Donald Trump isn't changing. He's just trading one birther conspiracy theory for another.

Donald Trump spent a lot of time raising doubts over President Obama's birth certificate in 2011 now his campaign says he believes Obama was born in the U.S., but Trump himself still hasn't clarified what he really thinks. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

There is ahypothesisgoing around that Donald Trumpis finally renouncing birtherism at an opportune time so that he "gets credit" for being more presidential.

The big problem with this is that he's still Donald Trump. And like Trump has done on this issue repeatedly, he isgoing to mess it up.

Here's former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau:

Trump said he'd "answer at the right time," which is at the debate, so he gets credit from the media for the pivot. https://t.co/78YpfdGIGZ

Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) September 15, 2016

And here's conservative columnist Bill Kristol, a Trump opponent from the right:

Media setting up dynamic: Trump retreats from birtherism, gets credit for being more responsible, undecideds decide he's more acceptable.

Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 16, 2016

Both of those comments came before Trump appeared on cable news on Friday morning, though. And in doing so, Trump showed how he will never truly turn the corner on this issue.

[The Fix: Trumps campaign statement that he accepts truth of Obamas birth is filled with falsehoods]

Appearing on Fox Business, Trump again declined to say in his own words what his campaign says he believes that President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States."We have to keep the suspense going," he said. Really?

Then he suggested his statement wouldn't just address his own thoughts on birtherism, but that he would make a factually challenged case that Hillary Clinton started the whole birther mess back during the 2008 campaign.

"Hillary brought it up during her campaign. It was 2008," he added. "She brought it up, and I was the one that was successful in getting him to release his birth certificate.

"She started it, and she was incapable of finishing it."

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Trump isn't only going to (maybe) renounce birtherism, you see; he's going to open up a whole new can of worms around the issue by trying to tie it to Clinton. He's going to breathe all kinds of life into the story by not truly taking responsibility for his lengthy effort to question the legitimacy of the president of the United States, and he's going to do it with a specious charge.

The allegation Clinton or even her campaign started this just isn't founded. As our Michelle Ye Hee Lee wrote earlier this year, when Trump also tried to lay this at Clinton's feet:

Theres no evidence to support Trumps repeatedclaim that Clinton started the birther movement and was one of the first to question Obamas birth certificate. He could blame the actions of Clintons supporters during the 2008 primary or say the rumorhas some Democratic roots. But theres no evidence that she or her campaign questioned his birth certificate or his citizenship. Further, the campaign denounced isolated instances of Clintons staffers questioning whether Obama was Muslim.

As PolitiFact wrote last year:

There is no record that Clinton herself or anyone within her campaign ever advanced the charge that Obama was not born in the United States. A review by our fellow fact-checkers at Factcheck.org reported that no journalist who investigated this ever found a connection to anyone in the Clinton organization.

There certainly were overzealous Clinton supporters who were upset about her losing to Obama who engaged in this desperate line of attack, but Clinton and her campaign had nothing to do with it. And there were Clinton staffers who suggested Obama might be a Muslim, but that's not the same thing as birtherism, and the campaign denounced them.

What's more, Trump suggested Friday morning that he's not just going to tie Clinton's campaign to this, but Clinton herself, which is even more clearly counter to the facts. There's no proof that either of them is true, mind you, but all of Clinton's comments are recorded history, and there is nothing she ever said along those lines.

This is Trump's long-running birther problem. He can never truly give it up. He can't just go out there and say he's satisfied with having seen Obama's birth certificate and be done with it. He has to deflect and blame someone else in a way that will make sure this issueisn't truly put to rest.

The idea that this is finally the big pivot Trump has beenplotting for a long time just doesn't squarewith that.

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Monsanto, Microsoft to invest in agricultural technology in Brazil - Reuters

SAO PAULO U.S. biotech company Monsanto Co and Microsoft Corp announced on Monday a partnership to invest in agricultural technology startups in Brazil.

Monsanto will join a Brazilian investment fund with up to 300 million reais ($92 million), managed by Microsoft, evaluating ideas for new digital tools to be applied to agricultural production in the country, executives said.

Selected ideas will receive initial funding of up to 1.5 million reais ($459,000) for early development. Project owners will have the option to pay back the investment after three years or convert the money into equity.

"We want to foster new startups in the agricultural sector. There is a vast area for research and development," Rodrigo Santos, head of Monsanto in Latin America, told reporters on the sidelines of the Global Agribusiness Forum (GAF 2016).

Technology company Qualcomm is also investing in the fund.

(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Will Smith: Video May Show Hit-and-Run Before Shooting Death of NFL Star

Surveillance video recorded outside a New Orleans restaurant Saturday appears to show a hit-and-run that may be connected to the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith.

The footage shows two cars a silver SUV and and an orange Hummer that match those driven by Smith and the suspected gunman, Cardell Hayes. The video would appear to bolster a defense lawyer's narrative of what led up to the deadly altercation around 11:30 p.m.

Related: Suspect in Death of Saints Star Will Smith Felt Threatened: Lawyer

Smith drove a Mercedes G63 SUV and Hayes drove a Hummer H2 on the night of the slaying, police said.

The video, taken from the Lower Garden District neighborhood, shows the SUV tapping the Hummer's rear. The driver of the Hummer pulls to the side of Magazine Street, but the SUV immediately swerves around onto oncoming traffic and peels away.

The Hummer then appears to follow the other car.

Image: Cardell Hayes, Will Smith Image: Cardell Hayes, Will Smith Cardell Hayes, left, alleged gunman that killed former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, right. New Orleans PD; Getty Images

The encounter between Hayes, 38, and Smith, 34, occurred two blocks away where the athlete's vehicle was rear-ended before he was fatally shot.

Police said in a statement that both men "exchanged words at which time the driver of the Hummer produced a handgun and shot the male victim multiple times," including in the back and side.

Smith died at the scene. His wife Racquel, a passenger in the SUV, was shot in the leg and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Hayes is being held on $1 million bond on suspicion of second-degree murder.

Related: Lawyer: Man Accused of Killing Saints Champ Is 'Not the Aggressor'

His attorney, John Fuller, told reporters Monday after a court hearing that Hayes himself was initially the victim of a hit-and-run, and had been trying to get the license plate information of the other driver.

According to Fuller, that resulted in a three-vehicle accident, after which "all hell broke loose, for lack of a better term."

Fuller also suggested that a second gun at the scene could play into whether his client was trying to defend himself from Smith.

Smith, a former first round pick who played 10 seasons with the Saints as a defensive end, has been mourned by family and former teammates as a loving father of three and star athlete. Funeral arrangements were still pending Tuesday.

"He had a great NFL career, and yet he was 34 years old," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on WWL Radio. "People forget that we have our whole lives ahead of us when football ends. Some guys struggle with that transition, but Will was always a guy who had it together. He knew he was going to do great things beyond the football field."

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No More Struggle - HVAC Success Is Yours!

Facilities Maintenance Companies will help you get going. It can create a lot of stress on you as a homeowner if your home's HVAC system is not working properly. Repairing an HVAC unit is expensive and it can take a while before your home is once again a comfortable environment. Read this article to learn how to care for and maintain your HVAC system.

If you must hire someone to help you out with your HVAC system, be sure to learn about all of the requirements your state has legislated regarding licencing and insurance. You need to be able to ask anyone you plan to hire if they meet these requirements before you hire them.

When seeking a new contractor, ask loved ones for referrals. They'll often have already had someone in for similar work and will know who to trust and who to avoid. Ask co-workers or other people you trust in your community for some references if your family hasn't used anyone.

Put outdoor units in the shade if you are installing them. It will reduce the temperature of the air going into the unit, meaning that it will not have to work as hard to cool it.

Be sure to get a written estimate which has itemized costs listed on it, before you hire anyone to do any work on your HVAC. This will ensure that comparing one contractor to another will be simple as you can see what one offers that another doesn't, or what price they're charging for the same items.

To save money on your HVAC system, turn the air conditioning down at night and let your home warm up a bit. To keep yourself cool, use a chilling water-filled pillow to cool down your head and your whole body as a result. This combined with a fan will keep you from overheating while saving on your utility bills.

Make sure that your contractor provides a home assessment. Not every HVAC solution is for everyone. Your home could have special needs for heating and cooling. Your contractor should do a walk around of your space to judge what is best. If they aren't be sure to request one.

Before installing a central air conditioner, consider all of your alternatives. You can only cool certain rooms, use whole-house fans, or even make use of a geothermal system. The more efficient the system you set up, the less you'll spend on utility bills over time as you use it.

Consider putting a standing fan next to your bed if you want to turn off your air conditioning at night to save money. You can set it to oscillate from your toes to your head, blowing cool air over your body and letting you sleep comfortably all night long.

Consider installing a programmable one if you currently have a manual thermostat. If anyone is home, you can set your system for different temperatures depending on time of day and. Also, you can set upper and lower temperature settings to allow for a comfortable range of temperatures so that heating and cooling don't kick in when not needed.



Use your HVAC system to heat your water for free! In the summer, residual heat pulled out of your house is used to heat water through a geothermal system. This will cool your home while allowing you to save a ton on hot water costs, plus it's environmentally friendly to boot!

If your system isn't working right, try looking for leaks in the ducts. Your utility company will usually test the unit for free or for a small fee. Paying for the test is fine as repairing the leaks will pay for itself quickly.

Make sure you wipe up any water that is close to the air intake of the vents of your HVAC system. Clean up any water that is standing around because water can cause mold to easily expand. Some water buildup is normal but if you're picking up water more than once every six months you might have a problem, so contact a HVAC technician.

Be careful of sounds in your HVAC. If the condenser fan begins to make a grating or clicking sound, the blades could be hitting an obstruction. If blades get bent, don't try straightening them. You could unbalance them and cause them to hit the condenser coil. This could loosen the motor in the fan. Try replacing the bent blades with new ones. Make sure the new blades can freely rotate without wobbling.

If you live in a hot climate, consider painting the outside of your home in a light color to reflect heat. If your summers are cool, use a dark color to instead heat up your home in the winter. This simple change can end up saving you a lot on your utility bills.

If you hear clicking inside your HVAC unit, look for an obstruction. The issue may be debris hitting the fans of the cooling system. All you need to do is remove the debris to solve the problem. Before you call up a service technician, look carefully at it.

An HVAC system is expensive. Therefore, you want to make sure that you work with a reputable contractor or company to ensure that you get the most from your investment. Always get references from anyone that you are considering working with, and make sure to follow up on each of those references.

Never hire an HVAC contractor that does not hold a valid license from your state. There are people out there that will offer to do less expensive work since they have no license. While it may seem like a bargain, you will have lots of issues in the event that something goes wrong.

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Check the licensing of any HVAC company that you plan to hire. By making sure they are fully licensed, start. They should be in compliance with your state's business laws. Good HVAC companies should be fully insured. This is to protect their company, their employees, and their customers should anything happen when they are performing a service at the home of a customer.

To keep your home feeling comfortable it is very important that your HVAC system is working the right way. The tips and information from above hopefully have showed you what it needed to make the HVAC last a very long time. Remember what you learned here, and use it to ensure you have a home that has a comfortable living space.

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Two dead suspects named after mass shooting that killed 14 at Calif. office party - Washington Post

Police in San Bernardino, Calif., said heavily armed gunmen killed 14 people and injured 17 others during a holiday party for county employees. Here's what we know about the mass shooting. (The Washington Post)

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. At least two gun-wielding assailants opened fire on a holiday party for county employees Wednesday, killing 14people in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre three years ago this month.

Hours after the shooting, law enforcement officials said two suspects Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, andTashfeen Malik, 27 had been killed in a police shootout several miles from the site of the original attack.

In between were four hours of terror that brought the city of San Bernardino to a standstill. Fearful residents sheltered in homes, emergency responders rushed to get bleeding victims to safety, and dozens of law enforcement officers were embroiled in a car chase that took them from a residential streetin nearby Redlands to a shootout back in San Bernardino that left both suspects dead, an officer wounded and one more community permanently changed.

The motives behind the mass shooting the 355th in the U.S. this year are still unclear. At a late night press conference,San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said that Farook is a U.S. citizen whoworked as a health inspector for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, which was hosting Wednesdays holiday party.

Police did not know where Malik was born or where she lived. A third suspect who had been seen fleeing the shootoutwas also taken into custody, though it was not clearwhetherhehad beenassociated with the attack.

Asked about the third suspect,Burguanreplied, Right now, as we continue to drill down our information, it looks like we have two shooters. We are comfortable that the two shooters that went into the building are the two shooters that are deceased.

Farook was at the gatheringWednesday,Burguan said, but he left early under circumstances described as angry or something of that nature.

Shortly after, Farook apparently returned withMalik, who officials believe is either his wife or fiancee. Then heallegedly opened fire.

Burguan declined to comment on what may have precipitated theattack. But, he said, the couple seemed too well-prepared for the shootingto have been set offsolely by something that happened earlier that day.

Based upon what we have seen and how they were equipped, there had to be some degree of planning that went into this, Burguan said.I dont think they grabbed the guns and tactical gear on a spur-of-the-moment thing.

He and other law enforcement officials said that terrorism has not been ruled out.

One of the big questions that will come up repeatedly is: Is this terrorism? said David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBIs Los Angeles office, said at an earlier press conference. It is a possibility. We are making some adjustments to our investigation. It is a possibility. But we dont know that yet. And we are not willing to go down that road yet.

A senior U.S. law enforcement official told the Washington Postthat Farookwas not under FBI investigation.

The mass shootingWednesday erupted at the Inland Regional Center, a three-building complex that houses a conference center and a facility that serves people withdevelopmental disabilities.Dressed in black masks and tactical gear and carrying multiple weapons, theassailants barged into an auditorium where the annual gathering of health department employees was well underway.

Within four minutes of receiving the first 911 call, swarms of police arrived on the scene.Itset offa tense, confusing and terrifying day in Southern California as the shooters their number unclear, their identities unknown, their motives unimaginable fled in a black SUV and eluded capture for hours.

Police followed a tip that led them to a house in the nearby city of Redlands; records show that a father and son named Syed Farook have lived at that address. During a stakeout there, they spotted an SUV that matched the description of the suspects vehicle, and when the occupants drove away, police gave chase. A law enforcement source said the suspects threw objects possibly pipe bombs out the window.

The suspects drove back into San Bernardino and, reaching aresidential neighborhood, stopped and began exchanging gunfire with more than 20 officers. One officer was injured in the firefight, but police said the wounds were not life-threatening. The two suspects were killed, their vehicle riddled with bullets.

The immediate aftermath was captured by helicopter new crews, who provided a live feed to a national audience watching on television and online. Police officers swarmed the neighborhood, guns drawn, taking cover behind walls and armored SWAT vehicles. Three armored vehicles surrounded the SUV, and officers slowly and methodically determined that no one inside had survived the hail of gunfire.

The two slain suspects were armed with assault rifles and handguns, Burguan said.Three explosive devices were also recovered from the shooting scene.

TheBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday night it had recovered two rifles and two handguns and is conducting urgent traces to determine where the weapons were bought.

Later, ATFspokeswoman Meredith Davis told the Los Angeles Times that said officials had successfully traced the four guns recovered in connection with the San Bernardino shooting and determined that two of the weapons were purchased legally. The origins of the twoother weapons are still being investigated.

The two legally purchased gunswere bought by an individual associated with the investigation, Davis said, but she declined to name the person.

Recent mass shootings in the United States have typically involved a lone gunman, often someone mentally unstable or consumed with rage. Multiple-shooter events are extremely rare: According to a recent FBI report on 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013, all but two involved a single shooter.

Witnesses reported seeing shootersin black clothing using long guns akin to assault weapons.

They came prepared to do what they did as if they were on a mission, Burguan said. They were dressed and equipped in a way that indicate they were prepared.

That level of preparation is under scrutiny as law enforcement probe for a possible motive in the shooting.

Details about Farook and Malik are hard to come by. A relative told the New York Times that the couple was married, and their daughter was 6-months old.

On Wednesday morning, they left their infant child with Farooks mother, telling her that they were headed out for a doctors appointment.

By evening, the couple was dead, killed in a standoff with law enforcement, and it was clear that the story had been a ruse.

Thetwo left behind little in the way of a paper trail no apparent criminal record, no Facebook page orTwitter account.

Anonline dating profilefor a farooksyed49from Riverside, Calif. resembles the suspectdescribed by law enforcement. The profile, on the Indian matrimonial and dating service iMilap.com, describes a 22-year-old man from a religious but modern family.

I work for county as health, safety and environmental inspector, it reads. Enjoy working on vintage and modern cars, read religious books, enjoy eating out sometimes travel and just hang out in back yard doing target practice with younger sister and friends.

The man in the profile picture is tall and bearded, posed jauntily in front of a nondescript building flanked by palm trees and a smooth, green lawn. He writes that he is interested inmatrimonial.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, coworkerswho knew Farook described him as a quiet and polite man who held no obvious grudges against people in the office.They said herecently traveled to Saudi Arabia and returned with a woman he met online.

The officer had recently held a shower for the couples new baby,and twoseemedto be living the American dream, said Patrick Baccari, a fellow inspector who shared a cubicle with Farook.

Griselda Reisinger, who worked with Farook before leaving the agency in May, and other colleagues told the Los Angeles Times that Farook was a devout Muslim, but not vocal about his religion

He never struck me as a fanatic, he never struck me as suspicious, Reisinger said.

Even before law enforcement named the two suspects,thegreater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference inresponse to the name that wasbeing circulated in media reports apparently to preempt potential backlash to news about the assailantsreligion.

The main intention was to strongly condemn what had happened, Ojaala Ahmad, theorganizations communications director, said in a phone call after the press conference.

If it ends up the suspect was Muslim,people are going to there will be that wholewave of Islamophobia, she said. We wanted to say that we grieve as Americans.

Farhan Khan, who was introduced as a brother-in-law of the suspect, said he had no cluewhat might have driven his relative to such a crime.

Why would he do that. Why would he do something like that? Khan said, his expression weary, his eyes red. I have no idea. Im in shock myself.

Khan said he spoke to his brother-in-law a week ago, but would not answer other questions or give the mans name. Hewould not comment on whether his brother-in-law is a religious person.

I cannot express how sad I am today, he said.

When the family heard that a shooting had taken place atpartyfor Farooks office, they feared that he had been hurt, CAIR-LAs executive director Hussam Ayloush said. They never imagined that their relative might have been the shooter.

In addition to the 14 dead, at least 17 people were being treated in local hospitals for injuries suffered in the rampage. A spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center said Wednesday that two of the five patients treated there were in critical condition.

The Inland Regional Center is a three-building complex that houses a conference center and serves more than 30,000 people with developmental disabilities. Nearly 700 staff members work there, according to the organizations Facebook page, promotingindependence, inclusion, and empowerment.The organizationsays that it is committed to eliminating barriers for individuals with developmental disabilities so that they can live a typical lifestyle.

The center held its own holiday party Tuesday, and a brief video clip showed staffers and clients in wheelchairs dancing to the 1980 mega-hit Celebration by Kool & the Gang.

On Wesnesday, the citys public health department had rented outthe conference centers first-floor banquet room for a holiday party, complete with Christmas trees and other decorations. The event was in full swing when the first reports of gunfire came, at 10:59a.m.

Initially, when the gunshots went off, few people registered them as such.

Dorothy Vong thought it was a drill. The nurse told the Los Angeles Times that drills are common at the Inland Regional Center, where patients and clients occasionally erupt into anger.

She texted her husband, Drill started, then began filmingthe scene outside. Police officers were pouring out of vehicles in the sun-lit parking lot and racing toward the building.

Look, theyre all there! a woman in the backgroundsaid, her tone bright. She didntrealize whats happening. This is scary, theyre all geared up.

Someone else said, Theyre coming onto here, but a quaver of concern had crept in. The reality of their situation was dawning on them. The video switched off.

Moments later, Vong texted her husband: Well, its real. She waited out the massacre in a locked office.

Chris Nwadike, an employee of the public health department, said he heard something like explosiveswhile he was on a bathroom break from a meeting.

Big sounds first, then a few seconds, then we heard the gunshots, he recalled. Someone in the bathroom said, Everybody lie down, so he did. After about 10minutes, the police came and directed everyone out of the building.

For Melinda Rivas, a social worker who works at the center, realization struck when a woman down the hall shouted,Theres a shooting! Rivasand co-workers barricaded themselves in a conference room.

She called her two adult children: Theres a shooting going on. Be safe, she told them. Finally, a SWAT team evacuated those hiding, telling them to keep their hands raised as they walked out of the building. Rivas texted her children, with relief this time: Im safe.

This is one of those things Ive often seen on the news, and now I was a part of it, Rivas said later in the day. She recalled leaving the building to the sightof people in panic, yelling and screaming, with clothing and emergency equipment strewn about.

It was almost like a bloody warpath, she said. This is one of those things Ive often seen on the news, and now I was a part of it.

The shooting shut down much of Southern Californias Inland Empire, which stretches into the desert east of Los Angeles. Schools and county buildings were put on lockdown for fear that gunmen were on the loose and prepared to attack again. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed temporary flight restrictions over the city at the request of local law enforcement.

SWAT team members went room by room through the three buildings in the IRC complex. Numerous victims were seen in television footage being carried away on stretchers.Medical teams set up a triage area on a nearby public golf course.

Marybeth Feild, president of the Inland Regional Centers board of directors, said the San Bernardino County public health department had rented the conference room for a holiday party, complete with Christmas trees and other decorations.

We dont know who the gunmen are, or why this happened. Its devastating, said Marybeth Feild, president of the Inland Regional Centers board of directors, who was not in the building at the time of the shooting. I just dont know how were going to recover from this. Its just overwhelming. Why would anyone target a social service center?

By mid-afternoon, police were bringing relatives of victims to the Rudy C. Hernandez Community Center.

Im worried, petrified, scared, said Sherry Esquerra, whose daughter and son-in-law, Shawna and Daniel Timmons, work at the IRC. She said shed left phone messages but hadnt heard back.

She would text me. I know she would know that I am worried, Esquerra said. They do social work. I dont know how anyone could do this to them.

At least 100 family members could be seen sitting in the bleachers at the community center, where authorities assembled clergy and grief counselors. Meanwhile, police were locking down or evacuating stores and restaurants miles from the scene of the shooting.

Kim Scott, a cashier at a 99Cents store, said police told workers and customers to evacuate from the Waterman Discount Mall and surrounding stores.

Its scary. Were supposed to be evacuating, she said. Im behind Register three. Were hiding out until they tell us to get out. ... I want to go home. I dont know whats going on.

The San Bernardino massacre follows a series of mass shootings just in the past six months. They include attacks on a black church in Charleston, S.C.; at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tenn.; in a movie theater in Lafayette, La.; at a community college in Oregon; and just last week at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.

One Internet site that tracks mass shootings defined as events in which four or more people are killed or injured reported that San Bernardinos tragedy was the 355th such shooting this year, a pace of more than one a day. Earlier on Wednesday, a gunman in Savannah, Ga. shot four people, killing a woman and injuring three men.

Obviously our hearts go out to the victims and the families, President Obama said in a television interview. The one thing we do know is we have a pattern now of mass shootings in the country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.

Obama called for common sense gun-safety laws. And he noted that while people are fearful of a terrorist attack, under current law, people on the U.S. no-fly list can still legally buy a gun.

Those same people who we dont allow to fly could go into a store right now in the United States and buy a firearm, and theres nothing that we can do to stop them, Obama said.

Earlier in the day, even before the shooting, doctors in white lab coats descended on Capitol Hill to ask Congress to lift a decades-old ban on research on gun violence.

Most of the presidential candidates took to Twitter to respond to the massacre, with Republicans and Democrats taking different tacks. The GOP contenders almost universally offered prayers for the victims.

California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated! tweeted Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The three major contenders in the Democratic race, meanwhile, specifically cited the need to stop gun violence.

I refuse to accept this as normal, tweeted Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. We must take action to stop gun violence now.

Dauber is a freelance writer. Kaplanand Achenbach reported from Washington. Freelance writer Martha Groves in San Bernardino and staff writers Mark Berman, Adam Goldman, Lindsey Bever, Niraj Chokshi, Ann Gerhart, Sari Horwitz, Elahe Izadi, Wesley Lowery, Kevin Sullivan, Julie Tate and Alice Crites in Washington contributed to this report.

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