Democrats Highlight Gun Violence Against Police
Moment of silence for fallen officers include 'Black Lives Matter' chant

Alabama delegates listen as Mothers of the Movement, those who have lost children to police violence, speak on the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republicans often shun Democrats for focusing too much on victims of gun violence and not enough on law enforcement officials who risk their lives working in harm’s way.  

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Obama Stresses Unity in Aftermath of Baton Rouge Police Shootings
President notes political conventions, asks that rhethoric be kept in check

President Barack Obama spoke on the shooting of police in Baton Rouge. (Photo By Douglas Graham / CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Sunday again urged Americans to unite around solutions to end a string of shootings after three Baton Rouge police officers were killed — and he warned the political convention season threatens to make racial tensions even worse.  

After being criticized by some law enforcement officials and advocates in recent weeks, Obama said the country must be “loud and clear” that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement officers. Such acts are an attack on the rule of law that he says makes American society possible.  

Can U.S. Heal After Shootings? 'I Don't Know,' Obama Says
President hails, criticizes police and African-American protesters alike

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush at the beginning of a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed last Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged tempers to give way to empathy after a spate of deadly -- and racially tinged -- shootings involving white police officers and black men. But he expressed rare doubt about whether that's possible.  

In a striking departure from the prescriptions of unity and progress he and other presidents typically deliver in such moments, Obama expressed doubts about whether the country can find a way to remedy relations between many predominantly white police departments and African-American communities, including a 25-year-old black Army veteran targeting white cops in Dallas.  

McCarthy: No Gun Bill This Week, But Dallas Response Possible
Gun control vote 'will inflame things,' Ryan says

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House will not vote on its delayed counterterrorism and gun control package this week, but it may offer a legislative response to the Dallas shooting, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a brief interview Monday.   

"We're not bringing it up this week," the California Republican said of a GOP counterterrorism bill that includes a three-day delay on gun sales to anyone on a terrorist watch list. The sale would be blocked only if the government can produce evidence that the person belongs on the list.  

Obama Aims to Provide 'Measure of Comfort' in Dallas
Earnest: President doesn't see country as divided

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where four Dallas police officers were shot and killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will try to provide “some measure of comfort” to a Dallas area and a country on edge following more racially tinged shootings, a role the White House says he has played “far too often.”  

The White House is still piecing together final plans and the speech Obama will deliver Tuesday during an interfaith service in Dallas, five days after an attack on police there by a 25-year-old Army veteran . But it appears Obama once again will seek to be the country’s "healer in chief" after what his top spokesman on Monday succinctly called “a tough week.”  

President's Pledge of Federal Help for Dallas is No Guarantee
Florida was denied $5M by FEMA after Orlando nightclub attack

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where five Dallas police officers were killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama ’s pledge Friday to send “whatever” federal help Dallas officials might need after an attack that left five police officers dead could send a wave of agents and experts to Texas, but it doesn’t guarantee that local officials will get everything they ask for.  

Obama, speaking from Poland where he is attending a NATO summit , said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.” The president said he also conveyed that “the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.”  

Former Rep. Joe Walsh Threatens Obama for Dallas Shootings
Initially tweets 'Watch Out Obama' before deleting it

Joe Walsh, who served one term in Congress blamed President Barack Obama and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for the attack on police in Dallas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh blamed President Barack Obama and Black Lives Matter protesters for the shooting of 12 police officers at a protest in Dallas Thursday.  

Five officers were killed and and seven others and two bystanders were wounded when gunmen ambushed police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest.  

Obama Vows 'Justice,' Condemns 'Despicable' Attack on Dallas Police
President warns more mass shootings likely due to access to 'powerful weapons'

President Barack Obama speaks about the attack on police in Dallas, Texas, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama early Friday called the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers “vicious, calculated and despicable,” and promised city leaders the full resources of the federal government to ensure “justice will be done.”  

The goal of securing tighter limits on access to firearms , especially the kind of guns designed for combat, has proved elusive for Obama, as congressional Republicans have blocked many Democrat-pushed bills to that end. He did not overtly call for gun control legislation in two statements Friday, but in the second he did say more mass shootings are likely as long as Americans have access to “powerful weapons.”  

Office Space: Pete Sessions' Texas Trail (Video)

In this week’s edition of Office Space, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, shows off his love of hiking, football and Chuck Norris, but made sure to hide his man cave belongings from CQ Roll Call.