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2012 Democratic National Convention schedule

Here is the current schedule for the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte. Speakers and times are subject to change

 

TUESDAY, Sept. 4

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5 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
 
Invocation
His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit 
 
Presentation of Colors
Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
 
Pledge of Allegiance
3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School
Concord, North Carolina
 
National Anthem
Amber Riley
Singer/songwriter and ‘Glee’ actress
 
Remarks
Stephen J. Kerrigan
Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee
 
Welcome Video
 
Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
First woman elected as bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
 
 
Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
State Attorney General of California
The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland
 
Appointment of Convention Officers
 
Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
 
Remarks
The Honorable Steny Hoyer
Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
Andrew Tobias
Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
 
Roll Call for Attendance
 

6 p.m. - 7 p.m. (Eastern) 

Platform Committee Remarks
The Honorable Barbara Lee
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)
First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army
 
Platform Video and Remarks
The Honorable Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
 
Remarks
The Honorable Bev Perdue
Governor of North Carolina
 
American Hero Video: Education
 
American Voices Remarks
Ryan Case
 
Remarks
Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
 
Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Charles Gonzalez
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York
 
Remarks
The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor of Illinois
 
Remarks
Doug Stern
Cincinnati, Ohio Firefighter
 
Remarks
The Honorable Tim Kaine
Candidate for the US Senate, Virginia
Former Governor of Virginia
Former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
 

7  p.m. - 8 p.m. (Eastern) 

Remarks
The Honorable Anthony R. Foxx
Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina
The Honorable Harry Reid
Democratic Majority Leader and Member of the US Senate, Nevada
 
An Economy Built to Last Video: Education
 
Women of the US House of Representatives
 
Jimmy Carter Video
 
Remarks
The Honorable Ken Salazar
 
Kennedy Family Tribute Video
 
Remarks
Joe Kennedy III
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts
 
Live Performance
Ledisi
Singer/songwriter
 
Remarks
The Honorable Robert Wexler
President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace
Former Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
 
 

8 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Eastern) 

Remarks
The Honorable R.T. Rybak
Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Honorable Jared Polis
Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado
 
Stronger Together Video: Reproductive Choice
 
American Voices Remarks
Maria Ciano
 
Remarks
Nancy Keenan
President of the National Abortion Rights Action League - Pro-Choice America (NARAL)
 
Progress for People Video: American Veterans
 
American Voices Remarks
Nate Davis
 
Remarks
The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Illinois
Former Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Lincoln Chafee
Governor of Rhode Island
The Honorable James E. Clyburn
Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina
 
Progress for People Video: Health Care
 
American Voices Remarks
Stacey Lihn
 
Remarks
The Honorable Xavier Becerra
Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California
 

9 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Ted Strickland
Former Governor of Ohio
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel
Mayor of Chicago, Illinois
Former White House Chief of Staff
 
Remarks
Kal Penn
Actor/Producer
Former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
 
Remarks
Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng
Brother of Mrs. Obama and Sister of President Obama
 
Stronger Together Video: Equal Pay
 
Remarks
Lilly Ledbetter
Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Honorable Deval Patrick
Governor of Massachusetts
 

10 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Eastern) 

The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland
 
Introduction of Keynote Speaker Julián Castro
Joaquin Castro
Brother of Mayor Julián Castro
Candidate for the US House of Representatives, Texas
  
Keynote Address
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
 
Michelle Obama Video and Remarks
Elaine Brye
 
Remarks
Michelle Obama
First Lady of the United States
 
Benediction
Jena Lee Nardella
Founder and Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission
 
Recess

 


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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 5

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4:50 PM – 6:00 PM (Eastern)

Call to Order

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Invocation

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, 10th Episcopal District

First Woman Elected Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

 

Presentation of Colors

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

National Anthem

Branford Marsalis

Saxophonist, Composer, and, Bandleader

 

Remarks

The Honorable Luis V. Gutierrez

Member of the US House of Representatives, Illinois

The Honorable Diana DeGette

Member of the US House of Representatives, Colorado

The Honorable John A. Pérez

Speaker and Member of the California State Assembly

The Honorable Thomas M. Menino

Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts

The Honorable Judy Chu

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

Steve Westly

Former State Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California

                                           

An Economy Built to Last Video: Small Business

 

Remarks

The Honorable John Larson

Democratic Caucus Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, Connecticut

Ken Myers

Deputy Sheriff, Carroll County, Iowa

The Honorable Pedro R. Pierluisi

Chair of National Community Mobilization for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Non-Voting Member of the US House of Representatives, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico

The Honorable Steve Israel

Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, New York

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Patty Murray                    

Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Member of the US Senate, Washington

 

An Economy Built to Last Video: Energy

 

Remarks

Tom Steyer

Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer

Member of the US Senate, New York

 

Remarks from Members of the Congressional Black Caucus

The Honorable Karen Bass

Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Al Green

Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II

Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Member of the US House of Representatives, Missouri

The Honorable Dannel Malloy

Governor of Connecticut

Richard Trumka

President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO)

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

Denise Juneau

Superintendent of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

 

Video and Remarks

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

 

Remarks

The Honorable Tom Vilsack

 

Video: Women of the US Senate

 

Women of the US Senate

 

Remarks

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski

Member of the US Senate, Maryland

The Honorable Arne Duncan

 

Progress for People Video: Education

 

American Voices Remarks

Johanny Adames

 

Remarks

The Honorable Jim Hunt

Former and Longest-Serving Governor of North Carolina

 

Remarks and Video in Memoriam

Harvey B. Gantt

Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Live Performance

Jessica Sanchez

Singer/Songwriter

 

Stronger Together Video: Women’s Health

 

American Voices Remarks

Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Bruce

 

Remarks

Cecile Richards

President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Steny Hoyer

Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention

Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

 

American Heroes Video: Veterans

 

American Voices Remarks

Ed Meagher

 

Remarks

The Honorable General Eric Shinseki

The Honorable John Hickenlooper

Governor of Colorado

 

Video: Americans Speak

 

Remarks

Sister Simone Campbell

Executive Director of Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization, NETWORK

The Honorable Jack Markell

Governor of Delaware

 

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Karen Mills

 

Progress for People Video: Small Business

 

American Voices Remarks

Bill Butcher

 

Remarks

The Honorable Kamala D. Harris

Attorney General of California

 

Stronger Together Video: Immigration

 

Remarks        

Benita Veliz

DREAM Act Activist

Cristina Saralegui

Journalist, Actress, and Talk Show Host

Sandra Fluke

Attorney and Women's Rights Activist

Austin Ligon

Co-Founder and Former CEO of CarMax, Inc.

 

An Economy Built to Last Video: Auto-Industry

 

American Voices Remarks

Karen Eusanio

 

Remarks

Bob King

President of the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) 

Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster

Former Employees at Companies Controlled by Romney’s Bain Capital

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen

Former Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (LOCAL)

 

Remarks

Jim Sinegal

Co-Founder and Former CEO of Costco

Elizabeth Warren

Candidate for US Senate, Massachusetts

 

Nomination Process Set-Up

 

Remarks

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Bill Clinton Video

 

Remarks

Bill Clinton

42nd President of the United States

 

Closing Segment

 

Roll Call Vote

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

Alice Germond

Secretary of the Democratic National Committee

 

Benediction

Rabbi David Wolpe

Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, California

 

Retire Colors

 

Recess


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THURSDAY, Sept. 6

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Times TBA

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Remarks

The Honorable Kay Hagan

Member of the US Senate, North Carolina

The Honorable Walter Dalton

Lieutenant Governor, North Carolina

The Honorable G.K. Butterfield

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

The Honorable David Price

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

The Honorable Mel L. Watt

Member of the US House of Representatives, North Carolina

 

Remarks

James Rogers

CEO Duke Energy

 

Live Performance

James Taylor

Singer/Songwriter

 

Call to Order

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Invocation

Reverend Gabriel Salguero

President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

 

Presentation of Colors

American Legion Post 400 of Charlotte, North Carolina

Darrell B. Bonapart, Joe Michalic, Robert E. Welch, Marvin R. Weber

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

National Anthem

Marc Anthony

Singer/Songwriter

 

Progress for People Video: Seniors

 

American Voices Remarks

Carol Berman

 

Remarks

The Honorable Donna F. Edwards

Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland

The Honorable Barney Frank

Member of the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

 

In Memoriam Video and Remarks

The Honorable Harvey Gantt

Former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Eastern)

 

The Honorable John Lewis

Member of the US House of Representatives, Georgia

 

Stronger Together Video: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

 

American Voices

Jason Crow

 

Live Performance

Mary J. Blige

Singer/Songwriter

 

Remarks

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

The Honorable Tammy Baldwin

Candidate for US Senate, Wisconsin

Member of the US House of Representatives, Wisconsin

The Honorable Michael Nutter

Mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Stay Stronger Together Video: Marriage Equality

 

American Voices Remarks

Zach Wahls

 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Jim Messina

Campaign Manager, Obama for America

 

American Heroes Video: Auto Workers

 

American Voices

Kenyetta Jones, Ryan Case, Ed Meagher, Martha Figueroa, Lucas Beenken, Rob Hach

 

Vice Presidential Nomination Intro

The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa

Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee

Mayor of Los Angeles, California

 

Nominating Remarks

Beau Biden

Attorney General of Delaware and Son of Vice President Joe Biden

 

Vote by Acclamation

 

Live Performance

Foo Fighters

Band

 

Remarks

The Honorable James E. Clyburn

Assistant Democratic Leader and Member of the US House of Representatives, South Carolina

Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington

Actresses

 

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Remarks

Caroline Kennedy

Author and Attorney

The Honorable Xavier Becerra

Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the US House of Representatives, California

The Honorable Jennifer Granholm

Former Governor of Michigan

Eva Longoria

Actress

The Honorable Brian Schweitzer

Governor of Montana

The Honorable Charlie Crist, Jr.

Former Governor of Florida

Remarks

The Honorable John Kerry

Member of the US Senate, Massachusetts

 

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Video: Veterans

 

Remarks

Admiral John B. Nathman

United States Navy, Retired

 

Introductory Remarks

Angie Flores

 

Remarks

Dr. Jill Biden

Second Lady of the United States

 

Vice President Joe Biden Video

 

Remarks

The Honorable Joe Biden

Vice President of the United States

 

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Eastern)

 

Video and Remarks

The Honorable Dick Durbin

Member of the US Senate, Illinois

 

President Barack Obama Video

 

Remarks

Barack Obama

President of the United States

 

Celebration

 

Benediction

His Eminence Timothy Dolan

Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York

 

Retire Colors

 

Adjournment

  • Evangelist Billy Grahamat his North Carolina home. Graham, who preached Christianity to millions around the world, was also a confidant of U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush.Here are some quotes from the man who became known as “America’s Pastor.”   Source: Brainy Quotes
  • The world's best-known evangelist, the Rev. Billy Graham, has died. He was 99. From the gangly 16-year-old baseball-loving teen who found Christ at a tent revival, Graham went on to become an international media darling, a preacher to a dozen presidents and the voice of solace in times of national heartbreak. He was America's pastor.           Graham retired to his mountain home at Montreat, N.C., in 2005 after nearly six decades on the road calling people to Christ at 417 all-out preaching and musical events from Miami to Moscow. His final New York City crusade in 2005 was sponsored by 1,400 regional churches from 82 denominations.          Presidents called on Graham in their dark hours, and uncounted millions say he showed them the light. He took his Bible to the ends of the Earth in preaching tours he called 'crusades.' Even now, anywhere a satellite, radio, TV, video or podcast can reach, his sonorous voice is probably still calling someone to Christ.          Though Graham's shoes could likely never be filled, his son, Franklin, has taken over in some aspects—leading The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and becoming a confidant of President Donald Trump, including speaking at his inauguration.          But Franklin's message has swayed from his father's, leaving a mixed legacy for the Graham name. Franklin has mocked both Islam and LGBT rights. He uses his following on social media to raise funds for 'persecuted Christians,' boycotts businesses that use gay couples in advertisements and blasts the separation of church and state as as the godless successor to Cold War communism.          But his father's words for years offered peace and perspective. On the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance following the 9/11 attacks, Billy Graham spoke of the 'mystery of iniquity and evil,' of 'the lesson of our need for each other' and, ultimately, of hope.          'He was so real, he made Christianity come true.' observed Susan Harding, an anthropologist at the University of California-Santa Cruz. 'He was homespun, historical and newsworthy all at once. He could span the times from Christ to today, from the globe to you, all in one sentence.'          Grant Wacker, a Duke University professor of Christian history, says Graham represented, 'what most decent churchgoing people thought and ought to think.'          His reputation was untouched by sex or financial scandals. When anti-Semitic comments came to light as transcripts of conversations with Richard Nixon surfaced, Graham was promptly and deeply apologetic.          He never built a megachurch, set up a relief agency, launched a political lobby or ran for office. Yet he redefined American Protestant life by popularizing Christianity's core message — Christ died for your sins — downplaying denominational details and proclaiming the joys found in faith.          Graham was, however, drawn to power. Eventually, he met, prayed with, comforted and joked with 12 U.S. presidents, and Graham learned to walk a tightrope.          He found a fine balance that allowed him to become America's pastor, Democrat or Republican. North or South. When President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky came to light, Graham called for forgiveness. Clinton told Peter Boyer of The New Yorker, 'He took sin seriously. But he took redemption seriously. And it was incredibly powerful the way he did it.'          Former president George W. Bush has said it was a conversation with Graham that turned him from his drinking ways when he was young.          'I've never called him on a specific issue but his influence is bigger than a specific issue, as far as I'm concerned. He warms your soul,' Bush told an ABC 20/20 special on the preacher and politics.          Graham emphasized the joy to be found in belief, in contrast to evangelists such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson who routinely issued glowering condemnations of politicians or blamed natural disasters on modern culture. However, Graham did take an uncharacteristically political stand before the 2012 presidential election. He authorized full page ads in major newspapers in October urging people to vote for politicians who opposed same-sex marriage on 'biblical principles.'          He brought to the microphone a 'corny but effective humor,' Wacker says, which made him a convivial talk-show guest. Graham logged more than 50 radio or television interviews with Larry King alone. YouTube has a tape of Woody Allen interviewing the evangelist, who draws almost as many laughs as the caustic, agnostic comedian.          The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association he founded, now led by his son, Franklin, used every communications innovation possible to carry the Gospel to any willing heart on Earth. More than 214 million people in 195 cities and territories heard God's call in Graham's voice and witnessed him deliver the Gospel in person or by satellite links. His projects included founding             Christianity Today magazine in 1956 and writing more than 30 books.          High among his numerous honors: The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Billy and Ruth in 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 1983, and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion in 1982. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.          'Fundamentalists saw him as excessively liberal, and liberals saw him as too literalist in talking about sin and salvation. His wonderful balance between them is critical to his legacy,' says John Wilson, editor of             Books & Culture, a sister publication of             Christianity Today magazine            .  Graham's last decades were slowed by illness and injury. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1989, felled by broken bones, bouts of hydrocephalous and rounds of pneumonia.          Age, illness and bone-breaking falls had left him struggling to deliver 20-minute sermons.   Graham's last crusade, in June 2005 in New York City, drew 242,000 people to Flushing Meadows; 8,786 made a new commitment to Christ and thousands more renewed or rejoiced in their faith.          Then he retired to his Montreat, N.C., mountaintop log cabin home (where his five children grew up mostly without their traveling father) to spend his days with his beloved wife, Ruth. They shared Bible study, devotions and an endless recycling of the movie musicals she loved to watch. Those were bittersweet days, with Ruth bedridden and Billy relying on a walker. Their frequent prayer was, 'Help me, Lord.'          At her funeral in June 2007, Graham called Ruth the finest Christian he ever knew. Graham lived through the explosion of religious diversity in America, the rise of the human potential movement and the trend to personalized spirituality. He also lived to see many tire of lonely seeking or a high-minded hopscotch from church to church, religion to religion.          Yet he remained steadfast in his response. In 1996, when he and Ruth were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, he once more shared his faith in God with some of the most powerful men on Earth:          'As Ruth and I receive this award, we know that some day we will lay it at the feet of the one we seek to serve.
  • The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday morning. He was 99. Graham reached more than 200 million through his appearances and millions more through his pioneering use of television and radio. Unlike many traditional evangelists, he abandoned narrow fundamentalism to engage broader society.
  • As several hundred high school students rallied at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to press for gun controls, there were more calls in the halls of Congress for action on gun violence, with both parties waiting to see what the President might do on guns, as the White House did not immediately reject some of the ideas, like age limits for people buying high-powered weapons like an AR-15. “I think that’s certainly something that’s on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up in the next couple of weeks,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday, when asked about the age limit idea. That plan is already drawing bipartisan support, as Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced that he is working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on a measure to raise the minimum purchase age to 21, from 18. A kid too young buy a handgun should be too young to buy an #AR15. Working with @SenFeinstein on a bipartisan bill that will raise the minimum purchase age for non-military buyers from 18 to 21 – the same age you currently have to be to purchase a handgun. — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 21, 2018 Feinstein has also advocated a return of something that was put into law on a temporary basis in 1994, a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons. “When the assault weapons ban was in place, the number of gun massacres fell by 37% and the number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43%,” Feinstein argues. But while that might sell with a number of Democrats in Congress today, you don’t have to go back too far – only to the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 – to see that a number of Democrats voted against such a plan back then. Some Democrats argue that 2018 – and the Parkland, Florida school shooting – will be different, as a growing number of students have demanded action on gun control. While students from Florida were rallying at their state capitol in Tallahassee, several hundred students from the Washington, D.C. area marched to the Capitol to voice their demands. “Keep guns out of schools,” read one sign. “Ban Assault Weapons,” was another, as the students urged action in the Congress. “I came out of my office to say, I am with you 100 percent,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), one of many more liberal Democrats who would like to see action on gun control. But despite the enthusiasm, the path forward for almost any gun measure is cloudy at best in the Congress, as GOP leaders have given no hint that they will suddenly bring gun bills backed by Democrats to a vote in the House and Senate. The one wild card may be President Trump, who has held more liberal views on guns in the past, including support for an assault weapons ban. On Tuesday night, the President tweeted his support for stricter background checks on gun buyers – but that type of statement can mean many different things. Was the President saying he would back plans from Democrats to require private gun sales to have a background check – what’s been referred to for many years as the ‘gun show loophole?’ Or is this tweet from the President something less sweeping – simply about insuring that more information gets into the instant check database system? Like lawmakers, reporters weren’t getting much in the way of detailed answers on some of the more controversial items of gun control legislation – for example, does Mr. Trump still favor an assault weapons ban? “I don’t have any specific announcements, but we haven’t closed the door on any front,” Mr. Trump’s Press Secretary said in response. It was a reminder that the President could roil the gun debate in Congress, depending on how he deals with some of these post-Parkland issues.
  • was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation. The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting. “North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill. >> Related: NBC apologizes for comment about Japan, South Korea during Olympics opening ceremony News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group. “We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity,' State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. 'We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death.' >> Related: Olympic gold medalist, skater Meagan Duhamel, uses platform to spotlight dog meat trade Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.