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5:40 AM ET, May 4, 2015


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Two shot near Garland events center  —  Two men were shot in a parking lot outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland Sunday afternoon, SWAT officials told News 8.  —  Those men possibly had explosives on them, SWAT officials said.  Everyone at the center, which was hosting a Muhammad Art exhibit …
Dallas Morning News:
Gunmen open fire outside ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit’ at Garland ISD facility, police say  —  Bruce Joiner, a Garland ISD security officer, was treated at a local hospital and released.  —  Two gunmen opened fire Sunday evening outside a contest for cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad …
City of Garland, Texas Government
Discussion: New York Times and NPR
WKRC Doppler Tim Science Lab:
Ben Carson announces his run for President  —  UNDATED (WKRC) — The Republican field of candidates continues to widen.  Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is expected to make a major announcement at an event tomorrow in his hometown of Detroit.  But in an exclusive interview tonight …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Carson: 'I'm announcing my candidacy for president'  —  Ben Carson announced his 2016 White House campaign in an interview broadcast late Sunday by a Cincinnati television station.  —  “I'm willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I'm announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Carson told WKRC.
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test  —  The FDNY for the first time in its history will allow someone who failed its crucial physical-fitness test to join the Bravest, The Post has learned.  —  Rebecca Wax, 33, is set to graduate Tuesday from the Fire Academy without passing …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and BizPac Review
Washington Post:
The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada  —  Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane.  —  For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity.  The Canadian mining magnate …
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
Officer and Two Suspects Down in Gunfight at Islamic Cartoon Contest in Texas, Possible Explosives Found  —  UPDATE, 9:06 PM: A local NBC reporter says the two suspects are dead. … UPDATE, 8:59 PM: Police have the area blocked off and have removed reporters for up to half a mile away.
Protests erupt in Tel Aviv, Israel 6 photos  —  Israeli police officers detain an Israeli Ethiopian.  —  Hide Caption  —  6 of 6  —  Story highlights  —  Tel Aviv, Israel (CNN)Protests in Tel Aviv over alleged police mistreatment of Ethiopian Jews turned violent Sunday …
Discussion: The Week, Balloon Juice and The Agonist
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Fmr. CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien to Journalists: Stop Saying ‘Thug’  —  Former CNN host Soledad O'Brien told her old network's Reliable Sources Sunday morning that journalists had an obligation to choose their words more carefully than simply calling protesters, however violent, “thugs,” …
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Jon Krakauer's ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town  —  Three years ago, a young woman befriended by the powerhouse author Jon Krakauer and his wife told them she had been raped when she was a teenager by a boy she knew and, later, for a second time, by a family friend.  She was still struggling to recover.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Want a lawless police force?  Federalize it: Column  —  Accountability comes from having law enforcement under multiple umbrellas.  —  In the wake of the Baltimore riots, Al Sharpton is calling for the federal takeover of local police.  Like most ideas from the loathsome Rev. Sharpton, this is a lousy one.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
For Hillary Clinton, a trust deficit to surmount  —  Is Hillary Clinton honest enough to be president?  —  That question — phrased in a thousand different ways but always with the same doubts in mind — sits at the heart of a campaign that will span the next 18 months and on which billions upon billions of dollars will be spent.
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
John Boehner sees a national policing crisis  —  House Speaker John Boehner says there's a national crisis in relations between black communities and law enforcement.  —  “I do,” he said when asked in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” whether he believes that such a crisis exists.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Week
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
John Kasich on a 2016 bid: 'I don't really do odds'
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley says Baltimore would be setting for announcement of presidential bid  —  Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley said Sunday that he will announce his presidential campaign in riot-scarred Baltimore if he moves forward with a White House bid.  —  “I wouldn't think of announcing anyplace else …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Martin O'Malley: Baltimore unrest a ‘heartbreaking setback’
Discussion: The Week
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