|From Nate Beeler, cartoonist at The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio. Too bad the major political parties are unable to agree on much else.|
UPDATE: Rep. Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman on Wednesday, served in the State Legislature in Louisiana, which has the loosest gun laws in the nation and high gun violence.
The Huffington Post headline reads:
But Hodgkinson is the first person identified as a critic of the president to have committed violence against a Republican.
"In 2002, Scalise was a speaker at a convention for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a group which was founded by David Duke. This was revealed in 2014, after political blogger Lamar White Jr. uncovered anonymous comments from 2002 on Stormfront, a white supremacist website, which made reference to Scalise as a 2002 speaker at the convention.
"Scalise confirmed that he had spoken at the EURO conference in 2002 and stated at the time he did not know of the 'racist nature of the group.'
"Scalise said he spoke about state tax legislation and that EURO was 'one of the many groups that I spoke to regarding this critical legislation' further stating that this is a group 'whose views I wholeheartedly condemn.' Scalise apologized for speaking to the group saying, 'It was a mistake I regret, and I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.'
"Various Louisiana politicians, including Republican Governor Bobby Jindal and Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond defended Scalise's character.
"Speaker of the House John Boehner voiced his continued confidence in Scalise as Majority Whip.
"Several Democratic members of Congress, as well as Mo Elleithee, a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, criticized Scalise, and challenged his statement that he was not aware of the group's affiliation with racism and anti-Semitism. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center called upon Scalise to step down from his leadership position as Majority Whip."
Meanwhile, The New York Times, Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting the investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government has now turned to investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice.
"The expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation would represent the clearest legal threat to date for Trump, who has long maintained that he is not personally" in jeopardy, USA Today reports (The Record's 1A).
And another front-page story in The Record today reports Governor Christie's job approval rating dropped to 15 percent -- the worst rating for any governor in any state surveyed by Quinnipiac University in 20 years.
The poll released Wednesday said 81% of registered voters in New Jersey disapprove of the job Christie is doing. Among Republicans, 58% turn thumbs down.
The election to pick his successor is set for Nov. 7, and it won't by any stretch of the imagination be a referendum on Trump's chaotic rule, as reported in The Record.
New Jerseyans got sick of Christie and his hundreds of vetoes long before the 2016 presidential election.
They blame him for the Bridgegate scandal, although he was never charged; and have been itching to get rid of the GOP bully for many years.