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12:00 PM ET, February 23, 2018


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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 …
John Santucci / ABC News:
Former Trump aide Richard Gates poised to plead guilty, cooperate with special counsel, sources say  —  President Trump's one-time campaign aide Richard Gates is expected to plead guilty in the special counsel's criminal case against him, setting up the potential for Gates to become the latest …
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.
Washington Post:
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates expected to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel …
Discussion: Hit & Run, IJR and The Week
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.
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.
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 …
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
FL Shooting Survivor Colton Haab: CNN Told Me I Needed To “Stick To The Script”; Entire Town Hall Scripted  —  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Colton Haab appeared on FOX News' Tucker Carlson Tonight to talk about his saga with CNN and how they “scripted” …
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 …
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Stoneman Douglas cop resigns; sheriff says he should have ‘killed the killer’  —  Sun Sentinel  —  The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, under investigation for failing to enter the building as a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
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: BBC, Sun-Sentinel and AOL
Cristiano Lima / Politico:   Despite Trump prediction, NRA says it won't back raising age limit on assault-style guns
Washington Post:
'We're going to take action': Inside Trump's shifting stance on gun rights … President Trump's decision to place himself at the center of the roiling debate over the nation's gun laws began hours after last week's Florida high school massacre, when images of angry yet poised teenage survivors …
Discussion: CNN, Splinter and Althouse
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:   GOP poll in Florida shows strong support for assault weapons ban
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump consults adult sons on possible gun reforms: report
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
It's Not All About the NRA
Discussion: and Bloomberg
Marist Poll:   2/23: Widespread Support Exists for Stricter Gun Laws... Gun Reform Major Factor for Midterms
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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” …
John Walcott / Reuters:
Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.
Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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.
Heather Wilhelm / National Review:   Gun Politics, Twitterized
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?
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
Jeremy Moorhead / CNN:
Here's what young conservatives at CPAC think of the media  —  A recurring theme at CPAC: bashing the media.  CNN's Tom Kludt asked young conservatives what they think about the media, and where they get their news. … LendingTree  —  NextAdvisor  —  © Cable News Network.  A Time Warner Company.
Inside Atomwaffen As It Celebrates a Member for Allegedly Killing a Gay Jewish College Student  —  ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group.  When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California …
Discussion: Eschaton
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My American Dream  —  This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I've wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American.  —  I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident …
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
McCain associate invokes Fifth Amendment on Trump dossier sources: report  —  (R-Ariz.) invoked the Fifth Amendment in order to not testify before the House Intelligence Committee on the unverified Trump-Russia dossier, according to Fox News.  —  The committee originally issued a subpoena …
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
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 …
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 …
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Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Education Department Sees A Major Uptick In Complaints Of Racial Harassment In Schools
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
Second Russian Athlete Tests Positive for Doping at Olympics
Discussion: The Big Lead
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Yet another way Obama's spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse ‘extensive’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Peter Burfeind / The Federalist:
Why The Left Finds Wisdom In The Shrieks Of Parkland's Traumatized Teens
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Thompson / VICE News:
EXCLUSIVE: Bernie Sanders' son wants to run for Congress. Not everyone is on board.
Washington Post:
Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead. Then, sharply different choices.
Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal:
Dina Powell, Former Trump Adviser, Weighs Return to Goldman Sachs
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Schumer: I'm ‘amazed’ how fast Trump caved to NRA
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump Hotel paid millions in fines shortly after the inauguration for stiffing contractors: report
Discussion: The Daily Beast
In Trumpworld, every day is yesterday
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Kasich's team gears up for possible 2020 bid
Discussion: Political Wire, The Week and Mediaite