In the aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, Donald Trump is starting to talk about gun control. He’s talking publicly about banning bump stocks and privately about doing more. Will he still be talking the same way when the National Rifle Association begins to weigh in? Via The Washington Post.
How the Parkland survivors started a movement — with the crazy idea that Stoneman Douglas could be the last school shooting. Via The New Yorker.
In the latest battle inside the White House, it’s a couple of heavyweights — John Kelly vs. Jared Kushner. The fight is over whether Kushner, who doesn’t have full security clearance, should still have access to highly classified material. It looks like Trump, the heaviest White House weight of them all, will have to determine the winner. Via The New York Times.
Robert Mueller is steadily putting the pressure on Paul Manafort to cut a deal — one that could presumably turn the so-called hoax investigation into something far more serious for Trump. Via The Atlantic.
Dana Milbank: Do the Mueller indictments of the Russia 13 show that Trump is, as Lenin would have put it, a useful idiot? Or is it fairer to say that Putin is playing him for a fool? Via The Washington Post
How much distance can vulnerable Republicans afford to put between them and Trump in advance of the midterms? Mike Coffman may provide the answer. Via Bloomberg.
How much will the redrawn Pennsylvania congressional districts help Democrats in November’s midterms? It depends, writes Sean Trende for Real Clear Politics. And here’s the strange part: If it’s a big wave year, it won’t help Democrats much at all. If it isn’t, it could be a boon for them.
Remember the ultimate Trumpian dream of a Mideast peace plan? It just hit another setback. Via Foreign Policy.
From The National Review on Mitt Romney: If America gave out titles of nobility, Romney would surely qualify. But as a politician who needs to appeal to a majority of voters, there’s a different Romney every election.
Long reads: Andrew Sullivan writes in New York magazine that Americans invented the modern life. And now opioids are the poison that many are picking to escape it.