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12:40 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 …
Henry Ramos /
'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.
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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Mass killings keep happening despite good guys with guns  —  It's still not clear what exactly happened at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., earlier this week except for the grim, heartbreaking summary: at least 19 children and two adults were shot to death by a teenager carrying a rifle he'd recently purchased.
NBC News:
The Uvalde school district had an extensive safety plan. 19 children were killed anyway.
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
What reforms are on the table after the Uvalde school tragedy?
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Police Timeline of the Texas School Shooting Has a Lot of Holes
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
After Texas Shooting, Republican and Independent Voters Drive Increase in Support for Gun Control
Discussion: Twitchy and Bloomberg
Kevin T. Dugan / New York Magazine:
The NRA won after Sandy Hook, but today the gun lobby is in disarray and gun safety is slowly making gains in states.  —  How the U.S. got to the point where 19 fourth-graders were slaughtered in a single classroom in Uvalde, Texas, is along a tortured path, arguably going back as far as 1791, when the Second Amendment was ratified.
Roxane Gay / New York Times:
The Uvalde Shooting Shows America's Deep Incivility  —  Dr. Gay, a contributing Opinion writer, is the author of the memoir “Hunger” and the forthcoming “How to Be Heard.”  —  阅读.体中 文.閱讀.體 中文.
Lisa Tozzi / Rolling Stone:
He Wrote The Onion's Famous Mass-Shooting Headline. It Still Haunts Him
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and The Federalist
Ryan Cooper / American Prospect:
The Senate Has Forfeited Its Right to Exist
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
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” …
James Barragán / The Texas Tribune:
Gov. Greg Abbott won't say whether he plans to attend NRA convention in Houston on Friday
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Insider
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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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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Fastest-Growing Cities Are Still in the West and South
Discussion: Breitbart
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With Ricky Gervais's new special, Netflix yet again suffers transphobic fools
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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
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