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Trump talks immigration with tech execs

Alex Brandon / AP

Trump met with top tech executives including Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Alphabet's Eric Schmidt at the White House on Monday, and he offered assurances that his immigration policies wouldn't hurt Silicon Valley.

Other highlights:

  • Trump on cyber hacking: Trump mentioned that he had been discussing "stronger protection against cyber attacks," adding "[i]t's a big problem, no question about it. We're going to be working hard and we're going to solve the problem."
  • Cook on skills: Cook said coding training should be in every school and there is a "huge deficit in the skills we need today." He also raised immigration.
  • Bezos on AI: Bezos said it was "impossible to overstate" the importance of artificial intelligence.
  • High praise for Trump including from Safra Catz of Oracle who said it was "an absolutely wonderful day working together."
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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Stef Kight / Axios

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the NYT. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.