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Students protesting at a rally on Capitol Hill in March. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting have joined a group of Americans in pressuring federal lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control after one of the country's deadliest school massacres in modern history. But the nonresponse from most members of Congress, as seen in the Washington Post's extensive outreach to every member, sheds light on why legislative efforts on gun control is dragging slowly.

By the numbers, per the Post:

  • Of 237 House Republicans, 29 responded to repeated attempts; 35 of the 193 Democrats did not respond.
  • 153 Democrats and two Republicans said they support the Parkland agenda.

What they're asking for:

  • Funding for the CDC to conduct gun violence research.
  • Give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives more control over tracking and recording gun sales.
  • Universal background check for all gun sales, including online and at gun shows.
  • Prohibiting magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
  • Ban assault weapons, including a registration or buyback program for these weapons already in circulation.

The backdrop: Democrats and liberal-leaning groups have been using gun control as a key campaign issue to energize and register young voters in traditional battleground states ahead of this year's midterm election. The New York Times reports that key states have seen a spike in new voter registrations among young people.

  • In North Carolina, for example, the Times reports that voter data shows around 30% of new registrations in January and February are voters under 25. They were around 40% in March and April.

Go deeper with the Washington Post's analysis; Where Americans agree and disagree on gun control

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Former D.C. Guard alleges Army Generals lied about Jan. 6 response

Members of the National Guard and Capitol police keep a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators away from the Capitol following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A former D.C. National Guard official has alleged that top Army generals "lied" to Congress in their testimony on the U.S. Capitol riot, Politico first reported Monday.

The big picture: Col. Earl Matthews, who was serving on Jan. 6, alleges in a memo that the official version on the military response is "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist" and that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on it features "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis."

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

The all-electric Toyota bZ4X, the company's first battery-electric vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 17. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This battery plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.

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Congress hunts for shortcut to pass defense funding, debt limit combo

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer returned to his office Monday. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The scramble in Congress to pass the National Defense Authorization Act is being complicated by an effort to tie it to a needed hike in the federal debt limit.

Why it matters: The House and Senate are rapidly coming up against a series of deadlines they must address before the end of the year — or risk disrupting crucial military funding and upending the economy. Congressional leaders are now hoping they can knock out both "must-pass" priorities in one, complex swoop.