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1:30 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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
Shooting at Elementary School Devastates Community in South Texas  —  It was the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn.  —  19 children and two adults are killed in a Texas elementary school shooting, the authorities say.  —  Follow the latest news on Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting.
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 …
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
Megan Menchaca / Austin American-Statesman:
Uvalde school shooting Tuesday updates: Gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers in school shooting
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 …
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Houston Chronicle:
Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  The National Rifle Association will host its annual meeting as planned this weekend in downtown Houston, organizers and city officials …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion How Democrats can address our hopelessness about child massacres
Discussion: Insider, The Hill and RedState
Matthew Loh / Insider:
GOP Rep. Paul Gosar spread a baseless transphobic rumor that the Uvalde school shooting suspect was a ‘transsexual leftist illegal alien’
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
‘Spare me the bullshit’: Sen. Chris Murphy rips GOP colleagues after Texas shooting
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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  —  BUFORD, Ga. — Incumbent Brad Raffensperger held off a challenge from his Donald Trump-backed opponent, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., in Georgia's Republican secretary of state primary on Tuesday, NBC News projects.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
'We're going to go f—ing scorched-earth': How Brian Kemp crushed Trump in Georgia
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 …
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Jay Michaelson / Rolling Stone:
The Right-Wing Lie That's Killing Our Children  —  Republicans have twisted the 2nd Amendment to suit their extremist purposes, blocking sensible checks on gun ownership and enabling the unceasing procession of mass shootings  —  In 2014, after a mass shooting in California …
Alex Pareene / The AP (Alex Pareene) Newsletter:
The Unanswered Question  —  If an entire generation thinks the system is broken, might that be a “you” problem?  —  Believers in American institutions, and the people who control those institutions, should know that they are forging a generation of Americans with no faith in them.
Discussion: Eschaton and Men Yell at Me
David Frum / The Atlantic:
America's Hands Are Full of Blood
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Used Secret U.N. Records to Evade Nuclear Probes  —  Internal IAEA documents, obtained by Iranian intelligence, were sent to top officials amid an investigation into a suspected past nuclear-weapons program  —  Iran secured access to secret U.N. atomic agency reports almost two decades ago …
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Biden's public approval falls to 36%, lowest of his presidency -Reuters/Ipsos  —  U.S. President Joe Biden's public approval rating fell this week to 36%, the lowest level of his presidency, as Americans suffered from rising inflation, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Tuesday.
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and РИА …
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Devan Cole / CNN:   New poll: 54% of Americans disapprove of Supreme Court following Roe draft opinion leak
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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Shane Harris / Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence document shows Russian naval blockade of Ukraine  —  World leaders call the Kremlin's actions a deliberate attack on the global food supply chain  —  Newly declassified U.S. intelligence shows that a Russian naval blockade has halted maritime trade at Ukrainian ports …
Discussion: NPR, Reuters, Politico, WTOP News and News Items
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The Guardian:
'I'm never going back': the high-profile Russian defectors rejecting war
Discussion: NPR and 19FortyFive
 
 
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Forecasters see a longer inflation slog
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Kurt T. Lash / SSRN:
Roe and the Original Meaning of the Thirteenth Amendment
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Jared Yates Sexton / Dispatches From A …:
This is Going to Get Really Ugly, Really Soon  —  Tucker Carlson and the Right …
Peter White / Deadline:
CBS Pulls ‘FBI’ Season Finale After Tragic School Shooting In Texas
Discussion: Breitbart and Associated Press