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Trump to meet with high school students after shooting

President Donald Trump arrives a press conference at the White House speak on the Florida school shooting. Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP / Getty Images

President Trump will hold a listening session with teachers and students on Wednesday following last week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida, per the AP. He also will meet with state and local officials the next day to discuss school safety.

The backdrop: The White House didn't say who the students and teachers would be. Five students from Stoneman Douglas made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows today and were sharply critical of Trump and other Republicans. One student, addressing Trump directly over his position on gun control, said "you make me sick."

Mike Allen 4 hours ago
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.