Searching for smart, safe news you can TRUST?

Support safe, smart, REAL journalism. Sign up for our Axios AM & PM newsletters and get smarter, faster.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Denver news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Des Moines news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Minneapolis-St. Paul news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tampa Bay news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Charlotte news in your inbox

Catch up on the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounted at a news conference Sunday evening the moment he saw the gunman in the fatal Chabad of Poway Synagogue shooting in California a day earlier.

Here is a young man standing with a rifle, pointing right at me. And I look at him. He had sunglasses on. I couldn't see his eyes. I couldn't see his soul. I froze."

Details: Goldstein said he was preparing his sermon Saturday, the last day of Passover, when he encountered Lori Gilbert Kaye in the lobby, who was coming to the service to pray for her late mother. He heard a loud bang when he went to wash his hands and thought she'd fallen. Kaye died of her injuries. Noya Dahan, 8, and her 34-year-old uncle Almog Peretz were wounded in the shooting, authorities said

"Miraculously, the gun jammed and in attendance at the synagogue, there was a Border Patrol off duty. As soon as the gun jammed and as soon as the shooting was going on, he jumped up in pursuit."
— Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein

The big picture: San Diego County Sheriff's Department arrested 19-year-old John Earnest. He was booked into custody on 1 count of first-degree murder and 3 counts of attempted murder, Sheriff Bill Gore said. The FBI is assisting San Diego County police in the investigation.

  • Authorities are investigating reports of a link to an anti-Semitic online manifesto and Earnest's possible involvement in the arson and vandalism of a mosque in Escondido.
  • National security adviser John Bolton told "Fox News Sunday": "It was a hate crime, no doubt about it."

Police praised the heroics of Oscar Stewart, a 51-year-old worshipper who chased after the suspect and caught up to him as he went to drive away, before an off-duty Border Patrol agent reached the vehicle and called for him to move so he could shoot at it. “Stewart risked his life to stop the shooter and saved lives in the process," Gore said.

In spite of the ordeal, Goldstein declared: "We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall! We will not let anyone or anything take us down!"

Go deeper

NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

28 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

A new Washington

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Image

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.