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Atlanta. Orlando. Las Vegas. Newtown. Parkland. San Bernardino. Uvalde. Gun violence in the United States has left few places unscathed over the decades. Still, many Americans are holding on tight to their constitutional right to bear arms. So, why is this the case? In order to change America’s gun culture and unique relationship with gun ownership, some experts say it will require a large-scale shift in public mindset.

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Families of the 19 students and two teachers killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school have begun to make funeral arrangements for their loved ones. New details from the attack are emerging, including that the 18-year-old shooter, identified as Salvador Ramos, remained inside Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, for up to an hour Tuesday after he entered the building with an AR-15-style rifle. He then barricaded himself inside a classroom and opened fire on the students and teachers inside before being shot and killed by law enforcement, officials said. President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he will travel to Uvalde in the near future to meet with the families of the victims. As the country mourns the tragedy in Uvalde and other recent mass shootings, the Supreme Court may soon loosen gun laws in New York – while several other Second Amendment cases continue to pile up on the court’s docket. 

Russia is trying to “blackmail” the international community with an offer to unblock Ukrainian ports if sanctions against it are lessened, Ukraine’s foreign minister said yesterday. He warned that if Moscow does not lift its blockage of Ukrainian exports of crops, the entire agricultural cycle will be interrupted and could spur a “multi-year food crisis.” Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin met yesterday with soldiers wounded in Ukraine during a rare visit to a military hospital, according to footage released by the Kremlin. The visit comes as he announced that state pensions and the minimum wage will rise substantially in Russia from June 1 amid rising inflation. Meanwhile, in eastern Ukraine, “fierce battles” are escalating around strategically important cities, including areas in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, parts of which have been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014.

Children’s bleak drawings show extent of trauma on Ukrainian civilians

Former President Donald Trump reacted with approval to chants of “hang Mike Pence” from rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, a former aide to Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told the House committee investigating the insurrection. Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide, also testified that Trump complained about his then-vice president being hustled to safety while Trump supporters breached the Capitol, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN. At a rally preceding the Capitol riot, Trump said to the crowd: “Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country.” After Pence said that he did not believe he had the authority to reject Electoral College votes, Trump tweeted that “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.”

Legal analyst breaks down importance of ex-Meadows aide’s deposition

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt yesterday signed into law a bill that requires students at schools to use restrooms and locker rooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificates. The law specifically applies to students in pre-K through 12th grade at public and public charter schools in the state. The measure, which cleared the state Legislature last week, will take effect immediately because it was passed with an emergency clause. School districts that fail to comply can have a portion of their state funding cut and could be sued by school parents. The governor’s approval of the law comes as conservative state lawmakers around the country have pushed more than 100 anti-trans bills this year, with a particular focus on transgender students.

Food companies across the US are recalling peanut butter products due to salmonella contamination concerns. J.M. Smucker has recalled certain types of Jif peanut butter that were sold nationwide, the company said. The recall affects 45 kinds of products, including both creamy and crunchy peanut butter, peanut butter to-go packs, and the natural squeeze pouch. Customers should discard any product immediately if it is included in the recall, which is being conducted in coordination with the US Food and Drug Administration. “We recognize your trust, and our reputation are built on our fundamental commitment to high standards for ingredients and manufacturing,” Jif said in a statement, adding they will reimburse affected consumers.

Watch a breastfeeding mom save her pet goose from a bald eagle

Call her supermom! This woman has some serious multitasking skills! She was able to fend off a bald eagle attack – with her baby latched. Impressive.

Simu Liu, Henry Golding and what it means to look “Asian” in Hollywood

The internet is debating if actor Simu Liu was denied a role in “Crazy Rich Asians” because he had been considered “too Asian” looking for the movie. 

Madonna makes surprise appearance at college graduation show

Our favorite “material girl” was spotted front row at this prestigious art school’s undergraduate fashion show. 

Wendy’s puts up the ‘for sale’ sign as costs rise

The burger chain is feeling the heat… and its chairman said a possible sale or merger could be right around the corner.

Oreo and Ritz are giving away free cookie-cracker sandwiches

When you can’t decide on sweet or salty, just have both together. 

$150

That’s how much Twitter has agreed to pay in fines after the US government sued the social media company yesterday, alleging that it misled consumers about how it protects their personal data. According to the federal lawsuit, Twitter failed to tell its users for years that it used their information to help marketers target their advertising – in violation of a 2011 privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

“I’ve been heartbroken to hear the stories of parents searching for [baby] formula. As a mom and a nana, it’s impossible to hear stories of children suffering and not imagine your own children in the same position.”

– First lady Jill Biden, delivering a personal message yesterday on the nationwide baby formula shortage, as 60 tons of formula landed in Washington from Germany. It was the second shipment from Europe as part of the Biden administration’s Operation Fly Formula. More baby formula is expected on store shelves as soon as this weekend through a variety of government efforts.

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