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The state of play 22 days after Parkland

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Stoneman Douglas students returned to class two weeks after the mass shooting. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., 638 copycat threats were reported from February 15 to February 27, according to USA Today. The top states were Texas with 55, Ohio with 47, California with 37, Florida with 35 and Pennsylvania with 32.

Happening today: The White House takes its next steps on school safety, per Lindsay Walters, White House deputy press secretary:

"As we continue to work towards creating school safety programs that protect all children, the President will be meeting with video game industry leaders and Members of Congress [Roosevelt Room, 2 p.m.] to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children."
  • "This meeting will be the first of many with industry leaders to discuss this important issue.”
  • Expected attendees include Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-M0.) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)
  • Outside participants include Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive, CEO of Rockstar Games; Brent Bozell, Media Research Center; Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (Ret.), director of Killology Research Group; Pat Vance, president of Entertainment Software Rating Board; Mike Gallagher, President and CEO, Entertainment Software Association; Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media; and Melissa Henson, Mother from Parents Television Council.
Mike Allen 8 hours ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios 

Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.