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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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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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President Trump early Tuesday admitted that he shared “facts” with Russian officials, a day after the Washington Post and others reported that the President passed on highly classified info to the Russian foreign minister and Russia’s ambassador to U.S. during a meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump said he had the “absolute right” to share the information.

During the Oval Office meeting last week — which occurred amid the fallout over the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey — Trump reportedly shared information about an ISIS threat, that was obtained from an American intelligence partner, according to the Washington Post.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday reached 15,000 for the first time, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed strong job growth in April and previous months, according to the AP:

 

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City-sponsored gun buybacks are about to be a thing of the past in Arizona's largest city.

On Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill into law that spares guns turned in during government-run buybacks from being destroyed. Instead, the law requires the guns to be sold to licensed gun dealers.

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A fictional article about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended up featured on Friday on The Drudge Report, according to Gawker

The story was originally published by the satirical news website The Daily Currant under this headline: "Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant." The fake news story reported that the mayor was denied a slice of pizza in Brooklyn over his proposed soda ban.

"NO PIZZA FOR YOU!" was the top headline on Drudge. As of this writing, the top story on Drudge was the monthly jobs report, and there was no mention of pizza anywhere on the page. To see a screen grab of Drudge's pizza page, see The Atlantic Wire's post.

Drudge is far from the first news site to be duped by The Daily Currant. In February, the Washington Post picked up a story from the site that claimed Sarah Palin was signing on with Al Jazeera English. And in March, a fake story claiming that Paul Krugman was filing for bankruptcy ended up on the Boston Globe website, under a partnership with a financial news content provider. The bankruptcy story originated on The Daily Currant.

h/t @nycsouthpaw.

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