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Broward County police were called to Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz's house at least 36 times between 2010 and November 2016, Buzzfeed News reports. In September 2016, authorities responding to a 911 call from his mother, Lynda Cruz, reported they "saw no signs of mental illness or criminal activity and left without incident."

Why it matters: The police reports uncovered by Buzzfeed shed further light on the narrative that Cruz suffered from mental health issues, including ADHD and OCD, and that consistent warning signs over his disturbing behavior may have been missed.

The details:

  • From the September police report: "He has been cutting his arms, his mother said, to get attention, as he learned it from an ex-girlfriend. He has mentioned in the past that he would like to purchase a firearm."
  • But an on-scene therapist "deemed Nikolas to be no threat to anyone or himself at this present time."
  • From 2010 to 2016, police responded to the house more than 35 times over reports that Nikolas and his brother, Zachary, had threatened Lynda, thrown items, ran away from home and physically assaulted each other, in addition to other claims of erratic behavior.

Go deeper: Trying to understand the loner Florida shooter

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Home confinees face imminent return to prison

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Thousands of prisoners who've been in home confinement for as long as a year because of the pandemic face returning to prison when it's over — unless President Biden rescinds a last-minute Trump Justice Department memo.

Why it matters: Most prisoners were told they would not have to come back as they were released early with ankle bracelets. Now, their lives are on hold while they wait to see whether or when they may be forced back behind bars. Advocates say about 4,500 people are affected.

The "essential" committee that still doesn't exist

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Nearly five months after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the creation of the bipartisan Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, it's not been formed much less met.

Why it matters: Select committees are designed to address urgent matters, but the 117th Congress is now nearly one-quarter complete without this panel assembling. When she announced this committee, Pelosi described it as an "essential force" to "combat the crisis of income and wealth disparity in America."

Biden's ethics end-around for labor

President Biden surveys a water treatment plant during a visit to New Orleans today. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The Biden administration is excusing top officials from ethics rules that would otherwise restrict their work with large labor unions that previously employed them, federal records show.

Why it matters: Labor's sizable personnel presence in the administration is driving policy, and the president's appointment of top union officials to senior posts gives those unions powerful voices in the federal bureaucracy — even at the cost of strictly adhering to his own stringent ethics standards.