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An essential plan for gathering global data
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Servers at a Facebook data center in Sweden. Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images

There's a solution in Congress that will help law enforcement gather electronic evidence, often stored on servers abroad, while reducing conflicts of law facing cloud storage providers: the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act.

Why it matters: Data — meaning evidence — is now global. The CLOUD Act makes clear when U.S. warrants apply, considers the applicable laws of other countries, and creates a framework for bilateral cooperative agreements that allow for cross-border data requests to be handled through domestic legal processes. The proposed U.S.-UK agreement is a good model. 

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Dutch lawyer pleads guilty to lying to FBI in Mueller probe
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Alex van der Zwaan. Photo: Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty at a D.C. district court Tuesday following charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. Van der Zwaan's plea comes after allegations that he lied to the FBI in a November 2017 meeting at Mueller's office in D.C. about his communications related to a report his law firm had prepared on the trial of a Ukrainian politician.

The details: Van der Zwaan was allegedly in talks with Rick Gates, and "Person A," who a Mueller associate identified on Tuesday as one of Manafort and Gates' colleagues based in Ukraine.

Erica Pandey 1 hour ago
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Florida House declines to consider assault weapons ban

The Republican majority of the Florida House struck down a measure to consider a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the Tampa Bay Times reports. The vote was 71–36, mostly along party lines.

Students from Stoneman Douglas High School had traveled to the state capitol to appeal directly to lawmakers.

Khorri Atkinson 1 hour ago
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Ethics committee investigating Tennessee GOP lawmaker
Tennessee Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr. Photo: Scott J. Ferrell / Congressional Quarterly / Getty Images

The House Ethics Committee said Tuesday it’s launching a probe in to Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.,) who had previously said he’s not running for re-election. The committee said that it was prompted to investigate Duncan by a referral in January from the Office of Congressional Ethics, however they did not explain the details.

What’s happening: The Knoxville News Sentinel reported last year that the congressman paid his son almost $300,000 over five years after pleading guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in office and later resigned as a Knox County Trustee. The ethics committee said it will announce its course of action by April 4.

Neal Rothschild 1 hour ago
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The House seats in Pennsylvania that could flip under the new map
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This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new congressional map to replace the GOP-drawn map. Tuesday, Republicans announced that they'll sue to stop the map from taking effect for this year's midterms. The GOP currently holds 13 of the state's 18 seats.

Bottom line: There are 6 Pennsylvania districts held by Republicans that, under the new map, were carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 or moved from being double-digit to single-digit Donald Trump territories. Additionally, there is one Democrat-held district carried by Trump.

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Trump wants bump stocks banned "very soon"
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Donald Trump in Diplomatic Reception Room. Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

At a Valor Awards Ceremony Tuesday, president Trump announced that he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning “bump stocks” and other devices that speed up the rate of fire for semi-automatic firearms.

The president told Sessions he wants new federal guidelines finalized “very soon,” adding that “we can do more to protect our children. We must do more to protect our children." Trump said school safety is now a top priority of his administration.

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Watch one man who was “almost a school shooter” tell his story

NBC's Katy Tur spoke with Aaron Stark, who penned an op-ed saying he was "almost a school shooter" when he was a teenager, but the lack of access to an assault rifle — among other things — stopped him. "A bigger issue was love. I had a severe lack of love, and I really think this kid did too," he wrote to 9News.

He told Tur on Tuesday this is about "more than just guns," and that "love is what we should focus on. Focus on communicating with the people who we think need it the most."

Stef W. Kight 2 hours ago
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Most voters support "Dreamers" & think Trump wants to deport them
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The vast majority — 80% — of American voters want unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children — "Dreamers"— to stay in the country and get a pathway to citizenship, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. But 63% think that Trump wants them to be deported.

Why it matters: While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators are trying to blame Democrats for the failed immigration negotiations last week, 55% of voters think that Republicans in Congress want Dreamers deported and 58% blame them if there isn't legislation before the March 5th deadline.

Erica Pandey 2 hours ago
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White House answers for Trump's weekend tweets
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Sanders at the podium. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders faced questions from reporters Tuesday after President Trump spent the weekend tweeting several times about the Russia probe and the Parkland school shooting.

Quote"It's very clear that Russia meddled in the election ... It's also very clear that the Trump campaign didn't collude with the Russians."
— Sarah Sanders
Joe Uchill 2 hours ago
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Justice Department announces Cyber-Digital Task Force
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The DOJ announced a Cyber Digital Task Force on Tuesday. Anadolu Agency / Getty

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new, multi-agency Cyber-Digital Task Force on Tuesday. It will advise Sessions on internet and security related topics.

Between the lines: The Department of Justice listed several priorities for the force at its onset in a press release, headed by the "study of efforts to interfere with our elections." Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller announced Friday the indictment of 13 Russians for an information campaign in the 2016 election, leaving the White House scrambling to demonstrate it took the Russia issue seriously after more than a year of undercutting its importance.