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9:55 AM ET, February 24, 2018


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Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner  —  Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates just admitted to lying to U.S. investigators about a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman.  Public filings show a meeting …
New York Times:
‘The Hapsburg Group’: Mueller Says Manafort Secretly Paid European Leaders  —  For five centuries, the Habsburgs dominated much of Central Europe, reaching from their ancestral base in Austria to eventually encompass a multiethnic and multilingual empire that collapsed only at the end of World War I.
Discussion: NPR, Law & Crime and Shakesville
Jacob Brogan / Slate:
Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn't Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files  —  There are two types of people in this world: those who know how to convert PDFs into Word documents and those who are indicted for money laundering.
Grant Stern / Washington Press:   Mueller just singled out a Republican congressman in unsealed Trump-Russia indictment
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 …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Johari Canty / WSVN-TV:   Student to Stoneman Douglas officer: ‘You could have saved a lot of lives’
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed:
Guess Who Thinks Arming Teachers Is A Really, Really Bad Idea? Military Combat Veterans.
Eliza Relman / Business Insider:
Parkland shooting survivor's family shops doctored emails with CNN to media outlets  — The family of Colton Haab, a student at the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last week, provided a doctored email between Haab's father, Glenn Haab, and a CNN producer to media outlets.
Joseph A. Wulfsohn / Mediaite:
Tucker Carlson Accuses CNN of ‘Questioning the Integrity of a Survivor’ Over Alleged ‘Scripted’ Question
Discussion: Raw Story and Forward Progressives
Davis Richardson / The New York Observer:
Michael Steele Responds to Racial Insult Hurled by CPAC Communications Director  —  Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) communication director Ian Walters sparked controversy with a racially charged insult hurled at former RNC chair Michael Steele on Friday night.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
This Man Helped Peter Thiel Demolish Gawker  —  Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel did not come up with the idea to covertly fund lawsuits against Gawker Media.  That credit belongs to an Oxford-educated man who Thiel's inner circle calls “Mr. A.”  —  Peter Thiel's campaign …
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.
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 …
Brian Faler / Politico:
‘This is not normal’: Glitches mar new tax law  —  The glitches in the new tax law are starting to pile up.  —  One inadvertently denies restaurants, retailers and others generous new write-offs for things like remodeling.  —  Another would allow wealthy money managers to sidestep a crackdown …
New York Times:
Facebook and Google Struggle to Squelch ‘Crisis Actor’ Posts  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Wednesday, one week after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Facebook and YouTube vowed to crack down on the trolls.  —  Thousands of posts and videos had popped up on the sites, falsely claiming …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Trump: If North Korea Doesn't Obey Me, I Might Punish the Whole World  —  On Friday, president Trump announced that his administration would be hitting North Korea with the “heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before.”  The new penalties target dozens of ships and shipping companies that have …
Associated Press:
As Olympics wrap up, still no coverage in North Korea
Putin's ‘chef’ accused of trying to cover his tracks  —  Exclusive: Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Moscow (CNN)The oligarch whose company is linked to the Russian mercenary group believed to be behind an attack on US and allied forces in Syria earlier this month …
USA Today:
Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin detained after disturbing post led to school closing  —  Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin was detained at a Los Angeles-area hospital where he went to seek treatment Friday after his threatening Instagram post led to his former high school closing for the day …
Justin Terranova / New York Post:
Bullied NFL lineman posts shotgun photo, forces high school to close
Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz trails Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke in six-week fundraising haul.  By a lot.  —  Updated at 9:30 p.m. with comment from Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's fundraising lagged far behind his top Democratic challenger during the first six weeks of 2018 …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
CBS News:
Lawyers for California siblings allegedly held captive by parents share recovery details  —  The California parents accused of torturing and starving their 13 children will be in court Friday for a procedural hearing.  For the first time, lawyers representing their seven adult children …
Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg:
White House Considers Protection Orders to Curb Shootings  —  Firearms could be confiscated from people found to be a threat  —  Idea is one of a range being considered after Florida massacre  —  The White House is considering the idea of using restraining orders to take firearms away …
Discussion: Jamie Dupree - AJC
David Weigel / Washington Post:
A conservative Democrat in Illinois feels the ire of his liberal base  —  PALOS HILLS, Ill. — After 30 minutes of hissing and heckling — and cheers for his opponent — Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) had heard enough.  After Marie Newman, the liberal activist running against him …
Will Cleveland / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Police: Undocumented Rochester student threatens East High on Facebook  —  A student with a shotgun made a terrorist threat against East High School on social media, according to Rochester police.  —  Abigail Hernandez, 21, is charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawyer for Susan Rice: Obama administration ‘justifiably concerned’ about sharing intel with Trump team  —  A lawyer for President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, told Congress late Friday that the outgoing administration was fearful of sharing classified intelligence …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller's military career, detailed in documents, was brief but remarkable … When Robert Swan Mueller III deployed to Vietnam as a Marine infantry platoon commander in 1968, he surely knew it would be difficult.  Mueller's regiment, the 4th Marines, had faced bloody jungle warfare for months …
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 …
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Emily Witt / New Yorker:
Urgency and Frustration: The Never Again Movement Gathers Momentum
Discussion: Washington Press
David Brody / CBN News:
Unraveling the ‘Weaponization’ of the EPA is Top Priority for Scott Pruitt
Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Philando Castile's mom slams NRA chief Wayne LaPierre as a hypocrite: ‘This country is run off money’
Discussion: The Root
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
US Border Patrol Hasn't Validated E-Passport Data For Years
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump to host Arab leaders for sensitive talks
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Minute by minute at Donald Trump's wild, rambling CPAC speech
Discussion: RT and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: The Guardian, AOL and Washington Post
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
These companies have cut ties with the NRA
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is the Most Pure Conservative President Ever
Associated Press:
Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Conservative provocateur who tried to plant fake stories in The Washington Post says it's OK …
Yahoo Sports:
Exclusive: Federal documents detail sweeping potential NCAA violations involving high-profile players, schools