Wife: Man who shot congressman wanted to work on tax policy

Various national news agencies have reported that he was a supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and hater of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And last November, Hillary Clinton beat Trump by just a few thousand votes. His voice got loud and deep.

Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.

Over the previous year, Hodgkinson regularly posted to social media showcasing his hatred for Trump.

The Daily Caller said it had confirmed three of the names: Brooks, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan and Arizona Congressman Trent Franks.

After getting out of a black SUV that drove down Rolling Hills Lane from the Hodgkinson home, Sue Hodgkinson stood next to a federal agent in front of a gaggle of reporters.

With this attack, many Republicans are saying that the political rhetoric between the parties has gotten out of hand and needs to tone down.

"This radical mandate by the Obama Administration is an attack on the religious freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the Bill of Rights", Scalise, a pro-life Republican from Louisiana, said. He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him. He's faced a charge of battery, for example, but that was later dropped.

A witness of the 2006 incident told police that "according to his foster daughter, he was always angry" and had punched his foster daughter's then 19-year-old friend Aimee Moreland "in the face with a closed fist".

Hodgkinson was in the YMCA Sunday afternoon, according to Del Ray resident Kris Balderston, who said he had seen Hodgkinson in the gym before, alone and not in workout clothes.

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Ten years earlier, a foster daughter committed suicide by dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself on fire inside her vehicle, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.

"[James] was home all day long and he just wanted a break", she said, adding that she did not know if he had taken any weapons with him as he left.

"I told the sheriff, 'I don't know what's the matter with that guy, but he can't be shooting like that, '" he said. She said she feels "horrible" about what happened. He worked on his laptop and sipped coffee, rarely joining in the political discussions often set off by the TV.

They also point to entertainer Kathy Griffin, who posted an internet video showing her holding up the likeness of the bloody, decapitated head of Obama?

He belonged to several anti-GOP Facebook groups, including one called "Terminate the Republican Party".

Her brief talk Thursday with reporters indicated a man in turmoil, not necessarily a violent man, but a man beset by problems both at home and professionally. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. Sanders acknowledged Wednesday that Hodgkinson had apparently been among many volunteers on his 2016 campaign.

MARILYN BLAHA: I think it kind of brings people together if anything, you know? "People say weird things all the time".

CORNISH: That's NPR's Hansi Lo Wang in Belleville, Ill.

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