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11:50 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 …
Garland shooting: 2 killed after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon event
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Official Identifies One Suspect in Attack at Texas Anti-Islam Event
Dallas Morning News:
Gunmen open fire outside ‘Muhammad Art Exhibit’ at Garland ISD facility, police say
Liam Stack / New York Times:
2 Killed in Texas After Firing on Anti-Islam Group's Event
City of Garland, Texas Government
Discussion: NPR
Reuters:   Texas police shoot dead 2 gunmen at exhibit of Prophet Mohammad cartoons
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Business:
The Definitive H&H Carly Fiorina Scouting Report  —  What she's got: High-level executive and management experience from her tenure as head honcho of Hewlett-Packard; private-sector bona fides bolstering her economic message; compelling secretary-to-CEO professional biography …
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
Carly Fiorina Announces Presidential Campaign With a Jab at Hillary Clinton: “She clearly is not trustworthy, … Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her run for president on “Good Morning America” today, calling herself the “best person for the job” while also taking a shot at Hillary Clinton …
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 …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: And Then There Were Five
Discussion: Politico
Matt K Lewis / Telegraph:
American Way: Why a diverse range of candidates could help Republicans against Hillary
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Republican Carly Fiorina Says She Is Running for President
Cynthia McFadden / NBC News:
Bill Clinton Defends His Foundation's Foreign Money  —  Bill Clinton says he has no regrets about taking millions in foreign cash for his foundation — even though the donations have caused a political headache for Hillary Clinton as she tries to follow him into the Oval Office.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
City Life  —  Somewhere between the ball game played to an empty stadium and the arrest of six police officers on charges including manslaughter and murder, somewhere around the time that a leaked document suggested that a man who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while in police custody …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Democrats and GOP Don't Agree on Country's Top Issue
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Race, Class and Neglect  —  Every time you're tempted to say that America is moving forward on race — that prejudice is no longer as important as it used to be — along comes an atrocity to puncture your complacency.  Almost everyone realizes, I hope, that the Freddie Gray affair …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact  —  Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy.  —  Getty  —  If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Former CIA official cites agency's failure to see al-Qaeda's rebound  —  U.S. intelligence agencies ­badly misjudged al-Qaeda's ­ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed, according to a new book by the CIA's former deputy director.
New York Times:
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and Son Are Arrested on Corruption Charges  —  Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son were arrested on Monday morning by federal authorities on corruption charges, officials said.  —  Mr. Skelos, 67, and his son, Adam B. Skelos …
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Emergency-Room Visits Keep Climbing  —  People on Medicaid turn to hospital care when doctor access is limited, new survey suggests  —  Emergency-room visits continued to climb in the second year of the Affordable Care Act, contradicting the law's supporters who had predicted a decline …
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Pamela Geller / Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:
Multiple shootings, possible bomb at AFDI/Jihad Watch free speech event in Texas
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Liberals, conservatives unite vs. NSA spying
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Jack Markell / The Atlantic:
Americans Need Jobs, Not Populism
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Our Police Union Problem
Arian Campo-Flores / Wall Street Journal:
Rubio's Departure to Put Florida Senate Seat in Play
Discussion: BizPac Review
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Hopefuls Now Aiming to Woo the Middle Class
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
Officer and Two Suspects Down in Gunfight at Islamic Cartoon Contest in Texas, Possible Explosives Found
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Fmr. CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien to Journalists: Stop Saying ‘Thug’
Discussion: Shakesville and
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Want a lawless police force? Federalize it: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run, Power Line and Ed Driscoll
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
Jon Krakauer's ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Woman to become NY firefighter despite failing crucial fitness test
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and BizPac Review