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2:45 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 …
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.
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).
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 …
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.
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
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
The economics of arming America's schools
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Trump: I never said ‘give teachers guns’
Discussion: ABC News
Stephanie Ebbs / ABC News:
President Trump calls active shooter drills ‘a very negative thing’
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Fox News and Axios
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
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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 …
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Meryl Streep Slams Harvey Weinstein for Naming Her in Lawsuit  —  “Harvey Weinstein's attorneys' use of my (true) statement ... as evidence that he was not abusive with many OTHER women is pathetic and exploitive,” said the actress.  —  Meryl Streep is firing back at Harvey Weinstein …
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.
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.
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Does the Second Amendment really protect assault weapons?  Four courts have said no. … Almost exactly a year ago, a federal appeals court considered whether a Maryland law banning assault weapons was unconstitutional.  —  The law was passed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless Amazon Go stores this year  —  New futuristic convenience stores could appear in Seattle and Los Angeles.  —  Amazon's much-heralded convenience store of the future, Amazon Go, may seem like a crazy experiment.
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 …
Bozorgmehr Sharafedin / Reuters:
Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal if there is no economic benefit and major banks continue to shun the Islamic Republic, its deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Kathryn Rubino / Above the Law:
Over 30 Percent Of Applicants Want To Go To Law School Because Of Trump
David Sivak / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Not A Single Lawyer Known To Work For Mueller Is A Republican
Discussion: Daily Wire
Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Trump project in India saw $15 million in sales after buyers were offered dinner with Donald Trump Jr.
Discussion: Politico, Bangor Daily News and CNBC
Will Wilkinson / Vox:
The immigration debate is about whether Latinos are “real Americans”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Center for American Progress:
Medicare Extra for All  —  A Plan to Guarantee Universal Health …
Discussion: Washington Post and Shadowproof
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
No, a new court filing doesn't suggest that Michael Flynn is about to be exonerated
Discussion: The Hill
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
True Colors  —  Watching the NRA's Wayne LaPierre hold forth …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Discussion: AOL
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
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Pot smoking vs. spousal abuse: Security clearance double standard alleged
Douglas Belkin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION