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Good morning! Road edition, on the way to Virginia for a few days — so the ol' newsletter may be a little sporadic this week. What's not sporadic? The asshole quotient from the Right Wing noise machine, now out for teens who want to not get shot.
Clio Chang Clio Chang is a staff writer at Splinter.
Craig NewmanICYMI, the Florida House voted down some gun control legislation yesterday, while Parkland survivors watched from the gallery. They did declare porn as a public health threat though. so there's that.
Sixty-six percent of Americans want stricter gun control laws — the highest level recorded by Quinnipiac University since it started polling the issue after Sandy Hook. Support for tougher gun laws in the poll released Tuesday has jumped…
Craig NewmanA reminder: The next time you hear Paul Ryan use the phrase 'The American people want ...,' he's full of shit.
The grieving students in Parkland have been praised for their articulate, emotional and forceful response to the tragedy. Now they are coming under attack from the far-right, accused of either being attention-seekers or dupes of the mainstream…
Craig NewmanIt's not surprising that this is where we're at as a nation now. Also, it'll be nice for historians in the future to know the exact moment we went belly up as a country.
New York Times
Michael M. Grynbaum
– Feb 20, 5:29 PM
The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the…
Remy Smidt/BuzzFeed News Kali Cloughtery, Jaclyn Corin, John Barnitt, David Hogg, and Sarah Chadwick. PARKLAND, Florida — At dusk on Sunday night, Cameron Kasky was taking a brief, quiet moment for himself. He lay on a picnic table in a park…
Craig NewmanFor all the idiots talking about how George Soros is funding this outrage movement ... couldn't he afford to kick in a little more?
President Trump on Tuesday signaled an openness to modest gun-control measures following what he called an “evil massacre” at a South Florida high school last week that left 17 dead and prompted passionate calls from teenagers for…
Craig NewmanWelcome to your president's world, Republican Party. He has no ethics, morals, beliefs, or strategy beyond the news cycle. Also, he's not a Republican — beyond the crass opportunism and disdain for poor people. He believes in nothing. You own this.
Democrat Linda Belcher was just pronounced the winner of the special election in Kentucky's House District 49, a seat that Donald Trump carried by a 72-23 margin in 2016 and that went 66-33 for Mitt Romney in 2012. Her 68-32 victory represents an…
Craig NewmanI still don't buy into a wave election — the Democratic Party is a hot mess nationally — but the vast American anger machine is still spinning wildly, looking for targets to punish.
Harry Miller was paid as much as $1,000 by the Russians to build a cage that was used to depict a person dressed as Hillary Clinton in a prison cell at a rally in West Palm Beach, Florida in August 2016. The stunt was part of an elaborate scheme…
Craig NewmanThis is so good. A great example of what the problem with the American conversation is now. 'Facts' are irrelevant when you have your warm veil — don't call it a burqa — of reality-distorting conviction to hide under. Truth, she is ailing.
New York Times
Julie Hirschfeld Davis
– Feb 20, 5:50 PM
Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see…
Craig NewmanLOL. Jared Kushner is trash — highly compromised trash. The cat fight between him and an embattled CoS should be popcorn-worthy.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Vice President Pence departed for a five-day, two country swing through Asia earlier this month having agreed to a secret meeting with North Korean officials while in South Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Craig NewmanMaybe he couldn't be in the same room with her without Karen present.