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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points to a reporter during a news briefing at the White House. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the White House "welcomes" the conversation about regulating the use of bump stocks in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. Sanders added that "right now our focus has been on healing and uniting the country" and reminded reporters that Trump is still "a strong supporter" of the 2nd amendment. "That hasn't changed."

Minutes before: The NRA called on the federal government to review whether there should be "additional regulations" placed on bump stocks.

Briefing highlights:

  • On Tillerson dodging whether he called Trump a "moron": "It's beneath the Secretary of State" to address those rumors.
  • Trump's "fake news" tweets: Sanders sees "no difference" between Russian-led fake news and inaccurate stories from mainstream media. The media spends its time on "petty palace intrigue," she said.
  • Should Congress investigate news outlets (as Trump suggested on Twitter this morning)? "No."
  • On the controversial response to Trump's PR visit: "It was widely praised, even by a Democrat governor... I think it's sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of focusing on the relief efforts."
  • On Senate's Russia probe: The Senate Intelligence Committee has found "zero evidence" of collusion after conducting hours of interviews with Trump campaign officials.
  • Iran deal: Trump's national security team "supports" his decision, which will be announced in "the coming days."
  • On hurricane-ravaged islands: Starting tomorrow, Vice President Pence will travel to Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.
Off the Rails

Episode 3: Descent into madness ... Trump: "Sometimes you need a little crazy"

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 3: The conspiracy goes too far. Trump's outside lawyers plot to seize voting machines and spin theories about communists, spies and computer software.

President Trump was sitting in the Oval Office one day in late November when a call came in from lawyer Sidney Powell. "Ugh, Sidney," he told the staff in the room before he picked up. "She's getting a little crazy, isn't she? She's really gotta tone it down. No one believes this stuff. It's just too much."