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9:25 AM ET, April 30, 2015


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Peter Hermann / Washington Post:
Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says … BALTIMORE — A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Sanders: ‘I am running for president’  —  Hillary Clinton got her first official challenger for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday night, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announcing he intends to seek the White House in 2016.  —  “I am running for president,” Sanders said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Instapundit
Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘I am running for president’  —  1 photo  —  MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Promising to fight what he deems “obscene levels” of income disparity and a campaign finance system that is a “real disgrace,” independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday he will run for president as a Democrat.
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
Bernie Sanders: ‘I am running in this election to win’
Discussion: NPR, The Week and Mediaite
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Fiorina defends rocky tenure as HP CEO  —  Carly Fiorina's political future depends on whether she can defend her record as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.  —  The likely GOP presidential candidate is aiming to do just that in her new book Rising to the Challenge, set to be released May 5, a day after the expected launch of her 2016 campaign.
Melinda Henneberger / Bloomberg Politics:
What Brought Carly Fiorina Down at HP Is Her Greatest 2016 Asset  —  More than 30 years ago, on Carly Sneed's third date with her co-worker, Frank Fiorina, he told his not-yet-30-year-old dinner companion that one day she would run AT&T, the company where he was at that point a rung ahead of her on the corporate ladder.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Carly Fiorina ‘picking up speed’ in Iowa, GOP activists say
Discussion: Hot Air and OnPolitics
Washington Post:
How Hillary Clinton is running against parts of her husband's legacy  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton isn't just running against Republicans.  She's also running against parts of her husband's legacy.  —  On issues large and small, the Democratic presidential contender is increasingly distancing herself from …
Discussion: BizPac Review, Instapundit and Fox News
Bill Keller / The Marshall Project:
David Simon on Baltimore's Anguish
Andrew Prokop / Vox:
READ: Hillary Clinton's huge new speech on criminal justice reform
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Jeb no longer in front  —  Four months into the 2016 presidential campaign, Jeb Bush has all the money and none of the mojo.  —  Despite the financial juggernaut the former Florida governor has built — Bush said this week he had raised more than anyone else has at this point …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz accuses Obama of inflaming racial tensions  —  The Republican presidential hopeful says Obama has squandered chance to be unifying force  —  Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday accused President Barack Obama and his administration of inflaming racial tensions and pitting Americans against each other on major societal issues.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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.
Fox News:
Source: Baltimore mayor ordered police to stand down  —  Despite a firm denial by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a senior law enforcement source charges that she gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night, raising more questions about whether …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Elijah Cummings Yells at Fox Reporter on Bullhorn: ‘People Are Going Home!’  —  Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings is in Baltimore tonight, and he started using a bullhorn at around 10 pm to tell people to clear out after the police-imposed curfew for protesters.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Molly Ball / The Atlantic:
The Strange Charisma of John Kasich  —  The last time John Kasich went to New Hampshire, the visit did not go well.  It was 16 years ago, and Kasich, a 47-year-old Republican congressman who had made his name in D.C. as the budget-balancing enfant terrible of the Gingrich revolution, was running for president.
Nick Loeb / New York Times:
Sofía Vergara's Ex-Fiancé: Our Frozen Embryos Have a Right to Live  —  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — LAST August, I filed a complaint in Santa Monica, Calif., using pseudonyms, to protect two frozen embryos I created with my former fiancée.  I wanted to keep this private, but recently the story broke to the world.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation in campaign tailspin  —  Donors are having second thoughts about big giving as accusations fly about Hillary Clinton's role.  —  Getty  —  A handful of deep-pocketed donors are reconsidering their gifts to the $2 billion Clinton Foundation amid mounting questions …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Mike Huckabee: The Supreme Court can't overrule God  —  Houston (CNN)Mike Huckabee rallied a crowd of Hispanic evangelicals on Wednesday night, pushing back in the debate over religious freedom just one day after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to determine whether states have the right to ban same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Mediaite
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Crowded primary field creates dilemma for GOP leaders  —  The rapid growth of the GOP presidential field is causing major headaches for party bosses ahead of a primary debate season that begins this summer.  —  The dilemma for Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters:
Ten jailed in Pakistan for involvement in attack on Malala  —  (Reuters) - A Pakistani court jailed 10 men for 25 years each on Thursday for involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, targeted for her campaign against Taliban efforts to deny girls education.
Discussion: The Diplomat and Business Insider
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.
David Byttow / Medium:
Sunset  —  After a lot of thought and consultation with our board, I've decided to shut down Secret.  —  This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply.  Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company …
Emily Lane / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Nary a ‘no’ vote in Louisiana House on resolution urging Ginsburg, Kagan recusal in gay marriage case  —  The Louisiana House of Representatives adopted a measure Monday (April 27) formally urging two U.S. Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from an ongoing court case that could help decide the fate of gay marriage in Louisiana.
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Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
The Paradox of Dogma: How the Left Is Crippling Itself
Josh Rogin / Bloomberg View:
Iran's Zarif Says Congress Can't Stop Obama
Discussion: Power Line
Blue Lives Matter: Texas Cop Survives 14 Stab Wounds in Assassination Attempt
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
How Rick Perry befriended the real ‘Lone Survivor’ Navy SEAL
Discussion: RedState
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rubio sticking by Iran amendments
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Marco Rubio Went to Bat for Corinthian Colleges
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Plane Carrying Bill Clinton Makes Unscheduled Landing in Tanzania
Discussion: Politico
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Changing of guard in Nevada with 2016 implications
Discussion: Washington Post and Hit & Run
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton to Jump Start Fund-Raising Efforts
Discussion: Newsmax and The Reaction
Wall Street Journal:
FBI Helped Facilitate Ransom for U.S. Hostage Killed in Drone Strike
Discussion: Fox News, Hot Air and NPR
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
GOP unveils budget deal that seeks repeal of ObamaCare
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Insurers ignore ObamaCare birth control rule
Chris Frates / CNN:
IRS watchdog finds 6,400 missing Lois Lerner emails
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and The Hill
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit: