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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

PBS reports: The White House is expected to respond today to the latest charges in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to speak with reporters at 2 p.m. ET. The special counsel charged an attorney Tuesday with lying to federal investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates, a ...

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OHIO: School District On Lockdown After 7th Grader Shoots Himself In Middle School Restroom [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Schools in the Jackson Local School District in Stark County are on lockdown after a seventh grade student shot himself on a middle school campus. Just before 8 a.m., a student shot himself in the men’s restroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School, according to Jackson Township police. Police say the boy was transported to a nearby hospital. ...

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Clarence Thomas Complains After SCOTUS Rejects Challenge To California’s Gun Purchase Waiting Period

Courthouse News reports: Offering no mention of the Florida school shooting, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas complained Tuesday about the growing stack of Second Amendment cases that are denied high court review. “The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this court’s constitutional orphan,” Thomas wrote. “And the lower courts seem to have gotten the message.” Thomas penned the ...

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Mueller Charges Lawyer For Lying In Russia Probe

Bloomberg reports: An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 in federal court in Washington with lying to investigators about conversations related to a report he ...

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Dallas Official To NRA: Move Your Convention

Houston’s ABC affiliate reports: A leader in Dallas politics does not want the National Rifle Association to meet in his city. Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway is urging the NRA to find a new home for its annual convention. He says the meeting is not appropriate in Dallas in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida. It is ...

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Trump Dating Model Has Felony Child Sex Conviction

Raleigh’s WRAL reports: A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website. Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger’s smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at Trump.dating. The Riddlebergers have been active in Guilford County Republican politics over the years. Jodi Riddleberger co-founded C4GC, Conservatives for Guilford County, and ...

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REPORT: White House Officials Viewed Florida Shooting As “Distraction Or Reprieve” From Endless Scandals

The Washington Post reports: The White House was under siege. Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extramarital affair with the president. And the special counsel’s Russia investigation was intensifying. The tumult was so intense that there ...

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FLORIDA: 39th GOP US House Rep Hits The Exit

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Florida Rep. Tom Rooney will not run for re-election, he announced on Monday. “After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to “hang em up” as my old football coach used to say. I look forward to serving Florida again in the future ...

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Presidents Day: Political Scientists Rank Trump Last

Politico reports: Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan are up, Bill Clinton is down and Donald Trump is off to a historically bad start — and the greats, meanwhile, remain the greats. It was the finding of the 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey, released Monday by professors Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Justin S. Vaughn ...

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FLORIDA: Trump Golfs As Parkland Funerals Continue

The Hill reports: President Trump hit the golf course on Monday, three days after visiting people affected by the deadly school shooting in nearby Parkland, Fla. The president arrived at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach shortly after 9 a.m. Trump avoided golf over the weekend, a decision aides said was out of respect for the 17 ...

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Joe Biden To Aides: 2020 Run A “Real Possibility”

The Associated Press reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. Huddled in his newly opened office steps from the U.S. Capitol, Biden began a planning meeting for his new diplomacy center by addressing the elephant in the room. He ...

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Black Panther Smashes Box Office Records

From the Hollywood Reporter: Black Panther is shattering records in its box-office debut, grossing $192 million for the three-day weekend and a projected $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The film boasts one of the top openings of all time in North America, and the second-biggest launch for a superhero pic behind only fellow Marvel title The Avengers, ...

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Grocery Chain Winn-Dixie To File For Bankruptcy

Bloomberg reports: Bi-Lo LLC, the supermarket company that owns the Winn-Dixie chain, is preparing for a potential bankruptcy filing as soon as next month, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The retailer is planning to shut almost 200 stores as part of the move — either before or after the filing — said one of the people, who ...

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott: FBI Director Must Resign

CBS News reports: Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign, after the FBI admitted it received a tip about the suspect in the Parkland shooting as recently as January, but failed to follow through on it. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,” Scott said. “The FBI has admitted ...

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Parkland Survivor Blasts GOP For Sending Thoughts And Prayers But Freaking Out Over “Rainbow Wedding Cake”

“This is the time to talk about guns. There’s much more that can be done, much more that needs to be done and much more that people like Sen Marco Rubio and Governor Rick Scott are not doing. It’s scary to think these are the people who are making our laws when our community just took 17 bullets to the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Holds Press Conference On Mueller’s Indictments

CNET reports: The US Justice Department has filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. In an indictment released on Friday (.pdf), the Justice Department called out the Internet Research Agency, a notorious group behind the Russian propaganda effort across social media. Employees for the agency created troll accounts and used ...

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BREAKING: Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russian Nationals, 3 Russian Entities For Interfering In 2016 Elections

CNBC reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections, during which they boosted the candidacy of Donald Trump. The indictment says that the defendants by early to mid-2016 were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump … and ...

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Kimmel Blasts Trump And “Allegedly Christian” Pols: If You Don’t Do Something, You’re Mentally Ill [VIDEO]

“Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year to do something. Now! Don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about it. You said it after Vegas, ...

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New Yorker Details Yet Another Trump Affair

Ronan Farrow writes at The New Yorker: In June, 2006, Donald Trump taped an episode of his reality-television show, “The Apprentice,” at the Playboy Mansion, in Los Angeles. Hugh Hefner, Playboy’s publisher, threw a pool party for the show’s contestants with dozens of current and former Playmates, including Karen McDougal, a slim brunette who had been named Playmate of the ...

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US House Votes To Gut Landmark Disabilities Act

The Hill reports: The House passed legislation on Thursday that would create additional requirements for filing lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act alleging that businesses aren’t providing adequate accommodations as mandated by the law. It passed 225-192 largely along party lines despite fierce opposition from disability rights advocates, who staged protests in the House chamber during the vote. Capitol ...

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