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6:50 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.
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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.
Daily Mail:
Pamela Geller, co-founder and President of Stop Islamization of America, also spoke just before the two gunmen opened fire  —  Wilders, who has sparked controversy for linking the Koran with terrorism, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest  —  The event had already been the subject …
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, 2 gunmen are killed and guard is shot
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker knocks Hillary Clinton over Texas shooting
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.
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David Lerman / Bloomberg Business:
State Department Says No Evidence Donations Influenced Hillary Clinton
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 …
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CNN:
Garland shooting: 2 killed after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon event
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox News Reporter Says He Saw Black Man Shot While Running From Police  —  Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin said that he and his news crew witnessed what he described as a “young, black male” being shot by a police officer in Baltimore while running away on Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 Townhall.com — has something to say.  —  “Guy here,” he writes in his forthcoming book.  “So, I'm gay.”
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Chuck Norris: Don't Trust The Gov't On A Possible Military Takeover Of Texas  —  The actor who starred in the TV show “Walker, Texas Ranger” wrote on Sunday that he thinks concerns about a possible military takeover of Texas might well be justified.  —  Actor Chuck Norris …
Discussion: WND and Liberaland
New York Times:
Dave Goldberg, Silicon Valley Executive, Said to Have Died of Head Trauma  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, died of head trauma Friday night after he collapsed at the gym at a private resort in Mexico, according to a Mexican government official.
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 …
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
Romney Hits Back At Hillary: 'We Don't Have Mass Incarceration In America'  —  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney  —  Days after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laid out proposals for criminal justice reform at Columbia University, former Republican candidate …
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 …
Hannah Scheller / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Willie Cauley-Stein's name change is official  —  Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein's hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name.  —  Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday …
Discussion: SBNation.com, Deadspin and USA Today
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.
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.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
As investigation enters fifth month, Tamir Rice's mother has moved into a homeless shelter  —  The City of Cleveland has asked the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy shot and killed while he played with a toy gun in a Westside park in November, to halt their civil lawsuit until the official investigation has concluded.
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Justin Amash endorses Rand Paul for president  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) endorsed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) for president Monday.  —  The endorsement from Amash, who was an ally of Paul's father, Ron, was no surprise.  Amash and Paul come from the same playbook …
 
 
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Charles Ommanney / National Review:
Unions Donate to Sharpton's Nonprofit and Win Airtime on Sharpton's MSNBC Show. Hmmm.
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Says He Would Crush What's Left Of Unions If Elected President
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg Business:
‘Duck Dynasty’ Keeps Tax Break as Bobby Jindal Cuts Louisiana Colleges
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
FCC chairman suggest Hillary will be next president
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly takes a crack at standup
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
Mysterious new force emerges in Yemen to fight rebels
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Week
Jelani Cobb / New Yorker:
City Life  —  Somewhere between the ball game played …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Race, Class and Neglect
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Monthly
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact
Discussion: MintPress News