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3:05 PM ET, May 4, 2015


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ABC News:
Garland Shooting Suspect Elton Simpson's Father: ‘My Son Made a Bad Choice’ … The father of one of the suspected gunman in the Garland, Texas shooting told ABC News today that his son “made a bad choice.”  —  “We are Americans and we believe in America,” Dunston Simpson said.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker knocks Hillary Clinton over Texas shooting  —  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) criticized Hillary Clinton for her recent comments on criminal justice reform in light of the Sunday night shooting at a Texas event holding a contest to draw the Prophet Mohammed.
New York Times:
Two Gunmen Killed at Anti-Islam Exhibit Are Identified  —  GARLAND, Tex. — Law enforcement officials on Monday identified two men who were killed Sunday after they opened fire at an event where people were invited to present cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
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 …
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Carly Fiorina launches 2016 bid: ‘Yes, I am running for president’
Discussion: American Spectator and OnPolitics
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
WKRC Doppler Tim Science Lab:
Ben Carson announces his run for President
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Pamela Geller Battles CNN Host over Garland Shooting: Why Is Media ‘Targeting’ Us?  —  Hours after a shooting at a Muhammad cartoon event Garland, Texas that left the two gunmen dead, the event's sponsor and American Freedom Defense Initiative president Pamela Geller battled CNN's Alisyn Camerota …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, 2 gunmen are killed and guard is shot  —  Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded in an attack Sunday outside a controversial Dallas-area event where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said.
Garland shooting: 2 killed after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon event
William J. Gorta / NBC News:
Two Gunmen Dead, Guard Shot at ‘Draw Muhammad’ Event
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
A Fox News Contributor On Being Gay, The GOP, And Religious Liberty  —  WASHINGTON — Guy Benson — the baby-faced, fast-talking Fox News contributor who is the political editor at — has something to say.  —  “Guy here,” he writes in his forthcoming book.  “So, I'm gay.”
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.
Jeff Clements / The Hill:
Citizens United: The view from the ivory tower has a blind spot  —  Millions of Americans across the political spectrum are working for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and end the corruption of overwhelming, unlimited money of an elite few in our elections.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Annie Leibovitz / Vanity Fair:
Star Wars Cover: J.J. Abrams Reveals His Idea to Kill Jar Jar Binks  —  Go behind the scenes of the year's most anticipated movie with Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy.  —  For some Star Wars fans, there's no May the Fourth news finer than this: director J. J. Abrams revealed …
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
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Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon:
Baltimore Received $1.8 Billion from Obama's Stimulus Law
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Romney Hits Back At Hillary: 'We Don't Have Mass Incarceration In America'
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Shakesville
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly takes a crack at standup
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Nick Gass / Politico:
Most New Jersey adults think Chris Christie was involved in Bridgegate
Discussion: New Jersey Online and The Week
Los Angeles Times:
Mysterious new force emerges in Yemen to fight rebels
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa toe dips leave everyone poised to dive into race
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Democrats and GOP Don't Agree on Country's Top Issue
 Earlier Items: 
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Emergency-Room Visits Keep Climbing
Pamela Geller / Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:
Multiple shootings, possible bomb at AFDI/Jihad Watch free speech event in Texas
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Liberals, conservatives unite vs. NSA spying
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact
Discussion: MintPress News
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Hopefuls Now Aiming to Woo the Middle Class
Washington Post:
The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada
Discussion: Althouse