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David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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What was supposed to be a brief media availability with Trump and McConnell morphed into an impromptu press conference. Trump covered a lot of ground. We’ll have more stories to come, but here are some of the highlights:

  • Trump said he might try to talk Steve Bannon out of primarying Republican candidates.
  • Trump claimed that Obama didn’t call families of fallen soldiers while he was President. One of Obama’s former aides fired back, saying the claim was false.
  • Trump said the investigation into Russian election interference is just an excuse for Democrats losing in November. But he also notably said he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Trump made a number of bombastic promises, saying that he and McConnell will eventually get Obamacare repeal done.
  • Trump vowed to declare the opioid epidemic a national health emergency next week.

More to come on the site.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will lead a moment of silence at 2:45 p.m. ET Monday at the White House, after a shooting massacre in Las Vegas left 58 people dead and more than 500 injured.

The Department of Homeland Security said it has “no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country” following a deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas that left at least 50 dead and hundreds injured.

“At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country. However, increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions,” the department said in a statement.

Read the full DHS statement below:

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke has been briefed on the horrific shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. The Department is closely monitoring the situation and working with our federal, state and local partners in responding to and investigating this tragedy.

At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving other public venues in the country. However, increased security in and around public places and events may be experienced as officials take additional precautions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this incident as we work to support the Las Vegas community.

More than 400 people were transported to hospitals following a mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas Sunday night, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement Monday.

The Clark County Fire Department estimated that approximately 406 people were transported to area hospitals and 50 are dead following Sunday evening’s shooting. Among the dead is an LVMPD officer who was off-duty at the time. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. There were also two on-duty officers injured, one of whom was upgraded recently from critical to stable condition. The other sustained non-life threatening wounds.

Read the police department’s full statement here.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, the White House said Monday morning.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and offer our full support to state and local officials,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, according to NBC.

Trump sent a personal tweet about the shooting massacre, expressing his condolences to the victims and their families.

A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas early Monday, killing at least 50 people and wounding 200 more. It is the deadliest shooting in modern American history.

“All of those affected are in our thoughts and prayers,” Sanders said.

Police have identified the suspect as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nevada.

The price tag for HHS Secretary Tom Price’s travel continues to rise. Politico reported late Thursday that Price took military jets for overseas trips, bringing the total cost of his travel since May to a whopping $1 million. Price on Thursday pledged to repay for the cost of the trips — but an HHS spokesperson told TPM that the health secretary will repay about $50,000, which is the cost of only his seat on those trips. President Trump is not happy about the ordeal. He told reporters this week that “we’ll see” whether Price continues to serve in the administration. Price, for his part, said Thursday that he believes he still has the President’s confidence. A number of investigations have been launched into the private travel, including by the HHS inspector general and the House Oversight Committee. The White House said Thursday that it will launch its own review, as well as halt all private jet use for HHS. 

And Price isn’t the only Trump administration official to have taken private planes as a government official. At least three others have, too: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The investigations and reviews into Price’s private travel have just begun. And the question remains: how many more trips will come to light? And if the drip, drip, drip of more information continues, can Tom Price keep his job?

Vice President Mike Pence said he is headed to flood-ravaged Texas this week.

Pence announced the planned trip Tuesday in an interview with Corpus Christi, Texas radio station KKTX.

“My wife and I will be in southeast Texas later this week, and we’re going to continue to provide all of the resources necessary to advance the efforts to rescue people that are enduring this storm,” Pence said. “And also we’ll be with you through the long, long recovery that awaits Texas.”

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were traveling to Texas on Tuesday to receive an update on the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey, which has dumped rain on Houston and the surrounding area. Some parts of Texas could see up to 50 inches of rain.

 

 

President Donald Trump is expected to speak Monday afternoon at the White House, amid fierce criticism that the President failed to condemn white supremacists and neo Nazis at a rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Reuters’ Jeff Mason tweeted a photo of a lectern set up at the White House:

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