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A cyclist’s widow asked a lawmaker why she opposed a distracted-driving bill. The answer: Spite.

Video shows Georgia state Rep. Betty Price telling a cyclist's widow she voted against a bill because her colleagues did not accept her version.

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Inside the Manafort money machine: A decade of lavish spending, influence-peddling and alleged fraud

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Before they joined the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates made millions from foreign dictators. In a richly detailed expanded indictment, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III parted the curtain shielding how the Washington…

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Why George Soros gets blamed for Eric Greitens's troubles and other conservative gripes

The Missouri GOP says the case against its governor is a liberal fantasy backed by the politically active billionaire.

Friday, Feb 23

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At CPAC, Trump’s campaign returned. In fact, it never ended.

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In a rollicking speech, President Trump revived the divisive spirit of his campaign by reciting “The Snake” to bash immigrants, mocking Sen. John McCain and encouraging chants to lock up Hillary Clinton.

Top Justice Dept. official alerted White House 2 weeks ago to ongoing issues in Kushner’s security clearance

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Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein told White House Counsel Donald McGahn that there would be further delays in the background investigation of the president’s son-in-law.

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House Republicans push Ryan to hold vote on background-check bill

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The 19 lawmakers are members of the moderate Tuesday Group. And Democrats aim to revive the assault-weapon ban.

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The NRA's solution for school shootings: Making schools battle-ready

The good news? A shooting at a given school is still very unlikely.

Trump says chief of staff Kelly will handle decisions about Jared Kushner’s security clearance

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“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” Trump said Feb. 23, “and he's going to do what's right for the country."

Any new gun control would need to address norms, as well as laws

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The fight over gun regulation is as much about social norms as formal laws.

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The Fix: Trump seems to miss his old life: ‘They used to treat me so good, too, before I ran for office’

At CPAC, the president tried to re-create the thrill of campaigning and reminisced about the gentler media coverage he received as a businessman.

Hüsker Dü, 'Guns At My School': The Week In One Song

Local president wants armed teachers.

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This is how guns became normalized in American life

The fight over gun regulation is as much about social norms as formal laws.

Trump tells conservatives that armed teachers would best protect students because they ‘love their pupils’

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While Trump has pledged to take several actions in response to the Parkland, Fla., shootings, he has been most animated in recent days about his idea of arming teachers.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott backs raising age for rifle purchases to 21

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The Republican’s proposal is his first major break with the National Rifle Association. It comes in response to the latest mass shooting at a school.

A big question in the debate about arming teachers: What about racial bias?

In the wake of the school shooting that killed 17, President Trump and the National Rifle Association's main proposal to prevent another tragedy like the one in Parkland, Fla., has been to arm teachers. NRA chief Wayne La Pierre told a…

Progressives rage at DCCC after it attacks Texas candidate for 'begrudgingly' moving to Houston

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has seen plenty of candidates brought down by petty residence issues, has come to view Laura Moser as unelectable.

Analysis: Mueller is about to take a big step closer to Trump

Gates moves Mueller closer to Manafort, which could move Manafort closer to cooperating, too.

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Ex-Trump campaign official Gates pleads guilty to conspiracy, lying to FBI

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Rick Gates, who pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and making a false statement, could provide special counsel Robert S. Mueller III with valuable information about the inner workings of the Trump campaign and early…

Trump: School resource officer who stayed outside South Florida school shooting a 'coward'

President Trump on Friday said that the armed school resource officer who stayed outside during the school shooting last week in South Florida was either a “coward” or “didn’t react properly under pressure.” Trump made his remarks to…

3 theories on how the new Manafort and Gates charges are tied to the Russia probe

The long-expected second hammer has fallen in the special counsel's investigation of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates's finances from their days of being political consultants in Ukraine. On Thursday, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III…

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Kellyanne Conway informs us that Trump is ‘always listening’ (to those who agree with him)

Speaking to Sean Hannity, President Trump's adviser lists the people who have Trump's ear.

The Trump paradox: A weakened president who could do the impossible

Who knows whether President Trump actually intends to push for new gun control. He has talked about reforming background checks and applying age limits on gun purchases, and he's told the Justice Department to attempt to ban bump stocks.…

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The Health 202: Here's one reason the Florida shooter wasn't blocked from getting a gun

Mentally ill people don't always end up in federal reporting systems.

What's next for jihadists in Yemen?

Counterterrorism has strengthened southern Yemeni militants.

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Is it fair to blame Democrats for not doing anything on guns when they controlled Congress?

Trump says yes. A key Senate Democrat says yes. But did Democrats really have the votes on gun control a decade ago?

What’s behind Alexei Navalny’s digital challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime? Five things to know.

The opposition uses personalized political communication as if Russia were a democratic country.