Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Democrats beat Republicans on ballfield, raise $1M for charity

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Garry Little | 20 June, 2017, 00:47

The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game. "Crystal and David have been family to us for years, and we ask that you continue to pray for their full recovery".

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving. The hospital planned to hold a briefing on his condition later in the day Friday.

I would also like to personally thank all of the first responders who bravely assisted at the scene, as well as the entire staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their continued excellent care.

The president paid a visit to Scalise on Wednesday night, meeting with Scalise's family and sitting by the congressman's bedside.

It also said that the Nationals, the major league team that plays at the park, has released additional seating for Thursday night's game.

Both Republican and Democratic leaders at the game encouraged a sense of unity in the wake of the shooting during an otherwise politically rancorous time in Washington when the parties are sharply divided over healthcare legislation and investigations of the members of the Trump administration. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice". Sava called Scalise's injury a "trans-pelvic gunshot wound", describing how a bullet entered his body near his left hip and traveled toward his right hip, causing "substantial damage to bones, organs and blood vessels". Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

The shooter, identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers who were in Scalise's security detail.

President Donald Trump said he was "deeply saddened by this tragedy" and was monitoring developments.

The FBI said it was investigating the shooter's "activities and social media impressions" in the months leading up to the attack.

But Scalise's teammates ran out to the field to cheers on Thursday evening. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector, had been living out of his van near the park. Griner, who is still in the hospital, was shot in the ankle.

Democrats bounced back from a loss previous year, when the game was played the night after they held an all-night session on the House floor to protest Republican inaction on gun legislation. Long-ago Little Leaguers now in Congress don their spikes and dust off their gloves in a game played for claiming top dog status and to benefit several charities.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

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