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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on Tuesday, as the first sunny day in nearly two weeks provided a chance to clean up from historic floods.

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A House Democrat will offer an amendment to abolish Congress' special committee on the Benghazi, in a move that simultaneously hits Republicans on Planned Parenthood and on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) Benghazi "gaffe."

According to a spokesperson for Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the ranking member of the House Rules Committee, Slaughter will offer the amendment Tuesday evening while the committee debates a bill to form a special committee to further investigate Planned Parenthood. The amendment would strike through the Planned Parenthood language and replace it with language dismantling the Benghazi Committee, the spokesperson said in an email.

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A representative for Vice President Joe Biden pushed back on a Politico report Tuesday that suggested Biden had told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd his dying son's wish that he run for president to "trial balloon" a potential campaign.

"The bottom line on the Politico story is that it is categorically false and the characterization is offensive," a Biden spokesperson told NBC News. Biden's team, however, did not confirm or deny that the vice president told Dowd that story.

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In a lengthy blog post published on his presidential campaign website Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) claimed the father of Oregon gunman Chris Harper Mercer was a "complete failure" and demanded that he apologize for the shooting.

In the blog post -- titled "We fill Our Culture With Garbage, And We Reap The Result" -- Jindal blamed the prevalence of mass shootings in America on "deep and serious cultural decay in our society," jumping from a condemnation of violence in media and a reference to abortion to a discussion of the reported absence of the father of the Harper Mercer in the young man's life.

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Mass shootings at schools are now a routine part of our lives, but every routine has a first. And for school shootings, it was at the University of Texas at Austin on Aug. 1, 1966.

Twenty-five-year-old Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clocktower on campus and shot 43 people, killing 13. Texas Monthly's oral history of the afternoon called it the "first mass murder in a public space."

And, as the university's alumni association publication reported Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of his rampage will be the day Texas' campus carry bill goes into effect.

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