An 18-year-old gunman shot 13 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, killing 10 of them before being taken into custody and charged with first-degree murder. Eleven of the 13 people shot were black, and law enforcement officials purport to have found a 180-page document from the accused shooter detailing his racist motives for the massacre, which he attempted to livestream. The FBI is investigating the attack as both a hate crime and as racially motivated violent extremism.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republicans to Ukraine on Saturday—including Sens. Susan Collins, John Cornyn, and John Barrasso—that met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv over the weekend. “The United States stands squarely behind Ukraine and will sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war,” McConnell said, pushing back against some of his party’s more isolationist voices. “America’s support for Ukraine’s self-defense is not mere philanthropy. … It is squarely in our national interest to help Ukraine achieve victory in this war and to help Ukraine and other countries deter other wars of aggression before they start.”
Israeli officials have launched an investigation into the clash that took place between Israeli police and Palestinian mourners at Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s funeral over the weekend. A police spokesman said the crowd of mourners had disrupted plans coordinated with Abu Akleh’s family in advance to load her casket into a hearse, and confirmed force was “subsequently used” after glass bottles and other objects were thrown. Abu Akleh’s brother Anthony, however, claimed police began to “attack” before the family had a “chance to get” the casket into the car. An initial Israeli investigation into the journalist’s death couldn’t conclude whether Israeli or Palestinian gunfire was responsible; Palestinian officials have thus far rejected an Israeli request to examine the bullet that killed her.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman—the leading Democratic candidate for the state’s U.S. Senate seat—announced yesterday he is recovering after suffering a minor stroke on Friday, just days before Pennsylvania’s primary. Fetterman says his doctors told him he didn’t suffer any cognitive damage, and that he’ll be able to get back on the campaign trail “sometime soon.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland also announced yesterday he had suffered a minor stroke earlier on Sunday. His doctors have advised him to remain under observation for “a few days,” but Van Hollen said in a statement he was told there will be “no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident.”
Former President Donald Trump endorsed State Sen. Doug Mastriano on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Pennsylvania. Top Republicans in the state have been consolidating behind former Rep. Lou Barletta due to concerns about Mastriano’s electability—he was at the Capitol on January 6 and has appeared at QAnon-adjacent conferences—but Trump’s decision to wade into the race makes a last-minute Barletta upset of the frontrunning Mastriano a much greater challenge.
WNBA star Brittney Griner—who’s been detained in Russia since February after a cannabis vape cartridge was allegedly found in her luggage—had her pre-trial detention extended by a month on Friday, according to her lawyer. If convicted on the charges—which U.S. officials maintain are trumped up—Griner faces up to 10 years in prison.