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How insensitive of them, you know?
Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- Rep. Steve Scalise, who was nearly killed in a horrific shooting at a congressional baseball practice in June, has somehow found that being shot in the hip with a semi-automatic rifle “fortified” his views on the Second Amendment—and after at least 59 people were killed and over 500 injured by a semi-automatic rifle legally modified into an automatic weapon, Scalise remains firmly devoted to the relentless “thoughts and prayers” messaging of his NRA-bound party. “You’ve got to recognize that when there’s a tragedy like this, the first thing we should be thinking about is praying for the people who were injured and doing whatever we can to help them, to help law enforcement,” he said. “We shouldn’t first be thinking of promoting our political agenda.” [Politico]
- What pending gun legislation? At this time, congressional Republicans are focused on raising taxes on the middle class rather than pushing forward a controversial bill that would make it easier for people to buy gun silencers. [Washington Post]
- A fun Tuesday surprise: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt meets almost exclusively with the people from the industries he’s supposed to be regulating. [Washington Post]
- Here’s Ted Cruz telling a “national security grassroots” organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center is a “leftist institution” with a “sorry record,” and “If they’re coming after you, you’re probably doing something right.” Another day, another win for literal nazis and white supremacists! [McClatchy]
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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