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3:35 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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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” …
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP poll in Florida shows strong support for assault weapons ban
Discussion: Florida Politics
USA Today:
Florida school shooting: Sheriff got 18 calls about Nikolas Cruz's violence, threats, guns
Discussion: The Right Scoop and The Week
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
Washington Post:
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates expected to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel …
CNN:   Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Former Trump aide Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy and false statement charges
Discussion: Vox, Axios and Law & Crime
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: Business Insider
Brad Davis / Omaha World-Herald:
First National Bank of Omaha ends relationship with NRA
Luke Barnes / ThinkProgress:
Three major car rental companies dump the NRA
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 …
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.
Cameron Joseph / Talking Points Memo:
National Dems' Attacks On Progressive Signal Aggressive Primary Posture
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
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
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.
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May, State Department announces
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: Shakesville and Eschaton
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 …
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Mediaite
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.
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 …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
New York's Waldorf Astoria is now controlled by the Chinese government  —  One of the symbols of New York luxury is now in the hands of Beijing.  —  The Chinese government has taken control of Anbang Insurance Group, a Beijing-based conglomerate that has aggressively acquired overseas companies …
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: Raw Story and The Root
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
Data Clashes With Emotion As CPAC Immigration Panel Goes Off The Rails  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — The only panel dedicated to immigration at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference quickly went off the rails Thursday, with audience members drowning out panelists' presentation …
Paul Sperry / New York Post:
Yet another way Obama's spies apparently exploited the Trump ‘dossier’  —  The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined “Vladimir Putin ordered” Hillary Clinton's campaign e-mails hacked and leaked “to help Trump's chances of victory” has been accepted as gospel among DC punditry …
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Rachel Wolfe / Vox:
Read the full text of Trump's CPAC speech
Discussion: ABC News
Suzanne Barlyn / Reuters:
Insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Seeking Alpha
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Arming Teachers Would Endanger Students of Color
Associated Press:
Second Russian Athlete Tests Positive for Doping at Olympics
Discussion: The Big Lead
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
My American Dream  —  This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something …
Jeremy Moorhead / CNN:
Here's what young conservatives at CPAC think of the media
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Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Trump Hotel paid millions in fines shortly after the inauguration for stiffing contractors: report
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Mike Spies / New Yorker:
The N.R.A. Lobbyist Behind Florida's Pro-Gun Policies
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Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Is America a ‘Nation of Immigrants’? Immigration Agency Says No
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump administration to target North Korea with new sanctions on Friday
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
An Epidemic of Dishonesty on the Right