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My heart goes out to the Congressman, the officers, the other victims, and all of their families. My hope is that they all pull through. I have no doubt that this was a politically motivated attack, and that this will be used by both sides to push their own agendas, but violence will solve nothing and will only drive us further apart on common sense solutions. We must stop this ridiculous, vile hatred.

Democrats start out with advantage in Virginia’s general election
We witnessed a highly competitive race in last night’s gubernatorial primaries — but it wasn’t on the closely watched Democratic side, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam beat former Rep. Tom Perriello by 12 points, 56%-44%. Instead, it was the Republican contest that turned out to be the nail-biter, with GOP frontrunner Ed Gillespie edging Prince William County Chair Corey Stewart by just 4,000 votes, 44%-43%. What was especially stunning is that Gillespie had the money, the establishment support, the higher name ID, and was facing a highly flawed challenger in Stewart (who had made protecting Confederate monuments a pillar of his campaign) — and he barely won.

Democrats start out with the advantage in this fall’s Northam-vs.-Gillespie general election. One, turnout suggests Democrats have enthusiasm on their side: There were more than 540,000 votes in the two-person Dem race, while the three-person GOP contest had 366,000 votes. (That turnout disparity looks like New Jersey, not Virginia.) Two, Democrats today hold a unity event with Northam and Perriello, while Republicans aren’t unified. “There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s ‘unity,’” Stewart told supporters, per the Washington Post. And three, President Trump’s job approval rating in Virginia is in the 30s. Add them all up, and you’d rather be Ralph Northam than Ed Gillespie, although we still have five months to go.

Virginia is no longer a purple state

One way to look at the closer-than-expected Gillespie-vs.-Stewart race is that Trump’s wing of the party is one the rise; this is no longer your Bush 43 party in which Gillespie served. The other way is that GOP moderates fled the party, with Northern Virginia Republicans voting in the Democratic contest (Virginia voters can pick which primary they want to participate in). “There’s a new name for the voters most people thought of as VA’s moderate Republicans a few years ago: Democrats,” observed the Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman. “VA is not a swing state,” he added. Indeed, Republicans have now gone 1-9 in major Virginia statewide races (for president, governor, U.S. Senate) since 2004.

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In some political news, Virginia Democratic Governor primary called for Ralph Northam over Tom Perriello by pretty sound margin. Since both had relatively same policies as candidates (though Perriello sold himself as “progressive” more), doesn’t really contribute to anything on “Clinton/Sanders/Obama/Whatever Wing is best wing”. More interesting breakdown is Northam has mostly state party endorsement while Perriello had more national endorsements (both Sanders and Podesta, for example). Northam’s margins also really being driven by big wins in districts heavily African-American, which is a reminder that basically if you can’t win African-Americans you’re not really winning with the Democratic base. This especially true in the South.

Meanwhile, Virginia GOP race showing slight lead for Edward Gillespie over Corey Stewart, the latter basically being the “Trump” candidate of the race with his support for Confederate monuments and stuff like that.

Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah praise the 'uniting' of Americans after the GOP shooting

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On Wednesday’s "The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert had "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah on and the two late-night hosts touched on the shooting that happened earlier in the day at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, where GOP members were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.

The shooting injured five people, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is currently in critical condition.

Noah, who was on to promote his new book “Born a Crime,” told Colbert that when he saw the coverage in the aftermath of the shooting, he was happy to see “people from both sides seeing this and uniting under the banner of human and American before anything else. That’s one of the things that we’re seeing less and less of in society it feels like.”

Noah believes that’s why Democrats and Republicans need to show Americans more often that despite their divided views, they can get along.

“I think that’s something that’s lacking in American politics is politicians showing from both sides of the aisle that they are friends,” Noah said. “It’s almost become like wrestling where the fans don’t realize that those people get along. Those people fight every single day, but like Paul Ryan said today, like Nancy Pelosi said, they said we fight tooth and nail but we don’t forget that we are people, we are friends, we are families, we are colleagues. And I feel like they could do a better job saying that to America, is that, ‘Hey, we fight, you can fight, but don’t forget at your core you are Americans. Don’t ever forget that.’”

Colbert agreed: “That’s absolutely right.”

Watch Colbert’s interview with Noah below:

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This Is What Ivanka Trump Wore to the Congressional Baseball Game

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This week Ivanka Trump attended a baseball game in Washington, D.C., but opted for a decidedly more formal look than the usual ballpark fare.

With her children in tow, the First Daughter watched the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Park on Thursday. For the sports session, which raised money for three local D.C. charities, Trump wore a white A-line dress with a scalloped neckline. She paired the piece with a pair of pink ankle-strap ballet flats and cat-eye sunglasses.

Trump shared the above photo to her Instagram account.

The charity baseball game pitted Democrats against Republicans, per tradition, and has existed since 1909 to raise money for Washington-area charities. This year’s game took on renewed importance because of a shooting earlier this week at the baseball practice for GOP House members in Virginia.

House members united to play ball and fundraise, and succeeded by selling 24,959 tickets—the most ever in the event’s 100+ year history. The Washington Nationals even had to create additional seating in the stadium to accommodate the demand for tickets.

The game ended up raising more than $1 million for Congressional Sports for Charity. Last year, it raised about $500,000 according to CNN.

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At this year’s game, the Democrats defeated the Republicans 11 to 2, but both sides came out winners.

Cop with pro Nazi views kills an unarmed black teen under very suspicious circumstances,

Just after he’s returned from suspension for killing an immigrant cook (he was also unarmed) in equally suspicious circumstances.

WTF? How can this guy still be on the force? Ridiculous.

I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.
—  Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source