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The big story…

Barr Refuses to Appear Before Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Attorney General William Barr appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to defend his interpretation of the Mueller Report and Mueller’s letter objecting to Barr’s summary of the report. The hearing didn’t go so well (at least for Barr), which is why Barr’s skipping the second day of questioning and won’t appear before the committee again today. Barr will likely face a subpoena from the House Dems.


In national news…

UNC Student Ran at Shooter to Protect Fellow Classmates

Riley Howell ran at a shooter who walked into his classroom at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Tuesday, likely saving the lives of many in the room. CNN reports, “Howell, 21, was shot ‘point blank’ trying to take the man down, his aunt Morgan Howell Moylan said. Another student, 19-year-old Ellis Parlier, was also killed, the school said.” The shooter entered the classroom as students were giving final presentations for their liberal studies class. Howell’s rush of the shooter ultimately helped police arrest the suspect.


In politics…

Trump’s Twitter Throwdown, Aiming at Biden’s Fire Union Support

President Trump was feeling fiery, via his Twitter account, when he retweeted more than five dozen messages in an hour Wednesday morning, due to The International Association of Fire Fighters openly voicing their support to 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. This is the largest union so far to support any presidential candidate. Read more in Erin Whitten’s report for CMN.


In sports…

Top 3: American and National League

Just over a month has passed since Opening Day and thus far, the 2019 baseball season has been groundbreaking with new MLB records. The Seattle Mariners started the season with a home run in 20 consecutive games, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger had 37 RBI’s through April, and CC Sabathia became the 17th pitcher to surpass 3,000 strikeouts last night. Read more in Adam Shay’s report for CMN.


In environment…

Los Angeles Launches Its Very Own Green New Deal To Combat Climate Change

America’s second largest major city is going green as Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti released a proposed municipal-wide Green New Deal on Monday, April 29 to combat human-made climate change as well as pollution. Garcetti’s proposals would need approval as well as finalizations from the local city council. Read more in Duane Paul Murphy’s report for CMN.


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Last but not least…

Consistency for Catfish and the Bottlemen

From their debut album The Balcony on September 15, 2014, to the newest album Balance released April 26, 2019, Catfish and the Bottlemen remains a premiere global alternative rock band. The quick 35-minute album is filled with songs to yell as loudly as possible, relate to emotionally, and above all, love what the band stands for: the epitome of alternative rock. Read more in Adam Shay’s review for CMN.


Today’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoAdam ShayDuane Paul MurphyErin Whitten, and the CMN Staff. To all the college students, we hope you survived finals week and are ready for a relaxing summer. To all the working adults, congrats you made it. It’s Thursday. P.S. Was this newsletter forwarded by a friend? Subscribe here to get the Morning Scoop straight to your inbox every day.

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