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Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Photo: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott revealed a 40-point plan at Dallas Independent School District headquarters on Wednesday to "make our schools safer and our communities safer" in the wake of the Santa Fe shooting, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The bottom line: This keeps happening, and state officials are under the microscope to come up with a solution. Abbott said that his plan is "a starting point, not an ending place."

Abbott's plan:
  • He's proposing $110 million in total funding.
  • He pitched requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms within 10 days and initiating a "red flag" law which would let school employees, family members, a district attorney, or law enforcement "file a petition seeking the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person," after legal due process, DMN reports.
  • Abbot plans "to boost current campus security programs, increase firearm safety, provide mental health evaluations...providing free gun locks for Texans who want to keep their firearms safe and more," the Fort Worth Star-Telegram adds.
  • He wants to allow each individual district choose solutions that work best for them and their community, per the Star-Telegram.

Sen. Ted Cruz said, after speaking with students on gun violence and school safety, the Telegram reports: "It was striking what the students said. Each of them in that room said, 'Gun control is not the answer.' ... The number one answer they gave both in Santa Fe on Friday when I was there, and then at the roundtable with the governor, was more armed police officers in the schools."

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Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: Biden signs executive orders and swears in day one presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony.

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Biden's inauguration signals a great American reset

President Biden prepares to walk the abbreviated parade route in front of the White House after the inauguration. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Biden had exited his Cadillac with the new "46" license plates and was strolling a short stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue toward his new home when he spotted "Today" show weather legend Al Roker.

The big picture: Biden dropped Jill Biden's hand — no warning — and trotted over to the delighted Roker. POTUS gave Roker a fist bump and said, "Gotta keep doing this!" It was a very Joe moment in a day that was designed to signal a return to normality in a turbulent America.

Chuck Schumer is now majority leader as 3 new Democratic senators are sworn in

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is officially Senate majority leader after the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris and the swearing-in of new Sens. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

Why it matters: With a 50-50 Senate, Schumer will control a narrow majority with Harris as the tie-breaking vote. Democratic control of the Senate is crucial to President Biden's agenda, from getting his coronavirus relief proposal passed to forgiving student debt.

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