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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Breaking - Florida gov bucks NRA on age restrictions for gun buys | CPAC day two -- sights and sounds | Trump warns Dems want to take away Second Amendment | Trump announces new North Korea sanctions | Richard Gates expected to plead guilty in Mueller probe | Why Gates is key player | US curling team advances to final



Heyo, Kim Jong Un -- that Olympic honeymoon phase is over:

During President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning, President Trump announced new sanctions against North Korea aimed at hampering the country's growing nuclear weapons program. Details on the sanctions: They are geared at North Korea's shipping industry and vessels flagged as originating from the country. How big are the sanctions?: Trump and his administration billed them as the United States' "largest ever" tranche of sanctions against North Korea.


On his first year -- I do declare!: Trump at CPAC: "My administration has had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency."

On ObamaCare: President Trump argued that ObamaCare is being "wiped out" in a "piece by piece" fashion despite the failure of the GOP Congress to repeal the law.

Oh and McCain got booed: "Trump just took a swipe at cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain by mocking how Mac gave the thumbs down on health care repeal bill. 'Boy oh boy, who was that? I don't know.'"

On the Second Amendment: "Don't be complacent," Trump said. "If they get in, they will repeal your tax cuts, they will put judges in that you wouldn't believe, they'll take away your Second Amendment, which we will never allow to happen."

When Trump discussed the Parkland, Fla., shooting: "The room is absolutely quiet right now."

Trump: If there was an armed teacher: President Trump said that if a teacher had a gun, he or she would have "shot the hell out of" the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week.

On Democrats and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller Press: You can’t believe a word he says Feehery: March Madness MORE: "After a round of 'LOCK HER UP!' chants, Trump says, 'Boy, have they committed a lot of atrocities.'" 

On gun free zones: President Trump slammed "gun-free zones" at schools. In his words: "When we declare our schools to be gun-free zones it just puts our students in more danger – well-trained gun-adept teachers and coaches should be able to carry concealed firearms."

Protests?: As Trump began to run down his administration's biggest achievement -- tax reform and the confirmation of new federal judges -- a man toward the front of the stage began jeering him. The man was quickly removed from the hall as thousands of attendees, many of them wearing the Trump campaign's signature red "Make America Great Again" hats, booed him and chanted "USA." Watch:

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Day two of the convention for celebrating festive wardrobes:

Haha, I love this type of self-awareness from politicians: "Pres. Trump sees the video screen at CPAC, starts to admire his hair, tells audience, 'I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks....'"

 ^^Video -- it's pretty great:

Oh -- this clip: "Seb Gorka Shoves, Curses Out Mediaite Reporter He Once Challenged to a Duel: 'F*** Off'" 

Now that's a kippah!:


My peeps!:

Tidbit about security:



Yesterday -- why Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThe problem with hindsight McCain: Mueller must be allowed to finish investigation 'unimpeded' Trump lawyer calls for Rosenstein to shut down Mueller probe MORE and Richard Gates had bad Thursdays:

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE filed new charges against former Trump campaign staffers Paul Manafort and Richard Gates

How many counts: 32; 23 of the counts in the new indictment apply to Gates, while 13 apply to Manafort.

What they're charged with: Committing tax fraud, failing to file reports on foreign bank and financial accounts, and bank fraud conspiracy.

And this morning -- Why Paul Manafort is having an even worse day today: 

Via The New York Times's Mark Mazzetti and Maggie HabermanRichard Gates, a former aide to President Trump's presidential campaign, is expected to plead guilty as soon as this afternoon and will offer to cooperate with the investigation in exchange for a lighter sentence. Bad news for Paul Manafort: "If Mr. Manafort continues to fight the charges in a trial, testimony from Mr. Gates could give Mr. Mueller's team a first-person account of the criminal conduct that is claimed in the indictments -- a potential blow to Mr. Manafort's defense strategy."

JUST POSTED: Here's the criminal information that was just posted. Read:


HELPFUL READ: Here's why Richard Gates is a key player in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

OP-ED: Former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman explains why special counsel Robert Mueller is playing chess, not checkers.



Just now — gun proposals in Florida: 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced his proposal for changing gun regulations in the state. What it would include: Raising the minimum age to buy a semiautomatic rifle from 18 to 21; requiring at least one officer for every 1,000 students in public schools; a push to ban bump stocks; and funds for mental health and security in schools.

Via The Tampa Bay Times, here’s a list of his proposed changes:

Latest development -- ugh, this is heartbreaking:

Via The Washington Post's Lori Rozsa and Mark Berman, an armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while the shooter was killing people instead of entering the building. About that officer: Scot Peterson, who was armed and in uniform during the shooting, has resigned. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel "said that Peterson was in an office dealing with a school-related issue when the first shots were fired on Feb. 14 and that he got on his radio and then moved toward the outside of the building where the shooting was taking place. When asked what he is seen doing on the video, Israel replied: 'Nothing.'" Full story:

New poll -- on Trump's handling of the shooting:

Just one-third of Americans approve of the way President Trump has handled last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school, according to a new CBS News poll. Fifty percent of those surveyed disapprove of the way Trump has handled the shooting, and 17 percent said they didn't know or had no answer.



So it's now WAMU-ist, right?:

Via, "Today WAMU announces the acquisition of beloved neighborhood news site DCist. WAMU joined forces with leading public media outlets across the country – WNYC in New York, and KPCC in Southern California – in acquiring assets from DCist, Gothamist and LAist. The move underscores WAMU's commitment to the local community as it expands its breadth of local news on digital outlets and increases its digital presence."






Congress is out.

Today–Saturday: The Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. Schedule:

12:25 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the White House.

2:45 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence meets with Turnbull.

3 p.m. EST: President Trump meets with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump uses Nowruz to hit Iranian regime Trump informally offered Cohn CIA job before changing his mind: report Trump is not the first president to fire Cabinet officials to bury news MORE.



10:05 a.m. EST: President Trump spoke at CPAC in National Harbor, Md. Livestream:

12:10 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceJohn Oliver's Pence family rabbit spoof book knocks Comey from No. 1 on best-sellers list John Oliver publishes spoof of book about Pence family rabbit Pence walks in Georgia St. Patrick's Day parade MORE host a luncheon for members of the National Governors Association. Livestream:

2 p.m. EST: President Trump holds a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm TurnbullLivestream:

Sunday morning: Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyWH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying MORE (R-Pa.) will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press."

8 p.m. EST Sunday: The 2018 Olympics closing ceremony. You can also watch it live at 6 a.m. EST Sunday, but without commentary. How to watch:



Today is National Banana Bread Day.

Delayed, but whenever it happens -- *shoves everyone to be the first in line* ;)
The award-winning bakery 'Milk Bar' is opening a new location at the new Washington, D.C. wharf. It was scheduled to open today, but according to Milk Bar's Twitter, the official opening has been delayed "a tad bit."  Freebies for the opening:

Get out the patriotic face paint, America:

Via Yahoo's Jay Busbee, the U.S. men's curling team has advanced to the Olympic gold medal final this weekend. When: The event will air live Saturday, Feb. 24 at 1:35 a.m. EST. This lede is incredible: "So a liquor store manager, an environmental consultant, an R&D specialist, and a Dick's Sporting Goods store associate slide into the Olympics..." Full story -- it's worth reading:

Livestream of the event

And because you made it to the end of the week, here's a baby hippo desperately trying to get attention from a crocodile -- 'Play! With! Me!':


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