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6:00 PM ET, February 25, 2018


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Mona Charen / New York Times:
I'm Glad I Got Booed at CPAC  —  I've been a conservative my entire life.  I fell hard for William F. Buckley as a teenager and my first job was as editorial assistant at Buckley's National Review, followed by stints writing speeches for first lady Nancy Reagan and then working for the Gipper himself.
Tim Alberta / Politico:   Trump's Takeover of Conservatism Is Complete and Total
California Democrats decline to endorse Feinstein  —  The party declines to give its backing to the state's senior senator.  —  SAN DIEGO — In a sharp rebuke of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democratic Party has declined to endorse the state's own senior senator in her bid for reelection.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Feinstein loses California Democratic Party's endorsement  —  California Democrats rebuked Sen. Dianne Feinstein at their annual convention this weekend, denying her the party's endorsement in this year's Senate race and giving a majority of their votes to her liberal primary challenger.
Los Angeles Times:
California Democratic Party offers no endorsements in U.S. Senate or governor's races
Discussion: Breitbart, KQED News and Political Wire
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
California Democratic Party doesn't endorse Feinstein re-election bid
Discussion: RedState
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
Records Show Far More Calls For Sheriff's Deputies To Visit Suspected Florida Shooter's Home  —  Broward County sheriff's officials have publicly insisted they responded to just 23 calls regarding the suspected Florida school shooter and his family over the years, but records obtained BuzzFeed News show at least 22 more.
Discussion: RedState, IJR, AOL and
New York Post:
These heroic cops ran toward Florida school shooting
Discussion: Daily Wire
Justin Baragona / Mediaite:   David Hogg Dings NRA's Dana Loesch: 'Everything She's Saying Seems Like Spectacle'
CNN Poll: Trump approval slides, matches lowest point of presidency  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)President Donald Trump's approval rating in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS stands at 35%, down five points over the last month to match his lowest level yet.  —  The slide follows a January bump …
USA Today:
Poll: Americans support tougher gun laws, don't expect Congress to act  —  WASHINGTON — Americans overwhelmingly support tougher gun laws, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, but they also overwhelmingly agree on this: Congress isn't likely to act anytime soon.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, U.S. officials say … Russian military spies hacked several hundred computers used by authorities at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to U.S. intelligence.
Donald Kirk / The Daily Beast:
Ivanka Trump at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony: At Least She Was Better Than Mike Pence
Discussion: Politico
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
White House Legal Team Considers Ways Trump Could Testify Before Mueller  —  Possible options include written answers to special counsel's questions or limited verbal testimony by president  —  President Donald Trump's lawyers are considering ways for him to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller …
Discussion: Politicus USA
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Assessing the new Democratic intel memo  —  It took a while, owing to delays over classified information, but Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have finally released their rebuttal to the “FISA abuse” memo put forth earlier this month by committee Republicans.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
5 Takeaways From the Release of the Democratic Memo
Discussion: The Week
The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims Democrats' Memo ‘Really Verifies’ GOP Memo
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Daily Beast
Tom Phillips / The Guardian:
Xi Jinping to cement his power with plan to scrap two-term limit  —  China's Communist party chiefs propose constitutional change to allow president to stay on … The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, already considered the country's most dominant since Mao Zedong, looks to have further cemented …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and
New York Times:
China Moves to Let President Xi Stay in Power, Ending Term Limit
Discussion: New York Magazine
Emily Rauhala / Washington Post:
China proposes removal of two-term limit, potentially paving way for President Xi Jinping to stay on
Discussion: CNN, Bloomberg and Political Wire
Friendly Atheist:
Louisiana College Allegedly Wouldn't Hire Coach Because of His “Jewish Blood”  —  It's one thing for a private Christian college to seek faculty members who share their religious views, but it's quite another for that school to reject a practicing Christian because one of his parents was Jewish.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘I do not know if the president is having an affair’: Michael Wolff squirms on Dutch TV … After several minutes of interrogation about a central drama surrounding his new book, Michael Wolff said this: “I will just clean this up. . . . I do not know if the president is having an affair.”
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Andrew Sparrow / The Guardian:   Fire and Fury author and Tony Blair accuse each other of lying
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
This Snake Can't Shed His Skin  —  On her way to work one morning, down the path along the lake, a tenderhearted woman saw a rich, coldhearted, frozen snake.  —  His tangerine skin was all caked with makeup and his bald spot was frosted with the dew.  —  “Poor thing,” she cried, “I'll take you in, and I'll take care of you.”
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Edges of Reason  —  When I was a child I lived in several worlds.
Discussion: ABC
Sasha Cohen / New York Times:   An Olympian's Guide to Retiring at 25
Stan Collender / Forbes:
Will Trump Wage A Privately Funded War?  —  In one of the most frightening stories I've read since the start of the Trump presidency, The New York Times reported on Saturday that the administration is seriously considering paying for the new U.S. embassy it wants to build in Jerusalem …
Anthony Swofford / New York Times:
I Was a Marine.  I Don't Want a Gun in My Classroom.  —  Before the United States Marine Corps allowed me to carry a live M-16 assault rifle, I went through hundreds of hours of firearms training.  Classroom sessions devoted to nomenclature, maintenance and basic operation accounted …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
US could be witnessing ‘end of a two-party system’: Republican governor  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he believes Americans could be witnessing the “end of a two-party system.”  —  “I don't think either party is answering people's deepest concerns and needs,” Kasich told ABC News Chief …
Discussion: Politico, The Week, Axios and Breitbart
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
Florida shooting creates ‘a window’ to reform gun laws: Republican governor
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart and Washington Post
Gregory Krieg / CNN:
The most ‘popular’ 2020 Democrat at CPAC is ...  Oxon Hill, Maryland (CNN)President Donald Trump is the unquestioned king of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.  But with his throne on the line in 2020, the faithful here are already busy handicapping the Democratic field.
Discussion: Fox News
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
GOP governors keep their distance from Missouri's Greitens
Discussion: Associated Press
Will Oremus / Slate:
How Newsweek Collapsed  —  It stands accused of improper ties to a religious institution.
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
As 2020 Democratic primary warms up, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti stakes early claim to South Carolina
Discussion: Politico, Political Wire and KQED News
Craig Ford / WTVA-TV:
McDaniel expected to clarify political future Monday
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Johnson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Hoax attempts against Miami Herald augur brewing war over fake, real news
 Earlier Items: 
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump just retweeted a fringe radio host who has attacked the Florida school shooting survivors
Associated Press:
Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second time
Discussion: The College Fix and Daily Wire