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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.
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.
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 …
Jim Sciutto / CNN:
Iran seizes commercial ship, U.S. forces respond
Discussion: Business Insider and PUNDIT PRESS
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 …
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
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
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
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
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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Devin Henry / The Hill:
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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