May 4, 2018

Where gun owners stand on gun control

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More than half of gun owners approve of President Trump — who temporarily expressed support for stricter gun control measures, such as raising the legal age to buy a gun, following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida — including 75% of NRA members, according to a newly released poll by Giffords PA, a group that favors stronger gun laws, and Democratic Public Policy Polling.

Why it matters: The poll reveals that a majority of gun owners support existing gun control laws, as well as banning assault weapons and requiring background checks for all gun sales, including online and at gun shows. However, NRA members are more likely to oppose those specific measures. The poll's release comes ahead of Trump's speech at the NRA in Dallas, Texas later this afternoon.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

Situational awareness

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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