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4:35 PM ET, May 18, 2015


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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama Limits Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces  —  CAMDEN, N.J. — President Obama on Monday banned the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restricted the availability of others.  —  The ban is part of Mr. Obama's push …
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Creating Opportunity for All Through Stronger, Safer Communities
Aleksander Chan / Gawker:
Obama to Ban Military-Style Assault Weapons For Local Police Forces
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
New York Times:
Up to 170 Face Murder-Related Charges in Biker Melee  —  WACO, Tex. — The police charged about 170 people on Monday in the shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a busy shopping plaza in this Central Texas city on Sunday that left at least nine bikers dead and 18 others wounded.
Grant Hermes /
Cossacks Motorcycle Club: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know  —  Cossacks Motorcycle Club logo.  —  Members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club were among five gangs involved in a violent brawl and shootout outside a Waco, Texas restaurant that left at least 9 dead and 18 wounded.
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Dean Potter, extreme climber, dies in Yosemite base jumping accident  —  Yet again, Dean Potter was hurtling through the air.  A dead tree stood on the ground below him, a strange tug at the space between his shoulders came from above.  —  Potter, already a famous rock climber, had been having this dream night after night.
Grayson Schaffer / Outside Online:
Dean Potter Killed in BASE-Jumping Accident
Discussion: CNN, The Week and NBC News
Andrew Bisharat / Beyond the Edge:
Pioneering Climber Dean Potter Killed in Wingsuit BASE Jumping Accident
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
New York Post:
Al Sharpton's daughter hiked up a mountain on ‘sprained’ ankle  —  The Rev. Al Sharpton's daughter unwittingly proved that her $5 million sprained-ankle suit against the city is a mountain of BS.  —  Dominique Sharpton posted pictures to Instagram showing she completed a difficult mountain climb in Bali …
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Fix The GOP Presidential Debates With This One Simple Trick  —  The official Republican debate calendar is here, and I don't mean to scare you, but you have less than three months before this whole thing goes to eleven.  Or I should say at least eleven, because the Republican National Committee seems …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
Taegan Goddard / The Week:
The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party's precarious left edge.  —  The moves are part of a strategic conclusion …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Democrats sic identity politics on their own
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian H. Potts / Wall Street Journal:
The Hole in the Rooftop Solar-Panel Craze  —  Large-scale plants make sense, but panels for houses simply transfer wealth from average electric customers.  —  Most people buy rooftop solar panels because they think it will save them money or make them green, or both.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Why This Lawmaker Opposes Abortion For Everyone Except His Own Wife And Mistress  —  A Tennessee Republican is making headlines for voting in favor of a national abortion ban, even after pressuring the women in his own life to have legal abortions.  —  Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) …
ABC News:
Exclusive Interview: Elian Gonzalez Wants to Come to the US … Elian Gonzalez would like to return to the United States, he tells ABC News in an exclusive interview.  —  “To the American people, first I say thank you for the love they give me,” Gonzalez said.  “I want the time to give my love to American people.”
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
ABC Colleague: George Stephanopoulos 'Really Isn't a Journalist'  —  If ABC's chief anchor thought two apologies over his undeclared Clinton Foundation donations would be enough to pacify his critics, he was wrong.  —  It has been a rough weekend for ABC News's embattled chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, and an even worse Sunday.
Angelica Alvarez /
Kilt controversy nearly keeps Johnston County teen from attending his prom  —  A Johnston County teen was shut out from the big dance all because he was wearing a kilt.  —  “I want to be proud of where I'm from,” said 16-year-old David Leix.  —  So for Leix's prom he wore his late grandfather's kilt …
Discussion: Fox 59 and FOX31 Denver
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Bobby Jindal forming exploratory committee for White House run  —  Bobby Jindal announced Monday that he's forming a presidential exploratory committee for a potential run for the 2016 Republican nomination.  —  The Louisiana governor, a fierce social conservative who has been active …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Kerry: Internet ‘Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly’  —  In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet “needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly.”  This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for “a technology founded on freedom.”
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ should have stayed on YouTube, court rules  —  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled YouTube should not have been forced to remove a controversial film mocking the Prophet Muhammad due to copyright concerns.  —  A majority of the 11-judge panel reversed …
Discussion: Politico
Alex Wall / White Blog:
Introducing @POTUS: President Obama's Twitter Account  —  Today, with a tweet from the Oval Office, President Obama launched @POTUS, the official Twitter account of the President of the United States.
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Lindsey Graham: “I'm running” because the world is falling apart  —  Shares -  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham says he won't announce his plans for the 2016 election until June 1, but there's very little ambiguity about what those plans will be.  —  “I'm running because I think the world is falling apart.
Discussion: Washington Post, Advocate and The Week
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Sen. Lindsey Graham on White House bid: 'I'm running'
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Iraq War Architects Shouldn't Get To Keep Going On Sunday Shows  —  “History has already begun to harshly judge those who made this country's decisions after 9/11,” Paul writes in his forthcoming book.  —  Darren McCollester / Getty Images  —  Republican Sen. Rand Paul writes …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Wants to Be President, but He's Already Facebook Royalty  —  WASHINGTON — The quotes he posts are rarely pithy, and often sayings he thinks up in the shower.  The photographs he puts up sometimes show him frowning, while others show him gazing oddly into the horizon.
Discussion: The Reaction
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly Accused of Domestic Violence in Custody Battle  —  Three weeks ago, a Nassau County Supreme Court justice ended a bitter three-year custody dispute between Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy, by granting custody of the couple's two minor children to McPhilmy.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Bristol and Dakota couldn't be more thankful for the love …
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners
Discussion: The Times of Israel and The Week
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Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Week
CBC News:
Jewelry store sign prompts same-sex couple to ask for refund
Discussion: PinkNews and Raw Story
Kurt Schlichter /
Let's Celebrate the Death of the Mainstream Media!
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Suzanne Vega / JP Updates:
Police Commissioner Bratton Requests 450 More Officers To Fight Terrorism
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Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
NH GOP Congressman's Political Career Hangs in Balance After FEC Violation
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Katie Pavlich /
UN Ambassador Compares Struggles of Afghan Women to a College Student Who Lied About Rape
Discussion: Power Line and The Gateway Pundit
Rep. Louie Gohmert / The Highland County Press:
Changes needed in Jade Helm military exercises
Discussion: Infowars and Liberaland
ABC News:
The Note: Trouble In Mason City, Feat. Hillary Clinton and Rick Santorum
Discussion: The Hill, PoliticusUSA and Hot Air
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Shape Of Greek Endgame Emerges: IMF Discussed “Cyprus-Like” Plan After Tsipras Warned Of Looming Default
Nick Gass / Politico:
Joe Biden's advice to Yale graduates
Discussion: Business Insider
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights