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The Daily Countable: Florida Attempts Gun Control, NRA Fights Back, and... is Daylight Really Saved?

by Countable | Updated on 3.12.18

Stifle that yawn, Countable friends, or you'll start an epidemic. Yes, most of us HATE this day: the first workday of this year's Daylight Savings Time, and a veritable insult to the finely honed schedule of any working person. But did you hear about what The Sunshine State is doing today? Florida is springing-forward, but plans to NOT FALL BACK. What do you think?

In more critical news: Florida passed new gun control legislation: the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, in response to the Parkland massacre that left 17 dead . Among other things, the bill raises the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, bans bump-stocks, and imposes a three-day waiting period for most firearm purchases. The NRA immediately filed a lawsuit, arguing the new law violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendment. Click here to read our coverage.

On the Radar

As they say in Korean: "똥 just got real." President Donald J. Trump has accepted an invitation from Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to speak with a North Korean leader. Read what "Dotard" and "Little Rocket Man" will be discussing here. ​

Under the Radar

President Trump made good on his promise to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent fee on aluminum. The levies will go into effect in 15 days, and exclude Canada and Mexico. But now, other countries are asking how they can get on that VIP list. Read the latest on the tariffs heard round the world here. ​

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his daily intelligence briefing before hosting the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.
  • He will then have lunch with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to host an on camera press briefing at 2pm ET. ​

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, March 13. ​

The Senate: In Session

Tomorrow's Preview

  • The Senate will continue to debate its banking reform bill and could vote on its passage.
  • The House will consider six bills that are relatively uncontroversial under the fast-track "suspension of the rules" process.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

Looping back around to the dreaded Spring-Forward… yes, yes, it'll probably take us (meaning, me) all week to get used to the new schedule. But I do like that the mornings are brighter. It's both a cosmological truth and a lovely metaphor. Be in touch, friends. ​ — Andrea Seabrook ​ Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at], or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.


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