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2:40 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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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Quinnipiac: Walker Leading in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell praises Obama for a change  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered rare words of praise for President Obama Tuesday by complimenting his commitment to free trade despite the opposition of many Democrats.  —  It was a surprising burst of warmth in an icy relationship …
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:
Obama's Trade Bill Gets Boost as Mitch McConnell Vows Vote ‘Soon’
National Journal:
McConnell Moves to End Iran Debate
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 …
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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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.”
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
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
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Clinton Foundation backer lashes out at ‘political assassination process’  —  “I used to respect the American media,” billionaire Mo Ibrahim says.  —  MARRAKECH — A Clinton Foundation supporter on Wednesday lashed out at media coverage of the organization and the Clintons — calling it …
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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Appeal Survives Scrutiny, Poll Says
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.
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
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 …
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, Hot Air and Washington Post
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.
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.”
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
David Glasner / Uneasy Money:
Cluelessness about Strategy, Tactics and Discretion  —  In his op-ed in the weekend Wall Street Journal, John Taylor restates his confused opposition to what Ben Bernanke calls the policy of constrained discretion followed by the Federal Reserve during his tenure at the Fed …
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
M. Alex Johnson / NBC News:
Nebraska Woman Files Suit Against All Homosexuals  —  A Nebraska woman is suing all homosexuals on Earth for breaking “religious and moral laws,” according to court records filed Tuesday.
 
 
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Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
What the Debate on Inequality Is Missing
Jonathan A. Knee / New York Times:
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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
Jeb Bush / Chicago Tribune:
Commentary: Jeb Bush's War on Poverty revamp
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Vox and The Week
Manu Raju / Politico:
Begich's big decision: Challenge Murkowski?
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Wall Street Journal:
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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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
McCain in Big Trouble for GOP Primary
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
3 reasons why Huckabee 2016 will be a bust
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Daily Caller
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