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8:30 PM ET, April 27, 2015


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Scott Dance / Baltimore Sun:
Riots erupt across West Baltimore, downtown  —  Violence and looting overtook much of West Baltimore on Monday, seriously injuring several police officers and leaving a store and several vehicles in flames.  —  At least seven police officers were injured in a clash that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread toward downtown.
Patrick Semansky / ABC News:
Maryland Gov. Declares State of Emergency After Violent Clashes in Baltimore
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Associated Press
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Faith leaders demand that liberal justices sit out gay marriage case  —  Religious leaders are calling on members of the Supreme Court's liberal wing to recuse themselves from the blockbuster gay marriage case that the court will begin considering on Tuesday.
John Culhane / Politico:
There's no real case against gay marriage  —  Opponents rely on dubious warnings of social Armageddon.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  Marriage equality opponents are having a hard time pointing to any good reason for fencing same-sex couples out of marriage.
Yahoo Politics:
As arguments near, Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  —  The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has prompted six writers to withdraw as literary hosts at the group's annual gala on May 5 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Nobody Said That  —  Imagine yourself as a regular commentator on public affairs — maybe a paid pundit, maybe an supposed expert in some area, maybe just an opinionated billionaire.  You weigh in on a major policy initiative that's about to happen, making strong predictions of disaster.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Conservatives fear GOP leaders giving up on Obamacare repeal
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The joke was that Obama wasn't joking  —  The White House Correspondents' Dinner has become a strange event.  It is, ostensibly, an evening when the president and the press can come together to share a few lighthearted laughs.  But it's evolved into a recital of brutal truths — albeit one neither side ever really admits happened.
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
The Proof of the Clintons' Wrongdoing  —  Her campaign and the media are misreading the scandals.  —  Let's remember what this story is about.  Hillary and Bill Clinton want it to be about a “conservative author” who catalogued their conflicts of interest.
John Fund / National Review:
Are Democratic Insiders Starting to Panic about Hillary?
Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:   In Defense of the Clinton Foundation
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East  —  In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Assad's hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria
Brigette Paladon / WGNO:
EXCLUSIVE: Watch as strong winds knock over a train in Jefferson Parish  —  ELMWOOD, La. (WGNO) - Nearly a dozen shipping containers and some train cars were blown off elevated tracks in Jefferson Parish Monday.  —  WGNO reporter Jabari Thomas captured the moment when strong winds knocked …
Bfearnowcbs / CBS Houston:
Texas A&M Galveston Professor Hits ‘Breaking Point,’ Fails Entire Class  —  Galveston, Texas (CBS HOUSTON) — A Texas A&M Galveston professor says he hit a “breaking point” as he failed an entire class of students in his management course that he said required “security guards” for him to feel safe teaching.
Karyn Polewaczyk / Jezebel:
Woman Uncovers Two-Way Mirror in a Bar Bathroom; Owner Says It'll Stay  —  Tonight a reader tipped us off to a video posted by comic Tamale Rocks, who uncovered a two-way mirror in the women's bathroom at Chicago bar Cigars and Stripes.  —  Here's the video, which shows the stall …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Clay Aiken: Rep. Ellmers is ‘an idiot’  —  Clay Aiken is “not a fan” of his former political opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), calling the congresswoman a “b—  ” and an “idiot” in a Monday interview.  —  The Republican incumbent defeated the former “American Idol” contestant, a Democrat, to win her third term in November.
Discussion: Politico, “The Lid” and Mediaite
How Google is endangering police officers  —  Sheriffs: Driving app endangers police 01:36  —  Story highlights  —  David A. Clarke Jr. is sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.  Jonathan Thompson is CEO of the National Sheriffs' Association.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors.
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Aggressive Effort Underway by Democratic Leaders to Recruit Elizabeth Warren  —  Private email reveals prominent fundraiser raising plan with DNC Treasurer  —  The Observer has obtained private email correspondence among a small group of Democratic insiders that reveals a plan to recruit …
Discussion: Political Wire and FOX News Radio
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Virtual Candidate  —  Elizabeth Warren isn't running, but she's Hillary Clinton's biggest Democratic threat. … “Might I suggest a full-bodied white?”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … “This seems like a lot of work for one lost contact.”  —  BUY THE PRINT »
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NBC News chief wants Brian Williams back on air ASAP  —  This ship's captain doesn't want to throw the anchor overboard.  —  NBC News chief Andrew Lack is looking for a way to put Brian Williams back behind the “Nightly News” desk, sources tell the Daily News …
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Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
Prosecutors ask for prison for 2 officers in Taser case
Stan Humphries / USA Today:
An inconvenient truth about homeownership: Column
Discussion: Hot Air
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rand Paul Defends Obama over Drone Strike that Killed Hostages
Discussion: Washington Post and FOX News Radio
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Loretta Lynch is sworn in as U.S. attorney general
Discussion: NPR, Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Koch Industries drops criminal-history question from job applications
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
That Time Pizza Hut Made Fun Of Hillary Clinton For Being A Carpetbagger
 Earlier Items: 
USA Today:
Let ‘free range’ kids roam home: Our view
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg Business:
Andrew Cuomo Signals He'll Probably Seek Third Term as New York Governor
CBS News:
Race to rescue climbers trapped on Everest
Discussion: Hot Air, USA Today and The Daily Caller
New York Post:
De Blasio: New Yorkers are too mean to me at baseball games
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState
Washington Post:
Never before have so many people with so much money run for president