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12:25 PM 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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Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy's remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’  —  Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Cliven Bundy Wonders If Blacks Are ‘Better Off As Slaves’ Than On Gov't Assistance  —  Now that he's won a confrontation with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing his cattle on federal land, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has time to hold court on everything from abortion to the current state of “the Negro.”
Discussion: Politico, alicublog and Washington Post
Danaradio / The Dana Show:
On Cliven Bundy's Remark  —  I was alerted to this story this evening in the NYT on rancher Cliven Bundy which featured a quote I was told was racist, and therefor I should apologize for ever criticizing the Bureau of Land Management's handling of this and other situations: … A few things.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul slams Cliven Bundy's racist rant
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Republicans slam Bundy's ‘appalling and racist’ remarks
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Norm Clarke:
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation  —  George Clooney, right, shown last year at Wynn Las Vegas promoting his Casamigos tequila with Steve and Andrea Wynn, reportedly took issue with Steve Wynn's comments about President Barack Obama.  (Courtesy)  —  George Clooney.
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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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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Colleen McCain Nelson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Plays Soccer With Robot  —  President Barack Obama, who enjoys playing basketball with friends in Washington, tried out a different sport and a different kind of partner in Tokyo Thursday.  —  The president spent a few minutes with Asimo, a humanoid robot that chatted with the president in English …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Obama plays with Japanese robot
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
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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Chicago Tribune:   Race, diversity and the ballot box
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
Chad Griffin / Advocate:
Op-ed: Chad Griffin on Controversial Marriage Equality Book  —  The response to Jo Becker's book from many of my friends and colleagues in the LGBT movement has had a profound effect on me.  Most troubling of all is the impression that I personally am unaware or dismissive of the decades of hard work …
Discussion: Back2Stonewall and The Dish
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Telling Students to Earn Less  —  Obama now calls for reforming his bleeding college loan program.  —  The federal student loan program is becoming so costly to taxpayers that even President Obama is pretending to fix it.  Readers will recall Mr. Obama as the man who has spent …
Discussion: National Review
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker: Women Get Paid Less Because ‘Men Are More Motivated’ (VIDEO)  —  A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don't work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow lawmakers.
Christopher Moraff / The Daily Beast:
Preppy Drug Bust High on Hype  —  They're the WASPy Walter Whites of the Philadelphia elite, if you listen to the district attorney.  But a look at the government's case reveals a very different story.  —  The house at 560 Barrett Ave. in the bedroom community of Haverford, Pennsylvania, doesn't fit the profile of a drug lord's den.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
The left's secret club plans for 2014, 2016  —  Some of the country's biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party — and the country — to the left.
Elizabeth Summers / PBS:
Expansive gun law to test Democrats  —  Today in the Morning Line:  — How do Michelle Nunn, Jason Carter deal with Georgia gun law?  — Obama says more Russia sanctions are “teed up”  — Is the oldest member of Congress being pushed out because of his age?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wall Street Journal
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 …
Camille Paglia / TIME:
The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime  —  The age 21 rule sets the United States apart from all advanced Western nations, and it has pushed kids toward pills and other anti-social behavior.  —  The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed.
Discussion: Althouse and Liberaland
 
 
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