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11:20 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.
ABC News:
Obama Pledges Help for Baltimore Riots After Gray Funeral
Washington Post:
Riots rock Baltimore after Gray funeral
Discussion: US News and The Atlantic
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
Yahoo Politics:
As arguments near, Justice Ginsburg has already made up her mind …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Fox's Stacey Dash: No One Would Have Been Beheaded Under Bush  —  Outnumbered guest host Stacey Dash said Monday afternoon that no one would have been beheaded under a George W. Bush presidency.  —  Dash's comments were in reference to a report Monday that Bush criticized Obama's foreign policy …
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Assad's hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria
Salman Rushdie slams critics of PEN's Charlie Hebdo tribute  —  The author called writers who had objected to the award, including Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje and Francine Prose, ‘Six Authors in Search of a bit of Character’  —  Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after a fatwa …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Read the Letters and Comments of PEN Writers Protesting the Charlie Hebdo Award
Discussion: Hit & Run and Common Dreams
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
David Simon:
Baltimore  —  First things first.  —  Yes, there is a lot to be argued, debated, addressed.  And this moment, as inevitable as it has sometimes seemed, can still, in the end, prove transformational, if not redemptive for our city.  Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard.
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.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
If Carly Fiorina were male  —  If Carly Fiorina were male, she would be regarded in national politics as an anti-Clinton crony capitalist who mismanaged a company when she was its CEO, was terminated by the company's board of directors, was criticized for flying around in multiple corporate jets …
Discussion: Instapundit
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.
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: Mediaite, “The Lid” and Politico
Kurt Schlichter /
Conservatives, Unleash the Awesome Power of “No”  —  We decent Americans are bombarded with lies, libeled, and subjected to petty (and, increasingly, not so petty) tyrannies by government flunkies.  At every turn, liberals and their suck-ups in the media and academia seek to delegitimize our interests, concerns, and opinions.
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 …
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.
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Tom Hays / Associated Press:
NY congressman drafts bill making police chokeholds a crime
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Zach C. Cohen / National Journal:
Here Are All Seven Media Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered During Her Campaign
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Mediaite
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
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Aggressive Effort Underway by Democratic Leaders to Recruit Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Political Wire and FOX News Radio
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
That Time Pizza Hut Made Fun Of Hillary Clinton For Being A Carpetbagger
USA Today:
Let ‘free range’ kids roam home: Our view
Washington Post:
Never before have so many people with so much money run for president