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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Backs Michigan on Affirmative Action  —  WASHINGTON — In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action …
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’  —  A significant portion of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's scathing dissent in the Supreme Court's decision upholding Michigan's affirmative action ban was dedicated to taking on Chief Justice John Roberts' views on race in America.
Discussion: Mediaite and Fox News
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
U.S. justices show little support for Aereo TV in copyright fight  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Tuesday about online TV service Aereo Inc's position in a copyright dispute with major broadcasters, but several raised concerns about how a ruling against the startup could affect cloud computing services.
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:   A Lack of Affirmative Action Isn't Why Minority Students Are Suffering
Politico:
Supreme Court upholds ban on affirmative action in college admissions
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
No stopping Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Bob Price / BREITBART.COM:
BLM EYES 90,000 ACRES OF TEXAS LAND  —  After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM's focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary.  The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover …
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Bob Price / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE—TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: ‘COME AND TAKE IT’  —  After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM's authority to take such action.
Dave Breitenstein / The News-Press:
Rep. Eagle releases statement after DUI arrest  —  State Rep. Dane Eagle was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence early Monday in Tallahassee, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.  —  Court documents show Tallahassee Police first spotted Eagle (R-Cape Coral) pulling out of a Taco Bell on West Tennessee Street.
Charles Murray / AEIdeas:
An open letter to the students of Azusa Pacific University  —  I was scheduled to speak to you tomorrow.  I was going to talk about my new book, “The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead,” and was looking forward to it.  But it has been “postponed.”  Why?  An email from your president …
New York Times:
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest  —  The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.  —  While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage  —  Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage “only” as between a man and a woman.
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Real Clear Politics:
Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent
Jaimie Etkin / BuzzFeed:
Aaron Sorkin Wants To Apologize To Everyone About “The Newsroom”  —  “I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I'd like to start over,” the creator told an audience at a Tribeca Film Festival event on Monday.  —  Aaron Sorkin with Jon Favreau at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 21.
Bryan Jacoutot / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Media Matters' relationship with mainstream media in focus after Sharyl Attkisson's accusations  —  On the most recent airing of the CNN Sunday talk show, Reliable Sources, former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkinson, revealed a rather stunning accusation about the far left online news organization, Media Matters.
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Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The New Abolitionism  —  Averting planetary disaster will mean forcing fossil fuel companies to give up at least $10 trillion in wealth.  —  Before the cannons fired at Fort Sumter, the Confederates announced their rebellion with lofty rhetoric about “violations of the Constitution of the United States” …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Brad Plumer / Vox:
How the world failed on climate change  —  It was the early 1990s.  Climate scientists had long known that humans were warming up the planet.  But politicians were just beginning to grasp that it would take a huge coordinated effort to get nations to burn fewer fossil fuels and avoid sharp temperature increases in the decades ahead.
Discussion: The Verge, Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Philip Ewing / Politico:
U.S. sending troops to Eastern Europe  —  The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff.  —  About 150 soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team …
CNN:
First on CNN: 15 cities in running for 2016 Democratic Convention  —  Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more.
Paul Gatling / Northwest Arkansas Business Journal:
John Boozman Undergoes Emergency Heart Surgery  —  U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) is recovering in a Rogers hospital after undergoing heart surgery Tuesday morning.  —  Boozman, 63, was taken to the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas emergency room by ambulance.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over  —  Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.  They're closing every possible door.  Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off …
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Incumbent Southern Democrats Are Less Vulnerable Than You Might Think  —  Democrats' hopes of keeping their Senate majority this November may well hinge on the ability of three of their incumbents to hold onto their seats deep in enemy territory: the South.  To take the Senate and consolidate …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Elites' Sacrificial Victims  —  Why do our well-meaning elites so often worry about humanity in the abstract rather than the real effects of their cosmic ideologies on the majority?  The dream of universal health coverage trumped the nightmare of millions of lives disrupted by the implementation of it.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Joel Kotkin:
The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome  —  Appearing in:  —  Orange County Register  —  The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn - accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann - reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint.
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
Agence France-Presse:
Kerry tells Russia of ‘deep concern’ over Ukraine: official  —  Washington (AFP) - Secretary of State John Kerry attested Tuesday to the massively complex challenges Washington faces in Ukraine, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, declaring “it was easier” during the Cold War.
ABC News:
Ex-CEO Wins Republican Primary for Radel's Seat  —  The former CEO of an aluminum wheel company has won a Republican primary in Florida for the seat of a congressman who resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.  —  With 96 percent of precincts counted …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
White House approves stricter coal dust rule
National Journal:
Not a Single Republican Has Mentioned Earth Day in Congress Since 2010
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Oliver Holmes / Reuters:
Syria's chemical weapons wild card: chlorine gas
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Romney gives $10,000 to McDonnell's legal defense fund
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