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Chicago TribuneFeb 23, 2018
Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying to FBI
Rick Gates, a former top official in President Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, striking a deal to cooperate and provide information to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's ongoing investigation.

The plea caps a tumultuous 24 hours for Gates...

Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation (CNN Most Recent) News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Florida School Supt. Against Arming Teachers
Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says he is "totally against arming teachers" because "they have a challenging job as it is." (Feb. 23)        

Trump says armed school officer in Parkland didn't 'love the children' (CNN Most Recent)

Fox NewsFeb 23, 2018
Police officers guard home of deputy assigned to Florida HS who ‘never went in' during shooting: report
The school resource deputy who was on patrol at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 resigned Thursday after video surveillance showed he never entered the school, even though he "clearly" knew there was a shooting taking place, officials said.

Florida governor proposes plan to prevent gun violence (USATODAY National News)
Florida governor: Ban gun sales to those under 21 years old, station officers in schools (Chicago Tribune)

Washington Post NationFeb 23, 2018
#BoycottNRA: More companies are cutting ties with gun lobby as movement gains steam
Since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, pressure has mounted on companies that have joint branding agreements with the NRA.

Florida governor breaks with NRA, backs tighter gun restrictions (LA Times National News)

CNN Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Deputy who stayed outside during school shooting had glowing reviews
The Florida deputy who waited outside as a gunman targeted staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17, was twice nominated as the School Resource Deputy of the Year and won the award in 2014, personnel records obtained by CNN show.

Top Stories - Google NewsFeb 23, 2018
Trump raises prospect of military action against North Korea if 'heaviest sanctions ever imposed' don't succeed - USA TODAY


WASHINGTON - Hours after his administration slapped new sanctions on North Korea, President Trump on Friday raised the prospect of military action if economic pressure doesn't force North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. "If the sanctions

Defector claims North Korea's cheerleaders are actually sex slaves (NY Post National News)

NYT > OpinionFeb 23, 2018
Op-Ed Contributor: I Appreciate Assault Weapons. And I Support a Ban.
I have fired tens of thousands of rounds through those rifles — many while in combat.

New York Times - Front PageFeb 23, 2018
Trump Condemns Florida Officer Who Didn't Act; Sticks by Plan to Arm Teachers
"When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn't have the courage, or something happened, but he certainly did a poor job," President Trump said of the officer in Parkland.

Fox NewsFeb 23, 2018
The Latest: US companies split with NRA
The Latest on the reaction by U.S. companies to the Florida school massacre (all times Eastern): 12:50 p.m. MetLife is joining other U.S. companies in severing ties to the National Rifle Association following a school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

Reuters Top NewsFeb 23, 2018
U.S. ready to open Jerusalem embassy in May: State Department
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it will open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May, a move from Tel Aviv that reverses decades of U.S. policy and is bound to trouble U.S. allies who have already objected.

Why Trump's promise to move US Embassy to Jerusalem is so controversial (Fox News)
US plans to move embassy to Jerusalem in May (CNN Most Recent) News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Trump administration levels 'heaviest sanctions ever imposed' against North Korea
The new penalties come as Ivanka Trump led a U.S. delegation to South Korea for the final weekend of the Olympics.        

USATODAY National NewsFeb 23, 2018
Death row inmate who murdered family spared minutes before execution
With just 30 minutes until he was due to die via lethal injection, Thomas "Bart" Whitaker's life was spared on Thursday in Texas.         

USATODAY National NewsFeb 23, 2018
Trump doubles down on call for armed teachers
President Donald Trump said Friday if teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida had been able to carry concealed weapons, they "would have shot the hell out of (the gunman) before he knew what happened."         

Live updates: Trump says educators would have 'shot the hell' out of the Florida school gunman if armed (CNN Top Stories) News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' as he's put to death for brutal 1993 rape, murder
Alabama and Florida moved forward to execute convicted murderers Thursday — and a third inmate in Texas, a state where 11th-hour reprieves are rarely given, was spared lethal injection by the governor. News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Texas man who murdered his mom and brother spared just minutes before execution
A Texas inmate was spared by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just minutes before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday.        

Minutes before execution, Texas inmate's sentence is reduced to life in prison (CNN Top Stories)

NPR U.S. NewsFeb 23, 2018
Texas Commutes Death Sentence, As Execution Carried Out In Florida; Alabama Postpones
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott granted clemency for 38-year-old Thomas Whitaker. Meanwhile, Florida put to death Eric Scott Branch, and Alabama will have to reschedule the execution of Doyle Lee Hamm.

New York Times - Front PageFeb 23, 2018
Defying N.R.A., Florida Lawmakers Back Raising Age Limits on Assault Rifles
The state's governor and Republican leaders proposed on Friday the most significant move toward gun control in Florida in decades, but were split on arming teachers. News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Australian Prime Minister arrives at White House
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has arrived at the White House for an afternoon of meetings with President Donald Trump. The leaders will hold meetings, sit down for a working lunch and answer questions at a joint press conference. (Feb. 23)        

CNN Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
Here's Florida governor's plan to keep students safe
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday a comprehensive plan to keep students safe, a week after a former student fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Reuters US NewsFeb 23, 2018
Trump extends funding for Puerto Rico following storms: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended federal funding for Puerto Rico to help remove debris and provide emergency protections following last year's devastating storms that battered the U.S. territorial island.

NPR U.S. NewsFeb 23, 2018
Florida Governor Calls For Raising Age Limit For Gun Purchases From 18 To 21
Instead of broader gun control, Gov. Rick Scott wants to keep guns away from mentally ill or violent people. He announced funds for "school hardening" and police officers in every school.

Top Stories - Google NewsFeb 23, 2018
Missouri Legislature Weighs Next Move on Gov. Eric Greitens - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

Republicans in the Missouri legislature are weighing the political fate of Gov. Eric Greitens, following his indictment by a St. Louis grand jury for alleged invasion of privacy stemming from a 2015 extramarital affair. The indictment on Thursday

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens indicted (CNN Top Stories)

Top Stories - Google NewsFeb 23, 2018
Rick Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia case - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Former Trump aide Rick Gates, left, and his lawyer, Tom Green, depart the federal courthouse in Washington on Feb. 14. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press). Richard W. Gates III, who helped lead President Trump's campaign after making millions of dollars
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates plea

CNN Most RecentFeb 23, 2018
High school students walk 11 miles in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Students from Deerfield Beach began an 11-mile march Friday to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland to show their support for the victims and survivors of last week's school shooting.

Top Stories - Google NewsFeb 23, 2018
Florida Gov. Rick Scott moves to bar people under 21 and mentally ill from buying guns -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott broke with President Donald Trump on Friday and rejected calls to arm teachers with guns to prevent school massacres. "I disagree with arming teachers," Scott said. "My focus is on bringing in law enforcement. I think you need
Trump: Florida school officer 'didn't have the courag

New York Times - Front PageFeb 23, 2018
Opinion: Let Transgender Americans Continue to Serve in the Military
President Trump's proposed ban of transgender people is an insult to the thousands already serving capably.

New York Times - Front PageFeb 23, 2018
Anbang Takeover Sends Blunt Message: China Wants to Fix Its Debt Problem
The Chinese government's move to tame an ambitious global dealmaker reflects an official willingness to finally curb the country's addiction to borrowing.

NPR U.S. NewsFeb 23, 2018
At CPAC, Trump Reiterates Support For Arming Teachers To Prevent School Shootings
In remarks to conservative activists on Friday, President Trump again suggested arming some teachers with guns. He said declaring schools gun-free zones puts students "in far more danger."

New York Times - Front PageFeb 23, 2018
What is Anbang? A Primer on China's Fallen Deal Maker
When the company bought the elegant Waldorf Astoria, few had heard of it — but its founder and many board members made the most of impressive connections.

USATODAY National NewsFeb 23, 2018
Sheriff: Deputy never entered school in shooting
A Florida sheriff says the deputy who was on duty at a high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in. (Feb. 22)         

Reuters US NewsFeb 23, 2018
Staff return to Florida high school for first time since massacre
PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) - Staff members returned for the first time on Friday to the Florida high school where 17 students and faculty were gunned down last week in one of the deadliest school attacks in U.S. history, inflaming the national debate about gun rights.

Chicago TribuneFeb 23, 2018
China prosecuting Anbang insurance tycoon, who controls Waldorf Astoria hotel
The founder of one of China's biggest insurers, who had discussed possibly investing in a Manhattan skyscraper owned by the family of U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, will be prosecuted for financial offenses and regulators have taken control of his company, the government... News - Top StoriesFeb 23, 2018
iPhone text features you may not know
Share your location, silence chatty group messages and hide embarrassing notification previews. These are some of the lesser known features of Apple's iPhone.        

Everything you need to know about the college basketball scandal - ESPN (Top Stories - Google News)

Chicago Sun-Times NewsFeb 23, 2018
Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe
The plea by Rick Gates is a strong indication that he is planning to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Chicago TribuneFeb 23, 2018
What you need to know as 'Walking Dead' returns to finish Season 8

"The Walking Dead," which seems to lurch on and off the TV schedule like a zombie itself, lurches back on this weekend with the first episode of the second half of Season 8.

You are forgiven for forgetting where, exactly, things stand with our little band of semi-righteous plague survivors in their...

USATODAY National NewsFeb 23, 2018
Trump makes fun of his bald spot at CPAC
In a moment of levity, President Trump joked about his hair "hanging in there" while speaking at the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference.         

President Trump: ‘I Try Like Hell to Hide That Bald Spot, Folks' (New York Times - Front Page)
Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot (Chicago Sun-Times News)

Chicago TribuneFeb 23, 2018
World plays catch-up as Russian women rule figure skating
Kaetlyn Osmond was all smiles after a magnificent free skate at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and a memorable month that began with a gold medal in the team event and ended with individual bronze.

It was, the Canadian figure skater said, the best she could have done.

Especially the way the Russians...

Russians get 1st gold, Germany tops Canada in Olympic hockey ( News - Top Stories)
Russian bobsled pilot who wore 'I don't do doping' T-shirt fails Olympic doping test (Chicago Tribune)
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