FOX NEWS FIRST: Florida students plan gun control rally; Trump blasts Obama for inaction on Russia meddling

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Developing now, Tuesday, Feb. 20 2018

  • Survivors of last week's Florida shooting are planning a rally to pressure lawmakers into considering more gun control legislation as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School plans to reopen
  • President Trump turns the tables on his critics and wonders why the Obama administration failed to act on warning signs of Russia meddling in the U.S. political system
  • Trump endorses frequent critic Mitt Romney in his bid for the Utah Senate seat
  • North Koreans who fail to win medals at the Winter Olympics fear a dangerous fate in the gulags after the games end

THE LEAD STORY - GOP LAWMAKERS FACING PRESSURE TO ACT ON GUN CONTROL AS FLORIDA SCHOOL LOOKS TO MOVE FORWARD: A hundred Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School students are busing 400 miles to Florida's capital Tuesday to urge lawmakers to act to prevent a repeat of the massacre that killed 17 of its students and faculty last week ... The students plan to hold a rally Wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's Republican-controlled Legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws. However, this time, a combination of pressure from the public and President Trump could spur at least some changes in the country's gun laws. The White House has said Trump backs efforts to improve the country's background check system. His involvement could be the nudge for action in a Congress divided on virtually every issue. As lawmakers grapple with a plan of action, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School plans to reopen in phases starting this Friday.

 

OBAMA UNDER THE MICROSCOPE ON RUSSIA: President Trump on Monday followed other Republican leaders in questioning why the Obama administration failed to act” on the intelligence that Russia’s meddling in U.S. politics began in 2014 ... “Obama was President up to, and beyond, the 2016 Election. So why didn’t he do something about Russian meddling?” Trump tweeted. Last week, a federal grand jury, as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe, indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

TRUMP-ROMNEY FEUD OVER ... UNTIL NEXT TIME?: President Trump gave his full backing to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday, saying Romney's bid for a Senate seat from Utah "has my full support and endorsement!" ... The president's tweet suggested he may have buried the hatchet, at least temporarily, with the GOP foe who called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud" in 2016. Trump wrote Monday evening that Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor" to the retiring Orrin Hatch.

GOLD - OR THE GULAG: As North Koreans return home this week from the Pyeongchang Winter Games, possibly without any medals, Olympians hope to avoid the gulags — a fate the losers of the 1966 World Cup are believed to have experienced ... Twenty-two North Koreans participated in the 2018 Olympics, with the support of the nation’s handpicked cheering squad, for the regime’s ninth representation in a Winter Games. Competing in figure skating, skiing and ice hockey — as part of a joint team with South Korea — the country has failed to medal in any event, surely disappointing leader Kim Jong Un, whose family allegedly sentenced the failed World Cup athletes to concentration camps for the loss.

 

AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS

THE TRUMP HATERS CLUB: "So much of the opposition media is part of their own 4-H club." – Michelle Malkin, on "Hannity," likening the press to an anti-Trump "club" that cares only about "bringing down the president." WATCH

TRYING TO MAKE SENSE OF TRAGEDY: "When we start to remove God from the public sphere, we start to suffer the consequences." –  NFL star Benjamin Watson, on "The Story with Martha MacCallum," saying we must take "an honest assessment of our culture in its totality" in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. WATCH

 

THE SWAMP

Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new congressional map, which could benefit Dems.

Georgia looks to drop electronic voting machines in favor of paper ballots.

Jane Sanders' daughter runs for Bernie's old seat, amid college $$ controversy.

 

2018 WINTER OLYMPICS

Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White’s newly complex legacy.

French ice dancer suffers 'nightmare' wardrobe malfunction.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Ex-NFL player who planned murder of pregnant girlfriend seeks custody of son.

Texas teen accused of setting her dad up to be carjacked at gunpoint.

Twin babies found in suitcase in Arkansas ditch, police say.

 

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Fed seen triggering housing slump by offsetting Trump tax cut.

Elon Musk's Boring Company gets Hyperloop permit for NYC to DC.

Lucky Charms unveils new change to iconic cereal.

 

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HOLLYWOOD SQUARED

Fergie admits national anthem performance was kind of a mess.

Blac Chyna sex tape a 'criminal matter' according to her lawyer.

Sylvester Stallone death hoax causes actor, younger brother to slam rumors

 

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

UFO ‘evidence’: Recordings reveal air traffic control’s confusion at strange craft over Oregon.

Princess Diana's letters to AIDS victim surface, up for auction.

Woman faked being a federal agent to get Chick-fil-A discount: cops.

 

STAY TUNED

On Fox News:

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: President Trump touts Republican gains in polling; will it carry to the midterms? Then, meet the sheriff who's offering free concealed carry classes to teachers. And we'll get a preview of this year's hottest toys.

The Story with Martha MacCallum, 7 p.m. ET: David Bossie and Jonathan Turley on possible new developments in the Michael Flynn case.

Tucker Carlson Tonight, 8 p.m. ET: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes on the fallout from the indictment of 13 Russian nationals for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

On Fox Business:

Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Guests include: Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director; Rep. Ron DeSantis; Tom Lydon, ETF Trends CEO; Chris Swecker, former FBI assistant director; Denny Strigl, former Verizon Wireless CEO.

Varney & Co, 9 a.m. ET: Rep. Carlos Curbelo; Sebastian Gorka, chief strategist of The Make America Great Again Coalition; Rep. David Schweikert; Austin Dillon, Daytona 500 winner.

Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: James Damore, fired Google engineer; Robert Ray, former Whitewater independent counsel. 

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: Students are leading the charge for gun reform after last week's mass shooting in Florida. Carly Novell, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School explains. Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for coordinating an elaborate, secret social media campaign in an attempt to undermine the 2016 presidential election.  Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner weighs in. Plus, commentary by Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest, Harry Kazianis. 

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Dan Bongino, Kennedy, and Allen West on the latest in the fallout from the Florida massacre and the Russian collusion investigation; Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on efforts to expand consumer choices and lower health insurance costs.

The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: "Tiger Mom" meets "Mean Dad"! Amy Chua, author of "Political Tribes" joins Tom. Plus, comedian Jim Florentine discusses his new book, "Everybody Is Awful: (Except You!)"

 

#OnThisDay

1962: John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth as he flies aboard Project Mercury's Friendship 7 spacecraft.

1907: President Theodore Roosevelt signs an immigration act which excluded "idiots, imbeciles, feeble-minded persons, epileptics, insane persons" from being admitted to the United States.

1816: The opera buffa "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini premieres in Rome under its original title, "Almaviva, or the Useless Precaution."

Fox News First is compiled by Fox News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day, and we'll see you in your inbox first thing Wednesday morning.