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4:15 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.
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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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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 …
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
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders Proposes Bill to Break Up Big Banks and Pressure Hillary Clinton  —  Similar to legislation he introduced in previous years, when Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate, the bill has little chance of advancing.  —  t HeidiPrzybyla  —  Senator Bernie Sanders proposed legislation …
Discussion: The Week
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Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
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.
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 …
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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David McCabe / The Hill:
Baltimore mayor asks DOJ to investigate police  —  Baltimore's mayor announced Wednesday that she has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether the city's police department had engaged in discrimination.  —  “Throughout my administration, we have taken a number of steps to change …
Discussion: BizPac Review, The Week and Mediaite
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Page Croyder / Baltimore Sun:
Police charges in Freddie Gray case are incompetent at best
NPR:
Six Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'  —  Listen to the Story  —  NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.  —  People make a lot of assumptions based on a name alone.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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: Gawker, The Moderate Voice and The Week
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul Apparently Paid $100,000 for RandPaul.com  —  The presidential hopeful's campaign recorded a large line-item purchase for a domain name just days before the candidate launched.  —  Days before Paul launched his bid for president, his campaign shelled out more than $100,000 to a domain-buying firm to purchase a “domain name.”
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, The Week and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
esrl.noaa.gov:
March 2014: 398.10 ppm  —  The graph shows recent monthly mean carbon dioxide globally averaged over marine surface sites.  The Global Monitoring Division of NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory has measured carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for several decades at a globally distributed network …
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
 
 
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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
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David McCabe / The Hill:
Democrat: My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore
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