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House passes school violence bill amid student walkouts

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The House passed Congressman John Rutherford's (R-Fla.) bipartisan STOP School Violence Act Wednesday afternoon, which funds training and security measures for schools to better recognize warning signs and institutes reporting systems for potential threats.

Why it matters: Student walkouts are taking place across the country today in an effort to put pressure on Congress to look at stricter gun control measures to prevent school shootings after the Parkland. While this bill would add additional safety measures in schools in an effort to prevent tragedies like Parkland, it would not change existing gun control laws.

Erica Pandey 6 hours ago
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How China became a powerhouse of espionage

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As China’s influence spreads to every corner of the globe under President Xi Jinping, so do its spies.

Why it matters: China has the money and the ambition to build a vast foreign intelligence network, including inside the United States. Meanwhile, American intelligence-gathering on China is falling short, Chris Johnson, a former senior China analyst for the CIA who's now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, tells Axios: "We have to at least live up to [China's] expectations. And we aren't doing that."

Caitlin Owens 7 hours ago
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Congress doesn't love the spending bill, but it passed anyway

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Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

House Speaker Paul Ryan touted the defense spending increase, Sen. Rand Paul angrily tweeted about arcane government spending, and Democrats shook their head at the lack of gun control measures. But most members of Congress accepted the omnibus spending bill for what it is: A giant collection of what has to get done to keep the government functioning, while mustering enough votes to pass.

Why it matters: This is a $1.3 trillion dollar bill affecting every branch of government that passed mostly because it had to. Members voted on it without really reading it, as it was released Wednesday night and passed the Senate shortly after midnight Friday.