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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana is in critical condition after being shot during a blaze of gunfire this morning during practice for a charity baseball game. His colleague, Jimmy Duncan of Tennessee, left the field early and says he encountered the shooter. Charles Fleischmann of Tennessee was walking in from left field, dived behind home plate and then jumped into the first base dugout. A bullet also struck a nearby YMCA. The shooter, who acted alone and has been identified as James Hodgkinson from Illinois, was shot to death by Capitol Police on the scene to guard Congressman Scalise. Peter Jamison, who’s is covering the story for the Washington Post, updates the situation.
A shooting spree targeting Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game this morning in Northern Virginia, brought a declaration of unity from House speaker Paul Ryan. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."
But as the Era of Donald Trump gets underway, Democrats are divided. Liberal activists dream of impeachment and enacting a single-payer health system, while party regulars just want to get back to governing. Yesterday, the primary election for Governor of Virginia was a test for both factions. When they get back to business as usual, can Democrats formulate a common strategy for upcoming elections? We hear what happened as both parties call for unity — at least for the moment.
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During his campaign, Donald Trump said American generals were not being listened to, and he vowed to give them increased authority. Now, he’s given Defense Secretary — and former General — James Mattis unilateral command of the action in Afghanistan. Paul McLeary, who covers national security and the Pentagon for Foreign Policy, assesses the role of additional US troops and what "winning" might mean.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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