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1:35 PM ET, February 23, 2018


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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.
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 …
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” …
Ali Rogin / ABC News:
President Trump says ‘we will act’ after Parkland shooting, continues call for armed teachers  —  President Donald Trump in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday continued his call to arm teachers and school staff to deter potential mass shooters …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The ‘scripted’ town-hall question: A CNN non-scandal … People criticize CNN all the time, on social media, on television, on the radio.  Most of it fizzles.  However: When a survivor of a horrific school shooting in Parkland, Fla., criticizes the 24/7 network for alleged misfeasance …
Washington Post:
Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:   GOP poll in Florida shows strong support for assault weapons ban
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Stoneman Douglas cop resigns; sheriff says he should have ‘killed the killer’
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, AOL and USA Today
Associated Press:
The Latest: Trump says 'we've proved I'm a conservative'
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
New York Times:
Armed Sheriff's Deputy ‘Never Went In’ During Florida Shooting
John Bowden / The Hill:
Trump consults adult sons on possible gun reforms: report
Discussion: Washington Post, RedState and Splinter
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.
Discussion: ABC News
Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Trump Adviser Richard Gates Expected to Plead Guilty in Mueller Probe
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
Washington Post:
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates expected to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel …
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.
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
It's Not All About the NRA
Marist Poll:
2/23: Widespread Support Exists for Stricter Gun Laws... Gun Reform Major Factor for Midterms
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
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 …
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
Brenda Rindge / Post and Courier:
Summerville woman decides to take down Confederate flag she's flown for 7 years  —  In this Sept. 8, 2011, photo, the Confederate flag is displayed on a pole outside Annie Caddell's home in Brownsville community of Summerville.  Caddell raised her flag poles after neighbors erected fences to hide her flag.
Discussion: The Root and Raw Story
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?
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
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
Associated Press:
Second Russian Athlete Tests Positive for Doping at Olympics  —  Russian athlete who wore “I don't do doping” t-shirt, has been busted for..... doping.  —  GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — A second Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Pyeongchang Games, a day before the International …
Discussion: The Big Lead
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 …
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 …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Is America a ‘Nation of Immigrants’?  Immigration Agency Says No  —  LOS ANGELES — The federal agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship to people from foreign countries has stopped characterizing the United States as “a nation of immigrants.”  —  The director of United States …
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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 …
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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U.S. Department of Justice:
Department of Justice Announces Mary Daly as Opioid Coordinator
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Data Clashes With Emotion As CPAC Immigration Panel Goes Off The Rails
Rebecca Klein / HuffPost:
Education Department Sees A Major Uptick In Complaints Of Racial Harassment In Schools
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Yet another way Obama's spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’
Discussion: The Last Refuge
Peter Burfeind / The Federalist:
Why The Left Finds Wisdom In The Shrieks Of Parkland's Traumatized Teens
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead. Then, sharply different choices.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Schumer: I'm ‘amazed’ how fast Trump caved to NRA
Discussion: Breitbart
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
The Child Soldiers of the Gun-Control War
In Trumpworld, every day is yesterday
Discussion: Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Kasich's team gears up for possible 2020 bid
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Political Wire
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday
Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire