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1:25 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.
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Mrkamlet / CBS Los Angeles:
Group Claiming To Be Descendants Of Knights Templar Arrested In Impersonating Police Officers
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 6, 2015 - Walker In Front Of Pack …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Quinnipiac: Walker Leading in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air
CBC News:
Alberta election 2015 results: NDP wave sweeps across province in historic win  —  Wildrose Party, led by newly elected leader Brian Jean, once again Alberta's Official Opposition  —  It's a massive shock that turns Canadian politics on its head: the NDP has won a majority government in Alberta.
Discussion: Common Dreams and The Mahablog
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Leftist Party in Alberta Ends Long Dominance of Conservatives  —  OTTAWA — With an economy dominated by the oil industry and a conservative, free-market political tradition, Alberta has long been cast as the Texas of Canada.  But on Tuesday night, not only did the province's voters put …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority  —  Congressional Republicans scored a major legislative victory on Tuesday as the Senate adopted the first bicameral GOP budget agreement in a decade.  —  The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell praises Obama for a change
National Journal:
McConnell Moves to End Iran Debate
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 PamelaGeller.com.  —  Some are saying I provoked this attack.  But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Keep Pouring Fuel On The Texas Takeover Fire  —  The Pentagon has no plans to stage a military takeover of the Lone Star state.  There are no tunnels covertly being constructed under West Texas' shuttered Wal-Mart stores.  —  So why are the fringes of the Internet still abuzz …
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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 …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Bill De Blasio plans ‘Contract with America’ for left  —  NYC's mayor will unveil his ‘Progressive Agenda’ next week at the U.S. Capitol.  —  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, using his muscular perch to try to nudge the national Democratic Party to the left, next week will unveil …
Discussion: The Hill, Balloon Juice and The Week
Annie Karni / Politico:
Warren met privately with ‘Draft Warren’ supporters  —  The Massachusetts senator recently huddled with progressives affiliated with the campaign urging her to run for president.  Her office insists she was unaware of any connection.  —  Elizabeth Warren says she has no intention of jumping into the 2016 race.
David McCabe / The Hill:
Democrat: My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Wednesday rejected the idea that Democratic political leaders were responsible for problems in Baltimore.  —  “Chris, come on Chris,” he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
CBS New York:
Obama Administration: Times Square's Iconic Billboards Must Be Removed Or Else  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You can call it a bureaucratic blunder ... or a Washington blooper.  —  But any way you slice it a move by the federal government to make the city remove Times Square's iconic billboards falls …
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and Hot Air
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting  —  As Benjamin Shayne settled into his back yard to listen to the Orioles game on the radio Saturday night, he noticed a small plane looping low and tight over West Baltimore — almost exactly above where rioting …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, Gawker and The Week
BBC:
Germanwings crash: Co-pilot Lubitz ‘practised rapid descent’  —  Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is known to have suffered depression in the past  —  The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps in March appears to have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, a report by French investigators says.
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Catholicism Undervalues Women  —  Like a Pringles vendor sounding an alarm about obesity, Pope Francis fashioned himself a feminist last week.  —  You are not reading The Onion.  —  It was an epic mismatch of messenger and message, and I say that as someone who is thankful for this pope …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain in Big Trouble for GOP Primary  —  John McCain's troubles with conservatives have him in a whole lot of trouble for reelection next year.  Even among Republican primary voters just 41% approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove.  Only 37% of primary voters say they generally support …
EU Press Room:
A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen  —  The Internet and digital technologies are transforming our world - in every walk of life and in every line of business.  Europe must embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
3 reasons why Huckabee 2016 will be a bust  —  In 2008, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee surprised many Beltway pundits by coming out of nowhere on a shoestring budget to win the Iowa caucuses and finish as the runner-up to eventual nominee John McCain in the delegate count.
 
 
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M. Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Nebraska Woman Files Suit Against All Homosexuals
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
What the Debate on Inequality Is Missing
Jonathan A. Knee / New York Times:
In ‘Misbehaving,’ an Economics Professor Isn't Afraid to Attack His Own
KSDK-TV:
Dorian Johnson files lawsuit against Ferguson
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz blasts Obama team for failing to “connect the dots” before Garland attack
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
Jeb Bush / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: Jeb Bush's War on Poverty revamp
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Vox and The Week
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Begich's big decision: Challenge Murkowski?
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
‘Flash Crash’ Overhaul Is Snarled in Red Tape
Benjamin Hart / The Awl:
Leaving New York and Also Technology
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nicole Haas / BizPac Review:
FLOTUS plays race card: Museums are for white people
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
‘Safe-space’ America dangerous to dissenters
Discussion: Hot Air
Rachel Feintzeig / Wall Street Journal:
The 40-Hour Work Week Is a Thing of the Past
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
A sign of things to come in the Democratic party