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  1. Hey, CNN, There's Nothing Cool About Socialism
    Alex Berezow, USA Today
    My grandmother grew up in Ukraine, which was then a part of the USSR — the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. After waking each morning, she checked to see if any of her family members died during the night. Many of her compatriots were already dead because Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, implemented a mass starvation program.
  2. Don't Mourn the End of Objective Journalism
    Lee Drutman, The New Republic
    In January, the Knight Foundation issued a new report on “trust, media, and democracy.” It was a long document—71 pages, with eight headings atop 28 bullet points in the “Key Findings” section alone—and took a detailed look at why modern news organizations struggle to “fulfill their democratic responsibilities of informing the public and holding government leaders accountable.” The report identified many contributing factors, but none more than the perception among the public that the nation’s news organizations weren’t being...
  3. The Poison We Pick
    Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine
    The scale and darkness of this epidemic is a sign of a civilization in a more acute crisis than we knew.
  4. Billy Graham's New Home
    Franklin Graham, The Tennessean
    My father has joined my mother in heaven. He went to sleep in his home in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and woke up in the arms of Jesus. While many around the world mourn his physical death, he is now celebrating the eternal life he spent over 70 years telling millions of people about.
  5. Mueller Tightens the Noose, and Breaks Rick Gates
    Abigail Tracy, Vanity Fair
    Mueller may have issued the latest indictments partly to prove the Russia investigation is no hoax or witch hunt, eliminating Trump's cover should he try to delegitimize the special counsel's office.
  6. Another Way Obama's Spies Exploited the Anti-Trump Dossier
    Paul Sperry, NY Post
    The much-hyped Obama intelligence report that determined “Vladimir Putin ordered” Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails hacked and leaked “to help Trump’s chances of victory” has been accepted as gospel among DC punditry and given the investigations besieging the Trump presidency their legs. To date, no evidence has publicly emerged to corroborate the report, and the reason may have a lot to do with that sketchy dossier bought and paid for by Clinton.
  7. Dems Won Big in 2017, and We're Only Just Beginning
    Tom Perez, USA Today
    When I was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee a year ago, President Trump responded the way he always does: on Twitter, mocking me and my fellow Democrats. In response, deputy DNC chair Keith Ellison and I made a promise: we would unite Democrats across the country to become his worst nightmare. And we did — by winning some of the biggest races in 2017.
  8. Trump Unloads at CPAC, Urges Activists to Focus on Midterms
    James Arkin, RCP
    President Trump on Friday called for his biggest supporters to avoid complacency ahead of this year’s midterm elections, saying they need to stay engaged and rally behind congressional Republicans.
  9. Proof That a Good Guy With a Gun Doesn't Always Stop Bad Guy
    Chris Cillizza, CNN
    Washington (CNN)When the shooting started at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday, there was an armed deputy on duty at the school -- someone tasked, specifically, with keeping the students inside safe.
  10. Law Enforcement Failures Made Fla. Shooting Much Worse
    David Marcus, Federalist
    The failure of an armed guard to even enter the Parkland high school highlights the myriad law enforcement failures in Florida's shooting.
  11. Another Shooting, Another Debate. Will Outcome Be the Same?
    Baker & Shear, NYT
    Last week's school massacre in Florida set the well-worn machinery of America's gun debate in motion. But angry students injected new passion into a stale fight.
  12. How Many More in Authority Failed Our Kids?
  13. Seeing Through the Gun Lobby's Fog
    Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe
    On Thursday, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre was trafficking in cross-eyed conspiratorial craziness.
  14. John Shuster and His Ragtag Team of Curling Rejects
    Justin Peters, Slate
    There’s a great, crowd-pleasing movie to be made about the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympics curling team. Their story conforms to every slobs-vs.-snobs cinematic underdog narrative you’ve ever seen. The unheralded group of USA Curling castoffs, led by skip John Shuster, had to struggle against long odds to even make it to the Olympics. In Pyeongchang, they’ve dispatched one more-heralded team after another. After beating the fearsome Canadian squad on Thursday, the Americans have made it to the gold medal match for the first time ever. They are the Bad News Bears with brooms.
  15. Graham Showed What Evangelical Christianity Could Be
    Randall Balmer, NBC News
    For anyone who has read Sinclair Lewis’s “Elmer Gantry” or lived through the televangelist scandals of the 1980s — Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Oral Roberts — it is not difficult to identify Billy Graham’s most remarkable accomplishment. Over the course of a public career that lasted more than half a century, no one has credibly charged Graham with scandal.

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