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6:55 PM ET, May 25, 2022


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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 Times, and CNN
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 …
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.
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:
The Stupefying Tally of American Gun Violence  —  The 18-year-old gunman stormed past an armed guard at a Texas school, carrying a rifle he had purchased days before the attack.  At least 19 children and two teachers were killed before the gunman was shot by a Border Patrol agent.
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: Raw Story, Mediaite and The Sun
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.
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 …
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
‘You are doing nothing’: O'Rourke accosts Abbott at press conference on shooting
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Uvalde school shooting: Teen gunman bought AR-15 style rifle day after he turned 18
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Democrats moved quickly to clear the way for votes on legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchasers.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
A Trump Repudiation?  Look at the Big Picture.  —  It's a headline almost too tempting to resist: “Tuesday was the night the lights went out in Georgia for Donald Trump.”  —  David Perdue, Trump's handpicked choice for Georgia governor, lost the Republican primary in a landslide to incumbent …
Washington Post:
Donald Trump recalibrates his standing in GOP after primary setbacks
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
How Raffensperger went from Trump outcast to MAGA vanquisher
Discussion: Puck and Washington Post
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pa. secretary of state orders recount in GOP primary between Oz, McCormick
Discussion: Politico, Just The News and CNN
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Pope Francis and a cardinal say it's time for the U.S. to act on guns  —  Pope Francis says that his heart is broken over the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and that the U.S. must act to prevent the spread of guns.  —  “I am praying for the children and adults who were killed, and for their families.
Naomi Lim / Washington Examiner:
Biden says Second Amendment ‘not absolute’ at police executive order signing
Discussion: ABC News, CBS News and Rolling Stone
Bari Weiss / Common Sense:
American Madness  —  On the mass murder of children in Texas.  —  My sister is a teacher …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Insider, WV MetroNews and CBS News
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Just after Texas shooting, California Senate passes Texas-style bill targeting assault weapons, ghost guns  —  The California Senate passed a gun control bill to allow private citizens to file suit for at least $10,000 against makers or sellers of untraceable ghost guns or illegal assault weapons
Washington Post:
Whistleblower report on baby formula didn't reach top FDA food safety official  —  A report alleging safety failures at a plant took four months to reach Frank Yiannas, the top food safety official  —  When a whistleblower sent a 34-page report to the Food and Drug Administration …
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Exclusive: House Sergeant at Arms believes lawmakers should not be allowed to carry guns inside the Capitol  —  Washington (CNN)House Sergeant at Arms William J. Walker, one of the top security officials on Capitol Hill, revealed that he does not believe lawmakers should be allowed to carry firearms …
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Tristan Justice / The Federalist:
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Erwin Seba / Reuters:
Biden administration says it has not ruled out export curbs to ease fuel prices
Discussion: HotAir, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Katie Tan / The Chronicle:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Matthew Futterman / New York Times:
Her Tennis Coach Abused Her. Could the Sport Have Prevented It?
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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
Discussion: New York Magazine
 Earlier Items: 
The White House:
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Barak Ravid / Axios:
Scoop: Biden officials in Saudi Arabia for talks on oil, planned visit
Discussion: Al-Monitor
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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