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5:45 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
Alan M. Dershowitz /
Are Baltimore charges about justice or crowd control?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Atlantic
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.
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 …
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.
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
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg Business:
Michigan Voters Reject Tax Increase to Pay for Roads and Bridges  —  Michigan voters rejected increasing sales taxes to pay for schools and gas taxes to generate $1.3 billion annually for road and bridge construction, according to Governor Rick Snyder.  —  Votes were still being counted …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul Apparently Paid $100,000 for  —  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.”
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Poynter. and The Daily Caller
Jamie Dettmer / The Daily Beast:
ISIS Is Running a 5-Star Hotel in Iraq  —  ISIS propagandists want us to believe it functions almost like a ‘normal’ state, even opening a five-star hotel.  But it's all lies.  —  GAZIANTEP, Turkey — You won't be able to reserve a room ahead of time with any of the major online sites …
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John DiStaso / WMUR:
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Shane Ferro / Business Insider:
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John Koblin / New York Times:
Al Jazeera America, Its Newsroom in Turmoil, Is Now the News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg Business:
Bernie Sanders Proposes Bill to Break Up Big Banks and Pressure Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Week
David McCabe / The Hill:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Catholicism Undervalues Women
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Bill De Blasio plans ‘Contract with America’ for left
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Balloon Juice