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On Politics: A Nation in Mourning

Good Tuesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


President Trump addressed a country in mourning after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead. “Our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” he said. He took no responsibility for the atmosphere of division, nor did he recognize his own reluctance to warn of the rise of white nationalism until now.

After the massacre in El Paso, the political world hurtled toward a wider confrontation over racist extremism. Those on the defensive include Mr. Trump, the gun lobby, social media companies and websites like 8chan that are hives for toxic fantasies and violent ideas.

Relatives in El Paso waited in anguish until late Monday for a final list of those who were killed in the shooting there in Saturday, much longer than it took to identify the victims of the Dayton shooting.

8chan, the anonymous message board that had hosted the anti-immigrant manifesto of the man accused in the El Paso shooting and other hateful messages, went dark on Monday as tech providers pulled support. The site’s administrators scrambled to get it back online.

The shootings have renewed the debate over how to combat domestic terrorism. The federal authorities say they want to employ the same approach used in battling global extremism, but there are political and civil rights concerns.

Chicago had its worst weekend of gun violence this year after seven people were killed. Fifty-two others were wounded by gunfire throughout Chicago from Friday evening to Sunday, as much of the nation’s attention was focused on Dayton and El Paso.

Since January, Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has posted more than 2,000 immigration-related ads on Facebook that include the word “invasion” — language that is under scrutiny after the El Paso shooting.

Some criticism of the president’s stance on gun control and his relationship to the rise of white nationalism came from conservative outlets.

Gun control advocates expect nothing from Mr. Trump or the Republican-controlled Senate. Their focus is on 2020.

Pedro R. Pierluisi, who was sworn in as Puerto Rico’s new governor on Friday, already faces lawsuits challenging his legitimacy in office.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Alana N. Herlands in New York.

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