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7:50 PM ET, February 22, 2018


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Lori Rozsa / Washington Post:
Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while mass killing took place  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed school resource officer assigned to protect students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took a defensive position outside the school and did not enter the building …
Discussion: Hit & Run and CNN
New York Times:
Armed Sheriff's Deputy ‘Never Went In’ During Florida Shooting  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The only armed security guard on campus during a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school last week “never went in” to a building to try to take down the shooting suspect, Sheriff Scott Israel …
New York Times:
Trump Promotes Arming Teachers, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday intensified his calls for arming highly trained teachers as part of an effort to fortify schools against shooting massacres like the one that occurred in Parkland, Fla., last week …
CBS News:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns — or the culture wars  —  National Rifle Association Executive Director and CEO Wayne LaPierre launched into criticisms of socialists, the FBI and the media Thursday, as he defended gun rights from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards
Associated Press:
The Latest: Florida seeks $1M in federal aid after shooting
Discussion: Axios
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Stoneman Douglas cop resigns; sheriff says he should have ‘killed the killer’
Washington Post:
NRA goes on the offensive after Parkland shooting, assailing media and calling for more armed school security
E.J. Dionne Jr. / Washington Post:
Why is only one side in the gun culture war required to show respect?
Peter Burke / WPLG-TV:
CNN refutes Parkland school shooting survivor's ‘scripted’ question claim
Associated Press:
Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman
Discussion: Politico
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates Fires His Lawyer in Russia Probe … Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates has fired his lawyer, The Daily Beast has learned.  And, contrary to recent media reports, Gates is not about to make a deal with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Washington Post:
Special counsel Mueller files new charges in Manafort, Gates case … New charges were filed Thursday against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Mueller adds new tax, bank fraud charges against Manafort, Gates
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Josh Delk / The Hill:
Rick Gates fires lawyer in sign plea negotiations may be off
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Manafort's latest bail offer
Discussion: emptywheel
Kansas City Star:
Gov. Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy stemming from affair  —  Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday afternoon by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony charge of invasion of privacy.  —  The charge stems from a 2015 affair and allegations that he threatened to release …
Jon Thompson / RGA:
Missouri GOP Governor Eric Greitens Proposes $800 Million Tax Cut  —  GOP Governor Eric Greitens continues to fight for lower taxes in Missouri, rolling out new reforms that would cut taxes for 97% of the state's citizens.  Last week, Governor Greitens put forward an extensive tax reform package …
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from affair
Discussion: Business Insider, The Week and WGN-TV
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Will Remove “Nation of Immigrants” From Mission Statement  —  The lead U.S. agency tasked with granting citizenship to would-be Americans is making a major change to its mission statement, removing a passage that describes the United States as a nation of immigrants.
Dara Lind / Vox:   America's immigration agency removes “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement
McMaster could leave WH after months of tension with Trump  —  Washington (CNN)With tensions flaring between President Donald Trump and national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon is considering options that would allow the President to potentially move the three-star general …
John Walcott / Reuters:   Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. official focused on election security being shoved aside  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of a federal agency who has helped U.S. states protect election systems from possible cyber attacks by Russia or others is being removed from his post by Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.
Rev. Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda
Kim Janssen / Chicago Tribune:
Gov. Rauner drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity  —  In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Gov. Bruce Rauner drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity.  —  “It's really, really good,” Rauner said after taking a sip of the sugary drink.
What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?  —  GQ's Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.  —  Brendan Fraser wants me to meet his horse.  “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York.
Heather Sher / The Atlantic:
What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns  —  As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled.  The history simply read “gunshot wound.”  I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation for 13 years …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Margaret Brennan Named Host of ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS  —  WASHINGTON — Margaret Brennan, the senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, will be the next moderator of “Face the Nation,” the network's prestige Sunday morning public affairs show and one of the most influential venues in American politics.
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies … During a meeting Thursday with state lawmakers, President Trump suggested violent entertainment is to blame for mass shootings in the United States.  —  His proposed solution?  A ratings system for movies.
Discussion: Breitbart
Anita Wadhwani /
TBI: Nude cellphone photos, deleted chats may show evidence of crime in Mayor Megan Barry affair  —  Michael Schwab / USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee  —  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it has obtained nude photos of a woman taken on the phone of former Sgt. Rob Forrest …
Discussion: Political Wire and Tennessee Star
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Administration Is a Golden Age for Corporate Crooks
Discussion: Vox
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat
Joe Holden / CBS Philly:
EXCLUSIVE: Boy Bullied At School Wakes Up To Racist Graffiti On Home
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Joss Whedon Exits ‘Batgirl’ Movie (Exclusive)
Discussion: Forbes, The Daily Caller and Gizmodo
Kurt Schlichter /
7 Terrible Liberal Gun Control Arguments ... And How To Beat Them
Discussion: National Review
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Tom Steyer, gun safety groups plan voter registration drive for high school students
Washington Post:
Mattis expected to back allowing transgender troops to stay in the military
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Two weeks after Trump chose him for ambassador, nominee pledged money for a gala at Trump's club
Matthew Mosk / ABC News:
Trump legal fund recipients unclear; Flynn says no thanks
Discussion: Business Insider
Kathryn Rubino / Above the Law:
Over 30 Percent Of Applicants Want To Go To Law School Because Of Trump
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing Activists
Washington Post:
Does the Second Amendment really protect assault weapons? Four courts have said no.