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Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Students and activists at SiriusXM Studio. Photo: Larry French/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Months after becoming the leading faces and voices of the student activist movement in America, dozens of students who survived the Parkland school shooting are plotting their next move.

The big picture: These students, who have launched a nationwide debate on gun control, are now taking the next steps to produce results. Some are graduating and plan to take their activism on the road, while others continue to call for action in their local communities.

What's happening:

Graduation: After juggling class assignments and activism in recent months, several Parkland students graduated Sunday, and gun violence was front and center at the ceremony. The graduates wore the color orange and other symbols to make a non-verbal political statement. The seniors among the 17 people killed were also memorialized.

  • David Hogg, one of the prominent faces of the March for Our Lives movement, told Axios' Mike Allen over the weekend he plans to work on voter registration during his gap year. Meanwhile, Emma González, another key figure, is headed to the New College of Florida in Sarasota.

National voter registration bus tour: The founders of March for Our Lives, including survivors of the shooting, said Monday that they'll be crisscrossing the country this summer in 20-states to register young voters as part of a broader push for stricter gun laws. The tour kicks off on Friday, June 15, in Chicago.

Brooklyn Bridge March: This weekend, shooting survivor Aalayah Eastmond helped lead a demonstration of thousands who marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge in a protest against gun violence. The march was organized by the city’s student-led group Youth Over Guns.

Conservative activism: Kyle Kashuv, who received substantial publicity for taking a conservative approach to his activism — unlike most of his classmate — continues to advocate for a middle ground. His belief that gun control is not the answer to the epidemic of mass shootings has forced him to the center of the country's gun debate.

Go deeper: How the Parkland teens spearheaded a worldwide movement

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CDC prepares tougher testing rules for international travelers

Travelers with their luggage arrive at a COVID-19 testing location at the airport in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 23, 2021. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that it is working to impose stricter testing requirements for international travelers due to the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The big picture: The new rules would require all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status, to show a negative test taken a day before their flight to the U.S. Currently, the CDC says fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to show a test taken no more than three days before their departure, AP reports.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.

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