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9:35 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.
Ted Berg / USA Today:
Orioles COO John Angelos offers eye-opening perspective on Baltimore protests  —  Demonstrators destroy the windshield of a Baltimore Police car as they protest the death Freddie Gray.  (Photo via Jim Watson/Getty Images)  —  After protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray turned violent …
Washington Post:
Riots rock Baltimore after Gray funeral
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
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 …
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 …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Assad's hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria
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
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 …
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.
Christopher Ruddy / Newsmax:   In Defense of the Clinton Foundation
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Marco Rubio: ‘Ridiculous And Absurd’ To Believe Gays Have Constitutional Right To Marry  —  While his campaign touts his outreach to gay Republicans, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network this weekend that anyone who believes that gay people …
Washington Post:
Never before have so many people with so much money run for president
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.
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.
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.
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Zach C. Cohen / National Journal:
Here Are All Seven Media Questions Hillary Clinton Has Answered During Her Campaign
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and Mediaite
Don Kaplan / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: NBC News chief wants Brian Williams back on air ASAP
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
Aggressive Effort Underway by Democratic Leaders to Recruit Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: Political Wire and FOX News Radio
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
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg Business:
Andrew Cuomo Signals He'll Probably Seek Third Term as New York Governor
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
New York Post:
De Blasio: New Yorkers are too mean to me at baseball games
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RedState