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10:00 PM ET, February 22, 2018


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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 …
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
Todd Tongen / WPLG-TV:
Stoneman Douglas BSO resource officer did not enter school during shootings  —  Deputy Scot Peterson resigns after being suspended without pay  —  PARKLAND, Fla. - The school resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas did not enter the school during the shootings that left 17 people dead last week, said Broward Sheriff Scott Israel.
Stephen Hobbs / Sun-Sentinel:
Stoneman Douglas cop resigns; sheriff says he should have ‘killed the killer’  —  Sun Sentinel  —  The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, under investigation for failing to enter the building as a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
New York Times:
Trump Promotes Arming Teachers, but Rejects Active Shooter Drills
CBS News:
NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns — or the culture wars
School shooter threatened others with a gun, first host family told police
Washington Post:
NRA goes on the offensive after Parkland shooting, assailing media and calling for more armed school security
New York Times:   Justice Dept. to Prioritize Prosecutions for Lying in Gun Background Checks
Associated Press:
The Latest: Florida seeks $1M in federal aid after shooting
Discussion: Axios and
Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards
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 …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for felony invasion of privacy  —  Follow the latest developments here.  —  ST. LOUIS  • Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted and taken into custody Thursday for felony invasion of privacy, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner's office announced Thursday afternoon.
Jon Thompson / RGA:   Missouri GOP Governor Eric Greitens Proposes $800 Million Tax Cut
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Ex-Trump Staffer Rick Gates to Drop 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 Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Manafort's latest bail offer
Discussion: emptywheel
John Walcott / Reuters:
Two top White House advisers may leave over tensions with Trump: sources  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sources: Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance  —  Washington (CNN)Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a full security clearance in part because of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday posted negative research on Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser, one of seven Democrats vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:   EMILY's List Weighs in Hard in Texas Primary — Against a Leading Woman in the Trump Resistance
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
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Larimer / Washington Post:
‘They have had it’: West Virginia teachers strike, closing all public schools … Teachers across West Virginia walked off the job Thursday amid a dispute over pay and benefits, causing more than 277,000 public school students to miss classes even as educators swarmed the state Capitol in Charleston to protest.
Discussion: USA Today, NPR and Splinter
Mike Elk / The Guardian:   Teachers in West Virginia stage walkout over wages and benefits
Washington Post:
Putin ally said to be in touch with Kremlin, Assad before his mercenaries attacked U.S. troops … A Russian oligarch believed to control the Russian mercenaries who attacked U.S. troops and their allies in Syria this month was in close touch with Kremlin and ­Syrian officials in the days …
Discussion: Axios
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.
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Marcus Weisgerber / Defense One:
White House, Boeing In Final Stages of New Air Force One Deal
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Trump Administration Is a Golden Age for Corporate Crooks
Discussion: Vox
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
Discussion: Axios
Anita Wadhwani /
TBI: Nude cellphone photos, deleted chats may show evidence of crime in Mayor Megan Barry affair
Discussion: Political Wire and Tennessee Star
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Two weeks after Trump chose him for ambassador, nominee pledged money for a gala at Trump's club
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Trump: ‘Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System’ on Movies
Discussion: Breitbart
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.