Photo: Jack Barton, the young son of Rep. Joe Barton, manager of the Republican Congressional Baseball team, listens as his father speaks about the shooting that they were both present for in Alexandria, Virginia while addressing the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 14, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
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Before he was fired FBI Director James Comey told President Trump three times he was not under investigation. That was then; this is now. It's reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking for potential obstruction of justice. Ryan Goodman, law professor at New York University and editor of Just Security, a blog about civil liberties and national security, says the president has almost gotten himself into trouble by his own public admissions.
Yesterday's attack on a Republican baseball practice was one of 155 shootings involving four or more people since the first of this year. That's almost one such incident every day. Congressman Steve Scalise is still in critical condition. Out of "respect" to him, Congress has cancelled a hearing on bills that would ease regulations on firearm silencers and armor-piercing ammunition. Even Democrats who favor gun control aren't pushing it hard. Whatever happened to limitations on the Second Amendment favored by public opinion?
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Cliff Schecter, Daily Beast (@cliffschecter)
David Kopel, Independence Institute / Cato Institute / University of Denver (@davekopel)
Mark Follman, Mother Jones (@markfollman)
Hawkings on there being no signs that baseball shooting will change Hill's ways
Schecter on Senate doing NRA's bidding, letting mentally ill people buy guns
Kopel on why media polls on gun control are so often unreliable
Follman on anti-Trump rage not adequately explaining the congressional shooting
The polarization of America is so well established that, "The only real debate is over the nature of our cultural, political and religious conflict." Some commentators are calling it a "cold civil war." But David French says it's something different. He's a columnist for the conservative National Review.
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