February 22, 2018

2-22-2018 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • Survivors of school shootings and family members of victims shared their stories and calls for action during a public event at the White House with President Donald Trump that gave voice to the emotional debate over how to respond to the latest school shooting. Trump said he would press for both strengthened background checks and enhanced mental health measures, and he floated the idea of allowing some teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons. (The New York Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a supporter of gun rights, said during a CNN town hall event that he supports raising the legal age to purchase a rifle from 18, adding that there might be enough votes in the Senate to increase the age threshold to 21. Rubio also said he is “reconsidering” his position on large capacity magazines and that he disagreed with a proposal to arm teachers. (CNN)
  • Sixty-four percent of registered voters want stricter gun control laws, according to a new poll that shows a level of support that’s consistent with figures following other mass shootings. Republican opposition to tougher gun control measures has softened since a poll taken in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., with 29 percent of GOP voters now saying they strongly oppose stricter laws, compared with 42 percent in June 2016. (Morning Consult)
  • Sam Nunberg, one of Trump’s earliest campaign advisers, is set to meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators today, according to an unnamed source. Nunberg, who has remained a loyal Trump supporter despite being fired by the campaign in 2015 and later sued by Trump, was asked to meet with the investigators in mid-January soon after after the publication of Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump administration. (Politico)

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