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Lauren Meier 39 mins ago
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Trump: Gun free zones are "like going in for the ice cream" for school shooters
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President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Photo by Zach Gibson-Pool / Getty Images

At a school safety meeting with state and local officials Thursday, President Trump doubled down on the notion that teachers should have concealed carry permits, and called for more security guards in schools. "I want my schools protected just like I want my banks protected," he said.

Quote"Gun-free zones [are] like going in for the ice cream" for school shooters.

Going further: The president also warned of the influence of violence in video games and online saying, "we have to do something about maybe what they're seeing."

Shane Savitsky 1 hour ago
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Almost half of parents think their kids are addicted to tech
A father lures his child along with an iPhone in the NYC Diaper Derby. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images

Almost half of American parents believe their children are addicted to mobile devices, according to a new survey from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey featured in USA TODAY. The results show that nearly three-quarters of American children have access to an Internet-connected mobile device and 47% of their parents believe that their child is addicted.

Why it matters: Concerns about the addictive nature of social media are becoming a deeper concern among tech giants. As early Facebook investor Sean Parker told Axios' Mike Allen last year about the platform, “God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains.”

Alayna Treene 1 hour ago
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Michelle Wolf named entertainer for WHCA dinner
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Comedian Michelle Wolf, best known for her work as a contributor on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah," has been named the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner on April 28. Wolf follows Comedy Central's Hasan Minhaj, who roasted President Trump and members of the media at least year's bash.

What we don't know: It's still unclear whether the president himself will attend the event after notoriously skipping last year's dinner. But he does plan to attend the Gridiron Club's annual dinner on March 3, which he also snubbed in 2017, so his presence remains a possibility.

Erica Pandey 2 hours ago
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NRA spokeswoman: "Many in legacy media love mass shootings"
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Loesch at CPAC. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch accused the media Thursday of "loving" mass shootings because they boost TV ratings. "Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings," she said during a speech at CPAC. Last night, Loesch also faced students from the Parkland shooting at a CNN town hall.

"Crying white mothers are ratings gold to you and many in the legacy media ... notice I said 'crying white mothers' because there are thousands of grieving black mothers in Chicago every weekend, and you don't see town halls for them, do you? Where's the CNN town hall for Chicago? Where's the CNN town hall for sanctuary cities?"
— Dana Loesch at CPAC
Erica Pandey 3 hours ago
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Wilbur Ross wants to turn the moon into an outer space "gas station"
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Wilbur Ross, flanked by Jeff Sessions and Ivanka Trump, watches the partial solar eclipse from the White House. Photo: Nicholas Kamm / AFP via Getty Images

The Trump administration's outer space vision is a commercial paradise, where private innovators colonize the low Earth orbit and help the government send Americans to Mars.

What's new: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC Thursday morning that the next big step in commercializing space is to turn the moon into "a kind of gas station for outer space."

Alayna Treene 3 hours ago
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Trump defends the "Great American Patriots" at the NRA

After firing off five tweets this morning outlining where he stands on gun reform, President Trump defended the NRA's EVP Wayne LaPierre, Executive Director Chris Cox, and other members.

Why it matters: Trump has recently said that he'll bring about changes to gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, but he also understands that the NRA and its supporters help put him in the White House. This is him protecting them and the Second Amendment.

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Scoop: Beijing sending another senior emissary to D.C.
Liu He delivers a speech at the annual 2018 World Economic Forum. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

Liu He is coming to D.C. next week, sometime between Feb. 27 and March 2, my sources tell me. His trip will follow the early February visit of Politburo member and top diplomat Yang Jiechi — whose visit was not seen as successful by either side.

Why it matters: Beijing will now have sent two Politburo-level emissaries in the last several weeks to try to re-engage with the U.S., and to get a clear message on exactly what the Trump Administration wants. Beijing is looking to restart the Comprehensive Economic Dialogue but so far the Trump administration has not agreed.

Erica Pandey 5 hours ago
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Trump outlines his preferred gun control measures

President Trump outlined his preferred gun control measures in a morning tweet, suggesting that he wants Congress to move forward on comprehensive background checks, an increase in the age for rifle ownership, and a bump stock ban.

Go deeper: Why Trump won't use his superpower to sway Republicans on gun control.

Axios 6 hours ago
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The worst addiction epidemic in U.S. history

"The Opioid Diaries" is the first issue in TIME’s 95-year history devoted entirely to one photographer’s work. Over the past year, TIME commissioned acclaimed photographer James Nachtwey to document this crisis through the people on its front lines."

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Axios 6 hours ago
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Snapchat visualizes the United States of school walkouts

"In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class [yesterday] to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week's deadly shooting in Florida," AP reports.

Why it matters: "The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for their demonstrations over social media."

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Here's how yesterday looked on Snapchat's "Snap Maps," which shows Snaps (videos) from around the world. Photo: Sara Fischer's Snapchat