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6:00 PM ET, May 1, 2015


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New York Times:
6 Baltimore Police Officers Charged in Freddie Gray Death  —  BALTIMORE — Baltimore's chief prosecutor charged six police officers on Friday with crimes including murder and manslaughter in the arrest and fatal injury of Freddie Gray, a striking and surprisingly swift turn in a case that has drawn national attention to police conduct.
Baltimore Sun:
Six officers charged in death of Freddie Gray  —  The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray - who died last month after being injured in police custody - have been charged criminally, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday.
Christopher Hooton / The Independent:
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint  —  Kevin Moore, the man who filmed Freddie Gray's brutal arrest, has now himself been arrested following “harassment and intimidation” from Baltimore police.  —  Moore was arrested at gunpoint last night along …
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray Reportedly Arrested Under Suspicious Circumstances  —  The governor of Maryland closed public schools in Baltimore.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Alex Brandon  —  Kevin Moore, the man who filmed police arresting Freddie Gray and dragging him on the ground was arrested on Thursday night …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Mashable
N. D. B. Connolly / New York Times:
Black Culture Is Not the Problem  —  BALTIMORE — IN the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., commentators noted the absence of black representatives among Ferguson's elected officials and its police leadership.  A Department of Justice report highlighted …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Nature of Poverty  —  Lately it seems as though every few months there's another urban riot and the nation turns its attention to urban poverty.  And in the midst of every storm, there are people crying out that we should finally get serious about this issue.
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
What Jon Stewart and George Stephanopoulos Got Wrong  —  Last night on The Daily Show, in talking about the Baltimore riots, this exchange took place between host Jon Stewart and ABC's George Stephanopoulos:  —  Stewart: Right now it seems the easy thing to do is to say …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Fox News:
Freddie Gray's fatal injuries reportedly may have been caused by impact with bolt in police van  —  The fatal broken neck Freddie Gray suffered, apparently while riding in the back of a Baltimore police van last month, may have been caused when his head hit a bolt inside the vehicle …
Counter Current News:
Baltimore Police Just Arrested Man Who Filmed The Freddie Gray Arrest
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Six Baltimore officers charged in Gray's death
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Freddie Gray's Death Ruled a Homicide, Officers Face Charges
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Intercept and The Week
New York Times:
Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case  —  A former Port Authority official and ally of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is expected to plead guilty on Friday to the first charges stemming from the 16-month federal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings scandal.
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Chris Christie's Access Lanes To The GOP Nomination Are Closed  —  We may be about to find out whether a politician can have a negative chance of winning a presidential nomination.  On Friday, two people, including a former member of Chris Christie's staff, were indicted in Bridgegate …
Fox News:
Former Christie ally pleads guilty in Bridgegate case
Discussion: and Jezebel
Hannah Hess / Roll Call:
Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms  —  When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar …
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Multiple Loaded Glocks Found in Capitol Hill Bathrooms; One Discovered by 8-Year-Old Tourist  —  In the past few months, the Capitol Hill Police has recorded at least three instances where their officers accidentally left their loaded Glocks in bathrooms — WAIT, HOLD UP, WHAT?!
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare  —  Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law's central pillars.  —  Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) …
Discussion: Washington Post, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Eli Stokols / Politico:
How Rand Paul blew it on Baltimore  —  The Kentucky senator tried to present himself as a different kind of Republican.  Then the riots happened.  —  When Rand Paul launched his presidential bid in early April amid an array of diverse faces, he talked about focusing on the inner cities …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Baltimore riots hurt O'Malley's already slim chances
William Grimes / New York Times:
Ben E. King, Soulful Singer, Dies at 76; ‘Stand by Me’ Was One of His Hits  —  Ben E. King, the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters on “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and other hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and as a solo artist recorded the classic singles …
Ben E King: R&B legend dies at 76
Discussion: NY Daily News and The Daily Caller
Harvard News:
Harvard Faculty Donate to Democrats by Wide Margin  —  Eighty-four percent of campaign contributions made by a group of 614 Harvard faculty, instructors, and researchers between 2011 and the third quarter of 2014 went to federal Democratic campaigns and political action committees.
Discussion: Fox News
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   98% of Harvard Law Faculty Political Donations Go to Democrats
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Feds roll out $20M police body camera ‘pilot program’  —  The Obama administration is spending $20 million on police body cameras, amid rising tension over police violence.  —  The announcement from the Justice Department on Friday would create a new pilot program to equip police in dozens …
Discussion: Shakesville and The Week
Nick Gass / Politico:
DOJ announces new $20 million body-camera program
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Daily Kos
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James Oliphant / Reuters:
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