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1:25 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 …
School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police  —  Shooter showed violence and mental instability  —  (CNN)Just months before Nikolas Cruz killed 17 at his former high school in South Florida, the host family who had taken him in immediately after his mother's …
Discussion: New York Post and
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The economics of arming America's schools  —  Sitting with students and parents on Tuesday — including some students who were at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week when a shooter killed 17 people — President Trump explored possible ways in which mass shooting incidents at schools could be prevented.
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: I never said ‘give teachers guns’  —  President Donald Trump claimed Thursday morning that he did not suggest the blanket arming of teachers at a White House listening session a day earlier, accusing CNN and NBC News of misinterpreting his proposal.  —  “I never said 'give teachers guns …
Discussion: ABC News and The Root
Lisa J. Huriash / Sun-Sentinel:
Video delays misled cops at Stoneman Douglas shooting
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws. But that's not legal.
Discussion: Business Insider
New York Times:
In School Shooting's Painful Aftermath, Sheriff Faces Questions Over Police Response
Discussion: Splinter
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
6 things Marco Rubio said at the CNN town hall that made news in the US gun debate  —  Washington (CNN)Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, facing high school students Wednesday night who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting, defended his stance on gun rights — while changing the conversation surrounding the issue.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
NRA opposes new age limits on gun purchases  —  The National Rifle Association (NRA) said Wednesday it opposes any new legislation that would put age restrictions on firearm purchases.  —  “We need serious proposals to prevent violent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from acquiring firearms …
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and Splinter
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
CNN's Tapper Sits Back as Student Equates Rubio to School Shooter
Discussion: Breitbart, and Instapundit
Trump suggests arming teachers as a solution to increase school safety
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
Town Hall Crowd Jeers NRA Spokeswoman's Story of Rape Survivor Who Wished She Was Armed
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 …
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
CNN: Pentagon Mulling Options To Move McMaster Out Of WH, Back Into Military
Discussion: Shakesville
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
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.
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
NRA Leader Warns Conservatives Of ‘Socialist Wave’ In Wake Of Shooting  —  Just over a week after 17 people were killed at Parkland, Fla., high school, National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery, defiant speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors  —  Watching the NRA's Wayne LaPierre hold forth …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Desiderio / The Daily Beast:
NRA Blames Media, FBI, and Democrats After Mass Shooting
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Beast
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.
Vikram Dodd / The Guardian:
White powder letter sent to Meghan Markle treated as racist hate crime
Discussion: Sputnik International and thecut
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.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Md./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections …
Discussion: Political Wire
Mark Landler / New York Times:
An Envoy Who Can Rival 'North Korea's Ivanka'
Discussion: AOL and Splinter
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple Plans Upgrades to Popular AirPods Headphones  —  Company working on water resistance, more Siri integration  —  Apple CFO says wearables revenue rose almost 70% last year  —  Apple Inc., seeking to bolster its wearables business, is working on upgrades to its wireless AirPods headphones …
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.
Discussion: USA Today and Friendly Atheist
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.
Elizabeth Zwirz / Fox News:
Ohio student dies after shooting himself in school bathroom, officials say  —  The Ohio student who apparently shot himself with a gun in his school bathroom on Tuesday has died, officials announced Wednesday.  —  The deceased seventh grader, from Jackson Memorial Middle School …
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Discussion: AOL
New Pa. congressional district map could be challenged by Common Cause, NAACP on civil rights grounds
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Trump-appointed judge who donated to campaign refuses to recuse himself from dossier matter
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