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11:40 PM ET, February 23, 2018

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Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
RNC started paying Trump campaign's rent at Trump Tower after it stopped covering Trump's legal bills for Russia probe  — The Republican National Committee has for months been quietly paying expenses previously covered by the Trump campaign in an arrangement that experts say is bizarre, but legal.
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Bloomberg:
Meeting That Gates Admits Lying About Matches Rohrabacher Dinner  —  Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates just admitted to lying to U.S. investigators about a March 19, 2013, meeting between his boss, Paul Manafort, and an unidentified U.S. congressman.  Public filings show a meeting …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate  —  WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar …
Grant Stern / Washington Press:
Mueller just singled out a Republican congressman in unsealed Trump-Russia indictment  —  Special Counsel Mueller just filed a new criminal charge today (embedded below) alleging a criminal cover-up of ex-Trump aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates' illegal foreign lobbying efforts …
ABC News:
Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with Mueller  —  This was a “gut-wrenching decision” for the ex-campaign official, a source said.  —  Feb 23  —  Corker reconsidering retirement sets up possible GOP battle with Blackburn  —  Corker could challenge Blackburn in Tennessee GOP primary race.
New York Times:
‘The Hapsburg Group’: Mueller Says Manafort Secretly Paid European Leaders
Discussion: Law & Crime and Shakesville
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Former Austrian chancellor appears to have lobbied as part of Manafort scheme
Discussion: Washington Post, Axios and ABC News
CNN:
New indictment accuses Manafort of paying European politicians
Discussion: TheBlaze
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Who Was In The Fateful Meeting That Rick Gates Lied To Mueller About?
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Sources: Coral Springs police upset at some Broward deputies for not entering school  —  (CNN)When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find …
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Johari Canty / WSVN-TV:   Student to Stoneman Douglas officer: ‘You could have saved a lot of lives’
Washington Post:
Top Justice Dept. official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner's security clearance … A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process …
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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Trump directs Pentagon to schedule military parade for Veterans Day  —  President Donald Trump's plans for a White House-backed military parade are beginning to take shape.  —  The president has directed the Department of Defense to organize a parade that would take place on Nov. 11 …
Brian Mast / New York Times:
I Appreciate Assault Weapons.  And I Support a Ban.  —  The most important and unregrettable time of my life was the 12 years I spent in the Army.  I became a bomb technician because I wanted to save lives.  I nearly gave my own life for that — I lost both my legs and a finger …
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Vera Bergengruen / BuzzFeed:
Guess Who Thinks Arming Teachers Is A Really, Really Bad Idea? Military Combat Veterans.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep'  —  Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz …
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Del Quentin Wilber / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Tip-Line Caller Said Nikolas Cruz ‘Is Going to Explode’  —  A person close to accused Florida shooter said she wanted ‘clear conscience’ if he ‘just starts shooting’  —  A person close to the teenager accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI she was concerned he would …
Yahoo Sports:
Exclusive: Federal documents detail sweeping potential NCAA violations involving high-profile players, schools  —  Documents and bank records obtained in discovery during the federal investigation into the underbelly of college basketball detail in meticulous fashion the expenditures …
Daniel Dale / Toronto Star:
Minute by minute at Donald Trump's wild, rambling CPAC speech  —  He patted his bald spot.  He said his opponents “committed a lot of atrocities.”  At one point, he pantomimed a stabbing.  The U.S. president's Friday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference was an old-fashioned campaign-style ramble.
Discussion: RT
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The unending campaign of Donald Trump
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
These companies have cut ties with the NRA  —  Survivors and parents spar with Rubio, the NRA  —  A cybersecurity firm.  Six car rental brands.  A home security company.  An Omaha bank.  Companies are scrambling to cut ties with the National Rifle Association.
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Polly Mosendz / Bloomberg:
MetLife, Symantec Dump NRA After Boycott Calls Grow
Discussion: Townhall.com and Mediaite
Justin Terranova / New York Post:
Bullied NFL lineman posts shotgun photo, forces high school to close  —  Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. … On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo …
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Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
InfoWars is two strikes away from being banned from YouTube  —  Shooting survivor: I'm not a crisis actor  —  (CNN)InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories, is on thin ice with YouTube after it posted a video that portrayed …
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CBS News:
Lawyers for California siblings allegedly held captive by parents share recovery details  —  The California parents accused of torturing and starving their 13 children will be in court Friday for a procedural hearing.  For the first time, lawyers representing their seven adult children …
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Rice denies being briefed on Steele dossier  —  Kathryn Ruemmler, the attorney for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, denied any wrongdoing on her client's behalf in an official response letter to GOP senators, who demanded Rice explain an email she sent herself in the waning hours of the Obama presidency.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Lawyer for Susan Rice: Obama administration ‘justifiably concerned’ about sharing intel with Trump team
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TheBlaze
Suzanne Barlyn / Reuters:
Insurer Chubb says will stop underwriting NRA insurance for gun owners  —  (Reuters) - Insurer Chubb Ltd on Friday said that it will stop underwriting a National Rifle Association-branded insurance policy for gun owners.  —  Chubb gave notice three months ago of its plan to stop participating …
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller's military career, detailed in documents, was brief but remarkable … When Robert Swan Mueller III deployed to Vietnam as a Marine infantry platoon commander in 1968, he surely knew it would be difficult.  Mueller's regiment, the 4th Marines, had faced bloody jungle warfare for months …
MSNBC:
Lawrence: The president lives in a fantasy world  —  After President Donald Trump proposed arming teachers and hiring former soldiers and Marines to patrol American schools, Lawrence O'Donnell argues the president's ideas are fantasy and his staff is failing him and the country.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump to host Arab leaders for sensitive talks  —  President Trump has accelerated his diplomatic efforts to broker peace among quarreling Arab monarchies, starting with an upcoming series of White House visits by leaders of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, Axios has learned.
Associated Press:
Docs: Woman whose affair led rep to quit threatened husband  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — A woman whose affair with a Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation — and who's pursuing her own run for the U.S. House — is accused of threatening to kill her husband.
Discussion: Political Wire
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Wanna Be a Player At CPAC?  Write a Check First. … As the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked into gear Thursday morning, its official social media pages began plugging an esoteric policy item: a new agreement limiting an Arab airline's operations in the United States.
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Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:   Data Clashes With Emotion As CPAC Immigration Panel Goes Off The Rails
 
 
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Katie Leslie / Dallas Morning News:
Ted Cruz trails Senate challenger Beto O'Rourke in six-week fundraising haul. By a lot.
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Rosenbloom / Chicago Tribune:
Thanks, Blackhawks fans and Tribune readers, for responding to racism with nearly $20,000 in donations
Discussion: USA Today
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
US Border Patrol Hasn't Validated E-Passport Data For Years
Discussion: Boing Boing
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Is the Most Pure Conservative President Ever
Joe Perticone / Business Insider:
Conservative provocateur who tried to plant fake stories in The Washington Post says it's OK …
Josh Horwitz / Quartz:
New York's Waldorf Astoria is now controlled by the Chinese government