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10:10 PM ET, February 23, 2018


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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
RNC started paying Trump campaign's rent at Trump Tower after it stopped covering Trump's legal bills for Russia probe  — The Republican National Committee has for months been quietly paying expenses previously covered by the Trump campaign in an arrangement that experts say is bizarre, but legal.
Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner  —  Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates just admitted to lying to U.S. investigators about a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman.  Public filings show a meeting …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate  —  WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar …
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Mueller just singled out a Republican congressman in unsealed Trump-Russia indictment  —  Special Counsel Mueller just filed a new criminal charge today (embedded below) alleging a criminal cover-up of ex-Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates' illegal foreign lobbying efforts …
ABC News:
Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with Mueller  —  This was a “gut-wrenching decision” for the ex-campaign official, a source said.  —  Feb 23  —  Corker reconsidering retirement sets up possible GOP battle with Blackburn  —  Corker could challenge Blackburn in Tennessee GOP primary race.
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller's Probe  —  TODAY'S GUILTY PLEA by Rick Gates might be one of the least surprising developments in the Mueller investigation: It had been clear that the former Trump campaign aide would likely seek a deal almost since the day Gates and his business partner …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and ABC News
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Who Was In The Fateful Meeting That Rick Gates Lied To Mueller About?
New indictment accuses Manafort of paying European politicians
Discussion: TheBlaze
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering school  —  (CNN)When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions …
Washington Post:
Top Justice Dept. official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner's security clearance … A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process …
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
White House on lockdown after vehicle strikes security barrier
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Axios
Brian Mast / New York Times:
I Appreciate Assault Weapons.  And I Support a Ban.  —  The most important and unregrettable time of my life was the 12 years I spent in the Army.  I became a bomb technician because I wanted to save lives.  I nearly gave my own life for that — I lost both my legs and a finger …
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed:
Guess Who Thinks Arming Teachers Is A Really, Really Bad Idea? Military Combat Veterans.
Del Quentin Wilber / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Tip-Line Caller Said Nikolas Cruz ‘Is Going to Explode’  —  A person close to accused Florida shooter said she wanted ‘clear conscience’ if he ‘just starts shooting’  —  A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI she was concerned he would …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Minute by minute at Donald Trump's wild, rambling CPAC speech  —  He patted his bald spot.  He said his opponents “committed a lot of atrocities.”  At one point, he pantomimed a stabbing.  The U.S. president's Friday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference was an old-fashioned campaign-style ramble.
Discussion: RT
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The unending campaign of Donald Trump
Discussion: Breitbart
Yahoo Sports:
Exclusive: Federal documents detail sweeping potential NCAA violations involving high-profile players, schools  —  Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures …
Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:
MetLife, Symantec Dump NRA After Boycott Calls Grow  —  Companies that offered benefits to the gun group's members are dropping their association following the Parkland massacre.  —  A call to boycott the National Rifle Association became the top trend on Twitter as users …
Discussion: and Mediaite
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump directs Pentagon to schedule military parade for Veterans Day  —  President Donald Trump's plans for a White House-backed military parade are beginning to take shape.  —  The president has directed the Department of Defense to organize a parade that would take place on Nov. 11 …
Justin Terranova / New York Post:
Bullied NFL lineman posts shotgun photo, forces high school to close  —  Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. … On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo …
CBS News:
Lawyers for California siblings allegedly held captive by parents share recovery details  —  The California parents accused of torturing and starving their 13 children will be in court Friday for a procedural hearing.  For the first time, lawyers representing their seven adult children …
Lawrence: The president lives in a fantasy world  —  After President Donald Trump proposed arming teachers and hiring former soldiers and Marines to patrol American schools, Lawrence O'Donnell argues the president's ideas are fantasy and his staff is failing him and the country.
Tampa Bay Times:
Rick Scott proposes $500 million school safety program, no ban on specific weapons, no armed teachers  —  Florida's governor proposes school resource officers in every school, and one officer for every 1,000 students.  —  Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an action plan Friday in response …
Discussion: Hit & Run, NPR and Jezebel
Suzanne Barlyn / Reuters:
Insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners  —  (Reuters) - Insurer Chubb Ltd on Friday said that it will stop underwriting a National Rifle Association-branded insurance policy for gun owners.  —  Chubb gave notice three months ago of its plan to stop participating …
Associated Press:
Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman whose affair with a Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation — and who's pursuing her own run for the U.S. House — is accused of threatening to kill her husband.
Discussion: Political Wire
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump to host Arab leaders for sensitive talks  —  President Trump has accelerated his diplomatic efforts to broker peace among quarreling Arab monarchies, starting with an upcoming series of White House visits by leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Axios has learned.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Gothamist Lives, Thanks to a Boost From Public Radio  —  AFTER BILLIONAIRE JOE Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall, readers across the country mourned the loss of the beloved sites, and worried about the vulnerability of journalism in the digital age.
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Van Jones / CNN:
A children's crusade Jesus would be proud of
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Fed sees economy past full employment but with only ‘moderate’ wage gains
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Rice denies being briefed on Steele dossier
Discussion: Politico
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: Washington Post
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is the Most Pure Conservative President Ever
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Conservative provocateur who tried to plant fake stories in The Washington Post says it's OK …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
New York's Waldorf Astoria is now controlled by the Chinese government
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Data Clashes With Emotion As CPAC Immigration Panel Goes Off The Rails
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
InfoWars is two strikes away from being banned from YouTube
Barkha Dutt / Washington Post:
Trudeau's India trip is a total disaster — and he has only himself to blame
Discussion: Sputnik International
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy