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4:00 PM ET, April 29, 2015


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Bill Keller / The Marshall Project:
David Simon on Baltimore's Anguish  —  David Simon is Baltimore's best-known chronicler of life on the hard streets.  He worked for The Baltimore Sun city desk for a dozen years, wrote “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets” (1991) and with former homicide detective Ed Burns co-wrote …
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton to call for end to ‘mass incarceration’  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton will call Wednesday morning for far-reaching reforms in the criminal justice system that would “end the era of mass incarceration,” according to a campaign aide.  —  In a speech at Columbia University in New York City …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: What The 2016ers Are Saying About Baltimore
Todd Starnes /
‘We Will Not Obey’: Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience if Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage  —  “We will not obey.”  —  That's the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Justice Scalia's Shameful Joke  —  There was a shocking, ugly moment during the argument of Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.  Right after Mary Bonauto, the lawyer challenging marriage bans in several states, completed her argument …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Supreme Court Upholds Judicial Campaign Solicitation Ban
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court: ‘Judges are not politicians’ when it comes to fundraising
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Justice Anthony Kennedy seems to see a nobility of purpose in gay marriage.
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
U.S. economic growth slows to 0.2 percent, grinding nearly to a halt  —  The U.S. economy ground nearly to a halt in the first three months of the year, according to government data released Wednesday morning, as exports plunged and severe winter weather helped keep consumers indoors.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
The Church of Lyin'tology … Eventually even very high-powered, very highly-paid and very public political con men like Mr. David Brooks of the New York Times start to run out of road.  After enough years have passed, a career's worth of public bulls**t and bad faith start to roll downhill faster …
Discussion: New York Times and Progress Pond
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
61 Times Bill Kristol Was Reminded of Hitler and Churchill  —  Foreign-policy analysts hate this one weird historic example that explains every foreign-policy scenario.  —  Shares  —  Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, writing in opposition to the Iran deal recently, observed …
Amy Mitchell /
State of the News Media 2015  —  Call it a mobile majority.  At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center's analysis of comScore data.
Jesse Holcomb /
Cable News: Fact Sheet
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Capital New York
CBS News:
Baltimore mom who smacked son during riots: “I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray”  —  Shares -  —  The Baltimore mother caught on video repeatedly smacking her son after catching him throwing things at police during rioting in Baltimore told CBS News that she was only concerned about protecting him.
Michael Eric Dyson / New York Times:
Goodbye to Freddie Gray and Goodbye to Quietly Accepting Injustice
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Frates / CNN:
IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails  —  Washington (CNN)The IRS watchdog investigating the disappearance of Lois Lerner's emails told a Senate committee it has found roughly 6,400 messages that have never before been turned over to Congress.  —  Lerner was the IRS official …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
OBAMA vs. REAGAN on GDP GROWTH — NOT EVEN CLOSE  —  Obama's just like Reagan... Except when he isn't.  —  Trickle Down Economics versus Trickle Down Socialism  —  Ronald Reagan's economic plan saw GDP surge at a 3.5% clip - 4.9% after the recession.  That's a 32% bump.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Clinton Foundation Failed to Disclose 1,100 Foreign Donations  —  Hillary Clinton's presidential run is prompting new scrutiny of the Clintons' financial and charitable affairs—something that's already proved problematic for the Democratic frontrunner, given how closely these two worlds overlap.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
GOP Rep. Bill Flores Links Baltimore Riots To Gay Marriage  —  Yesterday on “Washington Watch,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins hosted Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, to discuss the anti-marriage-equality rally outside of the Supreme Court that both had attended that morning.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Give 'Em Hell, Bernie  —  Bernie Sanders is more serious than you think  —  Many years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary - he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions …
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Senators vote to block EPA's use of ‘secret science’  —  A Senate committee voted Tuesday to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using ‘secret science’ to back its regulations.  —  The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee came after the GOP-controlled House repeatedly approved the bill.
Ashley Edwards / New York's PIX11:
Mother viciously beats woman over parking space at LI mall as husband, children watch  —  Warning: Video contains graphic language and violence.  —  VALLEY STREAM, Long Island (PIX11) — Police are looking for a mother who viciously beat a woman in a Long Island mall parking lot as her husband …
Discussion: WGN-TV and
Baltimore Is a Democrat Problem, Not America's Problem  —  Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America's problem or shame.  That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem.  Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind …
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Derek Willis / New York Times:
Scott Walker's Strength in Donors
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Backlash Option for 2016  —  My weekly column at TPMCafe stems …
Terry Jeffrey /
Give Every Child in Baltimore a $17,329 School-Choice Voucher
Discussion: Hit & Run
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators clash over Iran votes
Discussion: Daily Kos
Evan Hendershot / Daily Republic:
Platte mayoral race to be decided by chance
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television
Discussion: Mashable, The Week and Mediaite
New York Times:
U.S. Attacks in Afghanistan Go Beyond White House's Pledges
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid applauds man who started rumor his brother beat him up
Unmanned Russian spacecraft plunging to Earth, says official
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
Jessica Oh / KUSA-TV:
Mom claims school did not let child finish lunch
Discussion: New York's PIX11