A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems

Posted June 17, 2017

USA representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement in the past 36 hours after being shot by a man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday.

Medics say a bullet traveled across Scalise's pelvis, breaking bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding.

Doctor Sava described Scalise's shot to his left hip as a devastating "trans-pelvic gunshot wound" from a high-velocity rifle.

Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No. 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.

In remarks at the White House focused on a new apprenticeship program, Trump said that Wednesday's shooting in Virginia could bring unity to a divided nation.

Hodgkinson also contacted the office of Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., at least 10 times over the past year, a Bost spokesman has said, characterizing the emails and phone calls as negative but not threatening.

Online vitriol [VIDEO] about the state of affairs in government and the country has become an upsetting norm in the USA under President Donald Trump. "Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of [Capitol police agents] Crystal Griner and David Bailey who saved everyone's lives at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's".

Although the weather in Washington looks headed toward a near-flawless summer night, an obvious and immovable shadow is being cast over Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game - a tradition that began more than a century ago.

Steve Pastorkovich came to the congressional baseball game - his first ever - because he wanted to show solidarity and make a case for respectful disagreement.

The attack critically wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and also injured Capitol police officers, and a current and former congressional aide.

Around the Capitol, senators and House members were sympathetic to bolstering a Capitol Police force that has seen minimal budget increases in recent years, a police force that faced rough questioning last year when it sought more money.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth, but I'm sure there's some substitutes over there I can go pick a fight with", Richmond told reporters. "But he's a great fighter and he's going to be ok, we hope". The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times in his chest and suffered massive trauma.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers said their presence probably prevented many deaths.

The Friday visit announced by Ryan's staff comes with Scalise in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The shooter later died from his injuries.