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The Daily BeastFeb 19, 2018
John Oliver Praises Parkland Shooting Survivors for Taking on the Gun Lobby
HBOYes, John Oliver is back.

After several months off, the irascible Brit returned to the desk of Last Week Tonight for its fifth season premiere. He began by addressing the "heartbreaking events" of Parkland, Florida, wherein a MAGA hat-wearing 19-year-old armed with a legally-purchased AR-15 assault rifle targeted the students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, taking 17 lives in a hail of gunfire. 

"These events are now so familiar, we basically automatically know how each side will play out: ‘thoughts and prayers,' ‘fuck your thoughts and prayers,' ‘it's a mental health problem,' ‘yeah, but it's also a gun problem,' and then someone says ‘now's not the time to talk about gun control,' and then everybody moves on until it inevitably happens again," said Oliver.

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CNN PoliticsFeb 19, 2018
Trump open to improving background checks, spokesman says
President Donald Trump "is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system" for gun purchases, a White House spokesman said Monday, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

Fox PoliticsFeb 18, 2018
Trump backs efforts to improve federal gun background checks, White House says
The White House revealed on Sunday that President Trump would support a push to improve the nation's system of background checks for would-be gun buyers, days after the shooting massacre at the high school in Parkland, Florida.

The Daily BeastFeb 18, 2018
‘This Is Who the American People Elected': White House Grapples with Un-Presidential Trump After School Shooting
Tasos KatopodisIn the days ahead of the long Presidents' Day weekend, several White House aides had privately conceded to The Daily Beast that they were worried how it would look if their boss decided to go golfing, again.

Entering the weekend directly following the Parkland school shooting—at a time when family and friends of the victims, as well as survivors, were still grappling with what had struck their community—President Donald Trump was already scheduled to spend the next few days at his Florida resort getaway, Mar-a-Lago, where he famously takes long stretches of hours to golf and blow off steam. Senior White House officials were fully aware of how bad the optics would be, and how aloof the president would appear, if Trump hit the golf course to relax as another Florida community mourned and held memorials.

At least as of Sunday early morning, the president's staff got its wish. Senior Trump aides began informing reporters that, despite the cooperating weather in Palm Beach, President Trump would not be golfing—out of respect for the solemn moment.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Trump to meet House Speaker Ryan on Sunday in Florida: White House (Reuters Politics)

Reuters PoliticsFeb 16, 2018
White House's Kelly tightens security clearance procedures post-scandal
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, under pressure to act, strengthened the process for security clearances for President Donald Trump's aides on Friday in response to a scandal involving a former official accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives.
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