#1. After defending the NRA, President Trump expressed support on regulating bump stocks and increased background checks earlier this week.
#2. The EPA held listening sessions across the US, including one in Kansas City to discuss their plan to revoke the Clean Power Plan. The CPP is an Obama era regulation designed to lower the carbon dioxide emission by power generators.
#3. Missouri lawmakers voted against background checks and for increased concealed carry expansion on Tuesday.
#4. Paul Manafort, a former aide to President Trump was charged by Robert Mueller with fraud earlier this week. Manafort was charged with money laundering last fall, but has plead not guilty to all charges.
#5. In lieu of national discussion of gun control, Walmart and Dick’s, two of our nation’s biggest firearms retailer, both announced they would have stricter regulation on guns. Dick’s Sporting Goods will no longer sell assault rifles, large capacity magazines, or firearms to anyone under the age of 21. The announcement on Wednesday comes after the company realized they had legally sold a gun to Nicholas Cruz, the shooter in Parkland. Although it was not the gun used in the shooting, Dick’s decided to make a policy change anyway. Walmart will no longer sell guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21.
#6. The Georgia senate passed a law on Monday that allows adoption agencies to deny gay or lesbian couples seeking to adopt. Supporters of the bill claims it is protecting religious based organizations that do not support gay marriage.
#7. Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and top security advisor, was stripped of his top-secret security clearance on Tuesday. Kushner’s financial background and international business ties have caused suspicion in the past few months.
#8. Hope Hicks, a formal model turned White House communications director, announced Wednesday she would be stepping down. Hicks is one of Trump’s longest serving advisors, and the third Trump administration communications director to resign.