Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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 Republican Congressmen targeted and shot at Baseball Game
James T. Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, targeted Republicans by opening fire at members of congress practicing for the annual bipartisan baseball charity event.  House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three other people were wounded Wednesday morning when Hodgkinson opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team as they were practicing in Alexandria, Virginia.  Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition.  Speaker Ryan took the floor Wednesday and stated that "an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Sponsors drop Shakespeare In The Park after Trump lookalike assassination

Delta Airlines and Bank of America are backing out of Shakespeare in the Park over the use of a Trump lookalike in the production of “Julius Caesar.”  A golden-haired Donald Trump lookalike wearing a long red tie and business suit portrays Caesar, who gets knifed to death on stage.  “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values. Their artistic and creative
direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste. We have notified them of our decision to end our sponsorship as the official airline of The Public Theater effective immediately,” Delta said.  Bank of America believes the production was intended to provoke and offend, and the company decided to withdraw its funding of the production — though it will still fund Public Theater.

Blumenthal Leads Congressional Democrats in Lawsuit Against Trump

Sen. Blumenthal is leading congressional Democrats in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump charging that the president has violated a centuries-old anti-bribery provision of the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign nations through his vast business empire.  The lawsuit, which is expected to be filed Wednesday in federal court in the District of Columbia, says Trump has refused to disclose the foreign payments he has received and is in violation of the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause that prohibits government officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments without first consulting Congress.

Fed raises rates, unveils cuts to bond holdings in sign of confidence

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday for the second time in three months and said it would begin cutting its holdings of bonds and other securities this year, signaling its confidence in a growing U.S. economy and strengthening job market.  In lifting its benchmark lending rate by a quarter percentage point to a target range of 1.00 percent to 1.25 percent and forecasting one more hike this year, the Fed seemed to largely brush off a recent run of mixed economic data.

North Korea 'most urgent' threat to security: Mattis

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Monday that North Korea's advancing missile and nuclear programs were the "most urgent" threat to national security and that its means to deliver them had increased in speed and scope. "The regime’s nuclear weapons program is a clear and present danger to all, and the regime’s provocative actions, manifestly illegal under international law, have not abated despite United Nations’ censure and sanctions," Mattis said in a written statement to the House Armed Services Committee. 

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