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3:30 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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Alexandra E. Petri / New York Times:
Students in the room with the gunman called 911 many times.  —  Students who were in the classroom with the gunman called 911 several times, including a lengthy call during which some shooting and other sounds of the attack could be heard, according to Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
CNN:
She smeared blood on herself and played dead: 11-year-old reveals chilling details of the massacre  —  (CNN)An 11-year-old survivor of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, feared the gunman would come back for her so she smeared herself in her friend's blood and played dead.
Marlene Lenthang / NBC News:
Police admit to driving past the shooter and other failures in responding to the Texas school massacre  —  Texas officials give updated timeline of Uvalde school shooting  —  Police admitted to a stunning string of failures — including driving right by the gunman — in responding …
Discussion: Insider and The Daily Caller
Elizabeth Findell / Wall Street Journal:
Uvalde Police Made ‘Wrong Decision’ in Waiting to Storm Shooter, Says Official  —  Police incorrectly thought no children were at risk despite repeated 911 calls from inside the classroom, says official  —  UVALDE, Texas—Police who responded to the mass shooting at an elementary school …
Associated Press:
Police waited 45 minutes in school before pursuing shooter  —  UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Nearly 20 officers stood for about 45 minutes in the hallway outside the adjoining Texas classrooms where the gunman killed students and teachers this week before U.S. Border Patrol agents unlocked the door …
Ariana Garcia / Houston Chronicle:
Gun company hides online, drops out of NRA convention after being linked to Uvalde, Texas shooting  —  The gun manufacturer that produced the AR-15-style assault rifle the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooter used to kill 19 children and two teachers has shut down its social media accounts after being linked to the massacre.
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
House Oversight Committee initiates gun manufacturer investigation
Discussion: The Hill, New York Post and WSAV-TV
NBC News:
Police waited an hour for backup in the Uvalde shooting. That's an outdated tactic, experts say.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Maker of rifle in Texas massacre is deep-pocketed GOP donor
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael C. Bender / New York Times:
After El Paso shooting, Trump pushed again on gun control.  His aides talked him out of it.  —  One of the most extraordinary moments of Donald J. Trump's presidency was an hourlong meeting with U.S. senators in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which he forcefully argued …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Steve Reilly / Grid News:   Trump proposed raising age limits for gun buys after Parkland
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
Caught in a storm of criticism and internal strife, the NRA meets in Houston
Discussion: HotAir, CNBC and Washington Post
Washington Post:
Democrats slam Republicans for attending NRA conference in wake of shooting
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Lee Greenwood Pulls Out of NRA Concert in Houston
Andrew Zhang / The Texas Tribune:
Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick cancel in-person NRA convention appearance in wake of Uvalde mass shooting
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
James Kirchick / Politico:
The Plot to Out Ronald Reagan  —  A group of Republicans tried to stymie what they alleged was a nefarious homosexual network within the campaign of their own party's standard-bearer.  More than 40 years later, the story can finally be told. … It was 3:15 on the morning of June 26, 1980 …
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Trump's Federal Suit Against New York A.G. Is Dismissed  —  Mr. Trump had argued that an inquiry by the attorney general, Letitia James, violated his constitutional rights.  It was his second legal loss in two days.  —  In the latest legal blow to Donald J. Trump, a federal judge …
Politico:
U.S. leans toward sending rocket systems to Ukraine  —  The Biden administration is inclined toward sending Ukraine advanced, long-range rocket systems that leaders in Kyiv have requested for months, but no final decision has been made, two U.S. officials tell POLITICO.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Opinion The secret planning that kept the White House a step ahead of Russia
George Strobel / Forbes:
Department Of Commerce Decision Puts Fate Of U.S. Solar Industry In Jeopardy  —  George L. Strobel II is Partner, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Monarch Private Capital.  —  On March 28, in a decision that would put the U.S. solar industry on hold, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated …
Washington Post:
Rep. Kurt Schrader loses primary in Oregon's 5th District  —  Although he had Biden's endorsement, Schrader was challenged from the left by Jamie McLeod-Skinner  —  More than a week after voters went to the polls, Rep. Kurt Schrader fell to Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the Democratic primary for Oregon's 5th Congressional District.
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, HuffPost and CBS News
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
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.
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Trader Joe's Cut Workers' Retirement Benefits During The Pandemic  —  The company's decision to slash its contributions to retirement plans has employees talking about a union.  —  Workers at Trader Joe's found out in January that retirement benefits had been cut in half for many employees.
Discussion: In These Times
 
 
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Ryan J. Reilly / NBC News:
Jan. 6 defendant who once posed as Hitler tells jurors he's an ‘idiot’ who didn't know Congress met at Capitol
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Associated Press:
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Andrew McCarthy / New York Post:
FBI ignored lies to get their hands on Trump
Discussion: Washington Times
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
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Discussion: Political Wire