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June 15, 2017

6-15-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump called for national unity after a gunman attacked a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, shot five people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who hospital officials said remains in critical condition. Members of Congress convened on the House floor, where Speaker Paul Ryan condemned the shooting, saying “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to act on a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak related to the Flint, Michigan, lead-poisoning crisis. The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate to between 1 and 1.25 percent, citing confidence in the steady growth of the U.S. economy.

Washington Brief

  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is in critical condition after Wednesday morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., that injured four other people. Doctors said Scalise will require additional surgeries after a bullet pierced his hip and damaged organs, causing “severe bleeding.” (Politico)
  • Robert Mueller, the Justice Department’s special counsel, widened his investigation to include President Donald Trump and allegations of obstruction of justice. (The Washington Post) Mueller met privately with Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the panel, about how their investigation and the federal probe will share information and avoid conflicts. ( CNN)
  • The Senate voted 97-2 to include Russian sanctions in an Iran sanctions bill, a move that condemns the Kremlin for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. A vote on the final measure is expected before the end of the week. (The Hill)
  • Trump issued a presidential memorandum delaying the start date of his 90-day travel ban, a move interpreted as an attempt to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling that parts of the executive order have expired. The executive order was due to take effect on March 16. (Reuters)

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