Good afternoon. Today's PM — edited by Shane Savitsky — is 709 words, a 3.5-minute read.
Situational awareness: Two more victims of the El Paso mass shooting died today, bringing the death toll to 22. What we know so far.
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Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer called on Mitch McConnell this afternoon to bring the Senate back from its August recess for a special session to take up a gun background checks bill passed by the House earlier this year.
The state of play: Politico's Heather Caygle reports that House Democrats debated during an afternoon conference call whether they should also come back into session this month, passing more gun control bills of their own.
The other side: Background checks never came up during Trump's address to the nation in response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this weekend. In fact, he did not advocate for any stricter gun control measures.
The bottom line: According to experts, neither mental illness nor violence in culture can adequately explain the increased instances of gun violence in the U.S.
P.S. ... President Obama issued a statement on the shootings, urging Americans to demand tougher gun laws from their public officials and condemn leaders whose language "feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments."
The Dow closed down 767 points for its worst day of 2019 — the S&P 500 tumbled almost 3% and the Nasdaq was off nearly 3.5% — as China let its currency weaken to historically low levels amid its ongoing and escalating trade war with the U.S.
ICYMI in Kendall Baker's Axios Sports this morning ... Shelly Pennefather is one of the best women's basketball players to ever live, starring at Villanova before playing professionally in Japan, but in 1991, she gave up her career to become a cloistered nun at a monastery in Alexandria, Va.