Last Updated Mar 3, 2018 12:12 PM EST
On Wednesday, the Trump administration hosted another televised White House discussion seeking to jumpstart gun legislation, this time gathering members of Congress. But instead of bridging divides, the meeting only complicated an already chaotic national debate in which companies too are facing pressure to choose sides.
Lawmakers were taken aback by some of the president's comments, including a suggestion to bypass due process in gun confiscations and an accusation that Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, was "afraid" of the NRA.
The president's announcement Thursday of stiff new steel and aluminum tariffs prompted further backlash from Republicans, and praise from some Democrats, sending markets plummeting on the prospect of a possible trade war. The decision seemed even to take some White House aides by surprise.
And despite a Russian plan for humanitarian "pauses," Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's brutal offensive this week continued to massacre civilians in eastern Ghouta. An estimated 400,000 remain trapped in the bombardment.
Don't miss interviews this week with:
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC), R-South Carolina
- Sen. Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin), D-West Virginia
- Peter Navarro, Director of the White House National Trade Council
- Andrew Pollack, father of slain Parkland student Meadow Pollack
CBS News foreign correspondent Seth Doane (@sethdoane) will reflect on the bloody bombardment of eastern Ghouta.
And for analysis on another busy news week, we'll turn to our politics panel:
- Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg), the Atlantic editor in chief
- Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost), Washington Post congressional reporter and CBS News contributor
- Susan Page (@SusanPage), USA Today Washington bureau chief
- Margaret Talev (@margarettalev), Bloomberg White House correspondent