Officials: One Dead, Seven Wounded in Shooting at Nashville Church

One woman is dead and seven others were injured in a shooting at a church in Nashville, Tennessee, officials said. According to the Nashville Fire Department, the shooter was among those wounded. The incident occurred at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, which is 30 minutes southeast of downtown Nashville. The fire department described it as a “mass casualty situation.” All of the victims are over the age of 60, except for one. According to police, one victims was pistol-whipped. Officials have identified the gunman as a 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, who immigrated to the United States from Sudan in 1996 and was a legal U.S. resident. A bomb squad was working to determine whether the gunman’s car was safe to enter. “This is a terrible tragedy for our city,” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said in a statement. “My heart aches for the family and friends of the deceased as well as for the wounded victims and their loved ones.”

In a press conference, a police spokesperson told reporters that the church’s usher, 22-year-old Robert Engle, was “the hero” who prevented more bloodshed. “He physically engaged the shooter, and during the struggle, the shooter was shot,” the spokesperson said. Engle was also injured in the struggle, and is being treated at an area hospital.


Trump-Supporting Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Criticizes President for Kaepernick Rant

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Sunday said he was “deeply disappointed” in President Trump’s “tone” when he criticized NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. “There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics,” Kraft said, praising his players and applauding efforts to “peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel it most impactful.” The statement is notable because Kraft supported Trump and has been friendly with him for years.


GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill Gets Last-Minute Revisions

Senate Republicans have made revisions to their latest Obamacare repeal bill in a last-ditch effort to appease lawmakers who had concerns about the legislation, Politico reports. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy reportedly revised the legislation to boost federal funding for Arizona, Kentucky, and Alaska. Instead of losing federal funding as they would have under the original legislation, Arizona will see a 14 percent increase, while Kentucky will get an additional 4 percent and Alaska an extra 3 percent, according to the report. The measure appears aimed at winning support from the states’ senators, John McCain, Rand Paul, and Lisa Murkowski—all of whom either came out against the original version of the bill or expressed reluctance to support it.

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Angela Merkel’s Conservative Party Wins General Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party will win the general election on Sunday, pulling in 32.7 percent of the vote. The center-left Social Democrats came away with 20.2 percent, and its leader said the party would break from Merkel’s governing coalition over what he called a “bitter day for Germany Social Democracy.” The far-right Alternative for Germany party came in a distant third with 13.4 percent, and won seats in the German Parliament for the first time ever. Alternative for Germany’s strong finish especially hurt Merkel’s conservative party.


‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops Weekend Box Office

The spy action-comedy Kingsman: The Golden Circle dethroned It to claim the top spot at the box office this weekend. The film by director Matthew Vaughn raked in $39 million from North American theaters, falling below expectations but beating the first Kingsman film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Horror flick It claimed second place in theaters, with an estimated $30 million in ticket sales in its third weekend. With about $266 million in ticket sales so far, the Stephen King adaptation is now the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all time. The family-friendly The Lego Ninjago Movie came in third place this weekend, with one of the lowest debuts for a studio animated film—a meager $21.2 million.


Report: Obama Tried to Warn Zuckerberg About Fake News on Facebook

Two months before President Donald Trump's inauguration, then-President Barack Obama personally warned Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg that fake news about the 2016 presidential election had been spread on his social media site, The Washington Post reported Sunday. At the time Zuckerberg reportedly acknowledged the threat of fake news and political disinformation, but said those messages weren’t widespread on Facebook. Last week, however, Zuckerberg admitted to Congress that Facebook had indeed been manipulated and that Russian operatives are suspected to have purchased more than 3,000 politically themed advertisements on the site during the election.


Report: Kushner Used Private Email Account

Top White House adviser Jared Kushner reportedly used a private email address to correspond with other senior Trump administration officials. Politico, citing four people familiar with the setup, reports that Kushner used the account to discuss “media coverage, event planning and other subjects.” But Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell said the account only contained “forwarded news articles or political commentary,” not official White House business, adding it “most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.” Kushner reportedly corresponded with former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Stephan Bannon, and economic adviser Gary Cohn, among others. President Trump often scolded Hillary Clinton about her decision to exclusively use a personal email account and server while she served as secretary of state.


Valerie Plame Wilson Resigns From Ploughshares Fund After Tweeting Anti-Semitic Article

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson announced on Sunday that she has resigned from her board position at Ploughshares Fund after she tweeted a “deeply offensive” article arguing that American Jews are pushing for war with Iran. “Actions have consequences, and while I have been honored to serve on the board of the Ploughshares Fund... to avoid detracting from their mission, I have resigned,” Wilson tweeted. “I take full responsibility for my thoughtless and hurtful actions, and there are no excuses for what I did.” Wilson initially defended her sharing of the article, later apologized and said she had only “skimmed this piece” which she described as having “anti-Semitic tropes.”


Collins: ‘Very Difficult’ to Imagine Voting for Obamacare Repeal

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said on Sunday that it was “very difficult for me to imagine a scenario” whereby she would vote for the Graham-Cassidy legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Collins, a moderate GOP holdout who opposed previous iterations of repeal-and-replace, said she wants to wait for an initial Congressional Budget Office report before making a final decision. “Maybe there will be a surprise in there. I don't anticipate that. But I want to wait,” Collins said on CNN’s State of the Union. The Graham-Cassidy effort suffered a serious setback when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced his opposition to it. Senate Republicans can only afford to lose two of their own and still pass the bill with a simple majority. Later Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he, too, could not support the bill in its current form.