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10:50 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 came here on Monday to celebrate the progress a revamped police force has made in building trust between law enforcement and the people of Camden, a rare bright spot in what he has acknowledged …
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
New York Times:
Up to 170 Face Murder-Related Charges in Waco 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.
Tanya Eiserer / WFAA-TV:
Bulletin warned of potential ‘war’ between rival biker gangs
Discussion: ABC News, Mediaite and Associated Press
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama Used Someone Else's iPhone To Tweet His First Presidential Account Tweet  —  President Obama still carries his secure BlackBerry.  On the day of the first tweet from @POTUS, the White House won't say if that device is Twitter capable.  —  The first tweet from the new account @POTUS …
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Alex Wall / White Blog:
Introducing @POTUS: President Obama's Twitter Account
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
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.”
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) …
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
Kenneth A. Oye / Nature:
Drugs: Regulate ‘home-brew’ opiates  —  The research community and the public require a fast, flexible response to the synthesis of morphine by engineered yeasts, urge Kenneth Oye, Tania Bubela and J. Chappell H. Lawson.  — Synthetic biology - Policy - Biotechnology - Drug discovery
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Engadget
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 …
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
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:
Seeking the Presidency, Sanders Becomes Facebook Royalty Through Quirky Sharing  —  WASHINGTON — The quotations he posts, rarely pithy, are 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.”
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's claim that President Bush said he would not have invaded Iraq
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:
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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
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Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Iraq War Architects Shouldn't Get To Keep Going On Sunday Shows
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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
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic …