Good morning and welcome to Monday, the start of a new work week. As you might expect, much of the news today is dominated by the horrible mass shooting in Orlando. It is sure to have an ongoing impact on American politics beyond the devastating impact it had on the victims and their families. Let’s look at the Digest.
1. The gunman opened fire early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub. By the time police stormed the building and killed him, 50 people were dead and more than 50 wounded. The shooter was an American citizen who pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the attack, although it was unclear if he had any connection to the terrorist group beyond that. (New York Times)
2. President Obama called the Orlando shooting an act of terror and an act of hate. Hillary Clinton echoed those remarks. Donald Trump claimed credit for predicting the attack, criticized Obama and Clinton for not using the term “radical Islam,” and repeated his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration (even though the gunman was a U.S. citizen born in New York). Trump will still give a speech criticizing Clinton today and will work in some thoughts about terrorism. Clinton is also expected to talk about terrorism today. (NBC News)
3. Here in Minnesota people at a gay pride gathering in Golden Valley were reflecting on the Orlando attack. And organizers of the gay pride festival later this month were considering adding to their security plans. And hundreds of people gathered in Loring Park in Minneapolis last night for a vigil in solidarity with the victims of the shooting. (Star Tribune)
4. Almost lost in his veto of the tax bill was Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of another bill designed to shore up the pensions of retired state workers. Many retirees will live longer than expected, and expectations about how much the state will earn on investments are probably too optimistic. Dayton says the bill he vetoed was unfair and he wants lawmakers to try again next year. Some say the state can’t afford to delay fixes too long. (Star Tribune)
5. Most of the Republicans seeking the party nomination to run for Congress in Minnesota’s 2nd District have something in common: they’re worth a lot of money. They also have that in common with Democrat Angie Craig, who is a multimillionaire. (Pioneer Press)