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They reinforce Trump’s widely reported obsession with pinning down leakers, his desire to protect his own reputation at all costs, and his preoccupation with loyalty. They also reveal snippets of conversation difficult to imagine happening inside the sanctum of the leader of the free world.
Take, for instance, legislation that would remove restrictions which make it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious opioid shipments. That law is currently stalled in the Senate. Opioid overdoses claimed 115 lives per day in 2016, according to federal data. A disproportionate number of those deaths occurred in Trump-supporting middle America, and as a 2016 candidate, Trump declared the nation’s drug problem a “national emergency.”
Trump has done very little since taking office to address the issue, other than nominating Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., as the nation’s drug czar. It turned out that Marino had taken $134,000 in donations for his 2014 and 2016 re-election campaigns from the pharmaceutical industry, according to campaign finance website Open Secrets. He also sponsored the legislation that eventually resulted in pharmacies flooding small-town America with opioids.
Students on Friday walked out of their classrooms across the country in what is the latest in a series of national movements to protest gun violence in schools.
In the Washington, D.C. area, students gathered in front of the White House and are planning to walk to the Capitol later during the day, according to MNSBC.
The National School Walkout is a student-led movement held on the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, one of the first events to bring school gun violence into the national conversation.
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