CBDT Announces 20% Increase In Total Number Of Returns Processed With The CPC

CBDT Announces 20% Increase In Total Number Of Returns Processed With The CPC

The CBDT ( Central Board of Direct Taxes ) has announced that there has also been a 20% increase in total number of returns processed with the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) processing 4.70 crore returns during FY2019-20 as on November 28, 2019, while for the same period in FY2018-19 the figure was 3.91 crore, the statement said.

It said the Department has issued several reminders to taxpayers to e-Verify their ITRs so that any ITR with refund claim can be taken up for processing. The CBDT said in this financial year, CPC has proactively re-issued 22.30 lakh refunds by ECS to taxpayers that had previously failed due to address not found, bank account closed etc whenever fresh bank account number for current year was found to be valid.

“The CPC processed 2.10 crore refund returns for current AY2019-20 as on November 28, 2019, compared to 1.75 crore AY2018-19 refund returns for the same period in FY2018-19,  an increase of 20%, ” it said in a statement. “The expeditious issue of refunds in this year demonstrated its commitment to faster and more efficient taxpayer service,” it said.


The total amount of refunds issued in FY 2019-20 till November 28, 2019 was Rs 1,46,272.8 crore as compared to Rs 1,19,164.7 crore in same period previous year (increase of 22.7%)


It said, “The CPC has also issued faster refunds 43 lakh more refunds issued within 30 days in FY2019-20 compared to previous year which translates to an increase of over 42%.”


In FY2019-20 of the 2.10 crore refund ITRs processed, 68% of refunds were issued within 30 days from the date of e-verification of ITR as compared to 57% for the same period in FY 2018-19.


“All 2.28 crore refunds issued by CPC has been directly credited to the taxpayers’ bank accounts by ECS, eliminating paper cheque and ensuring faster, accurate and safer credit.”


According to the statement, the number of verified refund ITRs pending as on November 29, 2019 is 20.76 lakh and are currently being processed [2.10 crore refund ITRs (91%) have already been processed].

Not only were 20% higher number of refunds processed for the current AY2019-20, the pendency of refunds for verified ITRs has been reduced by 36% from 31.97 lakh last year at the same time to 20.76 lakh this year as on November 29.

The rest of the refunds are being processed.The CBDT said it expects that these measures will facilitate the taxpayer towards better voluntary compliance and improve their confidence in the tax administration.

Jose Mourinho Wins His First Three Games As Tottenham Manager.

kudos to Dele Alli ’s double on Saturday.

Jose Mourinho had won his first three games as a Tottenham manager. Spurs have conceded twice in every match and their defensive deficiencies were clear to see again early on as Bournemouth cut through the hosts ’ midfield with ease. Mourinho’s perfect start stretched to three games as Spurs saw off Bournemouth 3 - 2  and kudos to Dele Alli ’s double on Saturday.


The Portuguese coach made recovering Alli ’ s form of old one of his top priorities when taking over from Mauricio Pochettino last week and it is already paying dividends as the England international has now scored three times in three games under Mourinho .


Moussa Sissoko scored his first goal for over two years in emphatic fashion on the volley from Son Heung - min ’ s cross to make it 3- 0 before two goals from substitute Harry Wilson gave Bournemouth late hope of a dramatic comeback.

Spurs first back - to - back league wins of the season moves last season ’s Champions League finalists up to fifth and to within six points of the top four after Chelsea and Manchester City slipped up against West Ham and Newcastle respectively on Saturday.

Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld’s driven shot with a save that did not inspire confidence in Hugo Lloris ’ s stand - in and the Argentine also failed to hold Diego Rico ’s long -range effort moments later .

However, Mourinho ’s risk in exposing his midfield with Alli playing so high just behind Harry Kane has also reaped plenty of reward in his first two weeks in charge . The two combined to send Son scampering clear on goal with a rapid counter - attack, but the South Korean dragged his shot just wide .

Son was more accurate with his next involvement as he was picked out perfectly by Toby Alderweireld’ s pass in behind the Bournemouth defence and his cushioned touch left Alli with the simple task of tapping home his first goal of the match.

Spurs then clicked into gear as Kane ’s fiercely struck near- post shot was parried by Aaron Ramsdale, before Davinson Sanchez fired home only to be penalised for handling the ball as he controlled Sissoko ’s shot .

Tottenham struck the knockout blow five minutes into the second half when another pinpoint long ball from Alderweireld was cushioned by Alli on his chest before he sat Ramsdale down and dinked the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.

That was Alli ’s fifth goal in his last nine games after a 21- match streak between January and October without one for club and country. And he should have had a hat - trick before the hour mark as Serge Aurier ’s cross found its way through to him unmarked at the back post , but this time Alli ’s curling finish was too high .


Spurs’ third was the pick of the bunch as Son burst down the left and picked out Sissoko in the middle for the Frenchman to smash on the volley back across Ramsdale into the far corner.


A first clean sheet of his reign would have rounded off a perfect day for Mourinho , but the Spurs defence was breached 17 minutes from time when set- piece specialist Wilson curled in a brilliant free - kick .


Wilson struck again deep into stoppage time to set up a grandstand finish and Jan Vertonghen needed to make a last - ditch challenge to deny Callum Wilson an equaliser with the final attack of the game.

A Twenty One Year Man Begs For Guilty Making False Bomb Threats

 A Twenty One Year Man Begs For Guilty  Making False Bomb Threats

In the United States of America and the United Kingdom, a  twenty one year man has been begging for guilty making false bomb threats to  the educational citadels in these two great countries.

As a matter of fact,  the Department of Justice  have uttered that Timothy Vaughn of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was a member of the Apophis Squad, a collective of hackers intent on using the internet to sow chaos.

The indictment alleged the Apophis Squad engaged in “swatting,” in which a phony report is made to trigger deployment of emergency response teams.

Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sending false shooting and bomb threats to schools in the U.S. and Britain.


Prosecutors say Vaughn, who used the online handle “WantedbyFeds,” entered guilty pleas Monday to multiple counts including conspiring to make threats and possession of child pornography.


Further more, a co-defendant, 19-year-old George Duke-Cohan of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, is currently serving a prison sentence in Britain for a hoax threat targeting an airliner.

Conclusively, the 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sending false shooting and bomb threats to schools in the U.S. and Britain.

Mourinho Tottenham’s First Away Win In The Premier Since January

Mourinho Tottenham’s First Away Win In The Premier  Since January


Jose Mourinho Tottenham’s first away win in the Premier since the month of January in his first game in charge with a 3- 2 win at West Ham to  shift Spurs up to sixth position. Son Heung - min , Lucas Moura and Harry Kane got the goals as Jose Mourinho made an instant impact after replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday.

Mourinho followed Pochettino ’s example in leaving out Christan Eriksen with the Dane one of a number of Spurs players into the final months of his contract and showing no signs of agreeing a new deal.“ We have to make the right decision for the club,” Mourinho said on Eriksen’ s future before kick - off , but his decision to field a front four of Dele Alli with Son , Moura and Kane worked.

Kane had smashed the ball past beleaguered West Ham goalkeeper Roberto after just three minutes from Alli ’ s pass but was denied by the offside flag .

An injury to first- choice stopper Lukasz Fabianski has coincided with a run of eight games without a win for West Ham with a string of errors from Roberto spreading a lack of confidence throughout the team .

The Spaniard could have done better when Tottenham did open the scoring nine minutes before half- time when another through ball from Alli found Son , whose shot had too much power for the hapless ‘keeper

A much - needed three points will help to endear Mourinho to a sceptical Spurs support who were sad to see Pochettino ’s five- and- a - half year spell in charge of the club end just six months after leading the club to a first- ever Champions League final.

There was no love lost between Mourinho ’s Chelsea sides and Tottenham in the past , but his arrival had the desired impact for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, even if a West Ham team devoid of confidence made for perfect opponents.

However, Roberto was blameless for Spurs ’ second seven minutes later when a lovely flick from Alli sent Son racing down the left and his inch- perfect cross was met by Moura at the back post .


The same two players should have combined for the visitors ’ third just two minutes into the second half when Son sent Moura clean through on goal , but the Brazilian dragged his shot wide to the despair of Mourinho , who sank to his knees on the touchline.


Tottenham’s celebrations were only put on hold for another two minutes as Serge Aurier ’s cross picked out Kane to head home and become the third highest goalscorer in Spurs ’ history with 175 .

The England captain was furious at himself for not adding another on the hour mark as he dallied with just Roberto to beat and was dispossessed by a last - ditch challenge from Issa Diop .

Michail Antonio pulled a goal back for the hosts 17 minutes from time, but by the time Angelo Ogbonna scored West Ham ’s second six minutes into stoppage time it was too little , too late .

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini now waits to see if he faces a similar fate to Pochettino .

The Hammers were expected to challenge for European qualification in the Chilean’ s second season but instead are 16th and in danger of falling even closer towards the relegation zone by the end of the weekend.

Six-Month Deal Offer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic by AC Millian

Deal Offer to Zlatan Ibrahimovic  by AC Millian

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered a 6-month deal to come to the assistance of the previous Italian giants AC Milan. Ibrahimovic played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 with AC Milan, helping them to their last Serie A title , and scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances.


He also won three league titles with Inter Milan , and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the ‘ Calciopoli’ match - fixing scandal

The 38- year - old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last week following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.


Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported that the former seven - time European champions have now made contact with the player’s agent Mino Raiola .

The US - owned club wants the former Swedish international for six months and is prepared to pay him six million euros if he remains for 18 months in total, Gazzetta claimed.

Milan finished fifth last season, missing out on a return to Champions League football by just a point to city rivals Inter .


They have had a poor start to this campaign and are 14th after 12 games before they host last year’s runners- up Napoli on Saturday in the San Siro .

New Sri Lanka’s President Names Mahinda Rajapaksa As Prime Minister.

New Sri Lanka’s President  Names Mahinda Rajapaksa As Prime Minister.

The new Sri Lanka’s president has named Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister. Speakers at Rajapaksa’s election rallies said Rajapaksa’s brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, would be appointed prime minist

Rajapaksa can now appoint a caretaker government, dissolve Parliament next March and force new elections, or wait until next August when Parliament’s term ends.


Rajapaksa won last Saturday’s presidential election, beating Sajith Premadasa, the candidate of Wickremesinghe’s party.

Keheliya Rabukwella, a lawmaker supporting Rajapaksa, said a new prime minister will be announced when the president receives Wickremesinghe’s resignation.

Speakers at Rajapaksa’s election rallies said Rajapaksa’s brother, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, would be appointed prime minist

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday he will step down, clearing the way for Parliament to choose a prime minister to work with newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


Wickremesinghe said he will submit his resignation to the president on Thursday.“Even though we have a parliamentary majority we accept the mandate received by Mr. Rajapaksa and have decided to make way for him to form a government of his preference,” Wickremesinghe said in a statement.


“I value democracy, respect democracy and act democratically,” he said.

The move clears the first hurdle for Rajapaksa in appointing his own Cabinet. Under the constitution, Wickremesinghe could continue as prime minister until March, when the president can legally dissolve Parliament.

Wickremesinghe initially wanted an early general election but his party opposed it, saying a vote soon after its presidential defeat could further erode its support.

Donald Trump Visits Walter Reed National Medical Centre For Yearly Medical Checkup

Donald Trump Visits Walter Reed National Medical Centre For Yearly Medical Checkup

The USA President, President Donald Trump have been to Walter Reed National Medical Centre for his yearly medical checkup where he spent more than two hours. It was the president’s ninth visit to the hospital since taking office.

Trump’s last checkup in February, 2019 showed he had gained weight in office. At 243 pounds and 6 feet, 3 inches tall, he passed the official threshold for being considered obese, with a Body Mass Index of 30.4. That checkup, which was supervised by Dr Sean P Conley, his physician, took more than four hours and involved a panel of 11 specialists.

Test results were released six days later, showing that Trump weighed 243 pounds — up seven pounds from September 2016, before he became president.

A Body Mass Index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under the commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, raising the risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer.

Trump doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but is known to enjoy fast food, steaks and desserts. His primary form of exercise is golf.

Saturday’s test came as House investigators on Capitol Hill were interviewing a White House budget official as part of the impeachment inquiry.

In the midst of the impeachment inquiry,Trump has insisted he did nothing wrong.


Trump also spent time at the hospital meeting with the family of a special forces soldier injured in Afghanistan. And he visited with medical staff “to share his thanks for all the outstanding care they provide to our Wounded Warriors, and wish them an early happy Thanksgiving,” Grisham said.

The appointment wasn’t on Trump’s weekend public schedule, and his last physical was in February. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the 73-year-old president was “anticipating a very busy 2020” and wanted to take advantage of “a free weekend” in Washington to begin portions of his routine checkup.


She did not specify which tests he’d received or explain why the visit had not been disclosed in advance. Trump’s 2018 and 2019 physicals were both announced ahead of time and appeared on his public schedule.

Grisham said after the visit that the president had had “a quick exam and labs” and assured he remains in good health.


“The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week,” she said.

“I am happy to announce the President of the United States is in very good health and I anticipate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency, and beyond,” Conley wrote afterward.

Search Engine Optimization Content For Blog Or Website Free Complete Guide

Search Engine Optimization Content For Blog Or Website Free Complete Guide

It is very important to optimize your content  for SEO (Search Engine Optimization. So that your post will rank on search result on first page, here after your website gets more traffic. Many content writers who has written and published a lot of contents or posts on their website/ blog, but their posts do not rank in search engine like Google. The reason for this is that they do not optimize their website or blog contents. Here the comprehensive tips on SEO for 2019 and beyond;

Use Keyword in First Paragraph
Use your Main Keyword in first paragraph of your post, . Use more four to five keywords in your first paragraph. But take care not to force any Keyword into force. Otherwise search engine will consider it as spam

Use Keyword in Permalink (Url)
Do use your main Keyword in the post's Permalink. This is very important for SEO. Whenever a user searches in search engines such as Google, Url is also shown with your Post Title. So you must insert the main keyword in permalink. If you want to write Seo Friendly Post i.e. Search Engine Optimized Content. So read this post completely and follow the steps mentioned.

Use Keyword In Title
It plays very important Role to rank Blog Post.  use main keyword from your post post in title. And add another similar Keyword as well. Use at least 2 keywords in the title of your post. Make your Title Attractive so that you can get maximum clicks.

Use Image in the Post
Use the image in post you are writing. Image also helps a lot in ranking the post. Image enhances your article. So that the user also likes to read the post and reads that post completely.

Use Image Alt Tag
Whatever image you are using in your post, it should have quality. Also, the size of that image should also be reduced so that page loading time is reduced. Must use Alt Tag in the image. Put the Main Keyword of your post in Alt Tag.

Meta tag Description
It is very important to write a description along with the post title. Because whenever someone searches, there are some words shown below the post title which is called meta tag Description.  Write about your post in 150 to 160 words. This is very important for Seo.

Keyword In Subheadings
Heading and Sub-heading are important roles in the post. Heading gives an idea to the user what   he is going to read inside this post. So in Sub- heading you have to use your Main Keyword. You write sub-heading in H2.

Use Outbound Links
Outbound links mean that there are websites with good position in search engine. Such as Facebook, Istagram, Wikipedia. Link all these websites in your post. This is Helpful for seo.

Post Content Length
Nowadays the competition has become very much in Blogging. Now many bloggers have become and a large number of articles are being published. You should write at least 500 to 1000 words articles. If you do not write posts of more words, it may take a long time to rank your post.

Meta tag Description
It is very important to write a description along with the post title. This is because whenever someone searches, there are some words shown below the post title which is called meta tag Description.  Write about your post in 150 to 160 words. This is very important for SEO.

Use Internal Links
You must use internal links in your post. Internal Link means to give a link of another article of your own website. By giving internal links, the user will click on all this links and read those posts on your website.

Pope Francis Gives A Comparison To Politicians Who Rage Against Jews, Gypsies, and Homosexuals to Hitler's Speech

Catholic Pope Francis has given a comparison to politicians who rage against Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals to one of the speeches of Hitle


The Catholic Pope Francis has given a comparison to politicians who rage against Jews, gypsies, and homosexuals to one of the speeches of Hitler. The Pope said in an address to participants of an international conference on criminal law.

During the 1933-45 Nazi regime in Germany, six million Jews were killed and homosexuals and gypsies were among those sent to extermination camps. However,  Pope Francis did not name any politicians or countries as the targets of his criticism.

And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936,” he said, departing from his prepared address. “With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent ‘par excellence’ a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.”


““And I must confess to you that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936,” he said, departing from his prepared address. “With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent ‘par excellence’ a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.”


In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro had a history of making homophobic, racist and sexist public remarks before he took office on Jan. 1. He told one interviewer he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.


In May, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex, seeking to temper a global backlash led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John.

The United Nations had warned Brunei it would be violating human rights by implementing Islamic laws that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality.

In recent weeks, Pope Francis has also denounced a resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe.

On Wednesday, in improvised remarks at his general audience, he said: “Today the habit of persecuting Jews is beginning to be reborn. Brothers and sisters: this is neither human nor Christian; the Jews are our brothers and sisters and must not be persecuted! Understood?”

Last week, a Vatican cardinal said he was “disgusted” by anti-Semitic abuse directed at an 89-year-old Italian senator and Holocaust survivor, who was given police protection after receiving death threats.

In July, a European Union study said young Jewish Europeans experience more anti-Semitism than their parents, with a rise in abuse coming in emails, text messages and social media postings.

More than 80% of Jews of all ages said they felt anti-Semitism had increased on the Internet over the past five years and around 70% said they faced more hostility in public, the study found.

Messi Scores Rebound For His 69th International Goal

Messi Scores  Rebound For His 69th International Goal

Lionel Messi scored the rebound for his 69th international goal. Messi had a penalty saved by Alisson in the friendly. He scored on his first Argentina appearance since July as they beat old rivals Brazil in Saudi Arabia

Meanwhile the Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was returning from a three-month ban for saying the Copa America was "fixed for Brazil", with the hosts beating Argentina in the semi-final and Peru in the July final.

More over, Gabriel Jesus had earlier missed a penalty for Brazil. Brazil - who handed a late debut to Aston Villa striker Wesley - have failed to win in the five games since winning the Copa America.


Argentina are due to face Uruguay in Tel Aviv on Monday (19:15 GMT) but the game could be cancelled due to fighting in Israel. Brazil will play South Korea in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (13:30 GMT), their last game before the 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin in March.


Argentina Line Up
Brazil Line Up
23 Andrada
2 Foyth
6 Pezzella
19 Otamendi
3 Tagliafico
11 Ocampos González 74'
15 de Paul Domínguez 90'
5 Paredes Rodríguez 83'
20 Lo Celso Acuña 59'
10 Messi
22 Martínez Alario 88'
1 Alisson
2 Danilo
14 Militão
3 Thiago Silva
6 Lobo Silva Lodi dos Santos 64'
8 Arthur Fabinho 55'
5 Casemiro Wesley 86'
10 Tolentino Coelho de Lima Coutinho 45'
9 Gabriel Jesus Richarlison 71'
20 Firmino
19 Willian Rodrygo 71'
Substitutes
Substitutes
1 Musso
4 Saravia
7 Mac Allister
8 Acuña
9 Agüero
12 Martínez
13 Alario
14 Kannemann
17 Domínguez
18 Rodríguez
21 Dybala
24 González
4 Marquinhos
7 Richarlison
11 Coutinho
12 Cerantola Fuzato
13 Felipe
15 Douglas Luiz
16 Lodi dos Santos
17 Fabinho
18 Wesley
21 Rodrygo
22 Leite de Souza Junior
23 Melo dos Santos Neto

Two People Killed in California's School Custody

Two People Killed in California's School Custody


Two people have been killed in one of the schools in California teen custody. The chilling scene played out even as lawmakers in Washington were debating the latest attempt at gun control legislation that has stalled in Congress for months. Terrified students described barricading themselves into classrooms while others fled as word rapidly spread of the unidentified Asian boy opening fire with a .45 caliber semiautomatic. “Detectives reviewed the video at the scene, which clearly show the subject in the quad withdraw a handgun from his backpack, shoot and wound five people, and then shoot himself in the head,” homicide captain Kent Wegener told a news conference.

The teenage boy gunned down fellow students at a California high school on his 16th birthday Thursday, killing two and wounding another three before turning the pistol on himself. The gunman was taken into custody in “grave” condition, police said, as officers stormed Saugus High School in Santa Clarita -- the latest in a relentless cycle of classroom shootings that have left around 300 youngsters dead over two decades.


The teen was found among the wounded by first responders, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.The dead were a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. The other three wounded -- one boy and two girls -- were aged between 14 and 15.The shooting at the school of 2,300 students was first reported shortly after 7:30 a.m. (1530 GMT). The school -- 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Los Angeles -- was locked down, and witness descriptions and surveillance footage identified the suspect within an hour of the shooting.

Officers went to his home and his mother and girlfriend were at a local police station speaking with detectives. No other suspects are currently being investigated.


Seventeen-year-old student Andrei Mojica was in his government class when someone burst in and said there was a shooter on campus. “That’s when my heart sank,” he told the Los Angeles Times. The class of around 30 students followed their emergency drills and began barricading the doors with desks and tables, before waiting in silence, ready to wield a fire extinguisher as a weapon. “We had no clue whether the shooter was on the opposite side of campus or right outside our door,” he told the newspaper. “That fear made it feel like we were waiting in silence forever.”

Finally they were escorted from the classroom by a SWAT team.
A tearful mother waiting beside a nearby church with other parents said she had dropped off her ninth-grader about a minute before the shooting started. “I haven’t seen my son yet but I’ve talked to him. He’s okay ... He just sounded numb,” she told an NBC affiliate.“All he’s said is he was walking through the quad and somebody started shooting and he turned and he saw that it was real and ran into a classroom,” she added. Students told CNN they had heard multiple loud bangs that “sounded like fireworks” and began to run.


Twenty-four ambulances, seven paramedic units and a helicopter were at the school campus, opposite a residential area, along with dozens of squad cars. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as firefighters, were among those responding.

The incident is the latest of more than 40 shootings at US schools since as recently as May 2018, when a 17-year-old killed 10 people, eight of them students, in Santa Fe, Texas.


Authorities said his shotgun and revolver were legally owned by his father. Three months earlier a 19-year-old expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida returned and opened fire, killing 14 students and three staff members.
There is roughly one school shooting a week in the United States, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.The perennial hot-button issue of arms control threatens to spill into next year’s election. “Every day, our children and our communities are forced to endure horrendous acts of violence and bloodshed, while Republicans continue to obstruct meaningful, bipartisan solutions to end the epidemic of gun violence,” said Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives.


News of the shooting broke during a debate on gun control legislation at the Senate in Washington. Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal was speaking as he was handed a piece of paper by an aide. “On the floor right now there’s a school shooting in Santa Clarita, California,” he told the chamber. “How can we turn the other way? How can we refuse to see that shooting in real time, demanding our attention, requiring our action? We are complicit if we fail to act.” California senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate for the 2020 election, said she was “heartbroken and praying for Santa Clarita.”