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9:30 PM ET, February 21, 2018


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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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
New charges filed in Manafort-Gates case  —  The notice of sealed charges comes after prosecutors accused the former Trump campaign chairman of bank fraud.  —  New charges have been filed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort …
Wall Street Journal:   Mueller Examines Manafort Loans
Fresh U.S. criminal charges filed in special counsel's Manafort case
Discussion: Axios
Tara Palmeri / ABC News:
Former Trump Adviser Sam Nunberg expected to meet with special counsel team
Discussion: Politico
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) …
Shelby Webb / Houston Chronicle:
Houston-area school district threatens to suspend students who protest after Florida shooting  —  Needville ISD Superintendent Curtis Rhodes on Tuesday threatened to suspend any student who disrupts schools or walks out to protest current gun laws.  —  In a letter sent to families and published …
Students are walking out in protest: Live updates  —  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students are in Tallahassee meeting with Florida lawmakers to demand action against gun violence.  Later tonight, CNN hosts a town hall on the issue.  Follow here for the latest.
Sophie Tatum / CNN:
NRA to participate in CNN town hall  —  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  —  Washington (CNN)The National Rifle Association will participate in CNN's nationally televised town hall Wednesday …
CBS News:
Trump floats arming teachers, increasing age for gun purchases in emotional listening session  —  A White House listening session President Trump hosted Wednesday with students and families affected by the Parkland school shooting, as well as families affected by past school shootings …
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Republican congresswoman blames mass shootings on Democrats
Discussion: AOL and theGrio
John Herrman / New York Times:
The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy
Jason Le Miere / Newsweek:
Trump suggests arming 20 percent of teachers with guns to prevent school shootings
Discussion: Daily Wire
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
School shooting survivor knocks down ‘crisis actor’ claim
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Trump says arming teachers could prevent school massacres
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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: Vox and Hullabaloo
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 …
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.
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 …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:   Billy Graham forgave Nixon's sins, blaming them on the ‘demon-power’ of sleeping pills
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 …
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 …
John Bowden / The Hill:
Toomey calls for ‘conversation’ about impeaching state Supreme Court justices … Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey  —  (R) called for a “conversation” about impeaching state Supreme Court justices over their new congressional map, which both parties say will benefit Democrats.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Democrats Didn't Even Dream of This Pennsylvania Map. How Did It Happen?
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 …
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Brooke Baldwin Battles FL Lawmaker in Tense Gun Debate: ‘Stop Going Back to the Talking Points, Sir!’  —  On Tuesday, just six days after the Parklanf, FL school shooting, the Florida state House voted down a proposed ban on semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines by a 71-36 margin.
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
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David Ferguson / Raw Story:
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Alexander Nazaryan / Newsweek:
Can Donald Trump, the most unpopular president ever, save Republicans from a massive defeat in 2018?
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: Raw Story
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Discussion: Breitbart and IndieWire
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
The Pardon Boomerang: Why Trump Associates May Need to Decline Any Offer of a Pardon
Discussion: Raw Story
Ronald.Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Flirtatious texts, topless photo roil Steve Montenegro's campaign; he blasts ‘false tabloid trash’
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
The Atlantic Plans a Hiring Spree
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Wire