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HuffPost Politics: June 14th, 2017. Attack On Congress.

HuffPost Politics: What you need to know about the attack on Congress

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A gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing for a congressional baseball game at around 7 a.m. Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, hitting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas).

Scalise was shot in the hip, his office said in a statement. He has undergone surgery at the nearby Medstar Washington Hospital Center and is in critical condition, the hospital tweeted. Scalise was “in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone” ahead of the surgery, his office said.

Zachary Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), was also hit, Williams said.

Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were also injured, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. They are in stable condition, according to Chief Matthew R. Verderosa.

Matt Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods’ Washington, D.C., office, was also among those shot.

The shooter was apparently a Bernie Sanders supporter outspoken in his distaste for the GOP, President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

One of the stupidest anti-Obamacare arguments is making a comeback. It takes a genuine chutzpah for Republicans to complain Obamacare doesn’t cover enough people.

The man who attacked GOP politicians on Wednesday had a violent history. He was arrested in 2006 on suspicion of battery with intent to cause bodily harm. He was also charged with domestic battery, criminal damage of property and reckless discharge of a firearm during the incident.

Officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter for the Flint water crisis. The officials presided over a failure to maintain the safety of the city’s water supply, resulting in widespread lead poisoning among Flint children and 12 deaths connected to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

 

ICYMI

 

San Francisco PD: Shooter kills 3, then himself
Published on Jun 14, 2017

A gunman killed three people at a UPS facility in San Francisco before killing himself on Wednesday morning, Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters.

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