Students join hands outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The NRA will face students from Parkland, Florida, where a school shooting killed 17 people last week, at a CNN town hall Wednesday night. The students have been advocating for gun reform in the aftermath of the tragedy and calling on politicians to stop accepting contributions from the NRA.

The details: The NRA will be represented by spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and the Parkland students will be joined by family and community members. Florida Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio will also attend. The town hall will be televised from Sunrise, Florida at 9 p.m. ET with CNN's Jake Tapper moderating.

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There's little consensus on TikTok's specific national security threat

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TikTok has become a Rorschach test for how U.S. politicians view China, with little consensus on the specifics of its threat to homeland security.

The big picture: Much of what D.C. fears about TikTok is fear itself, and that's reflected in President Trump's executive order to ban the app by Sept. 20 if it's not sold by parent company ByteDance — alongside another focused on Chinese messaging app WeChat and its parent company Tencent.

U.S. sanctions Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam

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The Treasury Department on Friday placed sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, following months of tension as she has allowed continued overreach by Beijing to subvert Hong Kong's autonomy.

Why it matters: It's the toughest sanction yet imposed on China for its destruction of Hong Kong’s relatively free political system.

GM's high-stakes electric move

The Cadillac Lyriq. Image courtesy of Cadillac

Cadillac on Thursday unveiled the Lyriq, the luxury brand's first all-electric model and GM's first consumer electric vehicle unveil since the Chevy Bolt several years ago.

Why it matters: It's the first reveal by GM of an electric vehicle that will use the company's new modular platform and Ultium battery system — technologies meant to underpin the 20 electric vehicles that GM plans to launch by 2023.