Jared Lee Loughner

Alexandria shooting exposes the malign spirit haunting U.S. politics

Alexandria shooting exposes the malign spirit haunting U.S. politics

Americans who have become intoxicated with political fury should be sobered by the gun attack on a group of Republican lawmakers, aides and others at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va.

On Wednesday morning, the Republicans were practicing for an annual charity game in which they take on their Democratic counterparts when, without warning, a 66-year-old, Donald Trump-despising Bernie Sanders fan from Illinois pulled out a rifle and started shooting at them. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, was seriously wounded. Three others were hit as well, including two Capitol police officers who were on hand to provide security for Scalise. The shooter, James T....

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