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Chipper Jones apologizes for Sandy Hook 'hoax' tweet

Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has made more than 4,000 posts on his Twitter account. But there’s one he’d like to take back.

Jones apologized Saturday for a tweet that questioned the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed 26 lives – most of them children.

Jones, who retired from baseball in 2012 after a 19-year career in Atlanta, reportedly tweeted Friday: “So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where’s the outrage? What else are we being lied to about? Waco? JFK? Pff … ”

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The tweet was deleted, but not before it was apparently captured by several Twitter users. Jones’ account has 446,000 followers.

Jones apologized Saturday in two tweets, saying he had “heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.” Jones also said, “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.” Click here to see the apology.

The school shooting occurred Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself. Lanza also fatally shot his mother before going on the rampage.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Before they can focus solely on tax reform, Republicans must approve a non-binding budget outline for 2018, which would authorize expedited action on a tax bill – without the threat of a Senate filibuster. The Senate approved their plan last Thursday, and now the House seems ready to accept that this week, though the budget details are sure to give some GOP fiscal hawks some heartburn, as the plan would not ensure a balanced budget within ten years. But GOP leaders are basically telling rank and file Republicans that now is the time for tax reform, and that there is no use in getting caught up in a battle over budget cuts. Look for the House to vote later this week. 2. But ‘what if’ the House refuses to go along? If enough Republicans refuse to vote for the Senate-passed budget, then there would have to be formal House-Senate negotiations, which could take some time to hash out a deal on the budget resolution for 2018. That would obviously delay work on tax reform, and make it that much more difficult to swiftly get a tax bill moving on Capitol Hill. It seems unlikely that will happen, as more conservative lawmakers have been assured they will get votes on measures dealing with budget savings. But it is safe to say that the ‘normal’ Republican focus on budget deficits has melted away now that the GOP is in charge of the White House and Congress. Here is the sales pitch being made by the Republican Study Group, which says Speaker Paul Ryan has promised votes on some budget-related bills. 3. Let’s assume the House approves the budget – then what? If the House heeds the advice of President Trump, and votes for the Senate-passed budget outline this week, then the focus will shift to the tax-writing committees of the House and Senate – the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Senate Finance Committee, as they produce an actual tax reform bill. Remember – we don’t have a bill as yet from the White House – just some bullet points. In 1985, President Reagan sent Congress an actual 489 page bill as a starting point. President Trump’s bullet points are just a small piece of a much larger bill that is expected to be released by Republicans, as the scrums of reporters grow each day for key lawmakers, like Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 4. What’s the possible timing on tax reform? Ask veterans of Capitol Hill what they think about a GOP tax plan, and they cannot imagine it getting done this year (or even at all). But the White House and GOP leaders in Congress keep talking about doing it fast, maybe having a vote in the House before a Thanksgiving break, and a Senate vote in December. If we go back and look at the tax reform timeline in the Reagan Administration, it took a lot longer. 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