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Batman actor Christian Bale visits victims of theatre shooting

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AURORA, Colorado — Batman actor Christian Bale paid a low-key visit Tuesday to Aurora, Colorado to comfort victims of last week’s shooting massacre, which occurred during a screening of his latest film.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed the Welsh-born actor at the Medical Center of Aurora, where 20 of the 58 people wounded in Friday’s massacre are still receiving treatment, some of them in critical condition.

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“ChristianBale meeting with #Aurora #theatershooting victim Carey Rottman,” read one tweet above a photo of Bale, crouched next to the young man with his arm resting on his chair as the two smiled for the camera.

Rottman posted two photos of himself with Bale — who won a best supporting actor Oscar in 2011 for his work in “The Fighter” — on his Facebook page.

The 27-year-old Rottman said he suffered a gunshot wound to the leg in Friday’s attack.

“What a surprise! 19 Swedish staff members met actor Christian Bale today @ TMCA! More details soon,” read another tweet from the Swedish Medical Center with a photo of Bale wearing a black T-Shirt and posing with medical personnel.

On Saturday, Bale said through his publicist: “Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

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Another of the film’s stars, Anne Hathaway, said Sunday: “My heart aches and breaks for the lives taken and altered by this unfathomably senseless act. I am at a loss for words how to express my sorrow.”

James Holmes, 24, is accused of shooting 12 people dead and wounding 58 more at a cinema in Aurora, outside Denver, as young moviegoers packed the first midnight screening of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

In the film, Bale plays Bruce Wayne — who dons his cape and mask to become the Caped Crusader — and Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, whose alter ego is Catwoman.

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Watch video, courtesy of the Associated Press, below:

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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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