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9:45 PM ET, May 17, 2015


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Sunday Biker Gang Shooting Leaves Nine Dead, Several Injured … Headlines List  —  Three rival motorcycle gangs turned a local restaurant into a shooting gallery Sunday afternoon and when the gunfire was over, nine people were dead and several were injured.
Associated Press:
Police: 9 Dead From Texas Shootout Among Rival Biker Gangs  —  WACO, Texas — Nine people were killed Sunday and some others injured after a shootout erupted among rival biker gangs at a Central Texas restaurant, sending patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said.
Dana Ford / CNN:
Reports: 9 dead in Waco, Texas, shooting  —  (CNN)Nine people were killed Sunday in a shooting among rival bikers in Waco, Texas, CNN affiliates KXXV and KXTX reported.  —  “Multiple injuries to include multiple fatalities,” the Waco Police Department said in a post on Facebook.
Discussion: Washington Post
Scott Walker's Iowa dilemma  —  Should the Wisconsin governor play in the Iowa straw poll in August?  It might be the most important strategic decision of his primary campaign.  —  There's a game of chicken going on in Iowa right now.  —  When Jeb Bush revealed this week that he will blow off …
Discussion: The Reaction
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Is Heavy.  He's My Brother.  —  WASHINGTON — IT isn't about what we know now.  —  It's about what we knew then.  —  It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that “any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had.”
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about their chances in '16
Discussion: The Reaction
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
How Fox News Is (Still) Hurting the Republicans  —  January 30, 1995, the beginning of modern media-political history: Rupert Murdoch (right) announcing that Roger Ailes will run the newly launched Fox News (Peter Morgan / Reuters)  —  Let me recommend for your weekend reading …
Daniel J. McGraw / Politico:
The GOP Is Dying Off.  Literally.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party's biggest—and least discussed—challenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party's own nickname.  The Republican Party voter is old—and getting older …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Wednesday Martin / New York Times:
Poor Little Rich Women  —  WHEN our family moved from the West Village to the Upper East Side in 2004, seeking proximity to Central Park, my in-laws and a good public school, I thought it unlikely that the neighborhood would hold any big surprises.  For many years I had immersed myself …
Discussion: Gothamist, Instapundit and Althouse
Peter Jamison / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American ‘war cry’ shocking
Discussion: BuzzFeed, LAist and Mediaite
Daily Mail:
What IS this strange sound from the sky?  Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation  — Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus  —  A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Key Iraqi City Falls to ISIS as Last of Security Forces Flee  —  BAGHDAD — The last Iraqi security forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday, as the city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters …
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