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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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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.