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Florida high school students speak out for gun reform. Photo: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

"[T]hree buses filled with 100 students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were greeted with cheers by a huge crowd at Leon High School in [the Florida capital of] Tallahassee when their buses pulled in just before 10 p.m.," the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports.

Why it matters: The Parkland students are motivating Florida legislators to act.

Per the Miami Herald:

  • Florida Rep. Jose Oliva, a Miami Republican and incoming House speaker said the House was drafting legislation similar to that proposed by the Senate that will place new limits on access to semiautomatic assault rifles, like AR-15s.
  • That's "something the Florida Legislature refused to do after mass shootings killed 49 at the Pulse nightclub in 2016 and 5 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport last year."

The trip to Tallahassee:

  • "Many of the students went straight from ... funerals."
  • "The students said they had gained a quick education on gun issues over the past few days through Internet research and talking to their parents and the local legislative delegation."
  • "Their priorities: make it difficult to buy semi-automatic weapons and make background checks for gun buyers 'very extensive.'"
  • Happening today: The students "are set to hold a news conference at 12:15 p.m. ... at the Capitol, then continue meeting with officials through the afternoon. They are scheduled to head back to South Florida in the early evening."

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.