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Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention

Former President Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among those dismissing calls for tougher gun laws.

Underground hip-hop is banned in Egypt. Now, it’s the soundtrack to Marvel’s Moon Knight.

The Disney+ show is scored by subversive Egyptian rap of the Arab Spring.

Are active shooter drills worth it?

Students at Robb Elementary followed lockdown drill protocol, but many trainings go too far.

Stop scolding people for worrying about monkeypox

The obsession with managing public opinion gets in the way of managing public health.

Why gun control feels out of reach — and why there’s still hope

A gun control expert on mass shootings, the progress gun control advocates have made, and why the NRA no longer defines gun culture in the US.

The Uvalde police keep changing their story

Law enforcement noted they made the "wrong decision" when they didn’t confront the gunman sooner.

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Mass shootings typically lead to looser gun laws, not stronger ones

The Supreme Court just okayed Biden’s “social cost of carbon.” It’s still way too low.

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WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann’s new crypto project sounds like a scam within a scam

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In Appalachia, a race to preserve the practice of plant healing

Even as ginseng, St. John’s wort, and other herbs grow in popularity, the region is struggling to keep its age-old practice of herbalism alive for a new generation.

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The Most Dangerous Branch: A well-regulated militia

With six conservative judges on the bench this term, the Supreme Court could rule in favor of the most sweeping gun rights laws yet.

A child can’t be a “good guy with a gun”

How gun ownership became a powerful political identity

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2 losers and 1 winner from the Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas primaries

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A deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Florida’s social media free speech law has been blocked for likely violating free speech laws

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Welcome to the May issue of The Highlight

In this issue: The anti-abortion movement’s post-Roe future, the plant peddlers of Appalachia, the real effect of the child tax credit now that it’s gone, and more.

The complicated tension of telling the truth at Cannes

How the internet gets people to plagiarize each other

Is it still ethical to collect butterflies for science?

The eel-shaped parasite that threatens a $7 billion economy in the Great Lakes

Quantum computers could change the world — provided they can work

What we know so far about monkeypox

The Supreme Court just condemned a man to die despite strong evidence he’s innocent

Why Biden’s off-the-cuff comment about defending Taiwan matters

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