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5:25 PM ET, April 29, 2015


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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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Gender Bias Issue Could Tip Chief Justice Roberts Into Ruling for Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — In a telling moment at Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. suggested that he may have found a way to cast a vote in favor of the gay and lesbian couples in the case.
Rick Hasen / Election Law Blog:
Breaking News and Analysis: #SCOTUS Upholds Ban on Judicial Candidates Personally Soliciting Campaign Contributions  —  In a surprise and very important development, the Supreme Court has rejected a First Amendment challenge to Florida's ban on the personal solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates.
Discussion: Vox, SCOTUSblog and Outside the Beltway
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Supreme Court Upholds Judicial Campaign Solicitation Ban
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Justice Anthony Kennedy seems to see a nobility of purpose in gay marriage.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court: ‘Judges are not politicians’ when it comes to fundraising
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
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
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
GOP unveils budget deal that seeks repeal of ObamaCare  —  House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a budget deal that aims to torpedo ObamaCare while balancing the federal books within 10 years.  —  The deal would approve more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over a decade …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Senators clash over Iran votes
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Voreacos / Bloomberg Business:
Former Christie Ally David Wildstein Set to Plead Guilty  —  David Wildstein, a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, is set to plead guilty on Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, suggesting he may be cooperating with prosecutors probing traffic jams he ordered near the George Washington Bridge.
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 …
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.
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kerry Told Iran He Wishes 'U.S. Had a Leader like Iran's Supreme Leader'  —  Secretary of State John Kerry told his Iranian counterpart that he wished the United States had a leader more like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, according to comments made by a senior Iranian cleric and repeated in the country's state-run media.
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: KTLA, WGN-TV and
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jessica Oh / KUSA-TV:
Mom claims school did not let child finish lunch  —  Mom claims school did not let child finish lunch.  9NEWS at 9 p.m. 04/27/15.  —  CONNECT  —  AURORA - A mother in Aurora claims a teacher at her child's preschool, Children's Academy, refused to let the little girl eat part of her lunch, because it wasn't nutritious.
Discussion: New York's PIX11
Derek Willis / New York Times:
Scott Walker's Strength in Donors  —  Scott Walker enters the Republican presidential race with far stronger ties to the party's biggest fund-raisers than any other candidate besides Jeb Bush.  —  Roughly half of the nation's top 250 Republican donors have given money to Mr. Walker …
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Insurers ignore ObamaCare birth control rule
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
Evan Hendershot / Daily Republic:
Platte mayoral race to be decided by chance
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television
Discussion: Mashable, The Week and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
U.S. Attacks in Afghanistan Go Beyond White House's Pledges
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid applauds man who started rumor his brother beat him up
Joshua J. McElwee /
Francis firmly backs equal pay for women, citing Christian ‘radical equality’
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Unmanned Russian spacecraft plunging to Earth, says official
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
CBS News:
Baltimore mom who smacked son during riots: “I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray”