The White House is answering online petitions again, but does it still matter?

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The past month has seen a lot of political whiplash, particularly around gun control — with President Donald Trump seemingly declaring support for substantial reform, then basically abandoning his earlier position, and restarting an old debate over video game violence along the way. The past month has also seen the White House resume operations of We the People, answering questions for the first time since Trump took office. It’s underlined one of the weirder aspects of the administration: asking the White House to take a position on something, once considered a key purpose of We the People, no longer means very much.

After temporarily shutting down We the People in December and relaunching earlier this year, the White House began…

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