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6:25 AM ET, May 7, 2015


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Laura Vitto / Mashable:
16 people who are hot for McDonald's new Hamburglar  —  McDonald's brought back its iconic Hamburglar mascot on Wednesday, and much to Twitter's delight, he's actually pretty smokin'.  —  The beefed up new Hamburglar has folks fanning themselves over his slick new trench coat …
Discussion: KFOR-TV, FOX31 Denver and
Laura Vitto / Mashable:
Hide your lunch: McDonald's brings back the Hamburglar  —  Bid farewell to the Hamburglar of your youth.  Gone are his rounded cheeks and single tooth, replaced with...uh...this guy:  —  McDonald's is bringing the Hamburglar back to network television for the first time since 2002 …
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Iran legislation is a ‘bad bill’  —  Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday slammed legislation that would allow Congress to review and vote on a final Iran nuclear deal, calling the proposal a “bad bill.”  —  “I agree that it is of paramount important to give Congress …
Discussion: New York Times
David Espo / ABC News:
Analysis: Republican Budget Claims Don't Add Up  —  On paper and in speeches, Republicans boast that Congress' first budget since they won control of the Senate and House last fall will eliminate red ink within a decade.  —  Actually, it will do nothing of the sort.
Jenny Gross / Wall Street Journal:
U.K. Election 2015 Unlikely to Yield Clear Winner  —  Lack of majority for either Conservative or Labour could leave Cameron, Miliband both claiming mandate  —  LONDON—The U.K. will hold one of its most unpredictable elections in decades Thursday, and with no clear winner likely …
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
This isn't 1968.  Baltimore isn't Watts.  And Hillary Clinton isn't Michael Dukakis.  —  I wish I could introduce Richard Cohen and Lloyd Green to Antonio Morgan.  Cohen of course is my Washington Post colleague and columnist.  Green is a former Justice Dept. official and former opposition research counsel for the Republican Party.
M.DeLaTorre / KFOR-TV:
All exotic animals from Tiger Safari in Tuttle have been found  —  The Grady County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that all of the animals have been accounted for.  —  TUTTLE, Okla. — The owners of Tiger Safari have confirmed that some of their exotic animals are on the loose.
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.
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.
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research:
Greenhouse gas benchmark reached  —  Global carbon dioxide concentrations surpass 400 parts per million for the first month since measurements began  —  For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration …
Discussion: The Carbon Brief
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.
Alistair Bell / Reuters:
Bill Clinton says tough '90s crime bill went too far
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TalkLeft
What Pamela Geller Advocates Is Not Free Speech  —  Qasim Rashid is an attorney, author of EXTREMIST, and national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.  —  Repeated demonization can inspire violence  —  There's an important history behind America's free speech laws …
LAPD Chief Beck: No ‘Extraordinary Circumstances’ to Justify Venice Fatal Police Shooting  —  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday addressed the death of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an officer following a confrontation near the historic Venice sign, saying the shooting concerned him and an investigation was underway.
Discussion: Raw Story and The PJ Tatler
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 …
Elizabeth Kolbert / New Yorker:
The G.O.P.'s War on Science Gets Worse  —  During last fall's midterm election campaign, “I'm not a scientist” became a standard Republican answer to questions about climate change.  The line seemed to invite parody, and Stephen Colbert (among others) obliged.
Discussion: Daily Kos
James Hohmann / Politico:
Marco Rubio tries to thread immigration needle  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) writes in a new book that immigration reform should happen through piecemeal bills, not the kind of massive compromise legislation that he sponsored in the last Congress.  —  The potential 2016 presidential candidate nods …
Discussion: Washington Post
Pamela Geller / Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs:
Islamic State on Pamela Geller: “We will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter”  —  This threat illustrates the savagery and barbarism of the Islamic State.  They want me dead for violating Sharia blasphemy laws.  What remains to be seen is whether the free world will finally wake …
Sasha Goldstein / NY Daily News:
ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller in message boasting of ‘71 trained soldiers in 15 different states’
Mark Binelli / Rolling Stone:
Mayor Bill de Blasio's Crusade  —  Bill de Blasio is trying to remake America's biggest city — and he doesn't plan to stop there  —  One afternoon in early April, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio strode onto the back porch of Gracie Mansion, the Upper East Side mayoral residence, to bask in the city's first truly warm day of spring.
Discussion: Fox News, CBS New York and Politico
Washington Post:
Inside Jeb Bush's long game: A bet on peaking late  —  At a luxury Miami hotel last month, one of Jeb Bush's chief strategists stood before hundreds of top GOP fundraisers to deliver an unsubtle message: The former Florida governor will not be one of the “presidents of August.”
Athena Jones / CNN:
Baltimore mayor asks DOJ for civil rights probe into city police department  —  Baltimore mayor says police dept. will get body cameras 03:20  —  Baltimore (CNN)Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake requested Wednesday that the Department of Justice order a “pattern or practice” …
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
CONFEDERATE FLAG PHOTO UPSETS CHAPEL HILL STUDENTS  —  Concerned parents told ABC11 Monday that a photo posted to the social media site Instagram has upset many students.  —  The picture was allegedly taken by an East Chapel Hill High School student.  It shows two girls waving confederate flags.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Embraces a ‘Super PAC,’ Trying to Erode a Republican Edge  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton will begin personally courting donors for a “super PAC” supporting her candidacy, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has fully embraced the independent groups …
Discussion: Fox News, Washington Post and The Week
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 …
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.
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