LIVE: 18 children, 3 adults and suspect killed at Texas elementary school shooting

Following a shooting Tuesday at an Uvalde elementary school in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said that 14 students and a teacher had been killed.

CNN is now reporting Texas state Sen. Roland Gutierrez says he was briefed by Texas Rangers and the death toll has rised to 18 children and three adults.

"He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher," Abbott said during a press briefing.

The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary School, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The school has an enrollment of just under 600 students and includes 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.

The suspect is an 18-year-old who is believed to have been killed by officers. Abbott said he was armed with "a handgun, and he may have also had a rifle."

The suspect also reportedly shot his grandmother. Her condition is unclear.

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde," Abbott said in a statement. "We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School. I have instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials all resources necessary to respond to this tragedy as the State of Texas works to ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”

Watch live coverage, courtesy of KEN5, below:

14 children, 1 teacher killed in Uvalde school shooting

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She unleashed the Duggars onto the world -- now she feels 'dizzy' reading about them

In an op-ed published at HuffPost this Tuesday, journalist Andrea Cooper confesses that she was the one responsible for catapulted the controversial evangelical Duggar family to fame.

By highlighting the Arkansas family with 14 children, Cooper writes that her goal was to "share a tale about unusual people, in the same vein as my profiles of a hairdresser for mall Santas or the director of an association for nude recreation" for the blog Parents, which ran her story in September 2003 under the title “Count Our Blessings.”

"After my article was published, someone at Discovery Health Channel read it and commissioned a documentary for the channel about the Duggars, according to Michelle on the family’s website," Cooper writes. "That eventually led to the TLC reality show “17 Kids and Counting” ― a show that ran in some incarnation for seven years, but that I never once watched."

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Cooper didn't think much about Duggars after her story ran, until In Touch Weekly ran the now-infamous report, “‘19 Kids and Counting’ Son Named in Underage Sex Probe,” which identified Josh Duggar as the alleged offender, prompting TLC to end the show, now titled "19 Kids and Counting" after Michelle Duggar had two more children. In April of 2021, Josh Duggar was arrested on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He was later found guilty on two counts.

"At the pretrial hearing for Joshua’s recent trial, a family friend said Josh had told her years ago he’d 'digitally penetrated' a young girl while she sat on his lap and he read her Bible stories, according to a prosecutors’ supplemental brief filed on Nov. 30 and reported by E! News. I feel dizzy typing those lines, especially as the mother of a daughter," Cooper writes.

Read her full op-ed over at HuffPost.

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Keith Olbermann slams MSNBC for hiring Jen Psaki -- and calls the network a 'cushy landing' for Biden employees

It's now official that former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has landed a job at MSNBC where she is expected to make appearances as a contributor as well as hosting her own show, Yahoo! News reports.

Her show, set to debut next year, will “bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics,” the network said in a statement Tuesday.

Psaki's move to MSNBC in the wake of her White House tenure has sparked criticism from those who see her hiring as just another cog in an unethical White House-to cable news pipeline that's further undermining trust in the news industry.

One of those critics is former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, who tweeted this Tuesday that he'd "like to apologize" for what MSNBC has become.

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"This news equivalent of the high salary, cushy landing for former employees of the current president - like they were staffing a sports studio show or Fox News - is the last thing I had in mind at the start," Olbermann wrote.

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Florida 'ghost candidate' who was backed by GOP consultant is arrested and charged

One of three “ghost” candidates who ran as independents for the Florida Senate in 2020 has been arrested on several criminal charges, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Also charged alongside ghost candidate Jestine Iannotti are James “Eric” Foglesong and Benjamin Paris. Foglesong is a political consultant involved in the launching of Iannotti's campaign, and Paris is Seminole County’s Republican Party chairman.

Iannotti is facing six charges, which include the commission of a false or fraudulent act, accepting excessive contributions from a single contributor, perjury, false reporting and accepting a contribution in the name of another.

Foglesong faces four charges, which include making two or more contributions through or in the name of another, the commission of a false or fraudulent act, unlawful use of a communication device, excessive contributions and false reporting. Paris faces a single count of making a contribution through or in the name of another.

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“Some NPA candidates, commonly referred to as ‘ghost’ candidates, have been used by political parties as a way to close elections or siphon off votes. While not illegal per se, many have questioned the ethics of the practice,” the office of Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer said in a statement. “However, when that candidate and the partisan political operatives involved violate election finance laws by illegally funding those races and filing false reports, it is the responsibility of government to act.”

Iannotti was new to politics when she ran as an independent in Senate District 9. As the Sentinel' report points out, she spent several weeks in Sweden and refused to speak to reporters after qualifying to run. She later moved to Sweden after the election.

"Her candidacy — and those of two South Florida candidates who also did no campaigning — was promoted by a pair of entities chaired by then-GOP political consultant Alex Alvarado, with ads Miami prosecutors have said were tailored to siphon votes from the Democrats in each race," the Sentinel reports.

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Nervous Dems scout for alternative to Biden to prevent 'nightmare' of Trump win in 2024: report

It's a good bet that Joe Biden is planning on running for reelection in 2024, but according to a new report from New York Magazine, some Democrats are secretly worried that Biden won't be up for the task when the times comes, and they're looking for alternatives.

According to a recent analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Vice President Kamala Harris has an even worse approval rating that Biden, compounding Democrats' worries.

"The result is a bizarre disconnect within the Democratic Party, with two factions talking past each other. One group consists of Biden and his loyalists, who are convinced that while the ticket’s numbers are undeniably bleak, they’re historically unsurprising for a president and VP facing their first midterm and will surely bounce back," writes NY Mag's Gabriel Debenedetti.

The second group, Debenedetti writes, consists of "a broad swath of the Democratic elite and rank and file alike, who suspect that vectors of age, succession, and strategy have created a dynamic with no obvious parallel in recent history."

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Even news of the Supreme Court's potential overturning of Roe v. Wade didn't seem to move the needle, and Biden's historic squeamishness about abortion seemed to weaken his response and he failed to galvanize his party around a cataclysmic moment.

Democrats are nervous about the midterms too, which are less predictable in the wake the SCOTUS' Roe debacle. But in the meantime, "nothing has budged Biden’s sense that nobody but him can keep Trump out of the White House," writes Debenedetti.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, one of Biden's longtime friends expressed wariness at the prospect of Biden facing another grueling campaign. “I’m 66 and I’m f***ing exhausted,” the friend said. “I can’t even imagine being 78, 79, 80, 81, 82 and starting again. Just waking up is a chore.”

"Still, Trump is who Biden can’t stop thinking about," writes Debenedetti. "Whatever doubts his party harbors, his inner circle believes that 'if it’s Trump, Democrats will circle the wagons,' in the words of a former aide."

Belarus' dictator urges world leaders to let Putin carry on in Ukraine

In a letter delivered to UN Secretary General António Guterres, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko argued that the UN and other world leaders should essentially let Russia carry on with its military operation in Ukraine, The Daily Beast reports.

“Together and each in our role, we can do a lot today: refrain from the supply of weapons,” Lukashenko said, adding all countries should refrain “from information warfare and any provocations, from inflating hate speech in the media, from encouraging racism and discrimination based on national, cultural, linguistic and religious affiliation, from legalization and direction of mercenaries.”

He also urged the Secretary General to consider instituting a “new world order” in which world leaders have “security guarantees,” because it would be in the UN's interest to “prevent the conflict from becoming protracted with devastating consequences.”

“Today, the world, unfortunately, forgets that Belarusians have never been a threat to any of their neighbors,” he said, lamenting the sanctions imposed on Russia. “We are not aggressors, as some states try to present us. Belarus has never been the initiator of any wars or conflicts… The conflict in Ukraine, its root causes, and the current Western sanctions against Russia are already having their devastating consequences…”

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“We are not traitors,” Lukashenko added. “Honesty and integrity in relationships are important to us.”

“The unwillingness of Western countries to work on strengthening common and indivisible security, their disregard for legitimate interests and ignoring the concerns of other partners, primarily Russia, first resulted in trade, economic and information wars, and then provoked a hot conflict on the territory of Ukraine,” Lukashenko said. “The security architecture in Europe has failed.”

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Kellyanne Conway blasted by Trump spokeswoman for 'totally false' claim in new book

A central claim in an upcoming book from former White House aide Kellyanne Conway has members of Team Trump issuing denials, The Daily Beast reports.

According to Conway, Trump considered quitting the 2016 presidential race after the notorious Access Hollywood tape surfaced, which featured him bragging about allegedly sexually assaulting women.

“This is totally false,” Trump’s chief spokesperson Liz Harrington told The Daily Beast.

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In her book Here’s the Deal, Conway claims the fallout from the video prompted Trump to ask her, “Should I get out [of the race]?” and pondered: “‘Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?”

Conway says in her book that she convinced Trump to stay in the race. "I know you don’t like to lose,” she told him at the time, “but I also know you don’t like to quit.”

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California official faces furious backlash after comparing 'YIMBYs' to Nazis

The president of San Francisco's San Mateo County Harbor District deleted her Twitter account after comparing pro-housing activists to Nazis, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“Class war news of the day: Today some Nazis, I mean YIMBYs, are casing St. Francis Woods in SF because 100 years ago there were restrictive covenants,” Nancy Reyering wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

“What’s next —” the tweet continued, “Molotov cocktails?”

Reyering drew condemnation from from State Democratic Sen. Josh Becker, who said he had family members die in the Holocaust.

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“As a Jew with relatives killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust, I beseech all to remember the 6 million Jews lost,” Becker tweeted on Sunday. “I renounce San Mateo County Harbor Commissioner Nancy Reyering’s using that term to describe housing advocates & hope she will only use it when referring to actual Nazis.”

According to the Chronicle, the controversy stems from a fight over the new state law SB9, which allows property owners to divide their lots in half and build two units on each portion.

"Bay Area suburbs have tried a variety of creative strategies to circumvent the law, including a novel tactic that officials in the affluent Peninsula town of Woodside deployed in February, claiming all land parcels had to be preserved as mountain lion habitat," the Chronicle reports. "St. Francis Wood pursued a different route, petitioning for a historic designation that would allow it to keep residential lots in tact."

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'Such a small man': Former Trump official delivers swift fact check on former president's tirade against Dr Birx

In a post to Truth Social this Monday, former President Donald Trump took a swipe at physician, public health expert, and former coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx, saying she "lost all credibility" when she warned people not to travel as the pandemic surged but chose to visit family anyway.

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"What she did was so shameful and egregious that her own family actually turned her in," Trump said. "So cool! How much did they hate her? She had few dresses, many scarves, and no 'class.' I said, You're fired!!!"

Trump is referring to a news story from 2020 when Birx broke her own task force's rules by visiting her family for Thanksgiving while Americans were ordered to shelter at home due to rising virus numbers. Trump is also likely miffed over the publication of Birx's new book, “Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, Covid-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late,” where she offers her side of the story regarding her time in the White House.

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But according to former Trump aide Alyssa Farah, Trump is lying about the circumstances surrounding Birx's departure from the White House.

"He’s such a petty, small man. Factcheck: he never fired Dr. Birx," Farah tweeted.

It was widely reported at the time that in the wake of her travel scandal, Birx planned to retire after she helped the incoming Biden administration transition to the White House.

Asked recently about Trump's statement at one point during his presidency where he suggested injecting oneself with a disinfectant, Birx said she was "taken aback."

"Frankly, I was so taken aback in that moment," Birx said. "Obviously at the end of that, I said, not a treatment, contacted the CDC, FDA and got them to post that and within seconds of leaving the press briefing, made sure the senior advisers knew they needed to get to the president and tell him that this, as you said, was bonkers."

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Trump-promoted 'Alien DNA' doctor says Joe Biden is dead and his body was replaced by demonic clone

During a speech at the ReAwaken America tour, which was described in the press as the "the start of QAnon 2.0," the Houston doctor who infamously pushed hydroxychloroquine as a "cure" for Covid and said that "demons" are the cause of most illnesses, now says she's not entirely sure that President Joe Biden and other public figures are even alive.

"Until we start realizing we are dealing with creatures that are not human -- you keep thinking people like [Nancy Pelosi] and Biden are human, I don't know where their human selves are, but the Bible says the Devil will deceive the people of this world to create these images," Dr. Stella Immanuel said.

"The Devil will deceive them that if you die, you're gonna live forever," she continued. "That we'll clone you and download your brain to the internet of things and then we're gonna upload your brain back into that clone and you live forever -- it's a deception."

According to Immanuel, even Bill Gates was "deceived" by this promise of eternal life.

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Immanuel first gained notoriety in 2020 when then-President Donald Trump promoted her work despite the fact that she had a documented track record of espousing theories about demons impregnating human women during their sleep and about physicians using "alien DNA" to treat their patients.

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Elon Musk lost $10 billion in a single day after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced

After accusations of sexual misconduct against him emerged last week, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk lost $10 billion in a single day, Business Insider reports.

On Thursday, Insider reported that the aerospace firm founded by Musk paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle a sexual claim that Musk sexually propositioned her while she was giving him a massage. Musk has denied the allegation.

According to Insider, the allegation and the financial fallout "is just the latest incident in a protracted wealth decline since the start of this year."

"Per Bloomberg's estimate, he is now more than $69 billion poorer year-to-date. That's partly because Tesla's stock price was pulled down amid a global stock-market selloff as investors worried about the health of the global economy," Insider reports.

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Road-raging driver rammed ambulance and got stuck – then things went even more sideways for him: police

A Washington man has been arrested for DUI after he allegedly rammed an ambulance during a road rage incident this Monday, KREM2 reports.

According to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, the man “felt like the ambulance had pulled out in front of him and was now driving too slowly for his liking.”

The man reportedly rammed into the side of the ambulance and became stuck. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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Police found beer and marijuana in the man's truck and determined the man was intoxicated. He was arrested for DUI.

From the Stevens County Sheriff's Office:

On 5/16/22 a fire district 7 ambulance was headed back to the station. That is when a local man decided that he felt like the ambulance had pulled out in front of him and was now driving to slowly for his liking. When the vehicles reached an intersection the ambulance came to a stop and the driver of the second vehicle decided to confront the crew. However he did so by ramming the side of the ambulance and becoming stuck. Luckily no one was injured. It also just so happened that Deputy House drove by right as the incident was unfolding. Things then went even more sideways for the driver as upon being contacted it was observed that he had a few road sodas and some of that legal lettuce in his possession. (that’s beer and marijuana for most people) It was also determined that he had been enjoying both while driving. The driver was then arrested for DUI and processed for such. He got an all-inclusive stay at the Stevens County Jail.

New York AG opens probe into social media platforms that Buffalo shooter was active on before massacre

New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into social media companies in the wake the mass shooting in Buffalo carried out by a white supremacist Payton Gendron, Axios reports.

The investigation will look into online resources the shooter reportedly used to develop and plan his attack that killed 10 and wounded three. The platforms targeted by the investigation include Twitch, 4chan, 8chan and Discord.

“The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums that spread and promote hate,” James said in a statement.

“The fact that an individual can post detailed plans to commit such an act of hate without consequence, and then stream it for the world to see is bone-chilling and unfathomable," she added.

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In his writing, the 18-year-old suspect said he came by his views while surfing the often radical discussion site 4chan and other conspiracy-theory websites amid "extreme boredom" during Covid lockdowns.

Much of his manifesto is lifted directly from the "Great Replacement" text posted by the Christchurch killer, Brenton Tarrant, which claims that white Europeans were threatened by "ethnic replacement" and "genocide."

"Brenton started my real research into the problems with immigration and foreigners in our white lands, without his livestream I would likely have no idea about the real problems the West is facing," Gendron wrote.

Gendron spelled out in meticulous detail his plans for the attacks, choosing the target, selecting his arms, body armor, and other equipment, and how he would live-stream it with a helmet-mounted camera, just as Tarrant had done.

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Enraged bus driver ‘slammed on the brakes’ and rerouted kids back to school for speaking Spanish

An Arizona bus driver is under fire after she allegedly told students they couldn't speak Spanish while riding on the bus, KYMA reports.

The driver then allegedly rerouted the bus back to school instead of the bus stop students were supposed to be left off at.

“My daughter let me know that they were being transported from wherever they were, back to the school because she, because the bus driver let them know they can’t speak Spanish," said Gabriela Medina, whose 13-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were on the bus with about 20 other students last Friday.

“Why aren’t my children being transported how they should be transported? Why didn’t I know their whereabouts for almost 20 minutes? That is not okay,” said Medina, adding that the bus driver, who is apparently female, "slammed the brakes" on the students.

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"That’s a big no. My children and all of the other children were in harm's way,” Medina said.

According to KYMA, Yuma Elementary School District One has not confirmed or denied whether the driver is still employed but claims the incident is under investigation.

Bus driver allegedly told students not to speak Spanish before slamming breaks

Cops charge Buffalo man with making 'terroristic threat' at Tops supermarket days after deadly mass shooting

A Buffalo man is due to appear in court on Wednesday after police say he threatened employees at a Tops supermarket, WIVB reports.

Andrew Marsh, 33, was reportedly asked to leave the store after he allegedly harassed a customer.

“The defendant allegedly made a threat, with the intent to intimidate or coerce that created a reasonable expectation of fear, toward the manager and two employees that referenced the shooting that occurred at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue,” the District Attorney’s Office said.

Marsh was charged with making a terroristic threat. He was also found to be in possession of heroin which led to a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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“This defendant is accused of threatening employees at another supermarket while we continue to investigate this horrific shooting and grieve this tragedy,” District Attorney John Flynn said. “Again, I remind all that any threat will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

If convicted of the charges against him, Marsh could spend up to seven years in prison.

News about Marsh being charged comes just days after white supremacist Payton Gendron allegedly murdered 10 people at a different Tops supermarket in the city.