To those who say it's too soon after the school massacre to talk about politics and gun control, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High see your point. "We can respect that. We've lost people. It's important to mourn," junior Cameron Kasky said Sunday. "Here's a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You're either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around." Be forewarned: They're coming for the National Rifle Association and any politician who takes money from the gun lobbyist, Kasky and his classmates said. The NRA did not immediately return CNN's call seeking comment.
Slate: "He said once I am the single greatest president in his lifetime, now he's a young man, so it's not that much," [Donald] Trump told Congressional Republicans at their annual retreat in West Virginia. And apparently it wasn't enough that the 83-year-old from Utah said that he was the best president in his lifetime. "He actually once said I'm the greatest president in the history of our country," Trump told the lawmakers in his next breath. "I said, does that include Lincoln and Washington? He said yes." The commander in chief clearly enjoyed the praise very much: "I said, I love this guy." To his Credit, Hatch denied he ever said that.
Vice President Mike Pence is dismissing the allegation that President Trump had a past sexual affair with a porn star named Stormy Daniels by calling it "baseless." Speaking to The Associated Press during a visit to Jerusalem on Monday, the vice president said he is "not going to comment on the latest baseless allegations against the president." Pence is on a four-day tour of the Middle East.
Faced with the likelihood of a "blue tsunami" in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday. "In private conversations," said the Post, "Trump has told advisers that he doesn't think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said." Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com wrote, "[T]his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining."
Lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election vowed Tuesday to force answers from Steve Bannon after the former senior strategist to President Donald Trump stonewalled their inquiries -- even after the committee issued a subpoena with bipartisan support. Lawmakers in both parties attributed Bannon's silence to the White House, which they said told him to refuse to discuss his time in the West Wing or on Trump's transition team. Bannon's refusal to speak clearly angered lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, who vowed to make him speak.