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8:00 AM ET, April 24, 2014

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side  —  BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures.  For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch …
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Washington Times:
Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy hailed as patriot, ripped as lawless deadbeat
Discussion: Hot Air, National Review and Mediaite
ThinkProgress:   Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy's Defense
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats  —  President Obama's landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era.  And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance.
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New York Times:
Southerners Don't Like Obamacare. They Also Don't Want to Repeal It.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Why Criticism of Poll Is Misguided
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic  —  WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.  —  The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose …
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Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC To Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was ‘courageous’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in the Supreme Court's latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.”  —  At an event on diversity within the Justice Department …
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Washington Post:
Keystone XL's continued delay is absurd  —  IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.  —  Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements …
Discussion: Gawker and Rasmussen Reports
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Wall Street Journal:   Keystone Uncensored  —  A labor leader calls the Administration …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule Child Pornography Restitution Is Too High  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a $3.4 million award to a victim of child pornography who had sought restitution from a man convicted of viewing images of her.  That figure was too much, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Dividing the duty to pay for child porn
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court sets aside $3.4-million verdict for child-porn victim
Discussion: The Verge
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Barack Obama, the adolescent president  —  Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan.  He came to that very friendly venue …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Forrest A. Nabors / Politico:
She Can See This Disaster From Her House  —  If Republicans lose the Alaska Senate race, they'll have Sarah Palin to thank.  —  Begich spoke on Feb. 3, ostensibly on the subject of new business opportunities in technology.  As he was being introduced, his darting eyes and scratches …
Discussion: CNN, Liberaland and Tampa Bay Times
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
Vice President Rand Paul?  —  Senator Rand Paul's libertarianism (support for drastically smaller government and suspicion of foreign entanglements and the security state) sets him apart from the rest of the potential Republican candidates for president.  —  That difference is almost certainly …
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices …
Discussion: The Verge and The Week
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Photo Of Obama In Conservative Attack Ad Is Photoshopped From Hospital Trip After Aurora Shooting  —  Conservative group Americans For Prosperity cut out the hospital and the governor of Colorado to show President Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall looking sad together for a negative campaign ad.
Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Energy Plant in Oregon Burning Aborted Babies From Canada to Generate Electricity  —  An energy plant in Oregon is reportedly burning aborted babies from Canada to generate electricity.  UPDATE: Local officials say they will stop the practice while they look into the situation.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Proposal to Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases in Brooklyn  —  The Brooklyn district attorney's office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson …
Wall Street Journal:
The Other Stealthy ObamaCare Menace  —  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation exists to impose price controls and limit payments to providers.  —  The Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board has been so heavily criticized for being an unaccountable body with the power …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You'll Lose Congress  —  The pissed-off party wins midterm elections.  Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?  —  Attention Democrats: Unless you start getting angry, the midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Nathan Deal signs broad gun rights expansion  —  Ellijay - Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation today that would vastly expand where Georgians can legally carry firearms, a proposal that has drawn heaps of praise and scorn from outside groups.  —  “People who follow the rules can protect themselves …
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Gabe Gutierrez / NBC News:
Up in Arms: Georgia Governor To Sign Controversial Gun Bill Wednesday
RT:
Lavrov: Kiev issued ‘criminal order’ allowing use of weapons against civilians  —  The coup-appointed Kiev government's order to use force against Ukrainian citizens is “criminal,” the Russian Foreign Minister told RT. He also denied claims that there is Russian military presence on Ukrainian territory.
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Greg Botelho / CNN:
U.S. paratroopers in Poland amid crisis
 
 
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John Milburn / Associated Press:
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