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3:20 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: The Sun, Townhall and Insider
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 …
Houston Chronicle:
Beto O'Rourke confronts Abbott during news conference on Uvalde mass shooting: ‘This is on you’  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  Just over 24 hours after the mass shooting of children and teachers in an elementary school in Uvalde, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the media at a nearby high school there.
Houston Chronicle:
Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Pope Francis and a cardinal say it's time for the U.S. to act on guns
Discussion: WHYY and CBS News
Jaclyn Diaz / NPR:
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Manchin calls for ‘commonsense’ gun limits, resists filibuster reform
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.
New York Times:
Trump Vowed Vengeance, but Georgia Voters Rejected His Meddling  —  Donald J. Trump barreled into Georgia vowing to marshal voters against his enemies and punish Republicans who crossed him in 2020.  Instead, Georgia voters punished him for meddling in their state.
Politico:   POLITICO Playbook PM: Schumer blesses bipartisan gun safety talks
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pa. secretary of state orders recount in GOP primary between Oz, McCormick
Discussion: Politico
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Brad Raffensperger, targeted by Trump, wins Ga. GOP primary for secretary of state
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 …
David French / The French Press:
Pass and Enforce Red Flag Laws. Now.
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.  —  The Justice Department has stepped …
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 …
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Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Fed officials expected to make at least three big rate increases over the next few months, worried about entrenched inflation.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
CBO boosts U.S. GDP growth estimates, says inflation has topped and will cool to 2% by 2024
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Exclusive: House Sergeant at Arms believes lawmakers should not be allowed to carry guns inside the Capitol
John Sexton / HotAir:
A prisoner exchange could finally free Brittney Griner
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
Opinion Is this how the Bush dynasty ends?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Axios
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
We Can't Even Agree on What Is Tearing Us Apart
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Biden's public approval falls to 36%, lowest of his presidency -Reuters/Ipsos
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and РИА …
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Used Secret U.N. Records to Evade Nuclear Probes
Discussion: The Times of Israel
Andrew Kerr / Washington Examiner:
Hunter Biden swiped personal info from his family's phones, laptop data suggests