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9:15 PM ET, May 6, 2015


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Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Aide to Kamala Harris, 2 others accused of running rogue police force  —  An aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and two others are accused of operating a rogue police force that claimed to exist for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.
Mrkamlet / CBS Los Angeles:
Group Claiming To Be Descendants Of Knights Templar Arrested In Impersonating Police Officers
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Bernard / WFLA-TV:
Woman's 911 call to order pizza saves her from domestic abuse  —  A quick-thinking Highlands County woman saved herself and her children from possible harm when she ordered an online pizza with a secret message saying she was being held hostage.  —  Highlands County Sheriff's Office investigators …
Athena Jones / CNN:
Baltimore mayor asks DOJ for civil rights probe into city police department  —  Baltimore mayor says police dept. will get body cameras 03:20  —  Baltimore (CNN)Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested Wednesday that the Department of Justice order a “pattern or practice” …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Alan M. Dershowitz /
Are Baltimore charges about justice or crowd control?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Atlantic
David McCabe / The Hill:
Democrat: My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Laura Vitto / Mashable:
16 people who are hot for McDonald's new Hamburglar  —  McDonald's brought back its iconic Hamburglar mascot on Wednesday, and much to Twitter's delight, he's actually pretty smokin'.  —  The beefed up new Hamburglar has folks fanning themselves over his slick new trench coat …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and
Sasha Goldstein / NY Daily News:
ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller in message boasting of ‘71 trained soldiers in 15 different states’  —  ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”
New England Patriots:
Statement from New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on the Wells Report  —  “When I addressed the media at the Super Bowl on January 26 - over 14 weeks ago - I stated that I unconditionally believed that the New England Patriots had done nothing inappropriate in this process …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration  —  Bill Clinton addresses foundation donations 01:34  —  (CNN)President Bill Clinton on Wednesday conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration.
Alistair Bell / Reuters:
Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far
Discussion: TalkLeft and The PJ Tatler
Aidan Gardiner / DNAinfo New York:
VIDEO: Gay Couple Bashed With Chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ  —  MANHATTAN — A gay couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair, knocked to the ground and kicked by two men hurling anti-gay slurs at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ Tuesday night, in an attack captured on a graphic video, according to police and the victims.
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
This isn't 1968.  Baltimore isn't Watts.  And Hillary Clinton isn't Michael Dukakis.  —  I wish I could introduce Richard Cohen and Lloyd Green to Antonio Morgan.  Cohen of course is my Washington Post colleague and columnist.  Green is a former Justice Dept. official and former opposition research counsel for the Republican Party.
Nick Gass / Politico:
New Iowa poll: Scott Walker leads, Jeb Bush in 7th place  —  The latest Iowa polling numbers are great news for Scott Walker, and terrible news for Jeb Bush.  —  The Wisconsin governor retains his advantage among Iowa Republican caucus-goers, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday …
Washington Post:
Inside Jeb Bush's long game: A bet on peaking late
Discussion: Political Wire
Adam B. Vary / BuzzFeed:
Joss Whedon Calls “Horsesh*t” On Reports He Left Twitter Because Of Militant Feminists  —  “I just thought, Wait a minute, if I'm going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place, and this is the least quiet place I've ever been in my life,” Whedon told BuzzFeed News.
Bryan Fischer / American Family Association:
“Gay Conservative” Is an Oxymoron … If the term “conservative” is to have any meaning at all, it must include certain ideals and exclude others.  —  The political editor of a nominally conservative website,, revealed this week that he is a practicing homosexual.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
An Inside Look at the Hillary Clinton Inner Circle  —  Some expected names and some surprises-a who's who in the campaign.  —  t MarkHalperin  —  For a quarter-century, Clintonology has been all about figuring out who's up and who's down, who's part of the inner circle, and who's been left out in the cold.
LAPD Chief Beck: No ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ to Justify Venice Fatal Police Shooting  —  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday addressed the death of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an officer following a confrontation near the historic Venice sign, saying the shooting concerned him and an investigation was underway.
Discussion: Raw Story and The PJ Tatler
David Espo / ABC News:
Analysis: Republican Budget Claims Don't Add Up  —  On paper and in speeches, Republicans boast that Congress' first budget since they won control of the Senate and House last fall will eliminate red ink within a decade.  —  Actually, it will do nothing of the sort.
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
CNN Anchor Says Constitution Doesn't Protect Hate Speech, Try Reading It.  Okay, Let's Do That.  —  Chris Cuomo is co-host of CNN's morning show.  He's also a former law and justice correspondent for ABC News.  He has a law degree from Fordham University and is a licensed attorney.
Harry Reid's power play rankles GOP  —  Mitch McConnell implores his troops to let the minority leader know he's not the boss anymore.  —  M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO  —  Senate Republicans emerged from their weekly luncheon Tuesday with a clear directive from party leaders …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell praises Obama for a change
CONFEDERATE FLAG PHOTO UPSETS CHAPEL HILL STUDENTS  —  Concerned parents told ABC11 Monday that a photo posted to the social media site Instagram has upset many students.  —  The picture was allegedly taken by an East Chapel Hill High School student.  It shows two girls waving confederate flags.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Pamela Geller / TIME:
A Response to My Critics—This Is a War  —  Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and publisher of  —  Some are saying I provoked this attack.  But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Questions for Hillary Clinton: Immigration  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton led a round-table discussion at Rancho High School in Las Vegas on Tuesday.Credit: Isaac Brekken for The New York Times … On Tuesday, at an event in Las Vegas, Mrs. Clinton laid out an extensive and ambitious plan …
Mark Binelli / Rolling Stone:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's Crusade  —  Bill de Blasio is trying to remake America's biggest city — and he doesn't plan to stop there  —  One afternoon in early April, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio strode onto the back porch of Gracie Mansion, the Upper East Side mayoral residence, to bask in the city's first truly warm day of spring.
Discussion: CBS New York
Bryan Bender / Politico:
Pentagon credit cards used for gambling, escorts  —  IG report finds military officials and civilians used government cards for ‘adult entertainment.’  —  A Defense Department audit has found that a significant number of Pentagon employees used their government credit cards to gamble and pay for …
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s War on Science Gets Worse  —  During last fall's midterm election campaign, “I'm not a scientist” became a standard Republican answer to questions about climate change.  The line seemed to invite parody, and Stephen Colbert (among others) obliged.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well With Solar  —  Even Elon Musk's SolarCity, the biggest supplier in the U.S., isn't ready to install Tesla's home battery for daily users  —  Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase.
Discussion: The Verge, BGR and Raw Story
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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton to Court Donors for Super PAC
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Nathan Donato-Weinstein / bizjournals:
In stinging defeat for Google, LinkedIn scores lion's share of real estate capacity in Mountain View's North Bayshore
Discussion: New York Times, The Verge and Gizmodo
Austin Ruse / BREITBART.COM:
Schools Quiz Twelve-Year-Olds about Gay, Oral, and Anal Sex
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR Granite State poll: Clinton leads, but some Democrats looking for alternative
Shane Ferro / Business Insider:
There's a new cryptocurrency coming, and it's backed by gold
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg Business:
Michigan Voters Reject Tax Increase to Pay for Roads and Bridges
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS Is Running a 5-Star Hotel in Iraq
Six Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Glasner / Uneasy Money:
Cluelessness about Strategy, Tactics and Discretion
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting
Discussion: Gawker, The Moderate Voice and The Week