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In Florida, a dramatic shift on guns

Gov. Scott addresses the media after the shooting in Parkland. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Brian Mast, a Florida Republican and military veteran, has come out in support of a ban on assault rifle purchases in a NY Times op-ed. That came after Gov. Rick Scott, who has an A+ rating from the NRA and has been a fierce advocate of gun rights in the past, supported raising the age to buy such weapons from 18 to 21.

Why it matters: Florida Republicans are under intense pressure from their constituents, and leaders who have never advocated a gun control measure in their lives are changing their tunes.

What’s happening:

  • Scott and the leaders of both legislative chambers said they’d take action to ban bump stocks.
  • Meanwhile, Republicans in the Florida legislature are moving ahead with a plan that would allow school staff to carry guns, an idea that has President Trump’s support but not Scott’s.
  • Marco Rubio, who also received an A+ rating from the NRA, staked out new gun control positions seemingly in real time during a CNN town hall with shooting survivors in Florida. The changes: he said he'd be open to age limits and mental health checks for gun purchasers, as well as limiting the sizes of magazine clips. He did not support an assault weapons ban.
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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.

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Media tycoon Barry Diller talks #MeToo

 IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller
IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller. Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Yahoo

Barry Diller, chairman of mega-media and Internet company IAC, told the New York Times he thinks "all men are guilty," when it comes to "the spectrum" of the #MeToo movement.

"I hope in the future for some form of reconciliation. Because I think all men are guilty. I’m not talking about rape and pillage. I’m not talking about Harveyesque. I’m talking about all of the spectrum. From an aggressive flirt. Or even just a flirty-flirt that has one sour note in it. Or what I think every man was guilty of, some form of omission in attitude, in his views."

Why it matters: The #MeToo movement has rocked Hollywood and the media industry. Diller told the Times he sees the effects of this "in our companies, where the relationships between people are changing."