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An increasing number of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, want more gun regulation, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll that surveyed people in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting.

Updated at 3:05 a.m. ET Friday

Plans for a speedy Senate vote on gun legislation crumbled Thursday as Senate leaders announced plans to move on to long-planned banking legislation, while congressional Republicans struggle to make sense of President Trump's wishes on guns.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Sen. Sherrod Brown says he believes there’s finally been a shift in the gun control debate.

Congress is under intense pressure to pass legislation to curb gun violence, but lawmakers are deeply split over how far to go in limiting access to guns.

Lawmakers from both parties say they want to take action to prevent another deadly attack like the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. Disagreements over gun control measures go beyond a clear partisan split between Democrats and Republicans, leaving even the most popular bipartisan proposal stalled in Congress.

It was Saturday afternoon, and Abigail Spanberger was in a busy hallway at the Chesterfield County Public Library in Midlothian, Va., minutes away from training a room of about 40 campaign volunteers. She seemed ready for a quick interview, but then abruptly called out to her campaign manager.

"Hey Dana, Eileen Davis is about to come through. Can you head her off at the pass so she doesn't interrupt the — "

She cut herself off and turned to me.

"That's my mother," Spanberger said, laughing.

Her mom is volunteering for her campaign?

"Evidently."

Updated at 11:58 a.m. ET

When it comes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and Congress, no one seems to know what comes next.

Immigration Debate Grips Congress

Feb 15, 2018
Protesters in San Francisco, September 5, 2017.
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The Senate has launched a bipartisan debate regarding immigration reform. A path to citizenship for immigrants brought to U.S. by their parents as children, and a southern border wall are among the top policy issues at play. President Trump has already stated he won't sign any bill that doesn't meet of all his demands. 

We'll talk about the status of the debate and the future of immigration policy.

Updated at 9:07 a.m. ET

President Trump signed a bipartisan budget agreement Friday morning, following approval of the bill in Congress shortly before sunrise.

The two-year spending pact will let lawmakers spend $300 billion more than current law allows.

The deal suspends a 2011 budget law championed by conservatives that set hard caps on discretionary spending and included an automatic trigger known as "sequester" cuts if Congress attempted to bust those spending caps.

With another government shutdown looming this week, Senate Democrats, including Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, are still hoping to strike a deal on protections for the undocumented immigrants known as "Dreamers." But at a news conference Monday, Brown suggested that failure to reach an agreement on the issue is "unlikely" to result in another shutdown.

Hamilton County Clerk Of Courts

Game on. Aftab Pureval versus U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio's 1st Congressional District.

For all the marbles.

Fair Districts Ohio / Facebook

Closed-door negotiations over a new way to draw Ohio’s Congressional map have broken down. Ohio lawmakers and representatives from citizens’ groups left the Statehouse late Wednesday night without coming to an agreement.

President Trump's State of the Union

Jan 31, 2018
Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith / Joint Chiefs of Staff

Last night, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address. We'll take a look at what the administration has accomplished in its first year and the President's vision for the future. 

Annette Elizabeth Allen / NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live, courtesy of PBS NewsHour.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live, courtesy of PBS NewsHour.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse Bureau

A coalition of citizens groups had been talking with state lawmakers about a compromise to change the way Ohio’s Congressional map is redrawn.

After just a few days, both sides now say efforts to reach a deal have failed.

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