Relative Calm in Baltimore, Rand Paul Blames 'Lack of Fathers' for Riots, GOP Viewed as 'More Extreme': A.M. Links


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  • Cops fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a crowd out past curfew in Baltimore Tuesday evening; around 10 people were arrested, but overall the streets were relatively calm throughout the night. 
  • Rand Paul blamed a "lack of fathers" and a "lack of moral code" for what he described as the "thuggery and thievery" in Baltimore.
  • Senators rejected a measure Tuesday which would have required any nuclear agreement with Iran to be ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. 
  • In the first half of 2014, the D.C. government payed nearly $10,000 to lobby itself. 
  • Republicans are now viewed as more "extreme" than Democrats, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, an opinion that's risen seven percentage points since November 2014. 
  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Oklahoma's death-penalty procedure, which relies on a three-drug protocol that's been used in several botched executions. 
  • Florida Gov. Rick Scott filed two lawsuits Tuesday claiming the federal government tried to bully state officials into expanding low-income health care coverage for Floridians. 
  • A bill under consideration in Texas would hold doctors or counselors criminally liable for coercing a woman into ending a pregnancy.
  • Axl Rose has some words for the Indonesian president. 

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