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2:30 PM ET, May 25, 2022


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Washington Post:
Gunman was bullied as a child, grew increasingly violent, friends say  —  Relatives, classmates describe fraught relationship with mother and a troubling pattern of acting out  —  The gunman in Tuesday's elementary school massacre was a lonely 18-year-old who was bullied over a childhood speech impediment …
Shweta Sharma / The Independent:
Texas school shooting: Who are the victims?  —  Many fourth-graders, a ‘hero’ teacher and a 17-year classroom veteran among those killed  —  Senator Chris Murphy pleads for Senate to take action on gun control after Texas massacre  —  A teacher who died a “hero” trying to protect …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Why was there no armed security at Robb Elementary School?  —  Officials are still combing through all of the details of the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday and the body count is nothing short of obscene.  We now know that the shooter was taken …
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Uvalde school shooting: Teen gunman bought AR-15 style rifle day after he turned 18  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  The gunman who authorities say killed 21 people in a South Texas community - 19 of them elementary school students - legally purchased two rifles …
NBC News:
Texas gunman left home after fight with mom about Wi-Fi, mother's boyfriend says  —  “He was kind of a weird one.  I never got along with him.  I never socialized with him.  He doesn't talk to nobody,” Juan Alvarez said.  —  Investigation into deadly Texas school shooting underway
Discussion: Townhall
New York Times:
Shooting at Elementary School Devastates Community in South Texas
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
New York Times:
Democrats moved quickly to clear the way for votes on legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchasers.  —  Within hours of the shooting in Uvalde, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, moved to clear the way to force votes in coming days on legislation …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion How Democrats can address our hopelessness about child massacres  —  By now, the pattern has become distressing in part because of its crushing familiarity.  After yet another mass shooting, Democrats call for gun-safety measures.  Republicans signal willingness to do something extremely modest …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Skeptical Schumer gives bipartisan gun talks a chance  —  Chuck Schumer is avoiding a quick Senate vote on gun legislation that would almost surely fail, choosing to hold out hope that the latest mass shooting will finally unstick a bipartisan deal.  —  The New York Democrat castigated the GOP for its …
Houston Chronicle:
Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer tells colleagues not to expect a gun control vote anytime soon
Discussion: Breitbart and Forbes
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
Discussion: Mediaite, Raw Story and Political Wire
Trump expressed support for hanging Pence during Capitol riot, Jan. 6 panel told  —  The Jan. 6 select committee has heard testimony indicating that then-President Donald Trump — after rioters who swarmed the Capitol began chanting “hang Mike Pence” — expressed support for hanging his vice president …
Discussion: Political Wire
Washington Post:
Donald Trump recalibrates his standing in GOP after primary setbacks  —  The former president is seeking out information on potential 2024 rivals after a series of defeats for his chosen candidates have raised questions about his continued dominance of the Republican Party.
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Brad Raffensperger, targeted by Trump, wins Ga. GOP primary for secretary of state
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
'We're going to go f—ing scorched-earth': How Brian Kemp crushed Trump in Georgia
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:
Power of Trump's Endorsements Dims in Governor Races
Bari Weiss / Common Sense:
American Madness  —  On the mass murder of children in Texas.  —  My sister is a teacher in America, which means she has had to teach her fourth grade students about how to defend themselves against people who might walk into her public school with guns.  Once, during a false alarm …
Joe Hernandez / NPR:
Guns are banned during Trump's upcoming speech at the NRA conference  —  Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's Annual Leadership Forum on Friday.  But audience members at the group's annual meeting, being held this year in Houston, won't be able to carry guns during his address.
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.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why Would John Eastman Want to Overturn an Election for Trump?  —  The figure of John Eastman, a constitutional theorist, former law professor and legal adviser to Donald Trump, looms increasingly large in retrospectives on the events of Jan. 6, and for good reason: Out of all the characters …
Andrew Kerr / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden swiped personal info from his family's phones, laptop data suggests  —  EXCLUSIVE — Records located on a copy of Hunter Biden's laptop suggest he took personal data from his sister-in-law's cellphones over a dozen times between 2017 and 2018 without her consent …
Discussion: BizPac Review
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Jordan Boyd / The Federalist:
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Discussion: NewsNation, The Guardian and Insider
Josh Hawley / Compact Mag:
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Discussion: Breitbart
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Mother Jones
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Jason Lange / Reuters:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Times of Israel
Kate Davidson / Politico:
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