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A makeshift memorial sits at Santa Fe High School. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ten people were killed on Friday morning in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday.

Who were they, per BuzzFeed: A "beloved" substitute teacher, a foreign exchange student from Pakistan, a "nice, outgoing" 17-year-old who played center on the football team, more.

Some of the victims, from BuzzFeed:

  • Angelique Ramirez, student: She was described by her sister as "so outgoing, so precious, kind, beautiful, smart."
  • Cynthia Tisdale, substitute teacher: Her brother-in-law wrote on Facebook: "Cynthia planned on one day retiring and being a full-time grandmother. It will never happen."
  • Shana Fisher, student.
  • Kimberly Jessica Vaughan, student: Her mother wrote on Facebook: "We need GUN CONTROL. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS."
  • Sabika Sheikh, student: Sheikh was an exchange student from Pakistan. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement: "Sabika’s death and that of the other victims is heartbreaking and will be mourned deeply."
  • Ann Perkins, substitute teacher: She is remembered as "a beloved teacher, family friend, & woman. ... She lived an impeccable life filled with traveling, love, family, & a bit of champagne."
  • Chris Stone, student: A long-time friend of Stone's told BuzzFeed that "[e]verybody loved him. There's nothing bad you can say about Chris."

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The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to an Iran-backed militia group, the Pentagon announced.

The state of play: The strike, approved by President Biden, comes "in response to recent attacks against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq, and to ongoing threats to those personnel," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement.

Senate parliamentarian rules $15 minimum wage cannot be included in relief package

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The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the provision to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour cannot be included in the broader $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: It's now very likely that any increase in the minimum wage will need bipartisan support, as the provision cannot be passed with the simple Senate majority that Democrats are aiming to use for President Biden's rescue bill.

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Biden's big Saudi reset

Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP via Getty

President Biden spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman this evening ahead of the release of a CIA report expected to implicate the king's son, and the kingdom's de facto ruler, in the murder of a U.S.-based journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Why it matters: In one month, Biden has ended support for the Saudi war effort in Yemen, frozen a large arms deal and snubbed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) by declining to speak with him directly.

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