The Morning Dispatch: ‘How Can One Still Stay Silent?’

Happy Friday! We know some Republican senators want to punish Disney by limiting copyright protections for intellectual property, but recent events may encourage them to reconsider.

Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey wrapped earlier this month, and the first stills show … a demonic Pooh and Piglet about to pounce on a scantily-clad young woman relaxing in a hot tub,” Variety reported Thursday, noting the beloved A.A. Milne characters lapsed into the public domain five months ago. “She’s having a good time and then Pooh and Piglet appear behind her, chloroform her, take her out of the jacuzzi and then kind of drive a car over her head.”

Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • Texas Department of Public Safety officials substantially revised their account of Tuesday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School, telling reporters Thursday their initial assessment of the shooter engaging fire with a district security officer on his way into the school was incorrect, and that he actually walked in “unobstructed.” The officials’ updated timeline details the gunman standing outside the school for 12 minutes and walking inside at 11:40 a.m., but not being killed by police until more than an hour later.

  • Senators headed home for a 10-day recess on Thursday, but signaled early optimism that a deal could be reached on some narrow pieces of gun-safety legislation when they return. Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said he’d be willing to accept a more incrementalist approach than he has previously, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he encouraged GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas to spearhead bipartisan negotiations on legislation “directly related to the problem.” A bipartisan group of nine senators met in the Capitol on Thursday, and Murphy said he is now “perfectly willing to let the good prevail over the perfect.”

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