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David Taintor

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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

 

 

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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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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the “hearts of the whole House” are with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) after the congressman was shot at a congressional Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning.

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Below is the House Republicans’ 2017 baseball roster:

  • Joe Barton TX-06
  • Jack Bergman MI-1
  • Mike Bishop MI-08
  • Kevin Brady TX-08
  • Mo Brooks AL-05
  • Mike Conaway TX-11
  • Ryan Costello PA-07
  • Rodney Davis IL-13
  • Ron Desantis FL-6
  • Jeff Duncan SC-03
  • Jeff Flake AZ
  • Chuck Fleischmann TN-03
  • Matt Gaetz FL-01
  • Bill Johnson OH-06
  • Trent Kelly MS-01
  • Darren LaHood IL-18
  • Doug LaMalfa CA-01
  • Barry Loudermilk GA-11
  • Roger Marshall KS-1
  • Pat Meehan PA-07
  • John Moolenaar MI-04
  • Steve Palazzo MS-04
  • Gary Palmer AL-06
  • Rand Paul KY
  • Erik Paulsen MN-03
  • Steve Pearce NM-02
  • Thomas Rooney FL-17
  • Dennis Ross FL-15
  • Steve Scalise LA-01
  • John Shimkus IL-15
  • Mark Walker NC-06
  • Brad Wenstrup OH-02
  • Roger Williams TX-25
  • Kevin Yoder KS-03

President Donald Trump released a statement Wednesday about a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside of Washington, D.C., saying he was “deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

Trump tweeted that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was injured in the shooting, will “fully recover.”

Read the full statement:

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

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Reporter Ben Jacobs said a candidate for Congress in Montana “body slammed” him during an interview Wednesday, a day before a special election in the state.

The incident apparently occurred after Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, asked GOP candidate Greg Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office’s newly released appraisal of House Republicans’ health care bill.

A rustling noise could be heard on an audio recording of the incident, after which Gianforte apparently told Jacobs, “I’m a sick and tired of you guys.” He added: “Get the hell out of here.”

“You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs said, sounding stunned.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs told The Guardian, which reported that he was speaking from the back of an ambulance. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

The paper reported that Jacobs alerted the authorities to the incident. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said it was “currently investigating allegations of an assault,” according to Politico.

The Gianforte campaign said Jacobs asked “badgering questions” and interrupted a separate interview.

“After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ,” Gianforte spokesman Shane Scanlon said in a statement, according to Politico.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their support behind Gianforte, recording robocalls for the GOP candidate.

A reporter for BuzzFeed who was in the vicinity also reported what she observed from the scene:

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