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Charleston Shooting

Terrible, awful shooting in Charleston.

This looks like terrorism to me.

From CNN:

The man suspected of killing nine people Wednesday night at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested Thursday morning about 245 miles (395 kilometers) away in Shelby, North Carolina, law enforcement authorities said.

Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody without incident about 11:15 a.m. during a traffic stop, Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Thursday morning. He said local police were acting on a BOLO (be-on-the-lookout) notice that included a vehicle description, the license tag and the suspect’s name.

Roof was armed with a gun when he was arrested, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. It’s not clear if it’s the same firearm he allegedly used in the shooting.  (more…)

More updates here.

President Obama speaks out on the subject of easy access to guns – “I have had to make statements like this too many times. Communities have had to endure tragedies like this too many times,” he said. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun. Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”

New Judge in Martin Case

From TPM:

Florida Judge Jessica Recksiedler on Wednesday stepped down from the second-degree murder case of George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

Recksiedler gave in to a request from Zimmerman’s attorney, who said the judge had a conflict of interest because her husband was hired by CNN to do commentary on the case.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Judge Kenneth Lester Jr., would take over.

The week to come. Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick.

Spent too much time tonight watching the famed Ohio State juggernaut get its hat handed to it to write much in detail tonight. Suffice it to say that those in favor of a true college football playoff now have yet another year to point to in which the BCS flopped.

Anyway, Congress is back tomorrow bright and early and the 100 Hours will start ticking.

First up on the agenda is the implementation of the rest of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has the rest of the week’s schedule in his press release here. To quote:

The 100 hours schedule will proceed as follows:

Tuesday, January 9 – Implement the 9/11 Commission Recommendations

Wednesday, January 10 – Increase the Minimum Wage

Thursday, January 11 – Expand Stem Cell Research

Friday, January 12 – Allow Negotiation for Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Wednesday, January 17 – Cut Interest Rates on Student Loans

Thursday, January 18 – End Subsidies for Big Oil and Invest in Renewable Energy

Before the week is out, though, and immediately after President Bush unveils his “Clap Louder… Let’s Try Again” plan for Iraq on Wednesday night, the House is going to start digging into the Iraq mess. A CBS poll says that that’s what the people want… so that’s what they’ll get. Kind of refreshing. Because everything over the last few months had said that they were going to spend the first several weeks focusing on popular domestic agenda items before going after Iraq issues.

Instead, on Thursday, they are going to summons Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her to try to defend whatever load of malarkey is unveiled on Wednesday. A House Armed Services Committee hearing previously scheduled for Jan. 19 is also being moved up in the schedule to Thursday and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be asked to give their defense of the proposed plan. On the Senate side, the Foreign Relations Committee starts hearings on Iraq on Wednesday, grills Rice on Thursday, and digs into Gates and Pace on Friday.

Stay tuned.