Thursday's top stories


Bipartisan gun group hyper-focused on realistic legislation

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) speaks outside the Capitol with other Democratic lawmakers and gun-control activists. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Capitol Hill's smallest committee takes center stage

Illustration of a gavel hitting the floor and generating ripples.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Dave Lawler
May 26, 2022 - World

Ukraine dominates Davos

Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the World Economic Forum. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty
Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the World Economic Forum. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty

Police change their story on how Uvalde shooter entered school

Photo: Allison Dinner/AFP via Getty Images

McConnell directs Cornyn to work with Democrats on gun legislation

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John Cornyn in 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Ivana Saric
May 26, 2022 - World

Blinken: China poses "most serious, long-term challenge" to world order

Tony Blinken
Antony Blinken speaks about U.S. policy toward China at George Washington University on May 26. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Uvalde shooting stirs up painful memories for El Paso residents

A girl is seen holding hands with another person while they are in a circle prayer group in Uvalde, Texas
Mourners pray in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

Senate Republicans block domestic terrorism bill

Law enforcement officers stand looking at a memorial following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
Law enforcement officers at a memorial at Robb Elementary School on May 26 in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

After the massacre, an outpouring of love

A woman is shown by the side holding a bouquet of yellow flowers and balloons at a memorial for the shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas
A woman brings flowers to a makeshift memorial. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

How red flag gun control laws work

Illustration of a red flag in the shape of a handgun
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Helium shortage hits birthday and graduation parties

Happy birthday balloon being filled with helium at a Dollar Tree store
Dollar Tree officials said Thursday that there is a helium shortage. Photo: Getty Images
Oriana Gonzalez
Updated May 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Court rules Trump must testify under oath in N.Y. state's investigation

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Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Schumer calls Texas Gov. Abbott "an absolute fraud"

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Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bolt Financial's loans come due

Illustration of the bolt logo striking and breaking a cellphone
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Jeff Tracy
May 26, 2022 - Sports

High school athletes cash in big off NIL deals

A letterman jacket with a money sign on it
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Asher Price
May 26, 2022 - News

Texas schools amp up security in wake of Uvalde shooting

A photo of the front of a Round Rock ISD elementary school.
A Round Rock ISD elementary school. Photo courtesy Thomas Park/Round Rock ISD
Nicole Cobler
May 26, 2022 - Politics

Shooting renews political debate in gun-friendly Texas

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke interrupts a press conference held by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott following a shooting Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

Tech stocks' phantom gains and losses

Tina Reed
May 26, 2022 - Health

Health brands' reputations rise after pandemic

Caitlin Owens
May 26, 2022 - Health

Guns have become the leading cause of death for American kids

Remembering the victims of the Texas school shooting

A family grieves outside of the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas.
A family grieves outside of the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

How to talk to kids about Uvalde

Illustration of a chalkboard in the shape of a speech bubble.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Oriana Gonzalez
Updated May 26, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Oklahoma Gov. signs into law near-total abortion ban starting at fertilization

Picture of an abortion rights supporter surrounded by anti-abortion activists.
Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images