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Gabby Giffords speaking at Lesbians Who Tech Summit. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords are starting a tech council to help elected officials pass gun laws. "Now is the time to come together, be responsible Democrats, Republicans, everyone," Giffords said while speaking at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco.

Giffords has become a leading voice for gun control after she survived a 2011 assassination attempt when a 22-year-old man shot her in the head in Tucson, Arizona.

"Gabby and I have made it our mission to try to bring back some sanity on an issue that has defined our country in the worst of ways," Kelly said. "We have mass shootings at a level in this country compare to almost no other nation."

  • Kelly blamed the NRA for the rising gun violence. "Let me tell you folks, it isn’t normal and it doesn’t have to be this way."

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Why it matters: The isolation of the lingering pandemic provided cover to fraudulent suitors who had an excuse for not meeting up in person even as they fleeced their would-be lovers out of gift cards, money — even cryptocurrency.

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White House Middle East coordinator Brett McGurk says the U.S. and Iran "are in the ballpark of a possible deal" to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, but he “doesn’t want to put odds on it."

Why it matters: That's the most optimistic statement from the Biden administration since the nuclear talks resumed in Vienna last December. McGurk, who was speaking at a Carnegie Endowment event, didn’t explain the reasoning behind his assessment.

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