News Roundup

Armed Deputy on scene at Parkland shooting did not go in

  • 54 year-old Deputy Scot Peterson took cover outside instead of entering the school, with an unreleased video filmed outside of the school showing Peterson doing “nothing,” according to the Broward County sheriff, who also acknowledged that his office had received 23 calls related to the suspect over the last decade, including one that said he was collecting knives and guns
  • This revelation comes after the widely derided failure of the FBI to respond to a tip last month from someone close to the shooter that he owned a gun and talked of committing a school shooting

At CPAC, NRA Head Wayne LaPierre hits back

  • Calling recent calls for gun control a “shameful politicization of tragedy” and tying them to a larger socialist movement, NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s appearance came as a surprise
  • LaPierre’s name was added to the program late, appearing only yesterday morning, along with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch

Pres. Trump will speak at CPAC today

32-Count indictment filed against former Trump campaign head Manafort and his aide Gates

  • Paul Manafort and Rick Gates face 16 counts related to filing false individual income tax returns, seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, five counts of bank fraud conspiracy, and four counts of bank fraud
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller said more than $75 million was funneled through offshore accounts, and that Manafort laundered more than $30 million with Gates’ help

National Governors’ Meeting in DC this weekend

  • The meeting will have sessions on agriculture, the opioid crisis, innovation, education, veterans affairs, and economic development

Missouri Governor indicted on invasion of privacy charges

  • The felony invasion of privacy charge accuses Gov. Eric Greitens of photographing a nude or partially nude person without their knowledge or consent in 2015
  • Gov. Greitens is accusing the prosecutor of using “her office to score political points,” and has said that he “made a personal mistake” but “did not commit a crime”

Net Neutrality order formally published

Russia blocks UN Security Council resolution for ceasefire in eastern Ghouta

  • The resolution would have established a 30-day ceasefire and aid deliveries in eastern Ghouta, which has been under days of shelling and airstrikes from Syrian government forces
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights saying that at least 426 people have been killed
  • Russia is calling these and related reports a result of “mass psychosis,” with “global media outlets acting in coordination, disseminating the same rumours”

Parents say at least 100 girls still missing after Nigerian Boko Haram attack

  • It’s now been four days after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked their school in north Nigeria earlier this week, and although authorities reported 50 young women missing, the parents say the number is double that
  • Separately, another 100 girls are still in captivity from nearly four years ago, when 276 were taken from a boarding school in a widely reported mass abduction

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