Feb 21, 2018

Father of Parkland victim: "We as a country have failed our children"

Students and parents who have been affected by gun violence from Columbine, Sandy Hook and the latest school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, among others, came face-to-face with President Trump on Wednesday giving emotional remarks and offering solutions to gun control in the U.S. at a listening session at the White House.

  • Justin Gruber, student: "I'm only 15 years old...I was born into a world where I never got to experience safety and peace. There needs to be a significant change in this country."
  • Ariana Klein, student: "This is not just Parkland anymore, this is America, this is every student in every city."
  • Father of Parkland student Justin Gruber: "If he's not old enough to buy a beer, he shouldn't be old enough to buy a gun."
  • Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was killed: "We as a country failed our children...I can't get on a plane with a bottle of water, but some animal could walk into a school and shoot our children."
  • Samuel Zeif, student: "I can't feel comfortable in my country, knowing that people...are ever going to feel like this. I want to feel safe at school."
  • Mayor of Parkland, Florida, Christine Hunschofsky, told President Trump that "we have to at some point care enough and be strong enough to come up with solutions" to gun violence."

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Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

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Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Contributor

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.