CBS News tweeted last hour that they have reports of Nashville police and the FBI having a person or persons of interest in the Christmas morning bombing in downtown Nashville.
Yesterday around 6:30 am in downtown Nashville, an explosive-packed RV blew up after announcing for nearly fifteen minutes that anyone in the area should evacuate.
A news conference is being held later today for updates on the bombing—and potentially an update on the suspect(s).
Police evacuated the area in the moments leading up to the blast. The identities of the officers have been released.
It was originally reported that no lives were taken in the blast and three people are injured. Police announced yesterday, however, that human remains were discovered near the explosion, but no additional details are known.
Dozens of buildings suffered damage but thanks to the quick and heroic work of Nashville police, it appears many lives were saved.
Updated information will be provided as it is made available.
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Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has declared that he will not seek re-election, becoming the latest in a growing list of lawmakers departing from Congress. McHenry, a close ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, stated that he believes “there is a season for everything,” signaling the end of his tenure in the House. Having served since 2005, McHenry is the 37th member of Congress to announce they won’t seek re-election in 2024.
In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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