FROM Peter Jamison
Congressman, 4 others injured in shooting at GOP baseball practice 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 Mayoral Endorsement Flap The LA City Ethics Commission says it cannot confirm or deny whether there will be an investigation of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, after an official endorsement went out yesterday of Democratic president candidate Hillary Clinton. That endorsement came from City Hall. And journalists and watchdogs soon pounced, claiming that the Mayor violated city ethics laws by using city infrastructure for the nod.
Mayor Garcetti Facing Heat over His Schedule When protesters against the LAPD's killing of a mentally ill black man gathered outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's Hancock Park mansion, he went out the back door. They caught up with him when he got to his car, demanding that he address the issue. He rolled down the window and said he was catching a plane to Washington, DC to help the city find money. It turned out that Garcetti's visit to Washington wasn't all about city business, as we hear from Peter Jamison, who covers the Mayor for the LA Times .
Mayor Garcetti Criticized for Low Profile on Shootings Mayor Eric Garcetti was confronted by Black Lives Matter activists through the window of his SUV last week as he tried to leave his home. The protesters blocked him as he tried to get to the airport to catch a flight to Washington D.C. Demonstrators were upset to learn that Garcetti was leaving town the day before an important hearing on the officer-involved killing of Ezell Ford. The mayor said he needed to go to the capitol to meet with the Obama administration about police shootings and to get “$15 million for homelessness.” What he didn’t say was that he was also there to attend a fundraiser for his re-election. We hear from the reporter who discovered that.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.