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ICYMI: Victims, heroes, and a slimy, shady Senate secret

Wednesday morning's shooting attack has dominated most of the news this week.

Here’s a recap.

The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson, an Illinois resident who has been living in northern Virginia for the past two months.

He died of wounds sustained during a firefight with Capitol Police and was an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders for president.

And he had a list of targets with him.

It’s bad news/good news on the victims’ conditions:

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise,  R-La., remains in critical condition and will be in the hospital “for some time,” according to a Thursday statement.

When the congressman arrived at the hospital, he had “an imminent risk of death,” but his chance of death now is substantially lower, and he is expected to walk and run again, according to a Friday afternoon press conference from his doctor.

Lobbyist Matt Mika’s condition has been upgraded from “critical” to “serious.”

One of the police officers has been released from the hospital, and the other is in “good condition.”

Congressional staffer Zack Barth is out of the hospital and even appeared on TV a day after the shooting.

Mark Levin interviewed Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., who was present at the shooting. Brooks remarked about the bravery of the Capitol Hill Police officers on the scene. You can watch the interview on LevinTV here.

This week’s shame: There was a lot.

Just moments after the attack, gun control proponents began spinning the situation to fit their narrative. Here’s why that doesn’t hold up.

In the aftermath, the New York Times editorial board thought it wise to renew and promulgate a roundly debunked theory about Sarah Palin and the 2011 shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Rob Eno has the full breakdown at WTF MSM!?

This week’s uniting moment:

After the attack on Wednesday, the annual Congressional Baseball Game went from being a charitable and somewhat kitschy blip on the D.C. summer social calendar to a major symbol of healing, unity, and American pride.

Not only did both teams gather around second base (Scalise’s position) to pray before the game, after the Democrats won (they do have a ringer on the mound, after all), they gave the trophy back to the Republicans to place in the whip’s office.

A "better deal for the Cuban people":

A few hundred miles away from Capitol Hill, President Trump announced a major revision of the previous administration’s Cuba policy on Friday.

CRTV White House correspondent Jon Miller has the details.

“Today a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at an event announcing the rollback.

Rubio was a key player in the policy, reportedly telling the president to ignore deep-state bureaucrats and “go it alone” with the change.

This week’s fist pump: Gun rights in D.C.?

In response to the tragic shooting – and perennially inescapable post-atrocity gun-grabbing demands – Rep. Thomas Massie has a simple answer: Let people defend themselves in our nation’s capital.

This week’s circus act: Sessions’ grill session.

Under oath before Congress Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions unequivocally denied the “appalling and detestable” allegations that he colluded with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Check out Sessions shooting down Dem Sen. Ron Wyden’s accusations of “stonewalling.”

Guys, you’ve got the wrong witness:

Perhaps there’s too much focus on Sessions’ ring of the political circus, especially in light of reports that former FBI Director James Comey accused former AG Loretta Lynch of interfering with the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Mueller? … Mueller?

As almost all eyes were on the fallout from the shooting this week, the special counsel and former FBI director’s investigation of President Trump was still moving forward.

Levin lays out how Mueller’s real objective “is to take down the president of the United States,” and Chris Pandolfo dives into some recent polling on the issue that suggests that the takedown is already working.

This week’s votes:

While the president was focused on jobs, the high-profile actions on the Hill were based around foreign policy during this abbreviated work week.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed sanctions against Iran and Russia Thursday, despite previous threats that such a move would endanger President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

On Wednesday, an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to block a portion of an arms deal between the United States and Saudi Arabia failed to garner enough votes to pass. Daniel Horowitz has the details here.

This week’s other atrocity:

Three United States soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan during an “insider attack” by local forces. Sadly, they’re not alone, as this is the 100th such attack since 2008.

This week’s big fib:

Remember that whole thing about Palestinian authorities stopping their terror pension program? Not so fast, guys.

This week’s big secret:

The Senate’s health care bill is proving to be more elusive than many thought, as Trump’s HHS secretary says he hasn’t seen it.

And neither has the #2 Republican in the Senate.

This week’s historical milestone:

Justice Neil Gorsuch issued his first majority opinion for the United States Supreme Court.

The most interesting stories aren’t told in the headlines. They’re in the FOOTNOTES!

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