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12:20 PM ET, May 27, 2022

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New York Times:
Uvalde Live Updates: Tactical Team Was Ordered to Hold Back, Officials Say  —  A Border Patrol tactical team was ordered to hold back before confronting the gunman.  —  When specially equipped federal immigration agents arrived at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday …
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
How the official accounts about the Uvalde shooting have changed  —  Since a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex., on Tuesday, killing 19 children and two teachers, authorities have provided an incomplete — and evolving — explanation of what happened.
Wall Street Journal:
Uvalde Shooter Fired Outside School for 12 Minutes Before Entering  —  Local residents express anger and frustration as police detail new timeline of mass shooting  —  UVALDE, Texas—Local residents voiced anger Thursday about the time it took to end the mass shooting at an elementary school here …
Kipp Jones / Mediaite:
Texas Police Lieutenant Says Cops Were Reluctant to Engage Gunman Because 'They Could've Been Shot'
New York Times:
Uvalde Had Prepared for School Shootings. It Did Not Stop the Rampage.
Steve Reilly / Grid News:
Trump proposed raising age limits for gun buys after Parkland  —  The idea had bipartisan support.  Even brain science backs it up.  —  In February 2018, days after 17 people were killed by a mass shooter in Parkland, Florida, then-President Donald Trump shared a rare moment of agreement …
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Rachel Treisman / NPR:
The NRA meets in Houston amid a storm of criticism and internal strife  —  The National Rifle Association opens its annual conference on Friday in Houston — across the state from Uvalde, Texas, which was the site of the country's second-deadliest school shooting earlier this week.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Raw Story and ABC13
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Lee Greenwood Pulls Out of NRA Concert in Houston … Their departures leave the concert with one remaining performer, Jacob Bryant.  Sources expect the concert to be canceled on Friday. … The image originally published for the concert (above) has been replaced on the NRA's website …
Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
Gun company hides online, drops out of NRA convention after being linked to Uvalde, Texas shooting
Washington Post:
Democrats slam Republicans for attending NRA conference in wake of shooting
Cheri Mossburg / CNN:
Musicians cancel performances at upcoming NRA convention in wake of Uvalde shooting
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Zhang / The Texas Tribune:
Greg Abbott cancels in-person NRA convention appearance in wake of Uvalde mass shooting
Buffalo News:
Authorities investigating if retired federal agent knew of Buffalo mass shooting plans in advance  —  Law enforcement officers are investigating whether a retired federal agent had about 30 minutes advance notice of a white supremacist's plans to murder Black people at a Buffalo supermarket …
Washington Post:
Latest White House plan would forgive $10,000 in student debt per borrower  —  The administration has been nearing a final decision on the matter but may delay an announcement  —  White House officials are currently planning to cancel $10,000 in student debt per borrower …
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / CNN:
Biden nears decision on student loans as inflation worries mount
Discussion: Mercury News
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin serious about Schumer talks  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told Axios on Thursday he's earnestly engaged in talks with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) over a climate, energy and deficit reduction package, reviving hopes for action this year.
Discussion: HotAir and Breitbart
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Loses Chinese Investor Due to Pro-U.S. Messaging  —  Tencent Holdings pulled out of financing the film over concerns about Chinese officials' reaction  —  The filmmakers behind ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ sought to avoid political themes, sending Tom Cruise's fighter-pilot character …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's GOP election purge marches on, despite setbacks in Georgia  —  On Tuesday came perhaps the biggest rebuke to date of Donald Trump's election-denier crusade, with Georgia GOP voters renominating Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over Trump's pick and overwhelmingly rejecting David …
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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Exclusive: DOJ interviews Georgia Republicans about interactions with Trump campaign in fake elector probe
Jackie Calmes / Los Angeles Times:
The boy who touched Obama's head is graduating, with the ex-president's congratulations  —  In each of the last two weeks, an 18-year-old American male has horrifically gripped the nation's attention, one for allegedly gunning down 10 Black people at a grocery store in upstate New York …
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
The Jan. 6 Committee Is Weaponizing Majority Rule  —  If Republican leaders were to participate in this political stunt, it would change the House forever.  —  1x  —  While Americans are struggling to put gas in the tank and food on the table, Democrats are busy weaponizing government to attack Republicans.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and Politico
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Opinion The secret planning that kept the White House a step ahead of Russia  —  The first instruction that Secretary of State Antony Blinken got from President Biden was to “reset” America's alliances and partnerships abroad so that the United States could deal with the challenges ahead.
Calvin Cutler / WCAX-TV:
Kesha Ram Hinsdale drops out of US House race, endorses Becca Balint  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Chittenden County Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale is dropping out of the race for U.S. House of Representatives.  —  The Democrat launched her campaign in January following Congressman Peter Welch's announcement …
Discussion: VTDigger
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
John Fetterman got a defibrillator after his stroke.  But doctors say the campaign's story 'doesn't make sense.'  —  It's been more than a week since Lt. Gov. John Fetterman celebrated his win in Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate primary from a Lancaster hospital, where he was recovering …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Trump E.P.A. Chief ‘Endangered Public Safety’ by Ordering His Drivers to Speed  —  An internal report validated whistle-blower allegations that Scott Pruitt repeatedly forced his security detail to drive at dangerous speeds on routine trips because he was running late.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Washington Post:
Democrats set to blow past Memorial Day deadline for climate deal
Discussion: Reuters
Washington Post:
Here's what expiring Obamacare subsidies could mean for consumers  —  Good morning, and happy Friday before a long weekend ☀️ The Health 202 won't be around on Memorial Day, but we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday.  —  Today's edition: The CDC has identified at least nine cases …
New York Times:
How an Organized Republican Effort Punishes Companies for Climate Action  —  Legislators and their allies are running an aggressive campaign that uses public money and the law to pressure businesses they say are pushing “woke” causes.  —  In West Virginia, the state treasurer has pulled money …
Discussion: Unfogged
 
 
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Discussion: HotAir
Blake Hounshell / New York Times:
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Parker Molloy / The Present Age:
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Discussion: Los Angeles Blade
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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