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David Hogg, a student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida where 17 were massacred in a shooting Wednesday, spoke directly to President Trump on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. He responded to a Saturday Trump tweet blaming Democrats for not passing gun control legislation when they controlled the government during the Obama administration.

"President Trump, you control the House of Representatives, you control the Senate. You control the Executive. You haven't taken a single bill for mental health care or gun control and passed it. And that's pathetic. We've seen a government shut down. We've seen tax reform, but nothing to save our children's lives. Are you kidding me? You think now is the time to focus on the past and not the future to prevent the death of thousand of other children? You sicken me."

Another student, Cameron Kasky, addressed his senator, Marco Rubio, who said after the Parkland tragedy that shooters "will find a way to get the gun."

"It's not our job to tell you, Senator Rubio, how to protect us ... Our job is to go to school, learn and not take a bullet ... Your job to protect us and our blood is on your hands."

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In grocery stores and pizza joints, main streets and downtowns across the country, pandemic precautions range wildly — from nonexistent to 2020 deja vu.

The big picture: As COVID-19 cases surge, especially in states with low vaccination rates, the country is once again in the throes of a fraught cultural and political debate over face masks.

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Bugs, birds, fish and plants with names linked to white supremacists may be renamed, as science confronts its own ties to systemic racism.

Why it matters: The national reckoning was inevitably going to pass this way. The sciences have long underrepresented and erected barriers of entry to people of color and there’s a concerted effort for a reset under way in academia, research and hiring.

First Afghan allies and their families arrive in the U.S.

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The first plane with more than 200 Afghans who served as interpreters, contractors or other ally roles for the U.S. military has arrived in the U.S. — the first of many such flights as troops are withdrawn from the region.

Why it matters: More than 700 Afghan allies and their families are preparing to be brought into the U.S. in the coming days on special immigrant visas. More than 70,000 Afghans have received those since 2008.