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People gather for a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group backed by Mike Bloomberg, is launching a five-point action plan in the wake of Wednesday's shooting in southern Florida, hoping to capitalize on the outrage of voters ahead of the midterm elections.

Why it matters: This issue will be one of the most hotly contested topics in 2018, with Democrats looking to use gun control to target members of Congress in vulnerable states and districts. According to Politico, Everytown received $750,000 in online donations within 24 hours of Wednesday's shooting at a Florida high school.

“It’s time to throw them out. Lawmakers have had enough time to come around to common sense on the gun issue. Americans have had it with excuses and inaction -- it’s time to elect leaders who will finally act to save lives from gun violence.”
— John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in the press release

Their five-point action plan: Commit to vote on gun safety, learn how much money officials have received from the NRA, register friends to vote, push candidates to go on the record about their stance on gun control by filling out a questionnaire, and encouraging people to run for office.

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Trump can't quit mainstream media

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa are interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" in September. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC via Getty Images

Bob Woodward and Robert Costa issued a rebuttal on Friday to a statement by former President Donald Trump that misrepresented their reporting — and once again showed the 45th president's thin skin about mainstream media.

Driving the news: "Former President Trump said ... our book, 'Peril,' implied that he was planning to go to war with China," the statement begins. "[W]e report that Chairman of Joint Chiefs Mark Milley 'believed that Trump did not want a war' before or after the 2020 election."

NY declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron COVID variant

Governor Kathy Hochul makes an announcement about a new plan transforming Penn Station on Nov. 3, 2021. Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday declared a state of emergency amid rising COVID-19 cases and the newly-identified Omicron variant of the virus.

Driving the news: The declaration enables the state to acquire supplies to fight a potential surge in cases, increase hospital capacity and combat potential staff shortages, NBC's local affiliate reports.

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First cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant discovered in U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Two cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant were detected in the United Kingdom overnight, the U.K. Health Security Agency announced Saturday.

Why it matters: The discovery comes as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.