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AP

Only one day after the mass shooting targeting a Republican Congressional baseball practice seemed to bring Washington together, the nasty normal resumed:

  • Trump, who was applauded by both parties for rising to the occasion in his speech yesterday, tweeted Thursday morning: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice... You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA"
  • Newt Gingrich, on Twitter: "Should now be clear Mueller is the 'anti-Trump special counsel'... Mueller is now clearly the ti[p of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency. Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives. very dangerous... he brazen redefinition of Mueller's task tells you how arrogant the deep state is and how confident it is it can get away with anything."
  • Joe Scarborough (in response to Gingrich's tweets): "It is hard to overstate how reckless the fanning of this anti-government conspiracy is the day after a mass shooting aimed at congressmen. This is grotesque and fans the flames of rage among the unbalanced. What exactly is the price of an ambassadorship these days? How dare you smear a man who served this country honorably for decades in both war and peace, winning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Newt, whatever you think you're getting in return for obsequiously sliming an American hero, I guarantee you it's not worth it. Stop."
  • Mark Sanford, on Morning Joe: "Trump is 'at least partially to blame' for the 'demons that have have been unleashed' across the country."

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3 hours ago - Health

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.

6 hours ago - World

British MP dies after being stabbed while meeting constituents

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K., was fatally stabbed Friday while meeting with local constituents in a church in eastern England, according to AP.

The big picture: Police said a man, 25, was arrested for the stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea and is being held on suspicion of murder. A knife was also recovered at the scene, authorities said.