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7:20 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.
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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker knocks Hillary Clinton over Texas shooting
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, 2 gunmen are killed and guard is shot
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.
David Lerman / Bloomberg Business:
State Department Says No Evidence Donations Influenced Hillary Clinton
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
Fox News:
Conflicting reports on gun incident in Baltimore  —  The unidentified man is seen in a stretcher after being shot Monday by Baltimore police.  (Fox News)  —  DEVELOPING: Conflicting reports about a police chase that may have involved gunfire roiled Baltimore Monday, just a week after riots rocked the city.
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Issues Startling On-Air Retraction: ‘Nobody Has Been Shot’  —  Fox News host Shepard Smith issued a startling on-air retraction on Monday, saying the channel had “screwed up” when a reporter said an hour earlier that he'd witnessed a black man being shot while running from Baltimore police.
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 …
CAIR Condemns Attack on Anti-Islam Event in Texas
Garland shooting: 2 killed after they open fire at Mohammed cartoon 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.”
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Ex-C.I.A. Official Rebuts Republican Claims on Benghazi Attack in ‘The Great War of Our Time’  —  WASHINGTON — The former deputy director of the C.I.A. asserts in a forthcoming book that Republicans, in their eagerness to politicize the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of events.
Alice Ollstein / ThinkProgress:
Scott Walker Says He Would Crush What's Left Of Unions If Elected President  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) campaigning in New Hampshire, a marriage equality state.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Jim Cole  —  Though he has yet to officially declare his bid for president, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker …
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.
Yahoo Politics:
The Ben Carson campaign website: A review  —  Late Sunday evening, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson went on a local Ohio television station to let the world know that he's seeking the Republican nomination for president.  Whether the world was listening is a whole different story.
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Scientists: EPA's curbs on coal-burning will save thousands of lives  —  The Obama administration's proposed curbs on coal-burning power plants could prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart attack and respiratory disease, scientists said Monday in the first peer-reviewed study to examine the measure's health impacts.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
An Uphill Campaign in Norway to Promote LSD as a Human Right  —  OSLO — In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD.  —  It matters little …
Discussion: Q13 FOX News
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.
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Charles Ommanney / National Review:
Unions Donate to Sharpton's Nonprofit and Win Airtime on Sharpton's MSNBC Show. Hmmm.
Margaret Newkirk / Bloomberg Business:
‘Duck Dynasty’ Keeps Tax Break as Bobby Jindal Cuts Louisiana Colleges
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Justin Amash endorses Rand Paul for president
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
FCC chairman suggest Hillary will be next president
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Bill O'Reilly takes a crack at standup
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Carly Fiorina launches 2016 bid: ‘Yes, I am running for president’
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
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