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9:35 AM ET, February 23, 2018


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Parkland school cop ‘never went in’ during the shooting.  There were other failures, too.  —  Eight days after mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward's top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff's department.
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA  —  A major car rental conglomerate which operates three prominent national brands is ending its corporate relationship with the National Rifle Association, as backlash grows in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting.
New York Times:
Armed Sheriff's Deputy ‘Never Went In’ During Florida Shooting  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The only armed security guard on campus during a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week “never went in” to a building to try to take down the shooting suspect, Sheriff Scott Israel …
Washington Post:
Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place … FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
It's Not All About the NRA  —  In the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy, like the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week, anguish needs to find an outlet.  Students have taken to the streets and the halls of political power demanding an end to the violence.
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Choi / Business Insider:
Armed police are guarding the home of the deputy who resigned over his lack of action in the Parkland school shooting
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and AOL
Bryan Logan / Business Insider:
One of the world's largest rental-car companies is ending a partnership with the NRA
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and CNN
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
What Do Jotted Talking Points Say About Trump's Empathy?  —  WASHINGTON — For more than an hour on Wednesday, President Trump listened quietly to entreaties for action, personal stories of grief and loss, and expressions of raw anger, clutching a white notecard with talking points written on it.
Margaret Carlson / The Daily Beast:
This Is the Law That Could Take Down Trump … It's all well and good for Paul Manafort to spend 15 years in prison for money laundering, and Rick Gates to plead guilty to cut a deal, and Alex Van Der Zwaan to miss the birth of his first child because he lied to the FBI.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates to Drop His Lawyer in Russia Probe … Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned.  And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.
John Santucci / ABC News:
Former Trump aide Richard Gates poised to plead guilty, cooperate with special counsel, sources say
Discussion: Associated Press
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Mueller's team has leveled over 100 criminal charges against 19 people
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday posted negative research on Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser, one of seven Democrats vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson.
Discussion: Political Wire and Off the Kuff
Laura Moser  —  Democratic voters need to hear that Laura Moser is not going to change Washington.  She is a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress.  In fact, she wrote in the Washingtonian magazine, “I'd rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than live in Texas.
Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair  —  Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.  —  The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens's sexual blackmail scandal, explained
CBS News:
Poll: Support for stricter gun laws rises; divisions on arming teachers  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans support stricter laws on gun sales, including an increasing number of Republicans, but the public divides on the idea of allowing more teachers and school officials to carry guns.
Washington Post:
Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops … A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and ­Syrian officials in the days …
Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance  —  Washington (CNN)Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
John Walcott / Reuters:
Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
An Epidemic of Dishonesty on the Right  —  Enough with the rancid conspiracy theories  —  First it was the Holocaust, now Parkland — is there any act of depravity to which the less respectable right-wing media cannot imagine a connection for George Soros?
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday what is being billed as the largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to increase pressure on Pyongyang for its nuclear …
Associated Press:
AP EXPLAINS: What's N. Korea up to with provocative visit?
David French / National Review:
The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America  —  A rage more personal than political exists on both sides, and poses real danger to the ties that bind us as a nation.  —  Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell's novel 1984.
New Yorker:
CNN's Town Hall on Guns and the Unmaking of Marco Rubio
Discussion: New Republic
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press.
Discussion: Axios and Political Wire
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump Hotel paid millions in fines shortly after the inauguration for stiffing contractors: report  —  Just prior to his inauguration, President Donald Trump personally intervened to resolve over $3 million in construction liens against his Washington D.C. hotel property, the Daily Beast is reporting.
Zach Everson / The Daily Beast:   Trump Hotel Paid Millions in Fines for Unpaid Work
What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?  —  GQ's Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.  —  Brendan Fraser wants me to meet his horse.  “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York.
Sarah Larimer / Washington Post:
‘They have had it’: West Virginia teachers strike, closing all public schools … Teachers across West Virginia walked off the job Thursday amid a dispute over pay and benefits, causing more than 277,000 public school students to miss classes even as educators swarmed the state Capitol in Charleston to protest.
Discussion: USA Today, NPR and Splinter
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Kasich's team gears up for possible 2020 bid  —  John Kasich's inner circle is gearing up for a possible presidential run in 2020 — actively weighing the prospect of a Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump against the feasibility of a long-shot general election campaign as an independent.
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Mediaite
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida's Pro-Gun Policies  —  Marion Hammer's unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms.  —  Jared Moskowitz, a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives, was debating tax policy on the chamber floor …
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Max Greenwood / The Hill:
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Sen. Pat Roberts: Nobody under 21 should have an AR-15
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Child Soldiers of the Gun-Control War
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Discussion: Political Wire
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Administration Is a Golden Age for Corporate Crooks
Discussion: Axios and Vox
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement