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12:15 AM ET, February 23, 2018


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New York Times:
Armed Sheriff's Deputy ‘Never Went In’ During Florida Shooting  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The only armed security guard on campus during a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week “never went in” to a building to try to take down the shooting suspect, Sheriff Scott Israel …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy?  —  WASHINGTON — For more than an hour on Wednesday, President Trump listened quietly to entreaties for action, personal stories of grief and loss, and expressions of raw anger, clutching a white notecard with talking points written on it.
Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building …
Discussion: Instapundit, CNN and Hit & Run
Parkland school cop ‘never went in’ during the shooting.  There were other failures, too.  —  Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward's top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff's department.
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA  —  A major car rental conglomerate which operates three prominent national brands is ending its corporate relationship with the National Rifle Association, as backlash grows in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.
Todd Tongen / WPLG-TV:
Stoneman Douglas BSO resource officer did not enter school during shootings
New York Times:
Trump Promotes Arming Teachers, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills
School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police
New Yorker:
CNN's Town Hall on Guns and the Unmaking of Marco Rubio
Discussion: New Republic
David Choi / Business Insider:
Armed police are guarding the home of the deputy who resigned over his lack of action in the Parkland school shooting
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
CBS News:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns — or the culture wars
Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair  —  Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.  —  The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Mitch Smith / New York Times:
Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri Indicted for Invasion of Privacy
Discussion: Jezebel and thecut
Jon Thompson / RGA:   Missouri GOP Governor Eric Greitens Proposes $800 Million Tax Cut
Gov. Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates to Drop His Lawyer in Russia Probe … Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned.  And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Washington Post:
Special counsel Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case … New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller adds new tax, bank fraud charges against Manafort, Gates
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Manafort's latest bail offer
Discussion: emptywheel
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Rick Gates fires lawyer in sign plea negotiations may be off
Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance  —  Washington (CNN)Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Political Wire
John Walcott / Reuters:
Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.
Discussion: Washington Press and Hullabaloo
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday posted negative research on Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser, one of seven Democrats vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   EMILY's List Weighs in Hard in Texas Primary — Against a Leading Woman in the Trump Resistance
Washington Post:
Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops … A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and ­Syrian officials in the days …
Discussion: Axios
What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?  —  GQ's Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.  —  Brendan Fraser wants me to meet his horse.  “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York.
Sarah Larimer / Washington Post:
‘They have had it’: West Virginia teachers strike, closing all public schools … Teachers across West Virginia walked off the job Thursday amid a dispute over pay and benefits, causing more than 277,000 public school students to miss classes even as educators swarmed the state Capitol in Charleston to protest.
Discussion: USA Today, NPR and Splinter
Mike Elk / The Guardian:   Teachers in West Virginia stage walkout over wages and benefits
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.
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.
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.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
An Epidemic of Dishonesty on the Right  —  Enough with the rancid conspiracy theories  —  First it was the Holocaust, now Parkland — is there any act of depravity to which the less respectable right-wing media cannot imagine a connection for George Soros?
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 …
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Julia Manchester / The Hill:
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Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
White House, Boeing In Final Stages of New Air Force One Deal
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Administration Is a Golden Age for Corporate Crooks
Discussion: Vox
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Discussion: National Review
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies
Discussion: Breitbart
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS