Photo: Police investigate a shooting scene after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice near Washington in Alexandria, Virginia, June 14, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
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Wednesday morning’s shooting at a baseball practice for Republican Congress members left House Whip Steve Scalise and four others wounded. The shooter, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, was killed by police. Hodgkinson was from Belleville, Illinois. He volunteered for Bernie Sanders and was outspoken on social media and in letters to his local paper. He also had run-ins with the law, domestic violence, guns.
The Senate is busy trying to pass a health care bill. But there’s a lot of mystery surrounding it, including what’s in it and if it can pass.
During his testimony Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for a breather while being questioned by California Senator Kamala Harris. Harris’s tangle with Sessions got a lot of attention in the political press and on Twitter, and some of her colleagues didn’t like it either. Senators John McCain and Richard Burr interrupted her while she was questioning Sessions, and when she questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week.
Kimberly Ellis narrowly lost the election for California Democratic Party chair almost a month ago. She will not concede. Ellis is calling for an independent audit of that vote, but the party has refused.
Ellis Campaign Initial, Preliminary Ballot Review: Timeline, Findings and Pending Requests
Fight in California Democratic Party goes on: 'It is believed that the wrong individual is serving as chair'
Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News and now with NBC News, is being slammed for an interview with Alex Jones. Jones, the right-wing radio host of Infowars, has pushed conspiracy theories. Kelly has defended her decision, stating that Jones has a growing audience of millions, and has been elevated by President Trump. But NBC is reportedly losing advertisers.
Glen Campbell was one of 12 children of poor Arkansas sharecroppers. He grew up to release more than 70 albums, win six Grammys, and host his own TV show. Several years ago, Campbell announced he had Alzheimer’s Disease. Since then, his family and friends got him into the studio to record one final album, “Adios.”
Glen Campbell's final album is called "Adios." (Photo by Charles Bush)
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