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8:10 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
The White House:
FACT SHEET: Creating Opportunity for All Through Stronger, Safer Communities
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.
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 …
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 …
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 Verge
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
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.”
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) …
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
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.
New York Times:
Clinton Friend's Libya Role Blurs Lines of 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 of spreading gossip …
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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: FOX31 Denver and Fox 59
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.”
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
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
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Kevin Baxter / Los Angeles Times:
Expansion L.A. soccer team plans new stadium on Sports Arena site
Discussion: LAist and 89.3 KPCC
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
CBC News:
Jewelry store sign prompts same-sex couple to ask for refund
Discussion: Raw Story and PinkNews
 Earlier Items: 
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: 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
Rep. Louie Gohmert / The Highland County Press:
Changes needed in Jade Helm military exercises
Discussion: Liberaland and Infowars
Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Skyrocketing Medicaid signups stir Obamacare fights
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