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House committee was set to quietly ease gun restrictions hours before baseball field rampage

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Mere hours after a gunman opened fire at an early-morning Congressional baseball practice, a House committee was set to consider a bill that would make it easier to buy silencers for firearms.

The House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday cancelled “until further notice” the legislative hearing on the SHARE Act. As mic.com reports, embedded in the GOP version of the bill is a provision that would loosen restrictions on firearms, including allow felons and domestic abusers to buy silencers.

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The House meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. Instead, shortly after 7 a.m., James Hodgkinson left the Alexandria, Va. YMCA and travelled to a local baseball field, where he shot at Republican Congressmen practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) remains in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

But, despite the tragedy targeting members of their own party, Republicans on Wednesday indicated the assault will have no impact on the party’s pro-gun stance.

“I don’t see this as gun control issue,” House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said. “I think to default to that would be a missed opportunity to be thankful for every moment we have, be thankful for our law enforcement, and ultimately to understand that the mental health component is an important thing for us to address.”

“It’ll have the same ending as all the other conversations about gun control,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said. “I don’t know how this guy got a gun. I don’t know if he did it legally. I don’t know if he did it illegally. I have an AR-15. I’m not going around shooting people with it.

“Guns, knives, cars, bombs. That’s the world in which we live,” Graham added.

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Even Democratic Congressmen, including Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who’s advocated for stricter gun laws since the tragic murder of 26 people—including 20 children—in Newtown, CT in 2012, admits stricter gun laws are a pipe dream.

“I think we’re beyond the place in which Washington responds to mass shootings,” Murphy said. “We don’t.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

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Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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