The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during live-streamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after the hours-long standoff. The long-simmering tensions between former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) are reaching a boiling point ahead of a potential 2024 primary clash. Paul Begala said Democrats’ problem is "not that they have bad leaders. They have bad followers." Congressional Democrats are joining Republicans in a last-ditch effort to undermine the newly implemented No Surprises Act, which bans surprise medical bills. Book bans in schools are catching fire. Black authors say uproar isn't about students.

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