Photo by Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Speaking at an Axios event with Mike Allen Friday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the young people leading the gun control movement, those who have gone to the streets with signs like, "Our blood, your hands," have "touched the conscience of America."

"What's so extraordinary is how articulate and committed they are. They are the voice and face of a new social movement...I think that's one of the fundamental changes we're seeing in the gun violence prevention movement."
— Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Other highlights:

  • On Republican colleagues: They see the writing on the wall and they know they have to do something meaningful with respect to gun control, beyond the "extremely minimal" Fix NICS bill passed in Congress last night.
  • On tomorrow's marches: The 832 marches worldwide will help "galvanize and mobilize" people, but it's a marathon, not a sprint. Connecticut, with the strongest gun laws in the street, is "at the mercy of states with the weakest." Guns have no respect for state borders, which is why a national standard is necessary.
  • On progress: I think in the late spring or summer, we could see progress. But realistically, the major progress will come after the election. One encouraging sign is that private sector companies (Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, banks) are now taking steps to change their gun policies.

Go deeper

Warren and Clinton to speak on same night of Democratic convention

(Photos: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images, Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton both are slated to speak on the Wednesday of the Democratic convention — Aug. 19 — four sources familiar with the planning told Axios.

Why it matters: That's the same night Joe Biden's running mate (to be revealed next week) will address the nation. Clinton and Warren represent two of the most influential wise-women of Democratic politics with the potential to turn out millions of establishment and progressive voters in November.

Trump considering order on pre-existing condition protections, which already exist

President Trump. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump announced on Friday he will pursue an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions, something that is already law.

Why it matters: The Affordable Care Act already requires insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. The Trump administration is currently arguing in a case before the Supreme Court to strike down that very law — including its pre-existing condition protections.

Updated 23 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 19,266,406 — Total deaths: 718,530 — Total recoveries — 11,671,253Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 8:30 p.m. ET: 4,928,802 — Total deaths: 161,052 — Total recoveries: 1,623,870 — Total tests: 60,415,558Map.
  3. Politics: Trump says he's prepared to sign executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases.
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.