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CNN PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
Trump tweets support for background checks, gun restrictions
President Donald Trump said Thursday he supports measures related to gun restrictions and mental health while reiterating his call to arm some teachers as a way to prevent school shootings.

Reuters PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
Trump says weighing possibility of 'the best' teachers having guns
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to clarify his support for arming teachers in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Florida, saying he only wanted to examine the idea and would limit it to those with military or special training.

Reuters PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
Trump says arming some teachers would stop shootings 'instantly'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed his call to arm teachers following last week's school massacre in Florida, saying it would be limited to those with military or special training but "would solve the problem instantly."

The Daily BeastFeb 22, 2018
Jimmy Kimmel Calls Out Donald Trump Jr. for Endorsing Parkland Conspiracy Theory
ABCAfter the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left twenty young children and six adults dead at the hands of a gunman wielding a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle, far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones called the tragedy "a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured." That insidious—and outrageously false—conspiracy theory didn't stop then-candidate Donald Trump from not only appearing on Jones' program (where he sang his praises), but also using Jones as an informal adviser.

"The Republican presidential nominee of the United States is being advised by a delusional sociopath. It speaks for itself," Mark Barden, who lost his 7-year-old son Daniel at Sandy Hook, told me. "What else can you say about that? It's disgusting."

Now, following the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, wherein a 19-year-old armed with a legally-purchased AR-15 assault rifle gunned down 17 people, many of the same far-right kooks—including a Florida GOP representative's office—are coming out of the woodwork, claiming that the surviving schoolkids speaking out so eloquently for gun control are "crisis actors" in league with mysterious left-wing forces, or that they're age

Reuters PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
U.S. students protest over gun laws, Trump considers arming teachers
WASHINGTON/TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Students galvanized by the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school confronted lawmakers on Wednesday with demands to restrict sales of assault rifles, while President Donald Trump suggested arming teachers as a way to stop more U.S. rampages.

The Daily BeastFeb 22, 2018
Trump ‘Listens' to School Shooting Survivors, Hears Only NRA
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastIn the days since the 17 students and educators were killed in Parkland, Florida, President Donald Trump has surveyed virtually everyone in his orbit about what should be done to stem the epidemic of mass shootings in America.

Family members urged caution.

Close friends made the case to act boldly.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Yahoo PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
White House embraces @realDonaldTrump, not @POTUS. Sad!
A year into his administration, President Trump's most notable contribution to political communications — from a technical perspective, anyway — has been his use of a personal Twitter feed in which @realDonaldTrump speaks out candidly, often bluntly. "The president is the president of the United States, so they're considered official statements by the president of the United States," former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters in June. The focus on @realDonaldTrump has yielded one curious result: The devaluing of the official presidential twitter feed, @POTUS.

The Daily BeastFeb 22, 2018
A Cult German Filmmaker's Merciless Mockery of Trump's America
Medea Film/Hollywood StorybookBERLIN—Given the pervasiveness of fake news and conspiracy theories in President Trump's dumbed-down America, it's appropriate that the late Ulli Lommel's intermittently amusing America—Land of the FreeKS (which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival) constructs its own alternative facts in order to shed light on our current political morass.

FreeKS is pretty much the sort of mock-documentary one might expect from a former Fassbinder actor and onetime pal of Andy Warhol. Saturated with campy vignettes enacted by a gleefully grotesque cast of characters, the film, according to one of Lommel's associates present at the premiere, aims for a synthesis of Fellini's Amarcord and Freaks, Tod Browning's still-shocking Depression-era horror film.

Despite the failure of FreeKS' satirical treatment of documentary clichés to live up to this hype, there's something bracing about Lommel's efforts to breathe new life into the taboo-shattering spirit of Fassbinder and Warhol. Instead of confronting the Trump fiasco head-on, the cheerful German in America hangs out in Southern California ("so different from the rest of America," as he rightly points out) and introduces us to a gaggle of eccentrics whose nuttiness mirrors our unhinged political landscape's bizarre topography.

Read more at The

Huffington Post PoliticsFeb 22, 2018
Ivanka Trump To Lead U.S. Delegation At Olympic Closing Ceremony
President Donald Trump's daughter has no plans to meet with North Korean officials during her visit to Pyeongchang.

CNN PoliticsFeb 21, 2018
The Point: What Donald Trump's quote on Billy Graham tells you about Donald Trump
On Wednesday morning, legendary pastor Billy Graham passed away at the age of 99 at his family home in North Carolina. Encomiums from politicians -- many of whom Graham had known personally -- began pouring in almost immediately.

Drudge ReportFeb 21, 2018
REPORT: Mueller asking if Manafort promised WH job for loans...

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CNN PoliticsFeb 21, 2018
Trump to meet with people affected by school massacres amid calls for gun control
President Donald Trump will host a listening session Wednesday with people affected by some of the nation's highest-profile deadly school shootings, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

CNN PoliticsFeb 21, 2018
Kushner-Kelly divide deepens over security clearance overhaul
White House chief of staff John Kelly has been locked in an internal struggle with President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner over his access to highly classified information for weeks now, a confrontation that has escalated amid a recent policy overhaul and the resignation of a staff secretary who was accused of spousal abuse.
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