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11:50 AM 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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNBC, The Week and Mediaite
Peter Burke / WPLG-TV:
CNN refutes Parkland school shooting survivor's ‘scripted’ question claim  —  Colton Haab says he declined to participate in town hall because of it  —  SUNRISE, Fla. - A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student told Local 10 News that he declined an invitation to attend CNN's town hall …
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
Washington Post:
How a survivor of the Florida school shooting became the victim of an online conspiracy … David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days.  And just as quickly, online conspiracy theorists began spinning …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The economics of arming America's schools
Associated Press:
Again the question: Could armed teachers stop shootings?
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Nicholas Fondacaro / NewsBusters:
CNN's Tapper Sits Back as Student Equates Rubio to School Shooter
Discussion: Breitbart, and Instapundit
Jack Heretik / Washington Free Beacon:   CNN Town Hall Crowd Cheers Idea of Banning Every Semiautomatic Rifle in America
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 …
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
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: Shakesville, RedState and Jacobin
Paul Sperry / RealClearInvestigations:
Mueller Still Relying on Discredited Steele Dossier
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders On Gun Control, Russian Meddling And Congressional Dysfunction
Discussion: Political Wire
Lisa J. Huriash / Sun-Sentinel:
Video delays misled cops at Stoneman Douglas shooting  —  Sun Sentinel  —  Nearly a half-hour after Nikolas Cruz dropped his rifle and fled Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, police thought they were seeing him live on security cameras, still in the building.  They were actually seeing images tape-delayed.
Discussion: AOL and WSVN-TV
New York Times:
In School Shooting's Painful Aftermath, Sheriff Faces Questions Over Police Response
Discussion: Splinter
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
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 …
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
Ali Dukakis / ABC News:
Trump-appointed judge who donated to campaign refuses to recuse himself from dossier matter  —  A Trump-appointed federal judge who donated to the Trump campaign and worked on his presidential transition team has rejected requests to recuse himself from overseeing a legal battle involving Fusion GPS …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort  —  This is the text of a lecture delivered at the University of Michigan on Tuesday.  The speech was sponsored by Wallace House.  —  I'd like to express my appreciation for Lynette Clemetson and her team at Knight-Wallace for hosting me in Ann Arbor today.
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Black History Month Menu at N.Y.U.: Kool-Aid, Watermelon and Controversy  —  On Tuesday, a dining hall at New York University advertised a special meal in honor of Black History Month.  On the menu?  Barbecue ribs, corn bread, collard greens, and two beverages with racist connotations: Kool-Aid and watermelon-flavored water.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Pot smoking vs. spousal abuse: Security clearance double standard alleged  —  From speeding to pot smoking to, in one case, ownership of a Canadian brewery, rank-and-file government employees often see their security clearances challenged, denied or revoked for issues they consider relatively minor.
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.
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg:
Trump Steers Right-Wing Summit on Populist Path Blazed in Europe  —  Stars of U.K., French nationalist movements to address CPAC  —  Annual gathering of conservatives often signals GOP direction  —  President Donald Trump has pushed the Republican Party toward a European-style populism …
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.
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:
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Discussion: Splinter
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Ryan Nobles / CNN:
Congresswoman claims most mass shooters are Democrats
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John Herrman / New York Times:
The Making of a No. 1 YouTube Conspiracy Video After the Parkland Tragedy
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The Pro-Trump Media Has Its Match In The Parkland Students