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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Latest on Las Vegas - Death toll rises to 58 in deadliest US mass shooting | Over 500 injured | Trump calls it 'act of pure evil' | President to visit city Wednesday | Supreme Court kicks off new term | Congress begins work on tax reform

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BREAKING -- TRUMP ADDRESSES LAS VEGAS: President Trump late this morning spoke to the American people about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in U.S. history. "It was an act of pure evil," Trump said. Trump announces a visit: Trump said he would travel to Las Vegas Wednesday to meet with first responders and victims. The president thanked first responders and police for reacting quickly, crediting them with saving many lives. He also sought to offer comfort to families of victims. "We are here for you and we are praying for you," he said.

Watch Trump's full statement

It's Monday -- and it's now October. I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to @CateMartel and on Facebook.



From officials: Read the official press release from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department explaining what happened:

What happened: A gunman fired on an outdoor Las Vegas country music festival from the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel. Country singer Jason Aldean was playing at the time.

The toll: The number keeps rising, but at least 58 people were killed and at least 515 people injured. This makes it officially the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

What to know about the suspected gunmanStephen Paddock, 64, was a Nevada resident.

Is he alive?: No. "Las Vegas police say they 'found the suspect dead' when they breached the hotel room."

NEW VIDEO -- Insight from the gunman's brother: His brother spoke to CBS News. "Not an avid gun guy at all ... where the hell did he get automatic weapons? He has no military background." Video from the gunman's brother:

Anyone else involved?: Police believe the shooting was a "lone wolf" attack. This morning, ISIS claimed responsibility, but that provided no evidence for its claim. Law enforcement officials later said they had found no connection to international terrorist groups. Context from The Associated Press:

About the planning: A former Las Vegas police officer said the gunman planned the "horrific shooting immaculately." And on the first responders: "The shooting went on for somewhere in the area of 15, 20 minutes, so that interfered with getting the first responders into the area."

Ugh, this is hard to watch: Here's video of the shooting from a person at the concert:

Video from the hotel: Here's video from the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where a person watched the events unfold:

Audio of the SWAT team breaching Paddock's hotel room: They are incredibly calm.

Concert video: Here's video a concertgoer took of Jason Aldean's performance before the shooting started. The video continues as people evacuate and begin to process what happened. 

Photos of the scene:

How to follow updates on Twitter: The Los Angeles Times's Matt Pearce made a Twitter list "of officials and journalists who are on the ground in Las Vegas and Mesquite." The list of their tweets:

We're starting to learn about the victims: Here's a tweet from Republican strategist Ana Navarro: "Friend who served at SoCom in Miami, told me his nephew, Brian, was killed in Vegas. Was the father of 4. The youngest, is only 5 years old."

Here's a list of the 10 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history:




President Trump: The president tweeted, "My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!"

Country singer Jason Aldean: Aldean was performing as the shooting began. "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe. My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night." His Instagram post:

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHow a biased filibuster hurts Democrats more than Republicans Stephen Sondheim, legendary Broadway songwriter, dies at 91 With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one MORE: "Michelle & I are praying for the victims in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with their families & everyone enduring another senseless tragedy."

Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE: "Thinking of the victims and responders in Las Vegas. This should be unimaginable in America."

Keep in mind this week -- a possible gun vote: Via CNN's Jim Sciutto, "House slated to vote this [week] to ease curbs on silencers which critics say makes it harder to detect source of gunfire in mass shootings ... House leadership says not on the schedule yet but it has passed [committee]. Hearing on bill was scheduled day of Scalise shooting then postponed."

Democrats turn to gun control: Democrats are demanding action from Congress and the White House to impose new restrictions on gun sales following the mass shooting. Statements: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-Ariz.), who survived a severe gunshot wound to the head at a “meet and greet” in 2011, called for her former colleagues in Congress to “find the courage” to pass bills to prevent future acts of gun violence. Her full statement:



THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS -- HEY-O, TAX REFORM: Via The Hill's Cristina Marcos and Jordain Carney, Republicans are set to take their first legislative steps this week to advance tax reform. The specific steps: The House is set to vote this week on a fiscal 2018 budget, which will pave the way for Republicans to pass tax reform by a simple majority and avoid a Democratic filibuster. What else is going on in Congress this week:

20-week abortion ban: Tomorrow, the House will vote on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Immigration: The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday with officials from the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security on the move to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Bipartisan health insurance deal close at hand: Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderMcConnell gets GOP wake-up call The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Authorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOn The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice MORE (D-Wash.) are zeroing in on a deal aimed at stabilizing the individual health insurance market after the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed.

BEGINNING TODAY -- THE HIGHEST COURT IN ALL THE LAND: The Supreme Court is beginning a new term today with a blockbuster docket of cases touching on civil rights, free speech, presidential power, redistricting and privacy rights. Which cases to watch:



NBC News
President Trump dedicates Presidents Cup golf tournament trophy to those affected by hurricanes. Watch:



The House is in. The Senate meets later today.

3 p.m. EDT: The Senate meets.

5:30 p.m. EDT: The Senate votes to reconfirm Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

6:30 p.m. EDT: Votes postponed in the House. Their schedule today:

Tuesday: MLB playoffs kick off with the first wild card game. 

7 p.m. EDT Tuesday: Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken rules out challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' MORE (D-Minn.) will be discussing his book "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" at a sold-out Politics and Prose event. Details:

JUST ANNOUNCED -- Wednesday: President Trump will visit Las Vegas. 

Wednesday: The NHL's regular season kicks off. Opening night info:



This morning: President Trump addressed the Las Vegas shooting in remarks from the White House. Livestream:

8 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The Hill is hosting a health-care event on improving patient health. Reps. Ami BeraAmerish (Ami) Babulal BeraMajor abortion rights group names new president Democrats call for removing IRS bank reporting proposal from spending bill Biden remarks on Taiwan leave administration scrambling MORE (D-Calif.) and Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) are among the speakers. Details:

Oct. 11: The Hill is hosting an event on the tax code and explaining the tax reform proposals. Details:



Today is National Fried Scallops Day. 

BIG NEWS FOR FAST FOOD: McDonalds has announced the addition of buttermilk crispy tenders to the menu. The deal: "Chicken tenders ... made with 100 percent white meat chicken that's been battered, lightly seasoned and breaded. They're also free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Photo:

And because you and I both know you'll want to see this, here's a poodle who steals a scooter from a toddler:


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