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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) emerges from a closed-door weekly policy meeting with Senate Republicans, at the U.S. Capitol, May 10, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty)

Rand Paul recovering following assault at his Kentucky home

11/06/17 08:40AM

There were some odd reports on Saturday about Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) being assaulted at his Kentucky home late last week, but a spokesperson for the Republican senator said he was "fine." The Kentucky State Police added that Paul suffered "a minor injury."

By yesterday afternoon, our understanding of what transpired was quite a bit different.

Sen. Rand Paul was "blindsided" and broke five ribs when he was tackled by a neighbor at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, police and an aide to Paul said Sunday.

Rene Boucher, 59, of Bowling Green, was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault in the incident, which occurred at about 3:20 p.m. (4:20 p.m. ET) Friday, Kentucky State Police said.

According to a spokesperson for the senator, Paul suffered five rib fractures, including three displaced fractures, and it's "not clear exactly how soon he will return to work."

State police indicated that the FBI is involved in the investigation, which makes sense given the fact that a sitting senator was apparently the victim of a violent assault.

And I'll look forward to learning the results of that investigation, because what we know at this point is quite bizarre.

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Following mass shooting, Trump says this 'isn't a guns situation'

11/06/17 08:00AM

As of this morning, the death toll from yesterday's mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, stands at 26 people, with at least 19 others in nearby hospitals. According to NBC News' reporting, the ages of the victims ranged from 5 to 72, although later one bereaved family reportedly said an infant girl was among those killed. The gunman was also later found dead.

The shooting at the First Baptist Church was the fifth deadliest in American history, the deadliest in Texas' history, and comes just a month after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

It's against this backdrop that Donald Trump delivered a predictable message this morning: this "isn't a guns issue."

President Donald Trump said Monday that Sunday's mass shooting at a Texas church "isn't a guns situation" but instead "a mental health problem at the highest level."

Asked at a joint press briefing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe if he would consider pressing for gun control measures in the wake of America's second mass shooting in a month, Trump said "mental health is your problem here," calling the shooter a "very deranged individual" with "a lot of problems over a long period of time."

At a certain level, this brings us to a very familiar place: opponents of new gun reforms respond to mass shootings by pointing to mental health, while proponents of new gun reforms point out that every country has people who suffer from mental illness, but the United States is unique in its experiences with gun violence.

But even if we look past this back-and-forth, Donald Trump's specific record in this area is problematic in ways the president doesn't seem to fully appreciate.

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U.S. job market bounces back in a big way in October

11/03/17 09:35AM

After September's job totals, heavily affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, were the worst for the U.S. in seven years, the question on the minds of many was whether the job market would bounce back in October.

This morning, we received the answer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 261,000 jobs last month, making it the best month for job creation so far this year. The unemployment has also improved, ticking down a notch to 4.1%.

The revisions from the previous two months also pointed in an encouraging direction, with an additional 90,000 jobs added to the totals from August and September.

Providing some additional context, the U.S. added 2.36 million over the first 10 months of 2014, 2.19 million over the first 10 months of 2015, 1.92 million over the first 10 months of 2016, and 1.68 million over the first 10 months of 2017.

Above you’ll find the chart I run every month, showing monthly changes in total jobs since the start of the Great Recession. The image makes a distinction: red columns point to monthly changes under the Bush and Trump administrations, while blue columns point to monthly job changes under the Obama administration.

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