Ohio Congressman played in baseball game to honor Scalise

A day after firing on an active shooter to protect Congressmen under attack at a morning baseball practice in Virginia, Capitol Police officer David Bailey returned to the diamond for the annual charity game.

In the past, the game was canceled due to The Great Depression, World War II, and a House speaker's presumption that baseball is just too rough. And of course this year is different.

Republicans and Democrats have swapped political insults for friendly rivalry at their annual congressional baseball game in honour of House of Representatives politician Steve Scalise, critically injured in a shooting rampage.

Investigators said Thursday that weapons recovered at the Alexandria scene were purchased legally and that they are examining electronics recovered from the suspect's vehicle, including his cell phone, computer and camera. "Everybody in Congress is here because we love America".

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation. "At what point do you have a congregation of members - and we're not even more special than anybody else, but we are targets - do you have a security detail with you?" Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members. He did have a third surgery this morning. He sustained minor injuries to one of his wrists, elbows and lower back in the process.

Damage from a bullet occurs when it's traveling. It fractured multiple bones, damaged internal organs.

President Trump is not planning to attend the game because of security concerns, the White House said Wednesday. This is what he had to say.

"Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country", Trump said in the Roosevelt Room. It's been - he's in some trouble.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she favors more money for the U.S. Capitol Police, which is seeking an 8 percent increase to almost $427 million for next year.

Lucee Laursen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, interning in the capital for a nonprofit, said, "It's showing that we might have differences in political spheres but we come together for a good cause". You know, this is an active and ongoing discussion that the Capitol Police are having with lawmakers about how they can feel safe when they're off campus, not in the Capitol and when they're back at home. House Speaker Paul Ryan met with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi last week to discuss protocols and rules, according to Ryan's spokeswoman.

"I'm mostly just a pinch hitter", he added with a grin.

"This is a game that has been played off and on for approximately 100 years", Barton said. The crowd set a record for the almost century-old event, with 24,959 tickets sold - more than double the amount of people at last year's charity game. Obviously its objective is to raise money for local D.C. charities.

"When a neighbor is hurting or under attack, the American people come together with generosity, compassion and prayer, and we always will", Pence said. Everyone - Republican, Democrat - was on their feet, paying their respects to the man who is still fighting for his life in MedStar Washington Medical Center.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches. He's a pitcher on the team.

Barton, accepting the trophy, shook Doyle's hand, acknowledged the gesture, and said, "We won't be this nice next year". The game will allow "everyone in our community to focus on our kids who need us the most, and giving kids a safe place to go after school is something that we can all agree upon, regardless of party or politics". Check out a live stream of the game, held at Washington Nationals Park, in the embedded video below, courtesy of C-SPAN. She accused Republicans of "sanctimony" for suggesting Democrats are the ones to blame. It's now tied: "39 wins for each side, plus two ties".

"This is a game that's been going on for a hundred years".

On the field, it was back to normal partisanship, especially after the Democrat's most valuable player, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., nearly hit a home run. Members of Congress were practicing for a game when a gunman started shoot.

SHAPIRO: NPR's Susan Davis - thanks, Sue.

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