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12 Dead, 50 Wounded By Colorado Gunman During Batman Premiere (Video)

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Victims As Young As Six Reported

12 people are dead and an estimated 50 more have been wounded by a lone gunman shooting randomly into the premiere of the “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” movie minutes after midnight in a Colorado multiplex, according to multiple reports. The assassin, who first threw a teargas canister into the theater he reportedly accessed from an outside exit, was subdued and taken into custody by police after a call at 12:39 AM local time. Ten people died at the Century Aurora 16 multiplex theater in Aurora, Colorado, and four died at or on the way to the hospital.

UPDATE: NBC reports the gunman James Holmes, born 12/13/87.

“Witnesses said gunman wore a gas mask and was clad in black,” the Denver Post reported:

A witness, Benjamin Fernandez, 30, said he was watching the movie when he heard a series of explosions. He said that people ran from the theater and there were gunshots as police shouted ‘get down!”

Frenandez said he saw people falling, including one young girl.

Salina Jordan, 19, was in Theater 8 and saw people hit in her theater. She said one girl was struck in cheek, others in stomach including a girl who looked to be around 9 years old.

Jordan said it sounded like firecrackers until someone ran into Theater 8 yelling “they’re shooting out here!”

The police came running in, telling people to run out. Some police were carrying or dragging bodies, she said.

Robert Jones, 28, was in Theater 9 when the shooting started.

Jones said when he first saw smoke billowing from the front of the theater, he thought it was a special effect. Shots rang out almost immediately after.

“I thought it was pretty much the end of the world,” Roberts said.

Roberts stayed flat on the ground until police came into the theater.

Tammi Stevens said her son, 18-year-old Jacob Stevens, was inside Theater 9 when the shooting started. Stevens was waiting for her son at Gateway High School while police interviewed him.

Jacob told his mom that he saw a guy walk into the theater wearing body armor and throw some sort of cannister that then emitted some sort of gas.

“You let your kids go to a late night movie…you never think something like this would happen,” Stevens said.

CNN adds:

Aurora, a Denver suburb, is about 13 miles from Littleton, Colorado — site of the April 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

In that incident, two teenage students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, armed themselves with guns and bombs and opened fire inside the high school. They killed 13 people and wounding 23 others before killing themselves.

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Editor’s note: This report has been updated to reflect the change in the number of reported dead from 14 to 12.

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Harris Super PAC Picks Up $7 Million Donation From Megadonor Who Demanded Biden’s Exit

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One of the top Democratic megadonors who called on President Joe Biden to end his re-election campaign has just handed a pro-Harris super PAC $7 million. The large donation comes amid record-breaking donations to Harris’ new presidential campaign as well as massive donations to Democratic groups.

After President Biden’s damning debate performance on June 27, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings announced, “Biden needs to step aside to allow a vigorous Democratic leader to beat Trump and keep us safe and prosperous,” Deadline reported July 3.

Hastings had donated $1.6 million to Biden’s successful 2020 election effort, and $100,000 to his re-election bid.

“After the depressing debate, we are in the game again,” Hastings told The Information. The tech and business site in an exclusive reported Tuesday that “Hastings said it was his biggest donation ever in support of a single candidate.”

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Hastings on Tuesday also posted on X, “Congrats to Kamala Harris — now it is time to win.”

In addition to securing the endorsement of nearly every congressional Democrat, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday, Vice President Harris set an all-time donations record in her first 24 hours as the leading Democratic candidate: $81 million according to the campaign.

On Tuesday Harris held her first rally as the Democratic presidential candidate and de-facto nominee, telling thousands of cheering supporters, “we are running a people-powered campaign,” and “we will be a people first presidency.”

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Speaking before thousands of cheering and screaming supporters in must-win Wisconsin, Kamala Harris defined herself and her campaign for President in her first rally after President Joe Biden announced he would not continue his re-election campaign and endorsed his Vice President. Harris repeatedly used the term “people first,” a clear contrast to the MAGA Republican nominee’s “America First” rhetoric.

“Just look at how we are running our campaign. So Donald Trump is relying on support from billionaires and big corporations, and he is trading access in exchange for campaign contributions,” Harris said, eliciting boos from the crowd. “A couple of months ago, y’all saw that? A couple months ago at Mar-a-Lago, he literally promised big oil companies – big oil lobbyists – he would do their bidding for $1 billion in campaign donations.”

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The crowd again booed.

“On the other hand, we are running a people-powered campaign,” Harris said to cheers, “and we just had, some breaking news, we just had the best 24 hours,” Harris continued before the crowd again broke out into cheers, “of grassroots fundraising in presidential campaign history. And because we are a people-powered campaign, that is how you know we will be a people first presidency.”

Before pivoting to Donald Trump, Harris shared with her supporters her law enforcement background. She was elected as San Francisco’s District Attorney, which she described as being a “courtroom prosecutor,” and later, elected as California Attorney General.

“In those roles, I took on perpetrators of all kinds,” the Vice President said, “predators who abused women, fraudsters who ripped off consumers, cheaters who broke the rules for their own gain.”

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“So, hear me when I say, I know Donald Trump’s type,” Harris declared, stopping to take a long, hard stare into the camera.

Harris also told supporters she will protect the right to vote, the right to “live safe from the terror of gun violence.”

“We’ll finally pass red flag laws, universal background checks, and an assault weapons ban,” she declared to cheers.

“And we, who believe in reproductive freedom, will stop Donald Trump’s extreme abortion bans because we trust women to make decisions about their own bodies,” she said to wild cheers, “and not have their government tell them what to do,” she concluded, forced to shout above the roaring crowd.

According to the Institute for Policy Studies’s Foreign Policy in Focus, the “America First” label “began to develop a racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic tone after World War I. The Ku Klux Klan, which surged to some five million members at that time, employed it frequently for its terrorist mobilizations. Like the Klan, nativist groups took up ‘America First’ as they used racist, eugenicist claims to press, successfully, for U.S. government restrictions on immigration. Appealing to an overheated nationalism, William Randolph Hearst used his newspaper empire to campaign, successfully, against U.S. participation in the League of Nations. Soon thereafter, he became a booster of other nationalist fanatics, the rising fascist powers.”

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Schumer and Jeffries Gleefully Endorse Harris in Joint Presser After Trump Morning Meltdown

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Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, both smiling and appearing gleeful and excited, publicly endorsed Vice President Kamala Harris for President in a joint 1 PM Tuesday press conference. President Joe Biden, recovering from a week-long stretch of COVID, announced he will address the nation Wednesday evening in a primetime special to explain his decision for ending his re-election campaign. As Democrats across the board get their ducks in a row, Donald Trump appeared to melt down late Tuesday morning in a series of angry rapid-fire social media posts.

“We are here today to throw our support behind Vie President Harris!” a rarely-excited Majority Leader Schumer declared, almost shouting, as he announced he was “clapping.”

Both Leaders vowed to hold the Senate and take back the House.

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The two top congressional Democrats were going to meet with the now-presumptive presidential nominee on Tuesday before endorsing, but that meeting has reportedly been postponed. On Monday, Leader Jeffries talked to reporters while appearing to try to not make any announcement:

But after the Democratic donation site ActBlue took in nearly $150 million in the time since President Biden ended his re-election campaign, and the Harris for President campaign announced it had received a record-breaking $81 million in donations in the first 24-hour period, and with every Democratic governor endorsing Harris, and nearly every House and Senate Democrat endorsing the VP, it appears Schumer and Jeffries decided time was of the essence.

As all these moves are being made, Donald Trump appears to be maintaining a slow campaign schedule. His campaign website continues to list only two upcoming scheduled rallies per week, Trump this week is holding a solo rally without his new vice presidential running mate, U.S. Senator JD Vance, on Wednesday, and the two candidates will hold a joint rally Saturday.

But on his social media website Truth Social, Trump is far more active, and ranted for an hour and a half Tuesday morning:

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10:32 AM: Trump accused the Biden/Harris Administration of not properly protecting him when a 20-year old registered Republican opened fire on the crowd at his Pennsylvania rally ten days ago, killing a supporter, seriously wounding two others, and apparently causing the ex-president a bloody ear. Trump claimed he was “forced to take a bullet for Democracy,” and called it his “great honor” in all-caps.

11:25 AM: “Why did Fox News put up Tim Walz, Governor of Minnesota, where I am leading? They make me fight battles that I shouldn’t have to fight!” Trump angrily declared.

11:26 AM: A furious Trump lashes out, writing, “I can’t believe it! They’re turning Crooked Joe Biden, the Worst President in the History of the United States, into a ‘Hero’ – He was pushed out of power like a dog, and look what the Radical Left is able to do. MAGA2024!”

11:26 AM: In his second rapid-fired post, Trump announced, “I don’t know who said it, or where it came from, perhaps the Radical Left, but I never discussed, or thought of, Jamie Dimon or Larry Fink for Secretary of the Treasury.”

11:26 AM: His third rapid-fire post, Trump writes, “Lyin’ Kamala Harris destroys everything she touches!”

12:03 PM: Trump brands the Vice President and his presumptive opponent, “Lyin’ Kamala Harris,” and demands she answer if she thinks President Biden can serve for the next six months. Inexplicably, he adds, “Now it appears Joe is delegating his Presidential Authority to unelected Washington Bureaucrats! He doesn’t even trust his Vice President. WHO IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY?”

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