Apr 10, 2019

Swalwell focuses on gun violence in 2020 campaign event near Parkland

Eric Swalwell at a town hall near the site of the 2018 Parkland school massacre in Florida Tuesday. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) vowed at a town hall near the Parkland school massacre site in Florida Tuesday he would make curbing gun violence his 2020 campaign priority, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

What he's saying: Standing beside Parkland activists Cameron Kasky, 18, and Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the 2018 shooting, he said he'd discuss issues including education and climate change during his campaign. "But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first," he said.

Details: Swalwell praised activists borne out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school massacre for inspiring lawmakers as well as the whole nation, according to the Guardian.

  • "Hope died in Parkland over a year ago," Swalwell said. "But in a uniquely American way, through the strength and courage of our children, hope was born here, too."

The big picture: Swalwell proposes to implement a federal ban and buyback of military-style assault weapons — similar to New Zealand's action following the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks.

  • "We can have a country where you can keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we’re able to unite and take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people," he said at the town hall,

Go deeper: Eric Swalwell: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust

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President Trump on Monday acknowledged the existence of assembled lists of government officials that his administration plans to oust and replace with trusted pro-Trump people, which were first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”

Coronavirus only part of the story behind the Dow’s drop

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As someone has certainly told you by now, the Dow fell by more than 1,000 points yesterday, its worst day in more than two years, erasing all of 2020's gains. Most news headlines assert that the stock market's momentum was finally broken by "coronavirus fears," but that's not the full story.

What's happening: The novel coronavirus has been infecting and killing scores of people for close to a month and, depending on the day, the market has sold off or risen to record highs.

Bernie's historic Jewish fight

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Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish presidential nominee of a major American political party — but that history-making possibility is being overshadowed by his conflicts with America's Jewish leaders and Israel's leadership.

The big picture: That's partly because we're all focusing on the implications of Democrats nominating a self-described democratic socialist. It's also because a candidate's religion no longer seems to matter as much to voters or the media, making the potential milestone of a Jewish nominee more of a non-event.