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There are those "Days Without Accident" signs at factories and warehouses. If the nation had one of those for mass shootings, it would have read "3 days" yesterday. But now, it would have to change back to zero, after the events in Chicago late last night.
Four days after a gunman killed 12 people inside Washington's Navy Yard, and officials seem no closer to understanding the motives of the killer, Aaron Alexis.
Alexis was a contractor at the naval station, who used valid identification to bring in a shotgun and shoot victims inside building 197 for a full half-hour.
The question remains: How did a man with so many personal demons get clearance?
The New York Times reports that Alexis worked for a Hewlett-Packard subcontractor called "The Experts," and that the company called Alexis's hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, and said he was unstable, and they were bringing him home.
Rear Admiral John Kirby, chief of information for the U.S. Navy, said they are investigating whether the company alerted the Navy.
The Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress, one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks.
By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where the Democratic majority will amend it, likely restoring Obamacare funding, and send it back to the House.
But Republican Rep. Jim Jordan said he hopes that regular Americans, and more spiritual beings, will influence senators.
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