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Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets’ care

The officers were part of a security detail assigned to Scalise because he is majority whip and the third-ranking GOP House member.Scalise was shot in the hip on June 14 when a lone gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for an annual charity game against the Democrats.House Speaker Paul Ryan says he visited Congressman Steve Scalise and that he’s “doing well” and “his spirits are up” as he recovers from the gunshot wound he suffered last week.Officials said the incident is being investigated as a shooting on a member of Congress, and an assault on a federal officer.Scalise, who was shot in the hip and was in a critical condition after the shooting, is now in a “fair condition” and is “beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation”, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said on Wednesday.The former owner of a Belleville home inspection business left behind a long written record of vehement opposition to Republican politics, regularly raging against President Trump and singling out Scalise at least once in a 2015 post to his Facebook account.The guns were purchased legally – the rifle in 2003 and the handgun in November.”He was struggling in all kinds of different ways, ” FBI Assistant Director Tim Slater said. Bernie Sanders. The gunman was an ardent supporter of the senator’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, but it was not immediately clear whether Hodgkinson had any direct contact with Sanders. He arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital Center “with an imminent risk of death”, according to Dr. Jack Sava.As he continued to make “good progress”, his condition was upgraded again on Wednesday, allowing him to begin “an extended period of healing and rehabilitation”. A witness reported Hodgkinson asking them, “Is this the Republican or Democrat baseball team?”Officials said there were no specific mental health issues he had but one Federal Bureau of Investigation official said Hodgkinson was “struggling in a lot of aspects in his life”. At this point in the investigation, the FBI does not believe that these photographs represented surveillance of intended targets, though the release said the investigation into Hodgkinson’s recent activities was ongoing. Slater declined to say who the six members of Congress were, but previous reports have said the list included Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.; Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C.; and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.WASHINGTON ― The man who shot at Republicans practicing for a baseball game last week toured locations in the nation’s capital, visited the office of Sen.In Belleville, Hodgkinson also had a record of arrests on various criminal charges dating back to 1988, according to St. Clair County, Ill., Circuit Court documents.He was running low on money and his marriage wasn’t going well, Slater said.The FBI also revealed Hodgkinson had taken multiple photos of Eugene Simpson Park on April 15, about a month before the shooting occurred.