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The White House has released its proposals to deter gun violence at schools, but backed off the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm. Last month, in the immediate aftermath of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the President had suggested raising the age to purchase rifles and shotguns from 18 to 21. However, this change was not included in the White House plan released on Sunday evening. On Monday, the President tweeted that there was "not much political support (to put it mildly)" for the idea of raising age limits. (The NRA filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed a similar proposal, raising the age limit to purchase firearms to 21.) The White House plan instead will set up a federal commission to examine the issue of age limits and make recommendations. Other changes included in the proposal: funding for firearms training for school staff members, improved mental health and background checks before purchasing firearms and programs that will encourage military veterans to become teachers. – BBC

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appeared on the CBS News program "60 Minutes" on Sunday, discussing guns in the classroom, "school choice," sexual assault on college campuses and more with interviewer Lesley Stahl. When asked why she's become such a lightning rod for criticism as Education Secretary, DeVos offered that "there are a lot of really powerful forces allied against change" and referred to herself as "misunderstood." In a segment of the interview that went viral on social media, Stahl asked DeVos about failing public schools in her home state of Michigan, and DeVos conceded that "I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming." DeVos also appeared on NBC's "Today" on Monday morning, providing further details on the Trump administration's plans to arm school staff "only in places where it's appropriate." – CBSNEWS

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At a political rally in Pennsylvania over the weekend, President Trump called for imposing the death penalty on convicted drug dealers, and controversially insulted news anchor Chuck Todd. Trump was appearing at the rally in support of local Republican Rick Saccone, who's in a tight race with Democrat Conor Lamb, but he focused primarily on issues facing his own administration until the close of the speech. (He even introduced his 2020 re-election slogan: "Keep America Great!") Trump claimed that the idea of using capital punishment to deter drug trafficking came from Chinese leader Xi Jinping, though he added that "I don’t know if this country’s ready for it" after bringing it up. Discussing his frequent clashes with the news media, Trump cited NBC's Chuck Todd by name, calling him a "sleeping son of a b*tch." Trump also claimed that 52% of US women voted for him in the 2016 election; in truth, 52% of white women voted for the President. – WAPO

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On Tuesday, the President will make his first visit to California since taking office. Trump's full trip will last less than 24 hours - he will first visit San Diego to look at eight border wall prototypes, and then head to Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles, for a fundraiser. Trump's relationship with the nation's most populous state has been a rocky one. He lost California by a 2-to-1 margin in 2016, and has clashed with state leaders on immigration policies, "sanctuary city/state" status, his proposed border wall with Mexico, taxes and other issues. Trump has responded with lawsuits and threats to cut federal funding to the state. No president since Franklin Roosevelt has gone so long, post-inauguration, without making a trip to California. In an open letter to President Trump, California Governor Jerry Brown requested that he also visit the site where the nation's first true high-speed rail line is under construction, arguing that the project fits in neatly with Trump's stated plans to improve the nation's infrastructure. – BLOOMBERG

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South Korean leaders have not yet received a response to President Trump's offer of direct talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. On Friday, Trump made the surprise announcement that he would accept Kim's invitation for an in-person meeting. South Korean officials suggested that Kim's regime may be willing to discuss de-nuclearization at the summit. South Korean President Moon Jae-in described the invitation as a "precious chance" to achieve "permanent peace," though some analysts remain skeptical about Kim's sincerity. (Apparently, state-run media in North Korea has not yet made any mention about the possibility of a meeting between Trump and Kim.) South Korean leaders are visiting China and Japan this week to brief local officials on the negotiations. Many questions remain about the details of the potential summit, including where it might be held. – BBC

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels has offered to return the $130,000 payout she received from Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with the President. In a letter sent to Trump's legal team on Monday, Daniels' lawyer makes the offer, saying she'd be willing to wire the funds into an account of Trump's choosing by Friday. (The letter asks for a final response by Tuesday.) The deal would also render the original contract "null and void," and enable Daniels to legally "speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with the President and the attempts to silence her," and also to publish any text messages, photos or videos still in her possession. The deal would also prevent Trump's team from working behind-the-scenes to block a "60 Minutes" interview that Daniels recorded last week. Watchdog group Common Cause has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over the Cohen payout, arguing that it violated campaign finance laws. – NYT

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