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7:15 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.
Discussion: Politicus USA and Raw Story
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
The Latest: Mueller files new charge against Paul Manafort  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local):  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine.
Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Who Was In The Fateful Meeting That Rick Gates Lied To Mueller About?
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller's Probe
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
This Is the Law That Could Take Down Trump
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates expected to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with special counsel
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
InfoWars is two strikes away from being banned from YouTube  —  Shooting survivor: I'm not a crisis actor  —  (CNN)InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories, is on thin ice with YouTube after it posted a video that portrayed …
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 …
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
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 …
Brad Davis / Omaha World-Herald:
First National Bank of Omaha ends relationship with NRA
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 …
Discussion: Business Insider and AOL
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.
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Conservative provocateur who tried to plant fake stories in The Washington Post says it's OK to lie if you're lying to journalists  — Right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe said his undercover staff are encouraged to deceive and lie to reporters.  — O'Keefe was exposed for lying …
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 …
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 …
Barkha Dutt / Washington Post:
Trudeau's India trip is a total disaster — and he has only himself to blame … How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world's favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced “mankind” …
Discussion: Sputnik International
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is the Most Pure Conservative President Ever  —  The disgraced former conventional wisdom-meister Mark Halperin coined a phrase, which he used relentlessly, to describe the bad-faith personal attacks that swarmed around politics: the freak show.
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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook pulls violent virtual reality games from CPAC booth after Parkland
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: Washington Post
Josh Meny / KATC-TV:
Oberlin student cleared by law enforcement still banned from school
Justin Wm / Washington Post:
Organizers plan for 500,000 attendees at ‘March For Our Lives’ gun-control march in Washington
Associated Press:
Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband
Discussion: Political Wire
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Arming Teachers Would Endanger Students of Color
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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
Brenda Rindge / Post and Courier:
Summerville woman decides to take down Confederate flag she's flown for 7 years
Discussion: Raw Story and The Root
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy?