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12:01 AM ET, May 26, 2022

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Washington Post:
Weakened gun laws put Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on the defensive  —  Amid a spate of mass shootings in recent years, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) responded by focusing on promoting mental health services and convening a task force that produced a 40-point plan centered on “hardening” school campuses and identifying threats.
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Hours after Uvalde school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott attended a fundraiser 300 miles away  —  A spokesperson for Abbott said he had previously committed to the event but all campaign-related activities are postponed until further notice.  —  Copy link  —  Gov. Greg Abbott attended …
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott won't say whether he plans to attend NRA convention in Houston on Friday  —  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are also scheduled to attend the event but their offices have not commented on their attendance since the shooting unfolded in Uvalde on Tuesday.
CNBC:
Elon Musk backs ‘tight’ background checks for all gun sales in wake of mass shooting in Texas  — In an email to CNBC, Musk blamed the media for giving murderers the attention he believes they crave by covering mass shootings.  — He said he supports “tight” background checks …
NBC News:
Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending for it  —  Texas Gov. Abbott: Government must ‘do a better job’ to address mental health  —  UVALDE, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Uvalde school shooter had a “mental health challenge” …
Discussion: Al Jazeera, Insider, The Sun and Apparently
Joe Hernandez / NPR:
Guns are banned during Trump's upcoming speech at the NRA conference
Houston Chronicle:
Beto O'Rourke confronts Abbott during news conference on Uvalde mass shooting: ‘This is on you’
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer tells colleagues not to expect a gun control vote anytime soon
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
A teacher in Uvalde, Texas, describes ‘the longest 35 minutes of my life’  —  Her students were watching a Disney movie when the gunshots started.  Then instinct and practice kicked in.  —  Americans react to the Robb Elementary school massacre  —  UVALDE, Texas — The teacher came …
Discussion: Insider
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Tess Owen / VICE:
The Police Timeline of the Texas School Shooting Has a Lot of Holes  —  Texas law enforcement officials are being strangely opaque about what actually happened during the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.  —  TO  —  Texas officials are clapping themselves on the back for what they've described …
Discussion: New York Post, Fox News, al.com and NBC News
NBC News:
The Uvalde school district had an extensive safety plan. 19 children were killed anyway.  —  School officials in Uvalde, Texas, promised to do everything they could to protect students from a mass shooting.  —  Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had doubled its security budget in recent years …
New York Times:
Trump Said to Have Reacted Approvingly to Jan. 6 Chants About Hanging Pence  —  The House committee investigating the Capitol assault has heard accounts of the former president's remarks as he watched the riot unfold on television.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Real Reason America Doesn't Have Gun Control  —  After each of the repeated mass shootings that now provide a tragic backbeat to American life, the same doomed dance of legislation quickly begins.  As the outraged demands for action are inevitably derailed in Congress …
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Steve Israel / The Hill:
The haunting reason Congress won't pass sensible gun laws  —  THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL  —  In one of those Capitol Hill elevators reserved for Members of Congress when there are votes on the House floor, I learned a tragic lesson …
Brian Faler / Politico:   Federal tax receipts boom, powered by inflation
Samuel L. Perry / TIME:
School Shootings Confirm That Guns Are the Religion of the Right
New York Times:
In More Than 100 G.O.P. Midterm Ads This Year: Guns, Guns, Guns  —  In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey unpacked lipstick, an iPhone and something else from her purse in one campaign advertisement — “a little Smith & Wesson .38,” she said.  A Republican candidate for governor in Georgia declared in a different spot …
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New York Times:
The Stupefying Tally of American Gun Violence
Washington Post:
Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are in a rematch.  A lot has changed since 2018.  —  The political landscape in Georgia — and nationally — has shifted significantly  —  Stacey Abrams refused to concede the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, even after it was clear she had lost.
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
How Raffensperger went from Trump outcast to MAGA vanquisher
NBC News:
Trans woman's photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter  —  Sam, a transgender woman who lives in Georgia, said that on Tuesday evening, Reddit users started commenting on a photo of her that she had shared on the platform three months ago.
New York Times:
Intensifying Inquiry Into Alternate Electors Focuses on Trump Lawyers  —  In recent subpoenas, federal prosecutors investigating alternate slates of pro-Trump electors sought information about Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman and others.  —  The Justice Department has stepped …
Drew Hinshaw / Wall Street Journal:
Hungary to Make Multinationals Cede Some Profits to State  —  WARSAW—Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban used newly acquired wartime powers to declare that multinational companies in his country must cede the bulk of their excess profits into new state funds dedicated to preparing …
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Biden blames ‘gun lobby’ when his real enemy is culture  —  “When in God's name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” asked an impassioned President Joe Biden Tuesday night after a horrific massacre at a Texas elementary school.  —  This has been the cry of gun controllers for decades …
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New York Times:
Israel Tells U.S. It Killed Iranian Officer, Official Says  —  Israeli officials say the officer, Sayad Khodayee, was a leader of a covert unit tasked with abductions and killings of Israelis and other foreigners around the world.  Iran does not acknowledge that the unit exists.
CNN:
Moderate-turned-MAGA Rep. Elise Stefanik's stock is rising in Trump world  —  (CNN)Donald Trump hasn't said if he will run for president again, but that doesn't seem to be stopping him from privately musing about his potential running mate if he does.  The latest person to catch his eye …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
 
 
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Nick Penzenstadler / USA Today:
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Bloomberg:
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