Extra, Extra

Shots Fired Everywhere: A day after we learned of the insane shooting of teenager Ralph Yarl “when he mistakenly went to the wrong Kansas City, Missouri, home to pick up his younger brothers,” we’re learning that “a 65-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old Saratoga County woman Saturday evening after the car she was in mistakenly drove up the man’s driveway.” These shootings come during the same week as the mass shooting at an Alabama sweet-16 birthday party and news of a man who shot three people after food order was delivered to wrong house. And these are just the cases that made national headlines. We don’t live in a simulation. We live in a shooting range.

+ Putinjustice: “A Moscow court on Tuesday upheld the detention of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested while on a reporting trip last month and held on an allegation of espionage that the Journal and the U.S. government vehemently deny.”

+ RSVP Shooter: “Senate Democrats are eyeing an invitation to Justice Clarence Thomas — whose friendship with a billionaire GOP donor has drawn heightened scrutiny in recent weeks — for a forthcoming hearing on the Supreme Court’s ethical standards.” (Oooh. They’re gonna send him an invite. That’ll teach him.)

+ Ecuador Mat: “Ecuador has long been known as one of the most peaceful countries in Latin America, but its soaring murder rate is comparable to Medellin, Colombia during the reign of Pablo Escobar. Ecuador’s homicide rate jumped 245 percent between 2020 and 2022.” The cartels are spreading. Here’s Vice on the latest stop. Mexican Cartels Are Turning Once-Peaceful Ecuador Into a Narco War Zone.

+ Heart Breaking-News: “He’s fully cleared, he’s here and he is of the mindset; he’s in a great head space to come back and make his return.” Bills’ Damar Hamlin OK to play after suffering cardiac arrest. Um, good?

+ McCurtain Call: “GOP officials from McCurtain County, Okla. are being investigated by the FBI after they were caught on tape expressing their frustration about it not being socially acceptable beat up and hang Black people, as well as their desires to hire hitmen to kill newspaper reporters.”

+ Fort Noxious Here’s a headline that’s juuuust a little concerning: The US economy could depend on McCarthy corralling his extremist Republican troops.

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