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8:35 PM ET, February 25, 2018


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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump privately talks up executing all big drug dealers  —  In Singapore, the death penalty is mandatory for drug trafficking offenses.  And President Trump loves it.  He's been telling friends for months that the country's policy to execute drug traffickers is the reason its drug consumption rates are so low.
Discussion: CNBC, Splinter, Raw Story and Mediaite
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
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.
National Review:
Broward's Cowards  —  The failure of the Broward County sheriff's …
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Marc Caputo / Politico:   Scott calls for probe into Broward sheriff shooting response, but not suspension
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Exclusive: Trump privately pushing personal pilot to run FAA  —  The president's personal pilot is on the administration's short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration.  Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot …
Discussion: Political Wire and Mediaite
Monica Lewinsky / Vanity Fair:
Emerging from “the House of Gaslight” in the Age of #MeToo  —  On the 20th anniversary of the Starr investigation, which introduced her to the world, the author reflects on the changing nature of trauma, the de-evolution of the media, and the extraordinary hope now provided by the #MeToo movement.
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
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.
Joseph Weber / Fox News:
California Democratic Party doesn't endorse Feinstein re-election bid
Discussion: RedState
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
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The Schiff Memo Harms Democrats More Than It Helps Them  —  It confirms that the FBI and the DOJ relied heavily on uncorroborated, third-hand, anonymous sources in their FISA application.  —  Maybe Adam Schiff has more of a sense of humor than I'd have given him credit for.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Assessing the new Democratic intel memo
Discussion: Fox News and Power Line
The Daily Beast:
Trump Claims Democrats' Memo ‘Really Verifies’ GOP Memo
Discussion: CNN
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
5 Takeaways From the Release of the Democratic Memo
Discussion: The Week
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
New York Times:
Behind a Key Anti-Labor Case, a Web of Conservative Donors  —  In the summer of 2016, government workers in Illinois received a mailing that offered them tips on how to leave their union.  By paying a so-called fair-share fee instead of standard union dues, the mailing said …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
If this is what conservatism has become, count me out  —  I'm used to being vilified by the far left as a bloodthirsty neocon warmonger for the Original Sin of having supported the invasion of Iraq along with 72 percent of the American public.  It has been a little more surprising …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump campaign uses image of Fla. shooting survivor in email asking for donations  —  's reelection campaign on Saturday used an image of a survivor of the recent Florida school shooting in an email asking for donations from its supporters.  —  The email led with an image of Trump …
Discussion: RedState, CNN and Breitbart
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Trump just retweeted a fringe radio host who has attacked the Florida school shooting survivors
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.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Warning of ICE sweep, Oakland mayor takes Trump resistance to new level  —  Schaaf answers questions about her decision to alert the community about potential ICE activity  —  The relationship between U.S. immigration officials and California's liberal leaders soured long ago …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Edges of Reason  —  When I was a child I lived in several worlds.  First was the world that I understood to be the normal one: a world where people had professional degrees and followed their doctor's instructions strictly and carefully; a world ruled by a solid-seeming secular …
Discussion: ABC
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:   This Snake Can't Shed His Skin
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Will Oremus / Slate:
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The most ‘popular’ 2020 Democrat at CPAC is ...
Discussion: Fox News
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David Hogg Dings NRA's Dana Loesch: 'Everything She's Saying Seems Like Spectacle'
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I Was a Marine. I Don't Want a Gun in My Classroom.
Katie Kindelan / ABC News:
US could be witnessing ‘end of a two-party system’: Republican governor
Discussion: Politico, Axios, The Week and Breitbart
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
‘I do not know if the president is having an affair’: Michael Wolff squirms on Dutch TV
Discussion: The Daily Caller