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4:25 PM ET, February 28, 2018


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NBC News:
Mueller asking if Trump knew about hacked Democratic emails before release  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is asking witnesses pointed questions about whether Donald Trump was aware that Democratic emails had been stolen before that was publicly known, and whether he was involved …
Mueller team asks about Trump's Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president  —  (CNN)Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller have recently been asking witnesses about Donald Trump's business activities in Russia prior to the 2016 presidential campaign as he considered …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Trump family v. John Kelly  —  The Trump family — and the president's oldest son, Don Jr., in particular — was angry about the overwhelmingly negative TV coverage about Jared Kushner last night, and feels White House Chief of Staff Kelly is hanging Jared out to dry, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Kushner bombshell: Fox buries unflattering story for Trump White House...again  —  This is why Trump loves ‘Fox & Friends’  —  Jared Kushner's downgraded security clearance is the top story for nearly every major news organization in America, but on Fox News, the stunning development has itself been downgraded.
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:   New York Regulator Asks Deutsche Bank, Others About Kushner Loans
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
CREW Files Hatch Act Complaint Against Jared Kushner
Discussion: Vox, CNN and MarketWatch
Bloomberg:   Regulator Seeks Kushner Loan Details From Deutsche Bank, Two Others
Kelly, Kushner tension simmers amid West Wing uncertainty
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Hope Hicks Acknowledges She Sometimes Tells White Lies for Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators on Tuesday that her work for President Trump, who has a reputation for exaggerations and outright falsehoods, had occasionally required her to tell white lies.
NBC News:
Trump slammed Clinton over handling of classified info.  That looks like hypocrisy now  —  First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter  —  Jared Kushner loses access to highly classified information 3:04
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Meet the 29-year-old WH communications director
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Julie Creswell / New York Times:
Dick's, Major Gun Retailer, Will Stop Selling Assault-Style Rifles  —  One of the nation's largest sports retailers, Dick's Sporting Goods, said Wednesday morning it was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores.  —  The retailer also said that it would no longer …
Alex Daugherty / miamiherald:
Rubio bill would let young adults in D.C. purchase the AR-15  —  WASHINGTON  —  Last week, Marco Rubio stared into the eyes of a father who lost his daughter during the nation's deadliest high school shooting and made an announcement: Young adults should not be able to purchase guns.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
Bob Eller / Talking Points Memo:   Father Of FL Shooting Survivor Says He Edited Email Used To Discredit CNN
David Bauder / Associated Press:
PBS launching new conservative political talk show  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Columnist Michael Gerson and commentator Amy Holmes are teaming to start a conservative-oriented talk show on PBS that takes its cue from William F. Buckley's “Firing Line,” which aired from 1966 to 1999.
Oprah Winfrey Reveals the One Thing That Could Make Her Run for President  —  There's only one thing that could make Oprah Winfrey run for president in 2020.  —  Amid calls for her to consider a run for the White House — from fans as well as her closest friends — “I went into prayer,” …
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
Why Trump Is Reluctant to Escalate the Cyber War With Russia  —  Putin has proven he will retaliate.  —  Democrats are furious.  Leaders of the U.S. intelligence community have no doubt that Russian trolls, bots and hackers are planning to meddle in the midterm elections this fall …
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
Ben Schreckinger / GQ:
Steve Bannon Is Hatching His Comeback  —  In a wide-ranging and challenging conversation, Donald Trump's former strategist tells GQ's Ben Schreckinger why the #MeToo movement amazes him, why the Chinese enrage him, and why his secret new venture—a project to “weaponize ideas”—excites him.
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Jerome R. Corsi / USA Today:
Arm qualified, willing teachers and staff  —  Allowing teachers and school staff the right to carry weapons provides the possibility of a near instant response: Opposing view  —  Even in the best of circumstances, police responding to a school shooting need time to deploy, arrive on the scene and engage.
Discussion: Mediaite
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
USA Today Runs Op-Ed From Jerome Corsi, InfoWars D.C. Bureau Chief
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Why I'm Writing Captain America  —  Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics.  To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement.  Writers don't write comics so much as they draw them with words.
Liz Ruskin / Alaska Public Media:
Rep. Young suggests guns could've saved Jews during Holocaust  —  Speaking at a conference in Juneau last week, Alaska Congressman Don Young argued against gun control by suggesting Jews might not have died in the Holocaust if they had been armed.  —  Listen now
New York Times:
With AR-15s, Mass Shooters Attack With the Rifle Firepower Typically Used by Infantry Troops  —  A Marine shooting a standard rifle used by the military.  —  The gunman firing a civilian variant during the Parkland shooting. … Since 2007, at least 173 people have been killed in mass shootings …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
An absorption profile centred at 78 megahertz in the sky-averaged spectrum  —  Abstract  —  After stars formed in the early Universe, their ultraviolet light is expected, eventually, to have penetrated the primordial hydrogen gas and altered the excitation state of its 21-centimetre hyperfine line.
Manafort Joined Trump as Ukraine Work Dried Up, Cash Woes Rose  —  Fixer said to visit 17 times in 2014-15, with unpaid bills  —  Gates cooperation gives Mueller view on Manafort's cash hunt  —  Among the enduring curiosities of Donald Trump's presidential run was his announcement …
Danny Vinik / Politico:
Press secretary quits FEMA, citing ‘boys club’  —  Resignation comes after top public affairs leader left the agency amid pressure over its response to hurricanes.  —  Two top public-affairs officers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency have resigned over the past month …
Discussion: Axios and thecut
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
The GOP's Tax-Cut Narrative Is Already Unraveling  —  The big Republican tax cut isn't even three months old yet.  But it's already confounding.  —  For months, critics (like me) predicted that the new law would be a handout for large corporations, which would drive up their stock prices and enrich wealthy investors.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Rise of Woke Capital  —  Here are two stories about corporate America's current role in our politics and common life.  In one, the country's biggest companies are growing a conscience, prodded along by shifts in public opinion and Donald Trump's depredations and their own idealistic young employees …
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump shuts out Bill Nelson from meeting on guns  —  The Democrat hasn't been invited to a White House meeting on guns to be held Wednesday.  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump this afternoon will discuss gun legislation with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, seeking momentum amid concerns …
Andrew Keshner / New York Daily News:
Three Muslim women forced to remove hijabs for mug shots snag $180G payout from city  —  New York City will pay a total of $180,000 to three Muslim women who were forced to take off their hijabs for mug shots, the Daily News has learned.  —  Settlements in the three cases were filed Monday …
The Model, the Mafia, and the Murderers  —  When the bodies of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancé Marina Kusnirova, both 27, were found this Sunday - each killed by a single shot in their newly purchased home - Slovak journalists were shocked.  Slovakia's top politicians have recently …
Discussion: Politico and VICE News
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Exiting Trump officials get tepid response on job market  —  Current and former high-ranking Trump administration officials are testing the waters of Washington's job market as the administration begins its second year.  —  And that water, right now, is pretty tepid.
Discussion: Shareblue Media
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Wall Street Journal:
A New GOP Entitlement  —  Some Republicans want to raid Social Security …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and National Review
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Gun control support surges in polls
Edward McClelland / Politico:
Meet the Community Organizers Fighting Against ... Barack Obama
Discussion: Front Page Magazine and Daily Wire
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Sessions defends himself after Trump bashed him on Twitter
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Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Debbie Lesko wins Republican primary race for vacant congressional seat
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Mother of baby killed in Baton Rouge crash involving off-duty cop arrested for failing to secure child seat
Discussion: Raw Story
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge sets Sept. 17 trial date for Manafort on Mueller charges
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