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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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.”

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) launched her campaign for governor of the state on Monday.

A campaign source told the Boston Herald on Sunday that Coakley was expected to kick off her bid with a video on her website, followed by six campaign stops on Monday. 

Coakley lost a special Senate election to fill the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D) seat to former Sen. Scott Brown (R) in 2010. She is the most widely recognized candidate in a Democratic field that includes former Homeland Security advisor Juliette Kayyem. On the Republican side, only former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has announced a run for the governor's office.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on Friday sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for what he calls "attempted bribery."

The letter responded to reports that Senate Democrats were shopping around a plan to deny government contributions to lawmakers' health care plans if there is "probable cause" they solicited prostitutes. The proposal would effectively dredge up Vitter's 2007 prostitution scandal unless he stopped pressuring the Senate to vote on an amendment repealing federal contributions to legislators' health plans.

The Democrats' proposal was first reported by Politico.

From the letter:

In response to my proposal and call for a vote on my amendment to reverse the Office of Personnel Management’s Congressional exemption from the Affordable Care Act, Senator Reid and Boxer have apparently lead an effort to employ political scare tactics, personal attacks, and threats that would affect each Senator’s personal finances (i.e. bribery). News reports indicate that one of these proposals would prohibit the employer contribution to any “Member of Congress who has offered an amendment in the House of Representatives or the Senate that would prohibit such contributions on behalf of other individuals, or who has voted for the adoption of such an amendment.” Such an arrangement, whereby the Senate Majority Leader and the Chair of this Committee are threatening to take away their colleagues’ healthcare coverage subsidy if they do not vote a certain way, at worst constitutes bribery and a quid pro quo arrangement, and at best amounts to improper conduct reflecting discreditably on the Senate. 

Update: Reid's office responded in a statement late Friday:

"Senator Vitter's charges are absurd and baseless," spokeswoman Kristen Orthman told TPM. "This is nothing more than Senator Vitter's desperate attempt to change the subject from his previous ethics issues."