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NRA's Wayne LaPierre echoes Trump's plan to arm teachers

The head of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has backed President Donald Trump’s call to arm teachers trained to carry concealed guns. Wayne LaPierre made the remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) following a school shooting that left 17 people dead. “We must immediately harden our schools,” he said. Mr Trump had suggested arming teachers during a listening session on Wednesday and tweeted about it before the speech. Skip Twitter post by @realDonaldTrump I never said “give teachers guns” like was stated on Fake News @CNN & @NBC….

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Doctors blast Trump's mental illness focus to fight violence

Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting. “The concept that mental illness is a precursor to violent behavior is nonsense,” said Dr. Louis Kraus, forensic psychiatry chief at Chicago’s Rush University Medical College. “The vast majority of gun violence is not attributable to mental illness.” Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old charged with killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day at his former high school in Parkland, Florida has been described by students as a loner with…

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Trump's big promises on drug costs followed by modest steps

President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic chance of being enacted. But it’s not like calling for Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Skeptics say the overall approach is underwhelming, and Trump risks being seen as an ally of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, not its disrupter. The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a 30-page strategy…

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On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump's big promises

President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic chance of being enacted. But it’s not like calling for Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Skeptics say the overall approach is underwhelming, and Trump risks being seen as an ally of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, not its disrupter. The White House Council of Economic Advisers has released a 30-page strategy…

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In drug crisis hotbed, hoping for action on Trump's words

President Donald Trump heads to Ohio on Monday to make Cincinnati-area stops focusing on the new tax overhaul — though some in a state with one of the nation’s highest overdose rates would rather hear more about his plans for the drug crisis. In Newtown, outside Cincinnati, Police Chief Tom Synan said he found Trump’s comments on opioids in his State of the Union address to be “much of the same. There are very convincing words and there’s yet to be very convincing actions.” Synan, a law enforcement representative on…

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'What am I supposed to do with this?': Michelle Obama on Melania Trump's gift to her

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has opened up about the awkward moment the current First Lady, Melania Trump, tried to gift her with a large, rectangular box on Inauguration Day last January. Mrs Obama’s appearance on the Ellen Show marks the first interview she has given since her husband, Barack Obama left office. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next MKR: Onion the villain of the dish Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:33 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Michelle Obama on the awkward Melania gift moment The former First Lady explains…

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