Baltimore police say seven officers have been injured in confrontations with protestors this afternoon.
Running updates on the situation on the ground here.
We're monitoring a stand off unfolding in Baltimore on the day of the funeral of Freddie Gray whose death in police custody has sparked a round of protests. The police are saying they have credible threats of some sort of youth gangs targeting police. There already appear to be some police injuries do to protestors throwing bricks and stones.
I mentioned yesterday that a guy went public to the Las Vegas Sun claiming that he had made up a baseless rumor/conspiracy theory and tried to peddle it to a rightwing site to see just how credulous or irresponsible they would be. Turned out, pretty credulous and irresponsible! The story was that Harry Reid didn't get those injuries in an accident. It was his drunken brother beating him up. And John Hinderaker of Powerline Blog ran with it based on no evidence at all. This afternoon Brendan James talked to Hinderaker to understand how this could happen. You've really got to read this.
As you may know, tomorrow are oral arguments at the Supreme Court in what is likely to be the decisive case for marriage equality nationwide - and perhaps by extension LGBT equality writ large. TPM Managing Editor David Kurtz will be in the chambers covering the oral arguments. And after he writes up what he saw he will be taking your questions in a live chat at The Hive (sub req) tomorrow at 4 PM.
Here are the five lawyers who will be fighting it out tomorrow before the Supreme Court tomorrow over the future of marriage equality nationwide.
Half a dozen eager men get together in Iowa to rile themselves up about gay marriage.
For several years I've been reading about an ominous and fascinating trend for the car industry which stretches across unfolding early 21st century American culture. Put simply, cars are declining as a key component of American culture, particularly with men. That's not to say we're done with them; far from it. Tens of millions Americans rely on them every day to make it possible to work, pick up the kids and experience many of the basic things that make life worth living. But cars have never simply been about utility.
Ian Reisner: "I was ignorant, naive and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights."
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A Las Vegas man claims that he concocted a bogus story about Harry Reid's brother beating up Reid to see whether he could get right-wing media outlets and blogs to run with it. He did. All without any corroboration or even requiring the man, Larry Pfeifer, to provide his true identity.
Child coal miners ("breaker boys") from South Pittston, PA in 1911. Haunting, amazing photographs.
At the end of last week we ran several stories on this fundraising dinner Ted Cruz in Manhattan (yes, he was there looking for money) hosted by two prominent gay hoteliers and his effort - like other Republican presidential candidates - to lash out at the "radical gay marriage agenda" as "illegitimate" on the campaign trail while blithely treating the whole issue as an issue best left to states when trying to get money from gay men in New York.
But something else happened at the end of last week that got less attention. One of the main reasons why soon-to-be Attorney General Loretta Lynch's nomination was held up for an unprecedented period of time was that Senator Cruz made it yet another on his list of life or death points of principle for the Conservative movement. And yet, when the whole tangle got solved and she finally got her vote, Cruz didn't even show up to vote.
He was off raising money.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS cancels event that was to be hosted at venue apparently owned by gay hoteliers who hosted fundraiser for Ted Cruz. This seems to be the beginning of a backlash against the fundraiser's hosts. From the BC/EFA website ...
A message from Executive Director Tom Viola:
It is with regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s edition of the Broadway Bares Solo Strips fundraiser, which was scheduled for May 10 at the NYC club 42West. We cannot in good conscience hold an event at a venue whose owners have alienated our community, as reflected in an April 23 New York Times story and anApril 24 follow-up post.