2 people were shot dead at Grambling State University in Louisiana overnight, Keith Allen writes for CNN. The victims were discovered in a courtyard between two dorm buildings, according to a spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office. The gunman is said to have fled the scene.
Senate killed a new rule allowing class-action lawsuits against banks after Pence casts deciding vote, Jim Puzzanghera writes in the LA Times. Senator Corey Booker tweeted: “Disgraceful. Senate GOP stripped your legal right to band together against bad actors like Equifax & Wells Fargo.”
Speaking of the Senate, Arizona's Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election, AZ Central’s Dan Nowicki reports. "There may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current ... Republican Party,” Flake is quoted as saying.
Tom Phillips at The Guardian reports there was a Protest after Western media 'troublemakers' were barred from Xi Jinping’s speech. "Situation will get worse," predicts @QiaoMoo "More & more sites will be blocked, journos expelled or denied visas." Tom Grundy put it plainly: “The world's 5 most reputable news outlets: NYT, BBC, FT, Guardian,& Economist, barred from Xi speech.” Mark MacKinnon added, “...(though not those who co-publish China Daily propaganda).”
For a more concrete take on what’s going on with the world superpower read These Seven Men Now Run China. It is the work of Chris Buckley in the New York Times. Janis Mackey Frayer explained: “Xi Jinping unveiled the powerful Politburo Standing Committee to the press.”
Reuters explains it plainly: China unveils new leadership line-up, no obvious Xi successor, Ben Blanchard writes. Ben Norton pointed out on Twitter that the meeting also “kicks off second 5-year term of President Xi Jinping.”
And in a Reuters exclusive, Allison Lampert and Tim Hepher report that Canada pushed for an Airbus deal as Bombardier courted China.
Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Faces Another Money-Laundering Probe, according to Erica Orden at the Wall Street Journal. Orden also tweeted, “NEW: The Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office has an active probe of MANAFORT being conducted in collaboration w MUELLER.”
The Clinton campaign and the DNC paid for research that led to the now-famous dossier containing allegations about Donald Trump’s connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin, according to a lot of digging from Adam Entous, Devlin Barrett, and Rosalind Helderman at the Washington Post. Philip Rucker announced it with: “It's scoop-o-clock at WaPo.” Tom Bevan added, “Gee, you don't say.” Ishaan Tharoor really got down to basics: “Clinton campaign something something pee tape.” And Shelbie Lynn Bostedt echoed the sentiment with, “...pee tape now?”
In hockey news, Adrian Kempe gets first career shootout goal as Kings outlast Senators, according to the LA Times’ Curtis Zupke.
And from The Athletic, Jon Krawczynski’s first story there: A Wolves home loss is nothing new, but the harsh fan reaction is. Apparently, the the message fans sent to the Wolves Tuesday night was clear: No more.