David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Vice President Mike Pence said he is headed to flood-ravaged Texas this week.

Pence announced the planned trip Tuesday in an interview with Corpus Christi, Texas radio station KKTX.

“My wife and I will be in southeast Texas later this week, and we’re going to continue to provide all of the resources necessary to advance the efforts to rescue people that are enduring this storm,” Pence said. “And also we’ll be with you through the long, long recovery that awaits Texas.”

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were traveling to Texas on Tuesday to receive an update on the disaster response to Hurricane Harvey, which has dumped rain on Houston and the surrounding area. Some parts of Texas could see up to 50 inches of rain.



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President Donald Trump is expected to speak Monday afternoon at the White House, amid fierce criticism that the President failed to condemn white supremacists and neo Nazis at a rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

Reuters’ Jeff Mason tweeted a photo of a lectern set up at the White House:

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the “hearts of the whole House” are with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) after the congressman was shot at a congressional Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning.

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Below is the House Republicans’ 2017 baseball roster:

  • Joe Barton TX-06
  • Jack Bergman MI-1
  • Mike Bishop MI-08
  • Kevin Brady TX-08
  • Mo Brooks AL-05
  • Mike Conaway TX-11
  • Ryan Costello PA-07
  • Rodney Davis IL-13
  • Ron Desantis FL-6
  • Jeff Duncan SC-03
  • Jeff Flake AZ
  • Chuck Fleischmann TN-03
  • Matt Gaetz FL-01
  • Bill Johnson OH-06
  • Trent Kelly MS-01
  • Darren LaHood IL-18
  • Doug LaMalfa CA-01
  • Barry Loudermilk GA-11
  • Roger Marshall KS-1
  • Pat Meehan PA-07
  • John Moolenaar MI-04
  • Steve Palazzo MS-04
  • Gary Palmer AL-06
  • Rand Paul KY
  • Erik Paulsen MN-03
  • Steve Pearce NM-02
  • Thomas Rooney FL-17
  • Dennis Ross FL-15
  • Steve Scalise LA-01
  • John Shimkus IL-15
  • Mark Walker NC-06
  • Brad Wenstrup OH-02
  • Roger Williams TX-25
  • Kevin Yoder KS-03

President Donald Trump released a statement Wednesday about a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside of Washington, D.C., saying he was “deeply saddened by this tragedy.”

Trump tweeted that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), who was injured in the shooting, will “fully recover.”

Read the full statement:

The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.

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Reporter Ben Jacobs said a candidate for Congress in Montana “body slammed” him during an interview Wednesday, a day before a special election in the state.

The incident apparently occurred after Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, asked GOP candidate Greg Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office’s newly released appraisal of House Republicans’ health care bill.

A rustling noise could be heard on an audio recording of the incident, after which Gianforte apparently told Jacobs, “I’m a sick and tired of you guys.” He added: “Get the hell out of here.”

“You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs said, sounding stunned.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs told The Guardian, which reported that he was speaking from the back of an ambulance. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

The paper reported that Jacobs alerted the authorities to the incident. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said it was “currently investigating allegations of an assault,” according to Politico.

The Gianforte campaign said Jacobs asked “badgering questions” and interrupted a separate interview.

“After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ,” Gianforte spokesman Shane Scanlon said in a statement, according to Politico.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their support behind Gianforte, recording robocalls for the GOP candidate.

A reporter for BuzzFeed who was in the vicinity also reported what she observed from the scene:

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President Trump early Tuesday admitted that he shared “facts” with Russian officials, a day after the Washington Post and others reported that the President passed on highly classified info to the Russian foreign minister and Russia’s ambassador to U.S. during a meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump said he had the “absolute right” to share the information.

During the Oval Office meeting last week — which occurred amid the fallout over the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey — Trump reportedly shared information about an ISIS threat, that was obtained from an American intelligence partner, according to the Washington Post.

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