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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.

Wednesday Evening Grab Bag

  • Still saddened over the death of Elizabeth Edwards. Breast cancer sucks.
  • For some reason several Republicans have stated that they will not vote on the New START treaty without both Presidents Bush weighing in on the situation. It is as if the Senate is too stupid to make up their minds on their own. George HW Bush has released a statement urging the Senate to ratify the New START treaty.
  • Senator Susan Collins is holding up the legislation on “don’t ask, don’t tell” until her demands are met.
  • In spite of all the bad news we’ve been hearing, the Secretary of Defense states that our Afghan policy is working.

From Political Animal:

  • With Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase, House Dems tried to pass $250 checks to these seniors. House Republicans killed the effort this afternoon.
  • A rare judicial impeachment: “The Senate on Wednesday found Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. of Federal District Court in Louisiana guilty on four articles of impeachment, the first time the Senate has removed a federal judge from the bench in more than two decades.” This is only the eighth time a federal judge has been removed from the bench through impeachment in the history of the Senate.
  • For crying out loud: “As Don Blankenship prepares to give up control of Massey Energy after the nation’s worst mining disaster in four decades … corporate filings are revealing the staggering cost of his departure — a golden parachute that will provide Blankenship with $2.7 million upon retirement, a free house for life, millions more in deferred compensation, and a ‘salary continuation retirement benefit’ of $18,241-a-month that will continue for 10 years after his Dec. 31 departure.
  • In 2011, expect the House to do a lot less work — not because of partisan gridlock, but because lawmakers simply won’t be in D.C. nearly as often. (thanks to R.P. for the tip)
  • In a setback for the Tea Party crowd, House Republican leaders threw their support to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to serve as the next chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • In an even bigger setback for the Tea Party crowd, those same GOP leaders are backing Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) as the next chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Rogers is known for his love of earmarks.
  • The food safety bill is in trouble on Capitol Hill, but Dems haven’t given up on it.
  • And in her latest classic Fox News appearance, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) insisted today that tax cuts for the middle class cost money, but breaks for the rich do not. It’s the kind of argument that only Bachmann could make with such enthusiasm.