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1:30 PM ET, February 21, 2018


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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 …
Nicholas Riccardi / Associated Press:
Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns  —  GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) — Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting.  —  “Let's do something for them!” one man yelled at the beginning …
Charles Rabin / miamiherald:
Parkland students face new attack, this time from the political right on social media  —  Even as they rode buses to Tallahassee on Tuesday as the newest and most powerful political voices for gun control in America, an outspoken group of students who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas …
Discussion: The Root, and
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
School shooting survivor knocks down ‘crisis actor’ claim
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
Watch Van Jones annihilate Jack Kingston for doubling down on his attacks on the Parkland survivors
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Here Are the Eight Miami GOP Dirtbags Who Just Voted Down Assault Weapon Ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Florida House declares porn a public health risk shortly after denying assault rifle ban
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
Joe Reedy / Associated Press:
Florida House Declares Pornography a Health Risk
Discussion: WPIX 11 New York
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?
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump demands to know why ‘Jeff Session’ isn't investigating Obama for Russian meddling in crazed tweet
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 …
Discussion: CNBC and CANNONFIRE
New York Times:
Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues  —  Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff …
Sports Illustrated:
Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks  — More than a dozen current and ex-employees characterize the Mavs' hostile work environment—ranging from sexual harassment to domestic violence—as an “open secret.”  Sports Illustrated details the allegations in a special investigation.
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 …
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents  —  The Rev. Billy Graham, a North Carolina farmer's son who preached to millions in stadium events he called crusades, becoming a pastor to presidents and the nation's best-known Christian evangelist for more than 60 years, died on Wednesday at his home.
USA Today:
Billy Graham, America's pastor, has died
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Conservative Twitter Users Lose Thousands of Followers, Mass Purge of Bots Suspected  —  Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren't happy about it.  Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and The Verge
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump privately talks up new age limit on guns  —  President Trump has told associates that he doesn't think high school kids should be able to buy guns, and is open to the idea of imposing a minimum purchase age of 21 for guns like those used in the Florida high school massacre, a source close to the president said.
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
The Atlantic Plans a Hiring Spree  —  A media company is expanding its newsroom.  You read that right.  —  The Atlantic plans to add as many as 100 employees to its staff over the next 12 months, its president, Bob Cohn, told employees during a staff meeting on Wednesday.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media Laying Off Around 50 Staffers  —  The cuts, which mainly targeted social video teams, were announced by CEO Jim Bankoff on Wednesday morning.  —  In a memo to staff Wednesday morning, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff announced plans to lay off around 50 employees, with the Racked, Curbed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:   Vox Media Lays Off 50 Staffers, or 5% of Workforce
The unwitting: The Trump supporters used by Russia  —  Rosenstein: Russians paid, recruited Americans  —  A Donald Trump supporter who unwittingly helped a Kremlin-linked operation to meddle in American politics says he only learned of his part in the Russian plot when the FBI showed up at his doorstep months later.
Rob Tornoe /
‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek to moderate a Pa. gubernatorial debate  —  In 2012, longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek admitted he would have loved to have been one of the questioners at a presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Discussion: Mediaite
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
‘How gullible is he?’  CNN panel mocks Don Trump Jr's ‘brainpower’ after he falls for Parkland conspiracies  —  CNN's Alisyn Camerota raked Donald Trump Jr. over the coals on Wednesday after noting that he had given a thumbs-up on Twitter to conspiracy theories that attacked Parkland shooting …
Muneeza Naqvi / Associated Press:
Trump Jr: ‘Nonsense’ that family's profiting from presidency
Discussion: New Republic and Splinter
Press Gazette Media:
Voters upset after discovering they were removed from voter rolls  —  GREEN BAY - Dozens of active Green Bay area voters went to cast their ballot in Tuesday's primary election only to find they had been removed from voter rolls.  —  Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney attributed …
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger  —  The following article contains major spoilers.  —  Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world.  Its actors, its costume design, its music, and countless other facets of the film are drawn from all over the continent and its diaspora …
CBS News:
Mass shooting plot at SoCal high school allegedly thwarted by alert security guard  —  WHITTIER, Calif. — Authorities say they've thwarted a student's plot for a mass shooting at a Southern California high school.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that a security guard …
Discussion: KTLA, CBS Los Angeles and VICE
Arizona candidate got topless selfie from legislative staffer, messages reveal  —  A legislative staffer sent Steve Montenegro a topless photo via text message, according to a series of messages between Montenegro and the staffer that were reviewed by 12 News.  —  Author: Brahm Resnik
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Under Trump, Border Patrol Steps Up Searches Far From the Border  —  WASHINGTON — Border Patrol officers are working without permission on private property and setting up checkpoints up to 100 miles away from the border under a little-known federal law that is being used more widely …
Nashville strip club advertises AR-15 on street corner  —  Exotic dancers outside a Nashville strip club really caught the eyes of people driving past on Tuesday.  —  It had nothing to do with what they were wearing, but what they were selling.  —  Some dancers had a booth set …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jessica M. Vaughan /
MS-13 Resurgence: Immigration Enforcement Needed to Take Back Our Streets
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Top Democrats seeking $300 million for FBI to fight foreign election interference
Discussion: The Week
William Brennan / New York Magazine:
Worst Roommate Ever
Jack Healy / New York Times:
'It's One of the Greatest Rifles': Fans of the AR-15 Explain the Gun's Appeal
Discussion: Gizmodo
Frank Phillips /
State GOP scraps neutrality rule for governor's race
Augustus Howard / Real Clear Politics:
The Churchillian Mr. Trump  —  In a country tired of protracted war …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Few voters report seeing bigger paychecks after tax changes
Discussion: Vox, The Week and Political Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
The Case Against Google  —  Critics say the search giant …
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Fox News' Jeanine Pirro pleads guilty to 95 mph speeding ticket, down from 119 mph
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Trump's Republican Critics Find a Sudden Need for His Support
USA Today:
How common is sexual misconduct in Hollywood?
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
For an innocent man, Trump sure does act guilty