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9:40 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 …
Police union accuses White House of politicizing cop safety
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Truth Revolt
Aleksander Chan / Gawker:
Obama to Ban Military-Style Assault Weapons For Local Police Forces
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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.
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Used Someone Else's iPhone To Tweet His First Presidential Account Tweet
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Maxim Lott / Fox News:
Boston University prof in racist tweet flap accused of trolling white rape victim  —  Boston University Professor Saida Grundy's tweets deriding white men are her business, according to the school.  (Boston University)  —  Boston University, which has already condemned the racist Tweets …
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: Hot Air
Taegan Goddard / The Week:
The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016  —  There are so many Republicans running for president, or thinking about running for president, that the Republican National Committee is having a hard time keeping track of them all.
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 …
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.”
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Bobby Jindal launches presidential exploratory committee  —  Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) on Monday formally launched a presidential exploratory committee, the clearest indication yet that he is gearing up for a White House run.  —  “For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking …
Discussion: Gawker
New York Times:
Clinton Friend's Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business  —  When the Clintons last occupied the White House, Sidney Blumenthal cast himself in varied roles: speechwriter, in-house intellectual and press corps whisperer.  Republicans added another, accusing Mr. Blumenthal …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Harvard Professor: Rick Santorum Is Misusing My Book To Say “All Black Men Are Sexual Predators”  —  “I'm not going to say who it is but what I'm trying to say is, he's a conservative and he took what I was saying and sort of so misinterpreted it that it's nothing like—it's just isn't even in the universe of what I said.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Bristol and Dakota couldn't be more thankful for the love and support of family and friends over the past months while preparing for their wedding.  They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held.
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) …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Bill Clinton put ‘generation’ of black men in prison  —  PHILADELPHIA — Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says he will bash Hillary Clinton over her husband's record of putting “a generation of black men in prison” if he is the nominee.
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
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 …
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance  —  Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq
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
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
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.”
Matthew Apperson / WESH-TV:
Man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman surrenders guns  —  Matthew Apperson released on $35,000 bond  —  The man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman bonded out of jail over the weekend and has surrendered his guns and ammunition to law enforcement, police said.
Mark Lobel / BBC:
Arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup labourers  —  We were invited to Qatar by the prime minister's office to see new flagship accommodation for low-paid migrant workers in early May - but while gathering additional material for our report, we ended up being thrown into prison for doing our jobs.
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Brandon McGinley / The Federalist:
Kermit Gosnell's Bureaucratic Enabler Just Got Promoted
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Team Jeb: He's held to ‘different standard’ than Hillary
Discussion: Politico
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions
Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC and LAist
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Four passengers sue Amtrak over deadly Philadelphia derailment
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners
Discussion: The Times of Israel and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Iraq War Architects Shouldn't Get To Keep Going On Sunday Shows
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Angelica Alvarez /
Kilt controversy nearly keeps Johnston County teen from attending his prom
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and Fox 59
Kurt Schlichter /
Let's Celebrate the Death of the Mainstream Media!
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
NH GOP Congressman's Political Career Hangs in Balance After FEC Violation
Discussion: WMUR and Talking Points Memo
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Lindsey Graham: “I'm running” because the world is falling apart
Discussion: Washington Post, Advocate and The Week
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic …