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Fred Guttenberg speaks with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Feb. 5, 2020. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, announced Thursday that he is joining an anti-gun violence group as a senior adviser.

Why it matters: The announcement comes on the heels of Nikolas Cruz pleading guilty to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for the massacre. Guttenberg joins the Brady PAC, which supports candidates promoting gun violence prevention, ahead of next year's midterm elections.

  • The organization is known to spend millions of dollars during election cycles, according to AP.
  • Guttenberg became a prominent activist after the death of his daughter, Jaime.

What they're saying: "We are closer than we have ever been to passing gun safety legislation," Guttenberg said in a tweet.

  • "We are also closer than we have ever been to losing the chance," he added. "It will come down to the next election."

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Updated Dec 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Prosecutors charge parents of Michigan school shooting suspect

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The parents of a 15-year-old accused of killing four students and wounding seven other people at a Michigan high school have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

The latest: Lawyers for James and Jennifer Crumbley told the Detroit News they are "returning to the area to be arraigned," after law enforcement officials announced a search for the Crumbleys had been initiated.

Scoop: Trump-backed Perdue says he wouldn’t have certified Georgia 2020 results

Perdue at a December 2020 campaign event in Columbus, Ga. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue wouldn’t have signed the certification of the state’s 2020 election results if he had been governor at the time, the former Senate Republican told Axios.

  • “Not with the information that was available at the time and not with the information that has come out now. They had plenty of time to investigate this. And I wouldn’t have signed it until those things had been investigated and that’s all we were asking for," he said.

Why it matters: There has been no evidence widespread fraud took place in Georgia's elections last year and the November results were counted three times, once by hand.

Beijing Olympics: These countries have announced diplomatic boycotts

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Several countries, including Canada and Australia, have announced they will join the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to protest human rights abuses committed by China's government.

Driving the news: Leaders have faced pressure from human rights groups and others to boycott the Games, pointing to the ongoing genocide of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang region and other abuses.