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Trump's favorite tabloid just said it's time for new gun laws

Friday's New York Post, the tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch, had a blunt message for President Trump, following the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday.

The Post is Trump's favorite newspaper, according to Maggie Haberman at The New York Times, and it's reportedly the first thing he reads in the morning. "He'll probably see this message, and he probably won't like it," Axios predicts.

It's no accident Trump didn't mention the words "gun" in his speech about the Parkland mass shooting, says Jonathan Swan at Axios. Trump has privately told people "we have to do something," and has asked for options, Swan reports, but White House staff has no idea what "something" Trump has in mind. It will probably have something to do with mental health or securing schools, though, Axios says. "Even though Trump favored gun control years before he ran for president, sources close to him think there's no chance he goes there now. Trump viscerally felt the reaction from his crowds during the campaign when he gave full-throated pitches for gun rights."