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Next time anyone talks about arming teachers, remember that today a guy waltzed into downtown Highland Park, shot more than 30 people, and then waltzed out. An entire armed police all around couldn't stop him. Heck, they still can't even find him.

Frankly, the GOP should be voted out of every office thy hold on the basis of the gun policies they support alone. Or on the basis of their desire to deny women control of their bodies alone. Or on the basis of their attacks on democracy alone.

Today is day 185 of the year, and the country has already experienced at least 308 mass shootings so far. At least 308 in just over 26 weeks. This averages out to more than 11 a week.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Fairbury IL, Forrest IL and Strawn IL until 5:15 PM CDT

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Police believe the suspect—described as a white male, 18 to 20 years old—shot at July 4th parade attendees from a rooftop position. @EVYSTADIUM  has more. The latest from @MackLamoureux  here:

A 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio was forced to flee to Indiana to access abortion. Ohio added a 6-week abortion ban after the fall of #RoevWade , with no rape exceptions. Indiana, where clinics report a surge in out-of-state patients, is set to pass new restrictions this month.

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Wanna grain from Ukraine? See the conditions under which we’ve get it. Every time you have your bread remember that people risk there lives here to grow it for you. #RussiaUkraineWar 

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As you celebrate Independence Day, remember our President's inspiring words about this great nation.

BBC weather putting Sydney’s downpour into context. More rain there in 4 days than London gets in a year.

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Putin congratulates Russian troops on 'liberating' Ukraine's Luhansk region

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Scoops of the Day

JUST IN: The Highland Park Fourth of July parade was suddenly halted when shots were fired about 10 minutes after the parade kicked off at 10 a.m. Monday, sending hundreds of people running for safety.

Google's 4th of July tribute goes wrong when page is overtaken by news of mass shooting

In this photo from the tour, six white Scouts are looking at the targets—the same image of a Black man with a menacing look and pointing a gun—while a Black boy Scout stands behind them.

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Ukrainian flag flies over Snake Island again after Russian retreat

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No hotels or restaurants can add service charges automatically or by default in the food bill: Union Consumer Affairs Ministry

BREAKING: U.S. security officials say gunfire from Israeli military likely killed journalist #ShireenAbuAkleh  — but claim they cannot confirm who fired the bullet. The UN confirmed Israeli troops shot Shireen in the head in May while she was wearing a "Press" vest.

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40 feet. That’s the distance that separated then-VP Pence from a violent angry mob at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. But there may have been a threat much closer, @FrankFigliuzzi1  writes.

Bitcoin price 1st of April: $45,500 1st of May: $37,600 1st of June: $31,700 Now: $19,100

James O'Brien predicts the PM won't give guidelines on the new Covid wave to appease the "superannuated six year olds who refuse to wear masks" - adding that Boris Johnson himself is "one of the toddlers." @mrjamesob 

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Scoops of the Week

TRUMP: The "unselect" Jan 6 committee is "pushing fake and fabricated narrative, based on doctored video, lies, and testimony that is totally uncontested by cross examination." "A disgrace to our country."

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'GET HIM OUT': Jon Voight called for the impeachment of President Biden in a bold social media message this week:

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BREAKING: The Supreme Court has dealt a major blow to the EPA's power to regulate carbon emissions that cause climate change.

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Julian Assange turns 51 today (3rd July) – for almost 12 years he has been deprived of liberty @UN ]; this is his 4th birthday in a UK jail for publishing the truth and protecting the public’s right to know - he must be freed #FreeAssange51  #FreeAssangeNOW 

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'DARK AND TRYING TIMES' LOOK: The entire campus of De La Salle University - Dasmariñas goes dark and silent on Thursday night, June 30, following the inauguration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. 📷 De La Salle University - Dasmariñas/Facebook

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Sara Kruzan was pardoned on Friday for killing the man who sexually abused and trafficked her. She was 17 years old when she was convicted. The pardon came 27 years later.

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We’re about to celebrate Independence Day -- but Freedom is under attack by Republican leaders in states like Florida. Banning books. Restricting speech. Making it harder to vote. Criminalizing women and doctors.   It’s time to stand up. Don’t let them take your freedom.

NEW: Just signed our budget. California will now be the first state in the nation to achieve universal access to healthcare coverage. This is what being “pro-life” ACTUALLY looks like.

💬 President Vladimir Putin: The US has long been looking for an external enemy, for a threat that would rally their allies. They see Russia as a chance to do so. This proves what we have been saying all along: NATO is a relic of the Cold War era. 🔗

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are actively engaged in trade discussions centered on a Russell Westbrook-Kyrie Irving package, league sources tell @YahooSports :

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