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Parents and Students Plead With Trump: ‘How Many Children Have to Get Shot?’

February 22, 2018
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
An anguished father mourning his 18-year-old daughter vented his anger and pleaded for safer schools. A fear-stricken student who watched classmates die last week wept openly as he called for banning assault weapons.
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Why Trump won't use his superpower on guns

February 22, 2018
Jonathan Swan, Mike Allen | Axios
President Trump has a rare political superpower — he can get Republicans to do what seems like the impossible. He used this superpower to soften their opposition to Vladimir Putin, to instantly stir their distrust of the FBI, and embrace trillion-dollar deficits. No politician can move Rs to unthinkable places and provide more cover in the toughest of states or districts.
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Rubio takes a risk in emotional gun debate, facing critics and warming to new firearm restrictions

February 22, 2018
Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
Fred Guttenberg stood under a spotlight gripping a microphone with both hands and delivered a blunt message to Marco Rubio. “I want to like you,” said Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed in a mass shooting at her high school last week. But he couldn’t. Not yet. Not after what he had heard.
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'I Loved 'Em All.' Inside Billy Graham's Powerful Relationship With U.S. Presidents

February 21, 2018
Michael Duffy, Nancy Gibbs | TIME
It was January, 2006 the first time we went to visit Billy Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina for several days of conversation; we returned a year later, then approached him again in the summer of 2007 after the death of Ruth, his wife of more than 60 years.
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Trump calls for bump stock ban, stronger background checks

February 21, 2018
Margaret Brennan | CBS News
President Trump is taking the first steps toward tougher gun regulations one week after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He says lawmakers need to focus on strengthening background checks, and he also wants to ban bump stocks.
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Kushner-Kelly divide deepens over security clearance overhaul

February 21, 2018
Jeff Zeleny, Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins | CNN
White House chief of staff John Kelly has been locked in an internal struggle with President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner over his access to highly classified information for weeks now, a confrontation that has escalated amid a recent policy overhaul and the resignation of a staff secretary who was accused of spousal abuse.
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Romney faces complicated path as he begins run for Senate seat

February 21, 2018
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
A presidential tweet and a polite thank you in reply underscored the complicated path for Mitt Romney as he begins his quest for a Senate seat in Utah. Entering the competition was the first and perhaps easiest step in his return to public life. Deciding what to do if he wins presents more difficult choices.
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Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to California gun waiting period

February 20, 2018
Pete Williams | NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not take up an appeal to California's ten-day waiting period for gun buyers, acting as the issue of gun control is once more in the national spotlight after last week's school shooting in Florida.
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The War America Isn’t Fighting

February 20, 2018
Susan Glasser | POLITICO
Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells us about his Pentagon plan to counter Russia—and why both Obama and Trump have failed to execute it.
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