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4:45 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 …
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: The Sun, Raw Story and Townhall
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:
The Stupefying Tally of American Gun Violence
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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.  —  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 …
Elon Musk backs ‘tight’ background checks for all gun sales in wake of mass shooting in Texas
Houston Chronicle:
Trump, Cruz, Abbott still set to speak at NRA meeting in Houston days after Uvalde mass shooting
Steve Israel / The Hill:
The haunting reason Congress won't pass sensible gun laws
Discussion: Insider, Roll Call and WV MetroNews
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  —  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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pa. secretary of state orders recount in GOP primary between Oz, McCormick
Discussion: Politico, Just The News and CNN
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.
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 …
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
‘You are doing nothing’: O'Rourke accosts Abbott at press conference on shooting  —  Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on Wednesday, accusing the governor of inaction on gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
After Texas shooting, Republicans face online anger over NRA money
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Daily Kos
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.  —  The Justice Department has stepped …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: MEL Magazine, Lead Stories and PinkNews
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
CBO boosts U.S. GDP growth estimates, says inflation has topped and will cool to 2% by 2024  — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that real gross domestic product, or GDP, will grow 3.1% in 2022, it said in a Wednesday report.  — “In CBO's projections …
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Mary B. McCord / New York Times:
Uvalde, Buffalo and the Semiautomatic Weapons That Terrorize Us
Discussion: The Federalist
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
Fed Minutes Show Officials Expecting to Raise Rates Three Times to Address Inflation
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Exclusive: House Sergeant at Arms believes lawmakers should not be allowed to carry guns inside the Capitol
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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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: Breitbart, The Hill and РИА …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Why Would John Eastman Want to Overturn an Election for Trump?
Wall Street Journal:
Iran Used Secret U.N. Records to Evade Nuclear Probes
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