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A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems


The annual matchup between Republicans and Democrats will be held one day after Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and three others were shot at a practice session for the game.

Scalise was still in critical condition Thursday night after another surgery, "but has improved in the last 24 hours", according to a statement from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

Tonight congressional Republicans and Democrats are facing off on the baseball field for their annual charity game. Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital.

Press secretary Sean Spicer said "there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols" to ensure Trump's safety, but the president visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday. And they also signed cards for the other victims that include two Capitol Hill Police officers who are members of Scalise's security detail.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear but authorities were zeroing in on the life of James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old man from IL, in the months and weeks before Wednesday morning's shooting.

It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"I know that he would want the game to be played", said Richmond. "I'm glad we're here", Torre said. "The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", a hospital statement said.

Members of Congress have made a point of showing support for Scalise, who remains in the hospital Thursday night.

"I ask that you will continue to pray for him and his family, but also for our country".

The U.S. Capitol Police said Hodgkinson used a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle in the shooting, and traces run by investigators showed he evidently acquired the weapons legally. Still, on Thursday evening, this picture of American normalcy at Nationals Park in Southeast D.C. was, in a way, an act of rebellion.

Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific".

Every year, with a few interruptions, Senate and House members of each party solidify friendships off the floor and on the field.

"Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way", said LSU President F. King Alexander.

Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left". "It's about Republicans and Democrats".

The running tally of results has Republicans and Democrats both at 39 wins, 39 losses and one tie.

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