David Hogg at the March for Our Lives. Photo: Noah Galal/WireImage via Getty Images

A small but significant surge of young people say they feel politically empowered in the Youth Political Pulse survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, AP reports.

By the numbers: "46 percent of young people now believe they can have at least a moderate effect [on government], a significant increase from two months earlier, when 37 percent said the same."

  • "It's a change from a past survey that comes after a school shooting in Florida that elevated the voices of high school students in American politics."
  • "A slim majority, 54 percent, of people ages 15 to 34 ... continue to believe they have little or no effect on government."
  • Why it matters: "In that time, a group of students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ... succeeded in keeping the debate about gun safety in the news."
  • "They joined Tuesday with the New York-based organization HeadCount in an effort to hold voter registration drives at 90 percent of the nation's high schools before this year's senior class graduates."

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A producer from the Commission on Presidential Debates will manage the operation of the candidates' microphones during Thursday's final presidential debate — not the event's moderator, NBC's Kristen Welker — a source with knowledge of the event told Axios.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Alexi McCammond: Given President Trump's accusations of partisanship against the other debates' moderators, it makes sense that Welker would want to steer clear of any such optics during her stint in the chair.

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