Wednesday's top stories


First look: McConnell group's $43M summer ad blitz

Illustration of an elephant trunk holding a bag of money with a light shining on it
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Why this time could be different

Robb Elementary School memorial
A makeshift memorial in front of Robb Elementary School. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
Jacob Knutson
Updated May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Beto O'Rourke interrupts Texas Gov. Abbott's press conference: "You're offering us nothing"

Ivana Saric
Updated May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump refuses to pull out of NRA speaking spot in Texas

Donald Trump at NRA meeting
Donald Trump at the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in April 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Jack Dorsey leaves Twitter's board of directors

Photo illustration of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey surrounded by Twitter icons
Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The GOP lawmakers who get the most cash from gun rights groups

More than 70 Sears stores to close across country

Store closing liquidation signs
Hundreds of Sears stores have closed over the years and more than 70 Sears Hometown stores are currently slated to be liquidated. Photo: Getty Images
Barak Ravid
May 25, 2022 - World

Scoop: Biden officials in Saudi Arabia for talks on oil, planned visit

Flags of both United States and Saudi Arabia are raised in Riyadh on May 18, 2017. Photo: Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Flags of both United States and Saudi Arabia are raised in Riyadh on May 18, 2017. Photo: Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Erin Doherty
Updated May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Failed gun legislation is the norm after mass shootings

President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden arrive to a memorial near a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on May 17, 2022.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive at a memorial in Buffalo, New York, on May 17. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Trump endorsements collapse in Georgia

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Drew Angerer and Bill Clark/Getty Images

Grocery brands surge in popularity

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
May 25, 2022 - World

New trove of Xinjiang data includes rare images from inside camps

A man sits in a "tiger chair" in Tekes County Detention Centre in 2018
A man sits in a "tiger chair," used for interrogation, at Tekes County Detention Centre in 2018. Researchers believe this is a photograph of a security drill. Photo: Xinjiang police files

Scoop: Tens of thousands of migrants waiting on U.S. doorstep

Immigrants wait to board a U.S. Border Patrol bus to be taken for processing after crossing the border from Mexico
Immigrants wait to board a U.S. Border Patrol bus after crossing the border from Mexico. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Herb Scribner
Updated May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

19 students, at least 2 adults dead in Texas elementary school shooting

A photo of Robb elementary school.
Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger fends off challenge after Trump backlash

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images
Asher Price
May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump-endorsed Ken Paxton wins Texas GOP primary for attorney general

Ken Paxton
Ken Paxton. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins GOP primary for Arkansas governor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Photo: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Herb Scribner
Updated May 25, 2022 - Politics & Policy

"It’s just sick": Biden calls for more action after Texas school shooting

Marjorie Taylor Greene fends off primary challengers

Marjorie Taylor Greene. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Top Trump target Brian Kemp wins Georgia's GOP primary for governor

Brian Kemp. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images