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4:35 PM ET, April 28, 2015

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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Arguments Divide Supreme Court Justices  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices on Tuesday clashed during arguments on whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.  The session is the last public step before a decision that will resolve one of the great open questions in modern constitutional law.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Appears Ready To Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality  —  A 5-4 vote in favor of same-sex couples' marriage rights appears to be the most likely outcome, although Chief Justice John Roberts' vote shouldn't be counted out.  —  Mladen Antonov / Getty Images
Discussion: Frontiers Media and Daily Kos
Bloomberg Business:
Kennedy Sends Mixed Signals as Supreme Court Debates Gay Marriage  —  The top court hears arguments in a historic showdown.  —  t damclaugh  —  A pivotal justice sent mixed signals as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a historic case that could legalize gay weddings nationwide.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Bloomberg View and NPR
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Gay Marriage Arguments at Supreme Court Tuesday — Live Blog  —  Supreme Court justices are hearing arguments Tuesday in one of the most direct constitutional issues to cross its docket in recent memory.  They will aim to answer the question: Are same-sex couples entitled to marry nationwide?
ABC News:
What They Said: Supreme Court Quotes on Gay Marriage
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why a Ruling for Same-Sex Marriage Would Help Republicans
Discussion: The Reaction
Washington Post:
The nation's highest court is hearing Obergefell v. Hodges …
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
The lawyers arguing the same-sex marriage case before SCOTUS 4 photos
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Nonviolence as Compliance  —  Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain.  Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley but in the custody of the city's publicly appointed guardians of order.
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: Baltimore Violence Is About ‘Lack Of Fathers’ And Morals (AUDIO)  —  Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) weighed in on the turmoil in Baltimore on Tuesday, standing with police and blaming the violence on a lack of morals in America.  —  “I came through the train on Baltimore …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
The Absence of Legitimate Authority in Baltimore
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
The Economic Devastation Fueling The Anger In Baltimore
Jacqueline Klimas / Washington Times:
Iran fires at, boards Marshall Islands cargo ship; U.S. sending defense … Iranian troops boarded a cargo vessel early Tuesday morning after firing shots at the ship, prompting the U.S. to send assets to the ship's defense.  —  The Pentagon said at least five Iranian patrol vessels approached …
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Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Iran seizes commercial ship, U.S. forces respond
Discussion: Business Insider and PUNDIT PRESS
BBC:
US military ‘monitoring’ Iran ship seizure
Discussion: American Spectator
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House awakes to ‘national crisis’  —  Baltimore riots show the limits of President Obama's hands-off approach.  —  For President Barack Obama and Congress, one thing was clear amid the smoke in Baltimore: A task force didn't solve the problem.  —  There weren't a lot of firm recommendations …
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Cory Bennett / The Hill:
White House unveils cyber pact with Japan
Discussion: Firedoglake and Defense News
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Baltimore Riots: Obama Says ‘No Excuse’ for ‘Senseless’ Violence
Discussion: The Week and Politico
The Jakarta Post:
RI executes 8 drug convicts  —  Defying intense pressure from the international community, the government executed eight death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.  —  “We've carried out the executions,” said an Attorney General's Office …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Mashable and NPR
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Calla Wahlquist / Guardian:
Bali Nine: Indonesia confirms it will execute prisoners tonight - live updates
Discussion: Mashable, Common Dreams and ABC
George Roberts / ABC:
Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran ‘dignified’ ahead of executions
Discussion: Common Dreams
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
‘Clinton Cash’ author blasts critics  —  The author of a controversial book has sought to cast doubt on Hillary Clinton's impartiality at the State Department, on Tuesday pushed back against criticism that Clinton Cash doesn't include a “smoking gun” that directly proves the book's allegations.
Discussion: Hot Air
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WMAR:
VIDEO: Mom beats child for throwing rocks at Baltimore Police  —  This Baltimore mom saw her son throwing rocks at police on television.  —  That didn't sit well with her.  —  The video shows the mother repeatedly striking her boy, chasing him as he tries to walk away.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
What the Public Knows — In Pictures, Words, Maps and Graphs  —  Pew Research Center News IQ Quiz  —  The latest Pew Research Center News IQ survey finds that, nearly half a century after the death of Martin Luther King Jr., an overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) are able to identify the civil rights leader from his picture.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
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Nick Gass / Politico:   Americans bomb Pew test of basic political knowledge
Emily Welker / INFORUM:
Fargo lawmaker sent explicit photo, claims disclosure was payback for vote on gay rights bill  —  FARGO—A North Dakota lawmaker who sent an explicit photo of himself to another man says the exchange being made public is retaliation for a recent vote against expanding gay rights.
Benji Hart / Salon:
Baltimore's violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy  —  As a nation, we fail to comprehend Black political strategy in much the same way we fail to recognize the value of Black life.  —  We see ghettos and crime and absent parents …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Richard Rubin / Bloomberg Business:
NFL Will End Its Tax-Exempt Status, Goodell Tells Owners  —  The National Football League's central office will become a taxable entity, ending its tax-exempt status in a move with minimal financial effect and significant symbolic value.  —  Commissioner Roger Goodell informed team owners …
Discussion: NBC News, The Week, The PJ Tatler and NPR
FiveThirtyEight:
Jeb Bush Has The Cash, But Not The GOP Support  —  Jeb Bush is expected to declare a fundraising total in the “high tens of millions of dollars,” The New York Times reported on Monday.  Any talk of record fundraising totals ought to account for inflation — as well as the fact that it's easier …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Jamie Schram / New York Post:
Why I killed Jeffrey Dahmer
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Missouri Torch:
STUNNING: MO BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER TELLS PARENT “WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION” ENDED STATE SOVEREIGNTY (VIDEO)
WND:
SCHLAFLY WARNS AMERICA ‘MAY BE AT A BREAKING POINT ALREADY’
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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Sean Kelly / OpposingViews.com:
Teen Pleads With School, Students To Stop Bullying Her (Video)
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Work begins on nation's first offshore wind farm
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of ‘purge’
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
2% Inflation Rate Target Is Questioned as Fed Policy Panel Prepares to Meet