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9:15 AM ET, February 22, 2018


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Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Facing jeers and boos, Rubio shifts on guns during tense forum  —  The mass shootings in Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas and even Fort Lauderdale didn't get Sen. Marco Rubio to seriously reconsider his position on guns.  —  But Rubio shifted on firearms Wednesday night as he weathered …
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.
Trump suggests arming teachers as a solution to increase school safety  —  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 CNNGo.  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, after listening to a series …
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.
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.
Discussion: VICE News, The Week and CBS Miami
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Marco Rubio Is Jeered and Lectured on Gun Control  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Marco Rubio and a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum on Wednesday night in Florida after they refused to back new gun control measures.
Discussion: New York Magazine, Jezebel and CNN
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
CNN's Tapper Sits Back as Student Equates Rubio to School Shooter  —  The CNN town hall to promote gun control and gun grabbing was off the rails from the start.  So-called moderator Jake Tapper sat back as the wild crowd targeted Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) with boos and jeers for basically just being there.
Discussion: and Instapundit
Students are walking out in protest: Live updates
Haley Britzky / Axios:
Father of Parkland victim presses Rubio on assault weapons at town hall
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:   Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier
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) …
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 …
U.S. Embassy / U.S. Embassy in Montenegro:
Security Alert - U. S. Embassy Podgorica, Montenegro (February 22, 2018)  —  Event: The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica advises U.S. citizens there is an active security situation at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica.  Avoid the Embassy until further notice.  —  Actions to Take:
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Trump denies saying teachers should have guns — and then says some teachers should have guns  —  President Donald Trump lashed out at media coverage of his proposal to arm some teachers by denying that he ever made it.  —  “I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News CNN and NBC,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Discussion: Fox News, Reuters, Axios and Joe.My.God.
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.
Discussion: Politico and Off the Kuff
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers  —  Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming’  —  Concord University in West Virginia and Clemson University in South Carolina were both founded shortly after the Civil War.
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Trump supporters, conservatives rage over Russian bot purge, #TwitterLockOut  —  Twitter revealed to congress that Russian bots had retweeted President Trump hundreds of thousands of times between September 1st and November 15th of 2016.  For more on the story here is Zachary Devita.  Buzz60
David Ferguson / Raw Story:
MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle connects the dots in latest Mueller indictment to tie Trump directly to Putin  —  On Wednesday, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle laid out how special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is becoming “clearer by the indictment.”  —  Tuesday's guilty plea …
Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Congresswoman claims most mass shooters are Democrats  —  Congressman booed at his gun control town hall  —  (CNN)Rep. Claudia Tenney, an upstate New York Republican who is up for re-election in one of the most competitive congressional districts in America, told a radio host in Albany …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Why Trump won't use his superpower on guns  —  President Trump has a rare political superpower — he can get Republicans to do what seems like the impossible.  He used this superpower to soften their opposition to Vladimir Putin, to instantly stir their distrust of the FBI, and embrace trillion-dollar deficits.
Donald Kirk / The Daily Beast:
Who Snubbed Who in Korea?  Was it Pence's Truculence, or Little Sister Kim's Reticence? … PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—Days after the snub seen round the world, when U.S. Vice President Mike Pence appeared ossified, staring ahead in stony silence at the Winter Olympics rather than glance …
Elizabeth Castillo / Politico:
Ivanka Trump to lead U.S. delegation to Olympics closing ceremonies
Discussion: RT, Axios and One America News Network
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides … While the Eastern United States simmers in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above normal.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This photo of Trump's notes captures his empathy deficit better than anything  —  President Trump held a worthwhile listening session Wednesday featuring a range of views on how to combat gun violence in schools.  And while Trump's at-times-meandering comments about arming teachers …
Wall Street Journal:
Saudi Arabia Stymies U.S. Over Pakistan Terror List  —  Saudi Arabia joins Turkey and China to block U.S.-led initiative  —  Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move to block a U.S.-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:   Mueller Examines Manafort Loans
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Stephanie Saul / New York Times:
An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He's Against Arming School Staff.
Discussion: Splinter and
Tom Fitton / The Hill:
What is the FBI hiding in its war to protect Comey?
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
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Discussion: New York Times and CNBC
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Daily Wire
Associated Press:
Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents
Discussion: Axios and Breitbart
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Steve Brusk / CNN:
NRA rejects idea of raising minimum age to buy rifles
Discussion: NPR
Matthew Avery Sutton / The Guardian:
Billy Graham was on the wrong side of history
Shannon Vavra / Axios:
Trump: “Why aren't Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Sessions!”