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Ananya Vinay, 12, wins U.S. spelling bee with 'marocain'

Trump initially tweeted the made-up word Tuesday, appearing to attempt to spell "coverage" in another attack of the media. The victor received an engraved trophy, a $40,000 cash prize, a $2,500 USA savings bond, and an Encyclopaedia Britannica reference library. Read More »

Russia collusion claim 'detestable lie': US Attorney General

Sessions kicked off his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee by asserting that he had "never met with or had any conversations with any Russians" about interference in the 2016 presidential race. Comey also reportedly told lawmakers behind closed doors that one of those details included another unreported meeting between Sessions and the Russian ambassador. Read More »

Bernie Sanders Responds to Alexandria Shooting


Reporter Andrew Feather says the road leading up to James T. Hodgkinson's house has been blocked off Wednesday. The most serious charges (not convictions) in the records are: - 1993 charges for DUI, fleeing/attempt to elude police, and resisting/obstructing a peace officer, class A & B misdemeanors (case closed/dismissed, end of supervision) - 2006 charges for Battery/Cause Bodily Harm (2 counts), Aid/Abet damage to Motor Vehicle. Read More »

USA investigators seek Trump-Comey conversation memos

Mueller knows that Trump bragged to the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador that he fired Comey to undermine the investigation involving Russia and claimed that his firing of Comey dramatically reduced the pressure on him. They made hay out of - gasp!- a leak of unclassified materials after Comey was sacked. Before Comey, it was possible for national security adviser H.R. Read More »

Gun hearing cancelled on Capitol Hill after ball field shooting

He was fortunate in that his position seems to have brought the Capitol police to the field in force, and they responded bravely and quickly to what most certainly was a chaotic and frightening situation. "I'm relieved to learn that the injured, including Whip Scalise will be okay", Young said . In his whip campaign, he boasted about his conservative credentials and pointed out that he'd be the only GOP leader from the South, which had a major role in giving Republicans their largest House ... Read More »

Texas congressman's staffer among those wounded in shooting

Rand Paul, R-Ky., a member of the Republican team who was at the practice at a park in Alexandria, Virginia. "We are strongest when we are unified and when we work together". House Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-Caif.) echoed Ryan's calls for unity . After Giffords was shot , security procedures for members of Congress were tightened, I'm told. Read More »

Special counsel Mueller investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice

Among those who have agreed to be interviewed are Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, according to the Post . After Mr Comey's testimony , Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Mr Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation. Read More »

Trump Talks Infrastructure, Importance of Programs For American Jobs


Trump says in a speech in Cincinnati that as he campaigned across the country, voters often asked him why the USA was investing so much in other countries when infrastructure here is crumbling. At a panel hosted by the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, Cordish said the problem wasn't a lack of government funding for worker training but ineffective programs. Read More »

Tyson worker hurt in congressional ball practice shooting


He is now a lobbyist for Tyson Foods . Mika's parents are traveling from their home in East Lansing to Washington to see their son, MLive reports. "We're deeply concerned about him and his family", Tyson Foods said in a statement . - Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, members of the U.S. Read More »

Congressman Steve Scalise One Of 4 Shot in Alexandria, VA

Scalise, 51, the No. 3 House Republican leader, was first elected to the House in 2008. The hospital said Scalise, who sustained a single gunshot wound to the hip, is critical condition and would require additional surgeries. He dove into the dugout behind first base. JEFF FLAKE: All of a sudden, we heard a very loud shot. "He's got a gun!" Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Read More »

AP Newsbreak: UPS gunman had filed overtime grievance


On social media, heartbroken family members of Mr Lefiti recalled him as a warm-spirited man devoted to his children and family. Authorities have interviewed all witnesses and are talking to the victims' families, he said. A woman named Michelle, who did not want to provide her last name, was walking to work across the street from a UPS facility when she saw several UPS employees running down the street. Read More »

Latest on the GOP baseball shooting in Virginia


The shooting continues for several minutes, with some pauses in between the gunfire. Nathan can be heard asking. "Stay down, stay down", they yell. At one point, a man is seen lying in the middle of the baseball field, located in Alexandria, Virginia. Read More »

Federal Bureau of Investigation releases statement about baseball shooting, confirms second congressman suffered 'minor injuries'


Colleagues said Scalise had been fielding balls at second base at a local park in Alexandria, just across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, as the Republicans practiced for their annual game with Democrats . Then, from the edge of the third-base dugout, he took up a high-powered rifle, aimed at the players, and began firing, authorities said. Rep. Jeff Duncan of SC said he had just left the practice and encountered the apparent gunman in the parking lot before the shooting. Read More »

Trump visits wounded Republican congressman in hospital


Fellow Republican Mo Brooks, representative for Alabama, said the majority whip from Louisiana was on the ground with "a hip wound". He dragged himself out of the line of fire, leaving a trail of blood behind. Two Republican congressmen have said they believe the same man asked them if the team members were Democrats or Republicans shortly before the attack. Read More »

President Trump visits Scalise, other shooting victims at hospital


In a national address, Trump also appealed for unity following the morning assault in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia , which came amid bitterly partisan political tension in the U.S. About 25 people had gathered for the Republican team's practice for an annual charity game, scheduled for Thursday night. "I was batting, we heard a loud noise". Read More »

Two views of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate testimony (2 letters)


When the committee gets an answer to that question, it will be a lot closer to getting to the bottom of the Russian Federation collusion allegation than it is today. The attorney general stepped aside from the Justice Department probe into Russian meddling in the campaign on March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on two previously undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Read More »

Durant's epic Game 3 winner swiftly on display at Warriors HQ

After scoring 49 points in the first quarter of Game 4, the Cavs are out to a 22-18 lead midway through the first quarter Monday night. Just have to get back to the drawing board. Since he took over before the 2014-15 season, the Warriors have won at least 67 games each year and reached the Finals three years in a row. Golden State lost in record-setting fashion 137-116 on Friday. Read More »

Gunman who shot congressman had anti-GOP history


Hodgkinson also apparently made several negative comments about Republicans , including one about the Republican candidate for the vacant House seat in Georgia, Karen Handel: "Republican B**** Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go!" Meurer said during the campaign Hodgkinson had a lone Bernie Sanders sign near the road in his front yard. Read More »

Local congressmen say they are shocked, saddened by Alexandria shooting


It was unclear whether the email writer was referring to that vote. "We are deeply saddened by this tragedy". Green, who is black, said the callers called him the N-word and said he should be lynched. We also heard Wednesday from West Virginia Congressman Evan Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Two others were killed overseas. Brooks, who was on the field when gunfire rang out, said he was amazed by the bravery of Capitol Police. Read More »

New lead in manhunt for escaped inmates | Truck stolen in Morgan Co

Ricky Dubose , 24, and 44-year-old Donnie Russell Rowe were considered armed and extremely risky. The Associated Press has reported that two Georgia inmates serving long prison sentences and "dangerous beyond description" overpowered and killed two guards on a prison bus before fleeing in a stolen auto. Read More »

Ryan and Pelosi speak briefly, then adjourn Congress for the day

Ryan said the members of the house are "united" in their shock and anguish. Because we are. I ask each of you to join me in resolving to come together...to lift each other up...and to show the country-show the world-that we are one House. "And we will use this occasion as one that brings us together, not separates us further", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. We can not let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone who would think that way. Read More »