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1:20 PM ET, April 28, 2015


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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.
Tom Cleary /
Freddie Gray Arrest Record, Criminal History & Rap Sheet  —  Freddie Gray, who died a week after suffering injuries while in Baltimore police custody, had a lengthy criminal record, mainly for drug-related offenses, according to state court records.  Police claim he was “involved in criminal activity,” prior to his arrest.
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 …
Ted Berg / USA Today:
Orioles COO John Angelos offers eye-opening perspective on Baltimore protests
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:   Baltimore and the State of American Cities
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.
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: Bloomberg View
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why a Ruling for Same-Sex Marriage Would Help Republicans  —  Many Republicans believe that their party needs to improve its image among the new generation of young and nonwhite voters who have helped President Obama win two terms.  Yet there is a reason most Republican politicians …
Discussion: The Reaction
Jeffrey Toobin / CNN:
The lawyers arguing the same-sex marriage case before SCOTUS 4 photos  —  Mary Bonauto, GLAD's civil rights project director, will argue that states shouldn't be able to ban same-sex marriages.  —  Hide Caption 3 of 4  —  John Bursch, Michigan's former solicitor general …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court shows split in hearing on historic in gay-marriage cases
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
SCOTUS steps into marriage crossfire
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Fars News Agency:
URGENT: US Ship Seized by Iranian Warships  —  TEHRAN (FNA)- A US cargo ship with 34 crew was stopped and seized by Iranian Navy warships on Tuesday.  —  The Iranian Navy has confiscated the American trade vessel with all its 34 crew, informed sources said.
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 …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Walid Shoebat
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Baltimore to get ‘overwhelming’ police presence to counter riots  —  As officials and residents assessed the damage from rioting on Baltimore streets overnight, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday morning pledged an “overwhelming display” of protection to prevent further violence and destruction.
Scott Dance / Baltimore Sun:
Riots erupt across West Baltimore, downtown
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.
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Work begins on nation's first offshore wind farm  —  Rhode Island lawmakers celebrated the start of construction on the nation's first offshore wind farm Monday.  —  State lawmakers and members of Congress attended a ground-breaking of sorts for Deepwater Wind's project at Block Island …
Katie Valentine / ThinkProgress:
First Offshore Wind Farm In The U.S. Kicks Off Construction
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Evan Bleier For / Daily Mail:
The no-nonsense Vietnam vet who stepped in front of the police line and shamed Baltimore rioters into going home  —  That's how Vietnam veteran Robert Valentine identified himself after he stood up to young rioters in Baltimore and shamed them for how they were behaving in the wake of Freddie Gray's death.
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
2% Inflation Rate Target Is Questioned as Fed Policy Panel Prepares to Meet  —  WASHINGTON — The cardinal rule of central banking, in the United States and in most other advanced industrial nations, is that annual inflation should run around 2 percent.  —  But as the Federal Reserve prepares …
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer shoots, kills suspect on Detroit's west side  —  DETROIT (WXYZ) - An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer shot and killed a suspect while serving a warrant, according to police.  —  It happened in the 9500 block of Evergreen near Joy on Detroit's west side.
Tim Hanrahan / Wall Street Journal:
Live Blog: Gay Marriage Arguments at Supreme Court Tuesday  —  Washington Wire is one of the oldest standing features in American journalism.  Since the Wire launched on Sept. 20, 1940, the Journal has offered readers an informal look at the capital.  Now online, the Wire provides a succession …
Sean Kelly /
Teen Pleads With School, Students To Stop Bullying Her (Video)  —  1.4 K  —  A Michigan teen posted a heartbreaking video to YouTube, begging her school and fellow students to stop bullying her and allowing the cruel behavior to continue.  —  Dana Hamrick, a 16-year-old student …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
GOP's open season on Clinton  —  Democrats are quickly learning the perils of having a de facto presidential nominee in Hillary Clinton.  —  With the controversy around donations to her family's charitable foundation growing, Democrats are bracing for more attacks on the former secretary of State …
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Discussion: Right Wing Watch
George Roberts / ABC:
Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran ‘dignified’ ahead of executions
Discussion: Guardian, Common Dreams and NPR
Robert Trivers / The Unz Review:
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Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Regulators May Reject Dish Entities' Spectrum Discount Claims
Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore rioting kicked off with rumors of ‘purge’
Discussion: Business Insider
Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Bumble Bee Foods, 2 others charged after employee died in pressure cooker
Discussion: and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
As Baltimore Burns, O'Malley Speaks Out, Hillary Tweets About Bumper Stickers
Discussion: Althouse
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
To the Media, ‘Black’ Is Too Often Shorthand for ‘Poor’
Discussion: FishbowlDC
New York Times:
Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change, to Conservatives' Alarm
Discussion: Crux and Political Wire
Maddie Hanna /
Christie blames ‘negative coverage’ for poll declines
Discussion: US News and Talking Points Memo
Eli Lake / Bloomberg View:
Boehner: Congress Doesn't Have Votes to Stop Iran Deal
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
If Carly Fiorina were male
Discussion: Instapundit