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On Politics: Trump to Visit Dayton and El Paso

Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


President Trump will visit Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso on Wednesday as part of an effort to project a message of national unity and healing. However, local officials and residents have been divided over the visits as many hold him responsible for inflaming the country’s racial divisions.

Texas could become competitive in 2020 because of a dramatically shifting immigrant population and increasingly moderate urban centers. There is a consensus that Mr. Trump will have to pay attention to the state and perhaps even spend time and money there to ensure victory.

For many Latinos, a bridge was crossed with the El Paso shooting. Some Latinos are describing it as a 9/11 moment, a feeling that — even for families who have lived through multiple generations in America — they are under threat. We talked to families across America about this uncomfortable new anxiety.

After the Dayton shooting, Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio wants to pass a law making it easier for the police to seize guns from people deemed dangerous. He is also investing in psychological services for schoolchildren and ways for students and teachers to report potential threats.

As nationwide anxieties increase in the wake of the shootings, congressional Republicans are coming together to propose gun control legislation called red flag laws. If signed into law, they would be the most significant gun safety legislation enacted in 20 years.

While several 2020 presidential candidates have already rolled out plans to address gun violence, others endorsed new policies this week. Here’s what the Democratic candidates have proposed.

International reactions to previous mass shootings focused on the pervasiveness of guns in the U.S. But in the days since the Dayton and El paso attacks, attention has shifted to the toxic mixture of racism, nationalism and terrorism.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee filed a lawsuit against California officials, challenging a new law requiring presidential candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to be placed on the state primary ballot in 2020.

The Democratic Socialists of America have grown larger than ever with Mr. Trump as president. They have voted to only endorse the Democratic presidential nominee if it is Senator Bernie Sanders.

Peter Strzok, the F.B.I. senior counterintelligence agent who made inflammatory comments about Mr. Trump in text messages, sued the Justice Department and the F.B.I. for firing him.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Alana N. Herlands in New York.

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