It’s Wednesday, and here are five things to know for your New Day:
1. North Korea
And finally, Senate leaders say they have a deal to put additional sanctions on Russia – and they’re making it hard for the President to lift them.
Police are trying to gather all the info they can about James T. Hodgkinson, the Illinois man who shot them with a rifle. He was killed by Capitol police officers who returned his fire. Hodgkinson owned a small business but had apparently been living in his van in the DC area for months. A quick look at his social media pages revealed that he hated conservatives – and especially President Trump. He volunteered for the 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, who called the violence “despicable.”
There were calls for unity after the shooting – from the President, House Speaker Paul Ryan and others – and a plea for everybody to lower the heat on the nation’s political rhetoric. The President won’t attend tonight’s game, though, because of security concerns.
The vibe during the game was uplifting and unifying. But it’s anyone’s guess if it will last. Republicans and Democrats came together for the annual congressional baseball game a mere 36 hours after a gunman opened fire on the GOP team’s practice, injuring six people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
2. North Korea
The manhunt for a pair of Georgia escapees ended in Tennessee. Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose were taken into custody after two residents held them at gunpoint. The residents had caught the escapees trying to steal a car from a home south of Nashville. The escapees are accused of killing two guards during their escape Tuesday from a prison bus, stealing five vehicles, robbing two homes, kidnapping an elderly couple and shooting at police during a chase that reached 100 miles per hour.
4. Budget cuts
What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was held in North Korea? He’s lost a significant amount of brain tissue and is in what doctor’s call a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.” Warmbier can open his eyes and blink but can’t respond to verbal commands or make voluntary movements (CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains). Warmbier’s parents reject the North’s explanation – that their son contracted botulism and went into a coma after taking a sleeping pill – and they want answers. Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, was detained in North Korea in January 2016 at an airport after taking a tour of the reclusive country. He was released Tuesday.
4. New Orleans flooding
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McDonald’s has a plan to fill 250,000 summer jobs in a snap – by putting them on Snapchat.
They say there’s nothing new under the sun. And that includes Missouri, where a 256-year-old coloring book was found at a botanical garden.
If you see Duke the dog anytime soon, give him a hug. He’s had a rough time of it after being tossed 1,000 feet a few weeks ago by a tornado.
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Cut off a chicken’s head, rip out its guts, and put it all on Facebook Live. Um, there’s probably a better way for a lawmaker to announce his new anti-abortion bill.
Girls vs. boys
Ski racer Lindsey Vonn wants a “Battle of the Sexes”-style rumble before next year’s Winter Olympics.
And finally …
He interviewed his daughter at the end of the first day of school every year from first grade to 12th grade. Now she’s a high school graduate. (Click to view)
Is the car in front of you not moving as the light turns green? Instead of laying on your ordinary horn, use the nicest car horn ever made. (Click to view)