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1:50 PM ET, April 29, 2015


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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
Jonathan Allen / Vox:
Hillary Clinton calls for end to mass incarceration, reversing Bill Clinton legacy
Discussion: BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress and Guardian
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Hillary Clinton's forgotten death penalty shift
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
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.
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Justice Anthony Kennedy seems to see a nobility of purpose in gay marriage.
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: Capital New York and PoliticusUSA
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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Obama: ‘No excuse’ for violence in Baltimore  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the “criminals and thugs who tore up” the city of Baltimore on Monday night, after rioting and looting paralyzed the city and overwhelmed local officials.
Discussion: Mashable and The Huffington Post
S.V. Date / National Journal:   Why Do We Expect Barack Obama to Fix Race Relations?
Roger L Simon / Roger L. Simon:
Why Baltimore: An American Tragedy
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 …
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
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economic Growth Nearly Stalls Out  —  Businesses slash investment, exports tumble and consumers show caution as GDP expands at 0.2% pace  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy slowed to a crawl at the start of the year as businesses slashed investment, exports tumbled and consumers showed signs of caution …
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.
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
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
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 …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Thousands of new Lerner emails found  —  An inspector general investigating the IRS's improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups has found thousands of emails from Lois Lerner, the agency official at the center of that controversy, according to committees involved in the probe.
Steve Tetreault / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Reid applauds man who started rumor his brother beat him up  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid on Tuesday applauded the Las Vegas man who made up a story about him being beaten up by his brother and successfully planted the tale with some conservative bloggers and radio talk show hosts.
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Kerry Told Iran He Wishes 'U.S. Had a Leader like Iran's Supreme Leader'
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and CBS DC
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
GOP Rep. Bill Flores Links Baltimore Riots To Gay Marriage
Discussion: FRC and Daily Kos
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Millennials Favor Hillary Clinton in Harvard Poll
Discussion: Hit & Run
Joshua J. McElwee /
Francis firmly backs equal pay for women, citing Christian ‘radical equality’
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Aaron Klein / WND:
Discussion: Raw Story
Unmanned Russian spacecraft plunging to Earth, says official
Discussion: The Week and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Debunking Obama's bilious Baltimore babble
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Holy war against Hillary
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Scott Wong / The Hill:
GOP leader: Gas tax hike ‘politically impossible’
Jeffrey Leonard / Washington Monthly:
Get the Energy Sector off the Dole