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11:40 AM 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.
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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Robert Frank / CNBC:
Hillary is the favorite among millionaire voters: Survey
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Examiner
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker Keeps Lead as Jeb Bush Struggles in Latest Iowa Polling
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  May 6, 2015 - Walker In Front Of Pack …
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Quinnipiac: Walker Leading in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
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National Journal:
McConnell Moves to End Iran Debate
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Republicans finally get their budget
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Appeal Survives Scrutiny, Poll Says  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have initially weathered a barrage of news about her use of a private email account when she was secretary of state and the practices of her family's foundation, an indication that she is starting …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation donor lashes out at ‘political assassination process’  —  MARRAKECH - A Clinton Foundation donor on Wednesday lashed out at media coverage of the organization and the Clintons - calling it “a political assassination process” - and urged the foundation to more forcefully defend itself.
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.
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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Los Angeles Times:
Texas attack refocuses attention on fine line between free speech and hate speech  —  Pamela Geller is a 56-year-old Jewish arch-conservative from New York, a vehement critic of radical Islam who organized a provocative $10,000 cartoon contest in this placid Dallas suburb designed to caricature the prophet Muhammad.
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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
Dallas Morning News:
Islamic State claims Garland attack; White House says possible link being investigated
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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Juliet Linderman / Associated Press:
Officer charged in Gray death contends arrest was legal
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
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.
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: Balloon Juice and The Week
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.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee Vows to Protect Programs for Older Americans  —  Mike Huckabee drew roaring cheers from supporters on Tuesday as the latest entrant in a sprawling field of Republican presidential candidates by declaring himself the guardian of so-called entitlement programs, warning …
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 and The Week
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 …
Jeb Bush / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: Jeb Bush's War on Poverty revamp  —  The tragedy that took place on the streets of Baltimore starts with a young man whose life ended far too soon.  We will hopefully learn the full truth surrounding that death, and the initial reports are disturbing.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Vox and The Week
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
A sign of things to come in the Democratic party  —  Last night at a public hearing on the budget in Prince George's County, Maryland, a flyer with the following headline was circulated: … The flyer goes on to attack the “Israel lobby,” which allegedly is using Black politicians to split …
 
 
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Poll: Majority Wants Supreme Court to OK Same Sex Marriage Nationally
KSDK-TV:
Dorian Johnson files lawsuit against Ferguson
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Scott Shackford / Hit & Run:
Oklahoma Governor Signs Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reform Bill
Manu Raju / Politico:
Begich's big decision: Challenge Murkowski?
Discussion: Political Wire
Wall Street Journal:
‘Flash Crash’ Overhaul Is Snarled in Red Tape
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
Why I'm Changing My Mind and Opposing the Ex-Im Bank
Benjamin Hart / The Awl:
Leaving New York and Also Technology
Discussion: Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Nicole Haas / BizPac Review:
FLOTUS plays race card: Museums are for white people
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
3 reasons why Huckabee 2016 will be a bust
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Continue to Say U.S. Wealth Distribution Is Unfair
Discussion: Common Dreams
Sun-Sentinel:
At least four Florida companies approved for ferry service to Cuba
Discussion: NPR and The Week
Rachel Shapiro / Staten Island Advance:
Staten Island special election 2015: Dan Donovan wins Congress seat
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
Lori Pilger / Lincoln Journal Star:
Auburn woman files federal case against homosexuals