West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced yesterdfay that a four-day teachers' strike in the state would come to an end after a deal was reached to give teachers a 5 percent pay raise. Teachers were protesting at the state capitol while schools were closed. The strike also resulted in a 3 percent pay raise for all other state employees. Schools will re-open on Thursday after a "cooling off period" today, a teachers' group wrote on Facebook. The strike was occurring due to a number of reasons.
Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of Washington challenged President Trump on his controversial proposal to arm teachers with concealed-carry weapons, during a White House meetings with governors on Monday. Inslee said that both law enforcement and educators were concerned about teachers “packing heat” in classrooms. “So I just suggest we need a little less tweeting here, a little more listening,” said Inslee. “Let’s just take that off the table and move forward.” The president then called on Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott to explain how teachers are trained to carry guns in his state. Trump concluded his Governors Meeting on shootings today.
A man whose daughter was killed in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week confronted Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) earlier tonight on gun control. At a CNN town hall, Fred Guttenberg said Rubio and President Donald Trump were “pathetically weak” in their responses to the massacre. The remark drew a standing ovation from the crowd. “Were guns the factor in the hunting of our kids?” Guttenberg asked. Rubio said he would support legislation preventing an 18-year-old from buying a firearm, but he would not go so far as to endorse an ban of assault weapons.
A wave of student advocacy develops in the aftermath of the mass shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Dozens of students and staff from the school are headed to Florida's capital, where they plan to talk with lawmakers about safety and gun control. On Presidents Day, a group of teens and more than 100 supporters staged a "lie-in" outside the White House to pressure lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Students, teachers and staff nationwide are encouraged to take part in a walkout on March 14 to protest gun violence, while student survivors plan a march in Washington on March 24.
President Trump today said the FBI was so busy looking into collusion claims it “missed” warning signs before the rampage. Trump called it “very sad” through a tweet that the FBI “missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter.” “This is not acceptable,” he said. “They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign—there is no collusion.” The president’s comment came after the FBI admitted that it had failed to investigate a tip about the Florida gunman more than a month before the shooting rampage that killed 17 people. It also followed a federal indictment handed down by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday that accused 13 Russians of conspiring to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, a charge that Trump says proves there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Moscow.
Seventeen students and adults were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The carnage began after a fire alarm was pulled and students started leaving classrooms. That's when police say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student armed with an AR-15-style firearm, began shooting. He was arrested after reportedly trying to hide among fleeing students. It's at least the fourth school shooting this year and is among the top 10 deadliest shootings in modern US history. It happened in a place voted the safest city in Florida.
Michael Cohen, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, told The New York Times today that he personally paid $130,000 to a porn actress, Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had an affair with Trump. Daniels received the apparent hush money just before Election Day in 2016, The Wall Street Journal first reported. “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Cohen said. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.” According to the Times, Cohen refused to answer questions about “whether Mr. Trump had been aware that he made the payment, what the motivation was or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.”
Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the reality TV star and former Trump White House aide, says Americans should be “worried” if Vice President Mike Pence became commander-in-chief. “We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president,” Manigault-Newman said on Celebrity Big Brother. “He’s extreme. I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.” She also said “we are not going to be okay” as a country. White House spokesman Raj Shah said last week that Manigault-Newman “has no contact” with the president anymore.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly claimed in a staff meeting this morning that he took immediate action against Rob Porter, the Washington Post reported, but some staffers found Kelly’s version of events to be untrue. Kelly said he started the process of removing Porter “within 40 minutes” of after finding domestic abuse allegations against him were credible. Staffers present “expressed disbelief with one another,” the Post said. Kelly defended Porter to the Daily Mail on Tuesday night after it presented claims of physical abuse by Porter's ex-wives. Kelly privately fought for Porter to keep his job as staff secretary on Wednesday, after a photo surfaced of Porter's first wife showing a bruised eye, which she claims was the result of Porter punching her in the face.
White House officials knew “for months” of the domestic abuse allegations against a top aide who resigned today, according to a CNN report. Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary, resigned earlier Wednesday and has denied the allegations against him, which came from two of his ex-wives. According to CNN, White House chief of staff John Kelly and other top officials became aware of the allegations “by early fall” of last year. The White House was defending Porter even after he resigned. Trump himself reportedly found out about the allegations this week. Kelly said he was “shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter.”
Four people were shot and 18 injured after migrants clashed with each other in the French port town of Calais late last week. It's not clear what sparked the violence. Calais was once home to a so-called "jungle" camp that held hundreds of migrants hoping to make it to the UK. The camp was torn down in October 2016, but about 500 migrants remain in the city. France and Britain signed a treaty last month aimed at speeding migrants' UK asylum applications.
MSNBC co-host Mika Brzezinski cut off an interview with Michael Wolff on Morning Joe this morning, after the Fire and Fury author said he never suggested that U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley had an affair with President Donald Trump. To that denial, Brzezinski replied, “You might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this, but you’re slurring a woman. It’s disgraceful.” The exchange comes after Wolff recently appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher, where he said he was “absolutely sure” the president was having an affair with someone, and alluded to who that person was in one paragraph of his White House tell-all—that person being Haley. The former South Carolina governor has vehemently denied any relationship with Trump. Minutes after Wolff was kicked off, he tweeted: “the President is right about Mika,” followed by: “The last time I was on Morning Joe off camera Joe and Mika eager to gossip about who Trump might be sleeping with.”