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Thursday morning, President Obama addressed the nation following the brutal murder of nine people on Wednesday night at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. “There is something particularly heartbreaking about a death happening in a place in which we seek solace and we seek peace, in a place of worship,” the President remarked.

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz also issued a statement saying, “We must recommit to ensuring our communities are safe from senseless and hateful acts of violence.” Click here to read the Chair’s full remarks on the tragedy.

On Monday, Jeb Bush formally announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Ahead of the anticipated announcement, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement noting “On issue after issue, Jeb Bush’s indifference toward the concerns of the middle class, women, students, immigrants, seniors and the LGBT community shows he is as out of step with the American people as every other candidate in the Republican field.” Our Factivists have more on Bush’s track record here.

Furthermore, in response to Bush’s announcement, numerous state Democratic parties responded, highlighting his record of exclusion and policies that would wreck the economy. Our Facitivists have responses to the Bush announcement here.

Also this week, another major Republican, Donald Trump, entered the 2016 presidential race. 

Moreover, the Supreme Court is expected to announce their decision soon in King v. Burwell case, which will decide the fate of Americans who receive subsidies through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In light of the landmark case, the Congressional Budget Office released an updated estimate on the effects of repealing the subsidies in question, and found that about 19 million Americans would be negatively affected. You can read the report and more about Congressional Budget Office’s findings here.

Have a safe and happy weekend.


Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Democratic National Committee