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"March for Our Lives" rally in D.C. Photo: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images

A new poll conducted by Hart Research Associates for Everytown for Gun Safety found suburban women prefer the Democratic Party to handle gun violence by 26 percentage points.

Why it matters: Suburban women are a crucial voting bloc on virtually every issue in the 2018 midterm elections, and this poll suggests gun control is yet another topic that could sway voters in certain races around the country.

By the numbers: 68% of all women surveyed prefer stricter gun laws, compared to 54% of men.

  • 41% of voters say they're less likely to support a candidate who's received donations from the NRA, including a 30-point gap among suburban voters.
  • A majority of voters (61%) want to hear more about gun violence prevention from candidates, including 75% of women of color and 72% of suburban women.
  • 72% of voters want Congress to prioritize dealing with gun violence when the new Congress takes office in January, including 56% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats who consider that a "high priority."

The bottom line: The research memo argues that "support from the gun lobby is more of a political liability than an advantage for candidates in 2018."

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Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to “drain the swamp.”

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.

Trump pardons former fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.

Trump grants flurry of last-minute pardons

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals, hours from leaving office early Wednesday, hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."