Republican National Committee is paying a firm owned by Trump's former bodyguard $15,000 a month for consulting, according to its latest campaign filings.  — Within weeks of leaving the White House …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Texas school district threatens to suspend students who protest gun violence  —  A superintendent in a Texas school district is warning that students will be suspended if they cause any disruptions to protest gun violence.  —  Needville Independent School District (ISD) …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Student demonstrators protest gun violence in Fla. gov's office
Discussion: Politico, RedState and Joe.My.God.
Matthew Avery Sutton / The Guardian:
Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history  —  Racial tensions are rising, the earth is warming, and evangelicals are doing little to help.  That may be Graham's most significant, and saddest, legacy … Play Video  —  When Billy Graham stands before the judgment seat of God …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:   Billy Graham forgave Nixon's sins, blaming them on the ‘demon-power’ of sleeping pills
Yoel Roth / Twitter:
Automation and the use of multiple accounts  —  Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us.  One of the most common spam violations we see is the use of multiple accounts and the Twitter developer platform to attempt to artificially amplify or inflate the prominence of certain Tweets.
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Congresswoman claims most mass shooters are Democrats  —  Congressman booed at his gun control town hall  —  (CNN)Rep. Claudia Tenney, an upstate New York Republican who is up for re-election in one of the most competitive congressional districts in America, told a radio host in Albany …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Melania Trump's parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions about whether they relied on ‘chain migration’ … The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Democrats Didn't Even Dream of This Pennsylvania Map.  How Did It Happen?  —  They seemed not to believe that they would be allowed to strive for partisan balance in addressing Republican gerrymandering.  —  Few people expected that the Pennsylvania congressional map …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Toomey calls for ‘conversation’ about impeaching state Supreme Court justices
Steve Brusk / CNN:
NRA rejects idea of raising minimum age to buy rifles  —  Pres. Trump's complex relationship with guns  —  Washington (CNN)The National Rifle Association is rejecting ideas to raise the minimum age for purchasing rifles.  —  The idea of keeping people younger than 21 from buying rifles …
Discussion: NPR
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The Pro-Trump Media Has Its Match In The Parkland Students  —  On Monday night, the pro-Trump media set its sights on a new political enemy: young adult survivors of gun violence.  —  The attack on outspoken survivors of the Parkland school shooting began with an article …
William Brennan / New York Magazine:
Worst Roommate Ever  —  “You've got your whole life in front of you.  You're pretty, you've got this house — well, you don't have this house anymore.  This house is my house.”  —  Alex Miller's spare room had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she'd been waiting for.
With last-minute cancellation of Gateway Pundit founder, drama once again unfolds ahead of CPAC  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference hasn't even started and a snafu is once again stealing the limelight ahead of the annual event.  —  News of the last-minute chaos emerged …
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle connects the dots in latest Mueller indictment to tie Trump directly to Putin  —  On Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle laid out how special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is becoming “clearer by the indictment.”  —  Tuesday's guilty plea …
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Father of Parkland victim presses Rubio on assault weapons at town hall  —  Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland shooting, engaged in a heated exchange with Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday night at a CNN town hall. … Why it matters: Rubio was the only Republican …
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   If Gun Control Advocates Are Serious, They Must Primary Democrats
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Bernie blames Hillary for allowing Russian interference  —  Bernie Sanders on Wednesday blamed Hillary Clinton for not doing more to stop the Russian attack on the last presidential election.  Then his 2016 campaign manager, in an interview with POLITICO, said he's seen no evidence …
Discussion: Jacobin
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This photo of Trump's notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything  —  President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools.  And while Trump's at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers …
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National Review:
Congress, Not the Justice Department, Should Regulate Bump Stocks
Andrew R. Arthur /
An MS-13 Horror Story that the Press Has Largely Ignored
Discussion: National Review
The Local:
France unveils controversial migrant deportation bill
Kim Zetter / New York Times:
The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Ivanka Trump plans to focus on U.S. athletes, not North Korea, during trip to Winter Olympics
Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek:
Can Donald Trump, the most unpopular president ever, save Republicans from a massive defeat in 2018?
 Earlier Items: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: There's no war against the media
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
How the Activists Who Tore Down Durham's Confederate Statue Got Away With It
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Raw Story
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
At Straitlaced Disney, a Star Producer's R-Rated Behavior Draws Complaints
Discussion: Breitbart and IndieWire
Brian Feldman / New York Magazine:
It's Time to End ‘Trending’
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Flirtatious texts, topless photo roil Steve Montenegro's campaign; he blasts ‘false tabloid trash’