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The Daily Countable: Guns & God

by Countable | 3.1.18

Congratulations. You made it to March. Spring is just around the massive Nor’easter.

Outside the U.S., and sometimes within it, Americans are accused of being desensitized to violence, habituated to school shootings. But in the two weeks since the shooting in Parkland, Florida, the debate over gun violence has barely seemed to wane.

Yesterday, as students returned to Stoneman Douglas High School, President Donald Trump met with a group of bipartisan lawmakers to discuss school safety and gun-control legislation. The president opened the session with 17 House and Senate lawmakers declaring: “We can’t wait and play games and nothing gets done. We want to stop the problems.”

The question, now, is how we stop it. Join the ongoing debate here.

On the Radar

That border wall! Will it ever get built? Should it? President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he wasn't going to begin building the wall until Congress approves funds to cover the whole thing. Does he see the writing on the wall saying this thing is never getting built and he's setting himself up to be able to blame Congress? Is he setting the stage for more hardline immigration stances? No DACA without the wall? Is he going to blame California for everything?

Honestly, who even knows? Do you? Head on over to our story about this latest wrinkle in the border wall saga and tell us what you think is going on.

Under the Radar

Rev. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday for seven hours. He's only the fourth private citizen to lie in honor there in the history of the U.S., joining Rosa Parks, two Capitol police officers who died in the line of duty, and Pierre L'Enfant. Now that guy may have had a weird obsession with traffic circles (to the dismay and confusion of D.C. tourists ever since), but we wouldn't be able talk about "draining the swamp" if he hadn't figured out how to build a great city on top of one. What a guy!

Now, Graham? His honoring is more controversial. Many say he was a great man of God and a central advisor to many presidents, thus deserving of the honor. Others say honoring him violates constitutional restrictions around the separation of Church and State. Tell us and your reps what you think right here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his daily intelligence briefing before hosting a meeting on school safety.
  • He will then have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, before meeting with senators.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will host an on-camera briefing at a time to be determined.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, March 5.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on the confirmation of A. Marvin Quattlebaum to be U.S, District Judge for the District of South Carolina.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Karen Scholer to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern DIstrict of Texas.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Tripp Self to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle DIstrict of Georgia.
  • Cloture vote on the nomination of Terry Doughty to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana.

Key Hearings

  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider the nomination of John F. Ring to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Thanks for joining us in February, and we hope you stick with us in March. Seems like the news may come in like a lion and out like…a tiger? A lioness? What we're saying is, expect a lot more stories.

—Josh Herman & Asha Sanaker

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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