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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama has been briefed on the "unfolding situation" Monday morning at the Washington, DC Navy Yard, a White House official said.

"The President has been briefed several times about the unfolding situation at the Washington Navy Yard by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco and Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco," the official said, according to a media pool report. "The President directed his team to stay in touch with our federal partners, including the Navy and FBI, as well as the local officials. We urge citizens to listen to the authorities and follow directions from the first responders on site."

Correction: Alyssa Mastromonaco's name was misspelled in a statement, quoted by the pool report, from a White House official on the situation at the Washington, DC Navy Yard.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded all flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Monday morning, CBS News reported.

An "active shooter" situation was ongoing in the area of the Washington, DC Navy Yard.

The Federal Aviation Administration posted the following notice on its website regarding DCA:

Due to OTHER / SECURITY, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington, DC (DCA). To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".

Seven people were injured in a shooting Monday morning at the Washington, DC Navy Yard, including a D.C. police officer and a federal officer, NBC's Pete Williams reported. Williams cautioned that number may change as more information becomes available.

The U.S. Navy confirmed "several injured" in the shooting.

A police spokesman confirmed to the Washington Post that a Washington, D.C. police officer was among at least three to four people who were shot Monday morning at the Navy Yard there.

The spokesman told the Post that the officer was shot near a room in Navy Sea System Command's (NAVSEA) headquarters, where a lone gunman barricaded himself after allegedly shooting at least three people on Navy Yard grounds.

The U.S. Navy has so far only confirmed that one individual has been injured.

One person has been confirmed injured in an "active shooter" situation at the Washington, DC Navy Yard Monday morning. Watch live coverage of the ongoing situation below.

The U.S. Navy confirmed one person was injured in a shooting Monday morning at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.

The Navy said in a press release that emergency personnel were on scene and Navy Yard personnel have been ordered to "shelter in place." About 3,000 people work in the Naval Sea System Command's (NAVSEA) headquarters on site.

The U.S. Navy confirmed Monday that there was an "active shooter" at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. The Navy reported that three shots were fired at about 8:20 a.m.

Update: As of 8:52 a.m., the U.S. Navy said the shooter was still "active" and police were on scene.

The United Nations is expected to release an inspectors' report Monday addressing the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Syria.

The U.N. announced Sunday that its Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had received the inspectors' report. Two diplomats told CNN that the report will likely be released to the public after Ban briefs the U.N. Security Council on the report Monday morning.

The report is expected to confirm whether or not a chemical attack occurred and identify which chemical agent was used, according to ABC News. Determining exactly who carried out the attack, however, was not one of the U.N. inspectors' goals.

Former National Security Agency and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden declared Gmail the preferred email service of terrorists Sunday.

In a speech defending the legal basis for the NSA's PRISM surveillance program at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, Hayden said "Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide," as quoted by the Washington Post. The retired general likely meant to say email service provider rather than Internet service provider.

"I don't think you're going to see that in a Google commercial, but it's free, it's ubiquitous, so of course it is," he added.

Hayden also implied that NSA surveillance was justified by the United States' particular history with the Internet.

"We built it here, and it was quintessentially American," he continued. For that reason, according to the Post, Hayden said a large volume of Internet traffic goes through American servers where the government "takes a picture of it for intelligence purposes."

Vice President Joe Biden warned donors and activists of a fundamental shift in the Republican party at an Iowa fundraiser Sunday, calling today's GOP a "different breed of cat" and taking a shot at the leadership of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” he told a crowd just before Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-IA) annual steak fry, according to a pool report. “We’re dealing with a different breed of cat as my uncle used to say. These guys aren’t bad. I’m not making moral judgments, but they have a fundamentally different view of America than we do – a fundamentally different view.”

Biden said it was crucial to support Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), the only Democrat who has declared his candidacy for outgoing Sen. Harkin's seat, in order to hold on to the party's Senate majority.

“Unless we can maintain this seat, unless we can begin to break down the majority in the House of Representatives, everything you have fought for for the last six years and beyond is in jeopardy,” Biden continued, according to the pool report. “This is now a party where the tail is wagging the dog, where Ted Cruz is running the show, a freshman, in terms of the ideas of the party.”

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