Wednesday, February 21, 2018

JUST IN: Trump calls for end of gun-free zones near schools, endorses idea of teachers and others in schools being armed if they had special training

President Trump, speaking to students and parents during a listening session at the White House, promised to be "very strong on background checks" and to have a "very strong emphasis on the mental health"

Father of Parkland shooting victim in listening session with President Trump: "Never, ever will I see my kid. I want it to sink in. It's eternity. My beautiful daughter, I'm never going to see again. It's simple."

"I can't feel comfortable in my country knowing that people have, will have, or ever are going to feel like this." Parkland school shooting survivor shares emotional testimony during listening session with Pres. Trump

Mother of Sandy Hook victim, Nicole Hockley, asks Pres. Trump take action using legislation available to him to prevent further gun violence: "Consider your own children. You don't want to be me. No parent does."

Trump brought cliff notes to the gun violence listening session. Final note “I hear you”

Trump just suggested we bring back mental institutions to imprison Americans who *might* commit crimes

Trump floats expanding concealed carry on school campuses

Students around the United States are walking out of class to demand tougher gun laws in response to last week's deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, but some schools are threatening them with harsh punishments

Mueller is examining whether Manafort promised Chicago banker Stephen Calk a job in the Trump White House in return for $16 million in home loans, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC

Ex-Trump aide Sam Nunberg will meet with a member of Mueller’s team on Thursday. A possible line of questioning could regard Trump’s activities in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

JUST IN: Mueller files new sealed charges in case against Manafort and Gates

In an astonishing development, Gallup no longer considers Texas a Republican state

Walkout -- the kids in NYC should head to the Trump Tower. In DC to the hotel.

FBI document cache sheds light on inner workings of Russia’s U.S. propaganda network

They’re attacking those Parkland kids because they’re afraid of them. They’re calling them liars because they can tell people believe them. And people believe those kids because they’re telling truths. — Andy Richter

The NYT obituary for Billy Graham

“He called it ‘heartbreaking’ and said he was devastated... Twenty months passed. Then, it happened again. Another mass killing. Now, Marco Rubio has become the face of congressional inaction on tougher gun restrictions.”

I explain why Trump's next moves with Mueller could have consequences beyond himself -- including for the presidency

“‘This is the new war,’ one person who spoke with Kushner said, though they didn’t expect the standoff would drag on. ‘Jared may have finally met his match.’”

Students in Iowa City, Iowa stage a walkout in protest against gun violence. “Not all of us can vote…not all of us do have that say, but we will eventually”

Florida Senate president turns away shooting survivors who came to his office

Look at the gigantic crowd of teens at Union Station in DC headed to the US Capitol to protest. Wow. These kids are gonna save us all

"No longer can you take money from the NRA...we are coming after every single one of you & demanding that you make a change" - Delaney Tarr

Schumer: “[Trump] should call on Congress to pass Senator Feinstein’s bill to ban bump stocks, rather than just draft memos. On far too many issues, this administration has been all talk and little action – we can’t afford that approach when it comes to curbing gun violence.”

🛑BREAKING🛑 Kushner was the senior official in Flynn’s case... this puts him in direct line w conspiring w Russians....

BREAKING: Agents responding to suspicious vehicle near White House, New Executive Office evacuated - Secret Service

If the president really wants to ban bump stocks, he will support our bill. If ATF tries to ban these devices after admitting that it lacks the authority to do so, that process could be tied up in court for years. Legislation is the ONLY answer

VERBATIM: Sanders accuses media of misleading Americans

Why Thomas Friedman issued a 'code red' warning to America

The NRA is being supported by these companies

JUST IN: Aide to Florida GOP lawmaker fired for spreading false claim that shooting survivors are "actors"

Senior HHS official placed on leave for promoting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories on social media

Democrats just won a Republican seat in a district that Trump won by 49 points

Lawrence on the new job description for America's teachers

In tonight's Rewrite, Lawrence O'Donnell says the job description for American teachers now includes how to handle mass murder, as Dara Hass found out. Hass is an English teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and 3 of her students were killed last week.

Lawrence: White House dodges questions on major scandals

The White House held its first press briefing in a week and it lasted only 17 minutes. Lawrence O'Donnell argues this is a strategy to avoid answering questions on the scandals plaguing the administration.

Thomas Friedman's 'code red' warning about Trump

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman argues that President Donald Trump is undermining the nation's democracy. He explains to Lawrence O'Donnell why he can't find any optimism for the Trump presidency.

US State Dept suggests asking Russia about US State Dept business

Rachel Maddow updates viewers on the search for answers about a visit to the U.S. but Russia's top spy officials. In the case of whether the State Department gave the sanctioned GRU chief, Igor Korobov, a travel waiver, State directed TRMS to get the answer from Russia.

Mueller follows the money overseas back to Washington

Ken Vogel, political reporter for The New York Times, talks with Rachel Maddow about the themes becoming visible in what is known so far about Robert Mueller's investigation

Mueller catches lawyer lying, brings new charges

Rachel Maddow reviews recent Ukrainian political history by way of explaining new charges in Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation against a lawyer who is also the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, Alex van der Zwaan.

Americans google Alex van der Zwaan as Mueller issues new charges

Rachel Maddow reviews recent Ukrainian political history by way of explaining new charges in Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation against a lawyer who is also the son-in-law of a Ukrainian-Russian oligarch, Alex van der Zwaan.

Nepotism likely to save Kushner in White House security crackdown

Rachel Maddow reports on new confusion in the White House as a new policy of enforcing security clearances appears to be in conflict with the continued employment of the still-not-cleared Jared Kushner.

Trump asks DoJ for recommendations on bump stock regulation

Rachel Maddow reports on Donald Trump pushing the Department of Justice for ways to regulate bump stocks by executive order instead of legislation from Congress.