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Are we certain there's a theory?
March 2nd, 2018
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Trending
Shots reported at Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University reported that shots were fired at 9:30 a.m. ET Friday.

According to CNN, a suspect considered armed and dangerous is still at large and everyone is advised "to take shelter," the school said. The suspect is described as a 19-year-old wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.

The Detroit Free Press reports that 2 people were shot and classes have been canceled.

CBS News also has live updates on the developing story.

The gun problem

Following in the footsteps of Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, L.L. Bean raised the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, CNN Money’s Chris Isidore reports. L.L. Bean is now the fourth major retailer to take action.

Elsewhere, Senate Republicans Shunned Trump’s Gun Control Ideas, according to Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan at the New York Times. "A day after President Trump ordered lawmakers to draft tough gun control legislation, few if any Republicans embraced the president’s surprising stance,”  Michael Tackett quoted from the piece.

The AP has news from police who say a boy who shot himself in Massillon, Ohio had planned an attack on his school. The seventh-grader reportedly put that plan on his cellphone, which showed admiration for the Columbine shooters and detailed his own eight-step attack plan.

Audrey Carlsen and Sahil Chinoy looked into How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries for the New York Times. “In some parts of US you can legally buy a gun faster than a Starbucks mocha latte. In Japan you need certificates for training, gunpowder, at least 2 police reviews and more, which takes months,” Rick Gladstone pointed out.

And NPR reveals the Depth Of a Russian Politician's Cultivation Of His NRA Ties, courtesy of Tim Mak. Mak says a prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle Association, and documented efforts in real time over six years to leverage those connections and gain access deeper into American politics.

Speaking of Russia

CNBC’s John Harwood provides a closer look at Trump's in-plain-sight embrace of Russia. Harwood added on Twitter: “Wherever Mueller ends up, this much is in plain sight: Trump has embraced Russian money and help while boosting Russia geopolitically and attacking US officials defending America against Russian crimes.”

NBC News has its own news on Mueller, reporting that the special prosecutor is looking to charge the Russians who stole and spread Democrats' emails. That reporting is the work of Ken Dilanian, William M. Arkin and Julia Edwards Ainsley.

The Daily Beast has the exclusive on Secret Documents From Russia’s Election Trolls Leak thanks to the work of Ben Collins, Gideon Resnick, and Spencer Ackerman there. “The Internet Research Agency, or the Kremlin Troll Farm, suffered a massive leak, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Contents of its server were auctioned on a Russian auction site. We have some of the documents,” Collins tweeted. “Oh! Well will you look at that!” Noah Shachtman teased.

Moving on to the Trumps

Questions linger about how Melania Trump, a Slovenian model, scored ‘the Einstein visa,’ Mary Jordan writes at the Washington Post. That’s because the program is reserved for people with “extraordinary ability.” “Day-um!” David Waldman reacted.

In another section of Trump’s world, Kushner’s Business Reportedly Got Loans from Companies After White House Meetings, according to Jesse Drucker, Kate Kelly, and Ben Protess at the New York Times. To put it very plainly, David Enrich explained, “Jared Kushner met in White House with top Wall Street executives. Then their companies made big loans to Kushner’s family business.”

The Intercept puts it more plainly, writing that Jared Kushner’s Real-Estate Firm Sought Money Directly From Qatar Government Weeks Before Blockade. Clayton Swisher and Ryan Grim did the reporting there.

Then there’s the proverbial nail in the coffin, an exhaustive piece from Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker, and Josh Dawsey at the Washington Post that heralds ‘Jared has faded’: Inside the 28 days of tumult that left Kushner badly diminished. “One official likened the work of (Jared’s) Office of American Innovation to headlines in The Onion,”  Seung Min Kim quoted from the piece.

But don’t go blaming it all on the First Son-In-Law. Because in a CNN exclusive, Sara Murray, Shimon Prokupecz, and Kara Scannell reveal that FBI counterintel is looking at an Ivanka Trump business deal. That being the negotiations and financing surrounding Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, according to a US official and a former US official.

No doubt, Trump’s Chaos Theory for the Oval Office Is Taking Its Toll. But don’t believe us, just read Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman’s piece on it in the New York Times. “Chaos is not a strategy,” Michael Tackett wrote. “When WH aides arrived at work on Thursday, they had no clear idea of what Mr. Trump would say about trade,” Jonathan Martin tweeted from the article. “Are we certain there's a theory?” Henry Fountain added.

From the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, there’s a write-up on Trump’s Tariff Folly. “The bible of the 1% - @WSJ - just published an editorial calling Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs "the worst decision" of his presidency,” Peter Kadzis wrote. Timothy Stenovec could hardly believe it: “Wow. WSJ editorial board, very friendly to Trump, calls the tariffs ‘the biggest policy blunder of his Presidency.’”

The New York Times also discovered that Oil Was Central in Decision to Shrink Bears Ears Monument, according to some emails Eric Lipton and Lisa Friedman got their hands on. “The team of @EricLiptonNYT and @LFFriedman with another big scoop: internal Interior documents show that shrinking Bears Ears monument was hugely about drilling and mining,” John Schwartz lauded.

Leaks and the leakers who leak them

A Justice Department Report Is Expected to Criticize Andrew McCabe Over Media Disclosures, according to Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman at the New York Times. “The former FBI deputy director repeatedly called out by Trump, is going to be criticized in an IG report over leaks. But they were anti-Clinton,” Amy Fiscus points out. Goldman, meanwhile, highlights that this is a “rare byline with @mattapuzzo.”

While Senate Intelligence Leaders Say it was the House G.O.P. who Leaked Senator Mark Warner’s Texts. That’s according to Nicholas Fandos at the New York Times. “The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee have privately concluded that the HPSCI majority leaked Mark Warner's private text messages to Fox News,” Fandos shared on Twitter. You might remember Warner as the senator who “got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch.” Or at least that’s what President Trump wrote back in the days the Steele Dossier was making headlines.

In other bad news

“Huge, upsetting, important story from my colleague @By_CJewett working with @USATODAY 's network with @johnhillkirk as the maestro. Spine surgery outside of a hospital? Really? Journos pick it up. @KHNews shares all our work,” Diane Webber tweeted. She’s talking about As Surgery Centers Boom, Patients Are Paying With Their Lives written by Christina Jewett and Mark Alesia in KHN. “An impressively deep dive into surgery centers by @KHNews finds that some are likely taking on cases that are too risky to be outside a hospital. Interesting reading in a city with so many companies snapping up surgery centers,” Blake Farmer confirmed.

Here’s what’s happening across the pond

In Britain, The Guardian’s Gary Younge takes a close look at Boris Johnson’s white privilege and asks “imagine he was a black woman.” Younge elaborated: “If Boris Johnson were a black women, the mop-haired, bumbling oafish, roguish shtick he has curated would not be an option. Black women don't get to make light of their gaffe-making or impulsive remarks. They don't get to have bad days.”

And The Financial Times interviewed John McDonnell and asked Is Britain ready for a socialist chancellor? “We've waited two years to interview the shadow chancellor and here is the result,” Jim Pickard tweeted.

Watercooler
Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: The longest standing ovation in Oscars history lasted 12 minutes. Who was it for?

Answer: It was for Charlie Chaplin in 1972 when the comedian got his Honorary Award and you can watch that 12-minute standing O right here.

Congrats to Stephen Marmon‏‏ who was the first to tweet the correct answer.

Your question of the day for today is…In a first-person write-up about her salary negotiations for The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo wrote that which actress (also a presenter at last year's Oscars ceremony) now drives a Prius?

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