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4:10 PM ET, February 22, 2018


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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards  —  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Colton Haab said he was approached by CNN to ask a question at Wednesday night's town hall but decided not to after the network gave him a “scripted question,” quashing one he wrote himself.
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect?  —  You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can't even take his own side in an argument.  —  What's less funny is that on gun control, liberals (and their many allies who are moderate …
CBS News:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns — or the culture wars  —  National Rifle Association Executive Director and CEO Wayne LaPierre launched into criticisms of socialists, the FBI and the media Thursday, as he defended gun rights from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Washington Post:
NRA goes on the offensive after Parkland shooting, assailing media and calling for more armed school security … After a week of media silence following the school shooting in Florida, the National Rifle Association went on the offensive in its first public response to the massacre …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws.  But that's not legal. … The superintendent of a Texas public school district is drawing harsh criticism after issuing a written threat Tuesday to suspend any students who take part indemonstrations about gun violence after the school shooting in Florida last week.
New York Times:
Trump Promotes Arming Teachers, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday intensified his calls for arming highly trained teachers as part of an effort to fortify schools against shooting massacres like the one that occurred in Parkland, Fla., last week …
Jeffrey Solochek / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida House approves bill to post “In God We Trust” in all public schools  —  With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High shooting still looming large, its students in the Capitol to lobby for gun controls, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a measure Wednesday its sponsor said aimed at bringing “light” to the schools.
John Bacon / USA Today:
Trump plan at odds with teacher #ArmMeWith movement
Washington Post:
Does the Second Amendment really protect assault weapons? Four courts have said no.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Student Teachers  —  In one short week, the students …
Peter Burke / WPLG-TV:
CNN refutes Parkland school shooting survivor's ‘scripted’ question claim
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The economics of arming America's schools
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
6 things Marco Rubio said at the CNN town hall that made news in the US gun debate
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: I never said ‘give teachers guns’
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
NRA Blames Media, FBI, and Democrats After Mass Shooting
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Daily Beast
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Marco Rubio and an N.R.A. Official Were Jeered and Lectured on Gun Control
Discussion: New York Magazine and Jezebel
McMaster could leave WH after months of tension with Trump  —  Washington (CNN)With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general …
Warriors to spend part of D.C. trip with local kids, as they won't be heading to White House  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — With President Donald Trump tweeting last September that a White House invitation for the Golden State Warriors was “withdrawn,” the reigning NBA champs have decided …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS  —  WASHINGTON — Margaret Brennan, the senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, will be the next moderator of “Face the Nation,” the network's prestige Sunday morning public affairs show and one of the most influential venues in American politics.
Discussion: Mediaite
CBS News:
Margaret Brennan named Face the Nation moderator
Discussion: Politico and CBS Denver
Heather Sher / The Atlantic:
What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns  —  As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled.  The history simply read “gunshot wound.”  I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation for 13 years …
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement  —  The lead U.S. agency tasked with granting citizenship to would-be Americans is making a major change to its mission statement, removing a passage that describes the United States as a nation of immigrants.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Gov. Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity  —  In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.  —  “It's really, really good,” Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink.
Discussion: Political Wire
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.
Discussion: Political Wire
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed:
Meryl Streep And Jennifer Lawrence Have Slammed Harvey Weinstein For Using Their Words In His Defense  —  In a court filing Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by six women who say he assaulted them.  —  In a motion to dismiss the suit …
Jackie Wang / Dallas Morning News:
Fueled by a Democratic surge, Texans turn out in force on first day of early voting  —  AUSTIN — Of the 51,249 Texans who cast ballots Tuesday on the first day of early voting, more than half voted in the Democratic primary.  —  The total number of voters from 15 of the state's largest counties is high for a midterm year.
Kathryn Rubino / Above the Law:
Over 30 Percent Of Applicants Want To Go To Law School Because Of Trump  —  Why do you want to go to law school?  —  We've known for a while that more people are taking the LSAT — we're talking a double-digit increase.  But exactly why has largely remained a source of speculation …
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Trump legal fund recipients unclear; Flynn says no thanks  —  Former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will not accept support from a new legal fund called the “Patriot Legal Expense Fund” established with President Donald Trump's campaign funds to help his White House …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Manafort's latest bail offer  —  A federal judge has rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's latest effort to win release from house arrest by offering up properties aimed at fulfilling the $10 million bail the judge has set.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Amy …
Discussion: CNBC
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing Activists  —  Patrick Ryan, a congressional candidate from New York, is leaning on his experience as a small business entrepreneur to establish his readiness for office, but he has curiously failed to mention …
Justina Vasquez / Bloomberg:
In One Tweet, Kylie Jenner Wiped Out $1.3 Billion of Snap's Market Value  —  Kylie Jenner tweets she hasn't been using the app lately  —  Users pile on with feedback that echoes Wall Street concerns  —  Snap Inc.'s flagship platform has lost some luster, at least according …
London Evening Standard:
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in ‘racist’ anthrax threat terror  —  EXCLUSIVE: Letter containing white powder sent to couple at Kensington Palace  —  POPULAR VIDEOS  —  Scotland Yard is investigating after a letter containing white powder purporting to be anthrax was sent to Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace.
Jeremy Venook / Politico:
Why You Shouldn't Be a Russiagate Skeptic  —  It is time to stop being a Russiagate skeptic.  We just know too much.  —  Earlier this week, the editor of this magazine, Blake Hounshell, laid out the case for skepticism, centering on President Donald Trump's incompetence and the apparent lack of a smoking gun.
Discussion: LRB blog and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Questions Swirl as Melania Trump's Parents Obtain Green Cards  —  WASHINGTON — The parents of the first lady, Melania Trump, have obtained lawful permanent residency in the United States, a lawyer for the couple confirmed Wednesday, but it remains unclear how or when the couple received their green cards.
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Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Cruz: Dems are ‘the party of Lisa Simpson’
Discussion: Political Wire and Joe.My.God.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Says Troops Can Stay in Syria Without New Authorization
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin / Reuters:
Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Sivak / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Not A Single Lawyer Known To Work For Mueller Is A Republican
Discussion: Daily Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Trump project in India saw $15 million in sales after buyers were offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: Politico and Bangor Daily News
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Trump-appointed judge who donated to campaign refuses to recuse himself from dossier matter
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
Ohio student dies after shooting himself in school bathroom, officials say