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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Texas church shooting - Suspect sent threatening texts - Family loses 8 members | Trump calls shooting 'mental health' problem | House panel begins tax bill markup | What to watch for on Election Day Tuesday | Rand Paul recovering from assault | National Nachos Day
TALK OF THE MORNING
This is horrible: At least 26 people were killed Sunday when a man opened fire on a Texas church. What we know: http://bit.ly/2AnIXza
Where it happened: Sutherland Springs, Texas, a small rural town of less than 1,000 people.
Victims: 26 people were killed and about 20 others were wounded. The victims ranged in age from 5 to 72. One family lost eight extended family members. http://cnn.it/2zkrebS More about that: http://wapo.st/2h7Ek47
The shooter: Law enforcement identified the gunman as Devin Kelley, who was 26. What we know about him: Kelley reportedly received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2014 over allegations of domestic violence.
Mid-morning New York Times alert: Here's everything we know about Devin Kelly's past: http://nyti.ms/2hKDOd6
NEW INFO -- how he was stopped: A local resident grabbed his own rifle and engaged the shooter, who then got into his vehicle and drove off. Latest development: Two individuals followed the suspect after he fled, the Wilson County sheriff said this morning. "There was some gunfire exchanged I think on the roadway also. And then he wrecked out," Tackitt said. "And at this time we believe that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound." Full explanation: http://bit.ly/2yBBoYq
NEW INFO - more about the church: Via Reuters, the Texas gunman sent threatening texts to his in-laws, who worshipped at the church where he killed at least 26 people. http://reut.rs/2znYAbS
Ooph, this timing: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton noted that Sunday's shooting took place eight years to the day after 13 people were killed in a shooting at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.
President Trump'S REACTIONS: The president initially tweeted, "May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan." Then at a press conference today: Trump called the shooting a "mental health" problem, not a "guns situation." http://bit.ly/2zhqxT1
IN OTHER NEWS
Get well soon, Sen. Paul: Via The Associated Press, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is recovering from five broken ribs after he was attacked while doing yard work on Friday. His injuries: Three of the five broken ribs are displaced fractures, which pose a risk for life-threatening problems and could cause him lasting pain for months. The suspect: Rene Boucher, Paul's next-door neighbor, has been charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. Officials haven't released a motive. When is Paul coming back to the Senate?: It's unclear right now. http://bit.ly/2zlXjlM
A truer headline has never been written -- 'One year later, neither party can get past last year's election': Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Ian Swanson, "A year after President Trump shocked the world by winning the White House, both parties are dealing with the scars." Where the GOP stands: "Republicans have control of the government but are a divided party in the age of Trump, whose war with the establishment has created fissures throughout the GOP." Where Democrats stand: "Democrats are united in opposition to Trump but seem to agree on little else, and the party has yet to move past the divisive primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- a fact underlined by former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile's stunning allegations." The challenges for both parties going forward: http://bit.ly/2zk2n7X
Trump takes Japan: Standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo earlier today, President Trump on Monday ramped up his war of words against North Korea, saying the U.S. and its Asian allies "will not stand" for its nuclear aggression. "Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric over the past 25 years." http://bit.ly/2zgijdT
AND ON CAR MANUFACTURING: During an event with Japanese business executives, President Trump called on Japan to build more cars in the U.S. instead of shipping them over. (Roughly 75 percent of Japanese automobiles sold in the U.S. are built in North America.) http://bit.ly/2hKsVYH
TIDBIT ABOUT TRUMP'S FOOD PREFERENCES ON THE TRIP: Via CNN's Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak, "a premium has been placed on avoiding snags that would bring the President outside his comfort zone -- including, according to one official involved, a mandate that familiar food be available during Trump's meals. 'No whole fish with the heads still on, nothing too spicy,' is how one person involved in the trip's planning characterized the instructions for Trump." http://cnn.it/2j3Jhz7
VIDEO THAT'S GETTING TRACTION: "[President] Trump joined his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in feeding fish, emptying the whole box of food into a koi pond." Watch: http://bit.ly/2j4UG1x
OP-ED: In an op-ed for The Hill, former National Security Council adviser Gillian Turner writes how President Trump packs a punch against North Korea on his Asia tour. http://bit.ly/2zAbqom
In local news -- say it ain't so: Via Washingtonian's Andrew Beaujon, the popular Washington publication DCist abruptly shut down last week. Why: The owner of its parent company shut it down when employees voted to unionize. http://bit.ly/2znMwHS
FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT FROM A FORMER EMPLOYEE: Via Benjamin Freed, "The Death of DCist Wasn't Just a Labor Decision. It Was a Digital Book Burning." http://bit.ly/2zlOBSi
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
Rolling through the stop sign so slowly it looks like you stopped: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, the House Ways and Means Committee will begin its markup of the Republicans' tax reform legislation today, as they aim to pass it on the floor by Thanksgiving. Why that's an especially steep timeline: Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) wants to finish the markup by Thursday. The House is scheduled to adjourn the following Thursday (!) for Thanksgiving. http://bit.ly/2AowyLG
OP-ED -- NOT A GREAT SIGN FOR THE CURRENT BILL: The Wall Street Journal slammed the GOP's tax plan, calling on the House Ways and Means Committee to fix the income tax rate. Excerpt: "In other words, Republicans are embracing higher tax rates a la Democrats to redistribute the money to non-taxpayers a la Democrats. Remind us again why college-educated suburbanites who are successful in business or the professions and are unenthralled with Donald Trump should vote Republican?" http://on.wsj.com/2lUA64S
BACK STORY ON THE INCOME TAX RATE: On Thursday, Politico's Danny Vinik reported the GOP's hidden 45.6 percent tax rate in their new tax plan. How that happened: Republicans advertise their tax plan as keeping the current top tax rate at 39.6 percent. Well: "Thanks to a quirky proposed surcharge, Americans who earn more than $1 million in taxable income would trigger an extra 6 percent tax on the next $200,000 they earn--a complicated change that effectively creates a new, unannounced tax bracket of 45.6 percent." http://politi.co/2zApChe
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The House is in. The Senate will meet later today.
3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.
5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes.
6:30 p.m. EDT: The House votes. Their schedule today: http://bit.ly/2jYhqPv
8 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves Japan for South Korea.
10:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump arrives in South Korea, where he has a series of meetings and a joint press conference with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea.
Tuesday: Election Day, including the must-watch Virginia governor's race. What to watch: http://bit.ly/2hgWnsj
WHAT TO WATCH:
Noon: The House Ways and Means Committee marks up the newly released Republican tax bill. Livestream: http://cs.pn/2zh2fIW
Live blog of updates from the markup: http://bit.ly/2zBOnK1
8 a.m. EDT Tuesday: The Hill is hosting an event on the opioid epidemic and strategies for prevention. Featured speakers: Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2gVUl0n
NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...:
Today is Nachos Day!
What people think of the iPhone X so far:
Via CNN's Heather Kelly, the iPhone X takes some getting used to. Review of each of the new features: http://cnnmon.ie/2hJsmOK
And because you read this far, here's a very intimidating dog who puts on a ski mask by himself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6oXST7VnyI
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