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President Trump shared a videotaped message for those participating in the Congressional Baseball Game, which took place a day after a gunman opened fire on Republicans at practice.

"By playing tonight, you are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy," Trump said in his remarks released Thursday night. "The game will go on."

The president also said that he would pray for those who were injured in the shooting, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. He thanked emergency responders for their assistance.

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  • Russia
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  • The Clintons

For a president prone to distraction, Donald Trump was unusually disciplined — for a time.

Then, at the end of the day on Wednesday, as he sat down for dinner with his family to celebrate his 71st birthday, news broke that the special prosecutor looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was taking steps toward investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

By early Thursday morning, Trump slipped back into his Twitter persona — the one that lashes out at enemies in all-capital letters and impugns the motives of investigators — returning to the muddy fracas that aides have been trying to get him to avoid. Trump refused to let his highly paid outside counsel do the talking for him.

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  • Accolades

President Trump tweeted a message of gratitude to the U.S. Army on its 242nd birthday.

The Army considers June 14 its birthday. That's the day in 1775 when the Continental Congress voted to create the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

Trump also marked his birthday on June 14. The president turned 71.

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It was supposed to be a quiet morning at the White House as President Trump marked his 71st birthday, with nothing on his public schedule until the late afternoon. But that was shattered by early reports that a shooter had opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staff at a baseball practice across the Potomac River in Virginia.

White House staff canceled Trump's scheduled public events Wednesday and scrambled to bring details to the president as he watched the developments on television, including the news that the House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and a congressional aide were shot. 

Scalise was shot in the hip on the ball field in Alexandria, Va., shortly after 7 a.m. and was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington for surgery.

  • On the media
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President Trump took aim at the "fake news media" in a pair of tweets Tuesday morning.

It wasn't immediately clear exactly what the president was referencing.

He's taken to Twitter to insult particular outlets or stories, and the news media in general, multiple times in the past.

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  • Healthcare
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President Trump tweeted that the continued decline in the number of healthcare subscribers is a sign that the "obstructionist Democrats gave up."

About 16% of consumers who signed up for coverage this year through health insurance markets had canceled by early spring, continuing a trend also reflected during the Obama years.

Figures released from the Health and Human Services Department on Monday show that 10.3 million people were signed up and paying their premiums as of March 15. That's 1.9 million fewer than the 12.2 million who initially signed up during open enrollment season, which ended Jan. 31.

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  • Domestic policy

Congress approved long-sought legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an effort urged by President Trump to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans.

The House cleared the bill, 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to workers. The Senate passed the bipartisan legislation by voice vote last week. It will go to Trump later this week for his signature.

The measure comes after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to fire VA employees "who let our veterans down," describing the government's second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as "the most corrupt" and "incompetent."

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President Trump tweeted about his visit to Wisconsin, where the man who parlayed a run on television's "The Apprentice" into a winning presidential campaign said that the nation needs a stronger system of apprenticeship to match workers with millions of open jobs.

The Trump administration has said there's a need that can be met with a change in the American attitude toward vocational education and apprenticeships. A November 2016 report by then-President Obama's Commerce Department found that "apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States," especially by employers, who tend to use apprentices for a few hard-to-fill positions but not as widely as they could.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said Trump's "rhetoric doesn't match the reality" of budget cuts he's proposing that would reduce federal job training funding by 40%, from $2.7 billion to $1.6 billion.

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  • Immigration
  • Courts
  • Travel ban

President Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a "dangerous time," maintaining that prohibitions on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe.

"S.C." may refer to the Supreme Court, where Trump has vowed to take his travel ban fight.

The San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday refused to reinstate Trump's executive order banning travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. A three-judge panel said the administration failed to show that blocking citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen was needed to protect the United States. The court also found that the president's order ran afoul of an immigration law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality.

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Preisdent Trump attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 12, 2017.
Preisdent Trump attends a Cabinet meeting at the White House on June 12, 2017. (Olivier Douliery / Pool / Getty Images)

President Trump tweeted about:

  1. His daughter Ivanka's appearance on "Fox & Friends"
  2. A tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting
  3. The opening of a new coal mine in Pennsylvania
  4. A meeting of his Cabinet
  5. His congratulations to Clemson University's champion football team