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12:05 PM 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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Official Identifies One Suspect in Attack at Texas Anti-Islam Event  —  Law enforcement officials on Monday identified one of two gunmen who opened fire Sunday at an event in Garland, Tex., where people were invited to present cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, before they were shot and killed by police officers.
Garland shooting: 2 killed after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon 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
Brandon Darby / BREITBART.COM:
Officer and Two Suspects Down in Gunfight at Islamic Cartoon Contest in Texas, Possible Explosives Found
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
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
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 …
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.
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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