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1:55 AM ET, February 24, 2018

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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.
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Bloomberg:
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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: Law & Crime and Shakesville
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 …
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Mueller just singled out a Republican congressman in unsealed Trump-Russia indictment  —  Special Counsel Mueller just filed a new criminal charge today (embedded below) alleging a criminal cover-up of ex-Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates' illegal foreign lobbying efforts …
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
What Rick Gates' Guilty Plea Means For Mueller's Probe
ABC News:
Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with Mueller
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and ABC News
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Who Was In The Fateful Meeting That Rick Gates Lied To Mueller About?
CNN:
New indictment accuses Manafort of paying European politicians
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
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Johari Canty / WSVN-TV:   Student to Stoneman Douglas officer: ‘You could have saved a lot of lives’
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News:
Philando Castile's mom slams NRA chief Wayne LaPierre as a hypocrite: ‘This country is run off money’  —  The mother of Philando Castile blasted NRA chief Wayne LaPierre as a hypocrite Thursday, saying his silence after the shooting death of her gun-owning, school-employed son proves his true motive is money.
Discussion: The Root
Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed:
Guess Who Thinks Arming Teachers Is A Really, Really Bad Idea? Military Combat Veterans.
Justin Terranova / New York Post:
Bullied NFL lineman posts shotgun photo, forces high school to close  —  Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. … On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
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Joe Uchill / Axios:   Rice denies being briefed on Steele dossier
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Minute by minute at Donald Trump's wild, rambling CPAC speech  —  He patted his bald spot.  He said his opponents “committed a lot of atrocities.”  At one point, he pantomimed a stabbing.  The U.S. president's Friday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference was an old-fashioned campaign-style ramble.
Discussion: RT
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The unending campaign of Donald Trump
Discussion: Power Line and Breitbart
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
Associated Press:
Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman whose affair with a Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation — and who's pursuing her own run for the U.S. House — is accused of threatening to kill her husband.
Discussion: Political Wire
Tampa Bay Times:
Rick Scott proposes $500 million school safety program, no ban on specific weapons, no armed teachers  —  Florida's governor proposes school resource officers in every school, and one officer for every 1,000 students.  —  Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an action plan Friday in response …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Jezebel and NPR
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Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz trails Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke in six-week fundraising haul. By a lot.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Wanna Be a Player At CPAC? Write a Check First.
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:
Thanks, Blackhawks fans and Tribune readers, for responding to racism with nearly $20,000 in donations
Discussion: USA Today
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
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference
Discussion: Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Conservative provocateur who tried to plant fake stories in The Washington Post says it's OK …
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
New York's Waldorf Astoria is now controlled by the Chinese government