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The Daily BeastFeb 16, 2018
Before the Massacre at the School Named In Her Honor, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Was There When the Brady Bill Was Signed
DOUG MILLSThe Florida school where an expelled student murdered 17 people with an assault rifle on Valentine's Day was named after a champion of environmentalism, women's suffrage and civil rights who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom when she was 103, thereby proving what you can accomplish if your life is not cut short by a bullet.

The same day in 1993 when Marjory Stoneman Douglas received the medal from President Bill Clinton at the White House, she was invited to witness the signing of the Brady Bill, which established a federal background check for those seeking to purchase firearms.

One eventual result was that Nikolas Cruz was handed an ATF Form 473 when he asked to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle at Sunrise Tactical Supply in Coral Springs, Florida on February 11, 2017.

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The Daily BeastFeb 13, 2018
All Eyes on Trump as Senate Begins Immigration Free-for-All
Chip Somodevilla/GettyAs the Senate kicks off its free-for-all process to craft bipartisan immigration legislation, some leading Republican voices are pinning their hopes on President Donald Trump to prevent any legislation they might pass from dying in the House as it did the last time Congress took a stab at immigration reform.

But Democrats have wraned that relying on the president is a major gamble. Lawmakers on all sides of the immigration issue drew lines in the sand on Monday as they raced toward a March 5 deadline to enshrine legal protections for so-called DREAMers, those undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and approve new funds for border security—two of what Trump has said are four conditions for a bill he would sign into law.

"I don't know what I'm going to find tomorrow morning with the first tweet of the morning and what he's going to say during the course of the day," Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told The Daily Beast. "He's just unpredictable."

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Fox PoliticsFeb 12, 2018
Budget plans complicate Trump's alliance with Freedom Caucus, other conservative groups
President Trump's recent budget moves could complicate his relationship with the House Freedom Caucus and other fiscal conservatives, with his recent signing of a $400 billion spending deal and a budget blueprint that contains rising deficits.
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