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1:45 PM ET, May 26, 2022


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Washington Post:
A grisly checklist and a sickening rampage: Inside the Uvalde massacre  —  UVALDE, Tex. — The gray Ford pickup truck veered into a ditch with such force that people who live on the block assumed it was an accident and rushed over to help the driver.  —  Instead, according to witness and police accounts …
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'It's time to die' |  Fourth-grader who survived Uvalde school shooting gives heartbreaking account of what gunman told students  —  The Robb Elementary student said he and several of his friends survived after hiding under a table with a tablecloth covering them.
Associated Press:
Police face questions over response to Texas school shooting  —  UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Law enforcement authorities faced mounting questions and criticism Thursday over how much time elapsed before they stormed a Texas elementary school classroom and put a stop to the rampage by a gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers.
New York Times:
Uvalde Live Updates: 2 Police Officers Were Reportedly Shot Early in Gunman's Rampage  —  Some parents who lost children are angry about the police response as new details emerge about the hour of terror in the classrooms where a gunman took 21 lives.  “This could have been over in a couple of minutes,” one anguished father said.
Discussion: Twitchy
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
A teacher in Uvalde, Texas, describes ‘the longest 35 minutes of my life’  —  Her students were watching a Disney movie when the gunshots started.  Then instinct and practice kicked in.  —  Americans react to the Robb Elementary school massacre  —  UVALDE, Texas — The teacher came …
NBC News:
The Uvalde school district had an extensive safety plan. 19 children were killed anyway.
Lisa Tozzi / Rolling Stone:
He Wrote The Onion's Famous Mass-Shooting Headline. It Still Haunts Him
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and The Federalist
Tony Messenger / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Nobody does mass shootings like America. Nobody.
Discussion: National Review, Insider and WELLREAD
Robert E Kelly:
Teaching the American Gun Debate in a Foreign Country: No Matter What You Say, They Think We're Bananas
Discussion: Raw Story
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
‘Goodfellas’ Star Ray Liotta Dies at 67  —  A shocker.  Ray Liotta, the terrific actor whose career breakout came in the Martin Scorsese crime classic Goodfellas, has died.  Deadline hears he died in his sleep in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting the film Dangerous Waters.
Mark Stone / Sky News:
Texas school shooting: Senator Ted Cruz storms off over questions about gun reform  —  Among the mourners at a vigil for the 21 people killed at Tuesday's mass shooting are Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, and his ally in the senate, Ted Cruz; Republican politicians who block all Democratic Party attempts to change gun laws.
NBC News:
Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending for it  —  Texas Gov. Abbott: Government must ‘do a better job’ to address mental health  —  UVALDE, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Uvalde school shooter had a “mental health challenge” …
David Silva Ramirez / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Day after Uvalde shooting, deputy reportedly shows AR-15 photos at Fort Worth school
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Trump loses appeal, must testify in New York civil probe  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump must answer questions under oath in New York state's civil investigation into his business practices, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.  —  A four-judge panel in the appellate division …
Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Trump required to testify over New York civil investigation after losing appeal  —  An appeals court denied a bid on Thursday by former President Donald Trump and members of his family to avoid testifying as part of New York Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into the Trump Organization's business practices.
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
The next U.S. abortion battle is over pills, and it's already begun  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet released its decision that looks set to dramatically scale back abortion rights, but one of the next legal battles has already begun in a Mississippi court.
New York Times:
Where Senate Republicans Stand on Gun Legislation  —  The New York Times reached out on Wednesday to all 50 Republicans in the Senate to see whether they would support a pair of House-passed measures to strengthen background checks for gun buyers.  Within hours of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde …
Actor Kevin Spacey charged with sexual assault  —  Actor Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men, Crown Prosecution Service says … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
Washington Post:
Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams are in a rematch.  A lot has changed since 2018.  —  The political landscape in Georgia — and nationally — has shifted significantly  —  Stacey Abrams refused to concede the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, even after it was clear she had lost.
Sam Whiting / San Francisco Chronicle:
SFUSD drops the word ‘chief’ from job titles to avoid connotation with Native Americans  —  The word “chief” will no longer be used in reference to job titles in the San Francisco Unified School District in an effort, school officials said, to avoid the word's connotation with Native Americans.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer vows to force vote on gun control legislation after Memorial Day recess  —  Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told colleagues Thursday morning that they should be prepared to vote on gun control legislation when they return to Washington next month after the Memorial Day recess …
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
After Texas Shooting, Republican and Independent Voters Drive Increase in Support for Gun Control
Discussion: Twitchy and Bloomberg
Aja Romano / Vox:
With Ricky Gervais's new special, Netflix yet again suffers transphobic fools  —  Does Netflix even care that Ricky Gervais's SuperNature is rife with transphobic TERF ideology?  —  Who knows exactly what response Netflix expected for SuperNature, Ricky Gervais's transphobic new standup special …
Discussion: Althouse, Vanity Fair and Salon
Francisco E. Jimenez /
Source: Donna ISD shuts down campuses after AK-47 found amid credible mass shooting threat  —  Donna ISD will be shutting down all campuses Thursday and Friday after a credible threat was reported to police, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Jonathon Ambarian / KBAO-TV:
Proposed measure to require majority votes in Montana elections cleared for signature gathering  —  HELENA — A proposed constitutional amendment that would change the way Montana conducts its elections has been approved for signature gathering - but it doesn't have much time if it's going to make it onto the ballot later this year.
David Wasserman / Cook Political Report:
House Rating Changes: 10 More Races Move Towards Republicans  —  As the parties navigate primaries and begin polling and placing fall ad buys, Republicans' House advantage looks as robust as ever.  For independent voters, inflation has become such a dominant concern that neither …
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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Kaelan Deese / Washington Examiner:
Judge Michelle Childs's DC Appeals Court nomination advances to Senate vote
Discussion: Fox News
David Zipper / Bloomberg:
A City Fights Back Against Heavyweight Cars
Anders Hagstrom / Fox News:
McConnell-aligned group throws $43 million behind Republican Senate races
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
Guns have become the leading cause of death for American kids
Michael Sainato / The Guardian:
Millions risk losing US healthcare when Covid emergency declaration expires
Marquette University:
New Marquette Law School Poll national survey shows 40% rate abortion one of most important issues, with a larger percentage of Democrats than Republicans viewing it this way
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
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Hemant Mehta / Human Story:
Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate: Only Christians can be my running mate
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Yellen, Biden's not-so-secret weapon, sees clout diminished
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San Francisco Chronicle:
New data shows shift at Lowell High School: More students given failing grades after admissions change
Discussion: The Daily Caller