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9:20 PM ET, April 24, 2014

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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Hannity Disgusted With Bundy: Race Comments ‘Beyond Repugnant’  —  Conservative media titan Sean Hannity, formerly one of Nevada rancher Clive Bundy's strongest advocates, expressed his vehement disgust Thursday with the latter's remarks on slavery  —  Bundy's comments “are beyond repugnant to me.
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Bundy Explains ‘Negro’ Remarks: 'I'm Wondering' If They're ‘Better Off Being Slaves’  —  Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher currently under fire for remarks he made about “the Negro,” explained himself on The Peter Schiff Show today, saying that he's just “wondering” whether black people …
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Has A Surprisingly Nice Take On Undocumented Immigrants  —  More video has emerged of Cliven Bundy's slavery remarks, and they now include a bit about “the Spanish people” — by whom Bundy appears to mean undocumented Hispanic immigrants.  But there's a twist: The Nevada rancher actually seems quite fond of them.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
National Review Writer On Bundy: Heroes Of The Alamo Probably Had ‘Repugnant’ Views, Too  —  National Review correspondent Kevin Williamson, who recently compared Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to Mahatma Gandhi, told TPM in an email on Thursday that he thought Bundy's racially charged comments were …
Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy's remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Michelle Obama scraps graduation speech  —  First lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest.  —  Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district …
Discussion: BizPac Review and National Review
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Associated Press:
FLOTUS gets résumé from girl with jobless dad  —  Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years.
Discussion: Mediaite
FCC.gov:
Setting the Record Straight on the FCC's Open Internet Rules  —  There has been a great deal of misinformation that has recently surfaced regarding the draft Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that we will today circulate to the Commission.  —  The Notice proposes the reinstatement …
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?  —  The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics.  The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds.
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
UNITED STATES PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA BOWS TO JAPANESE ROBOT  —  During his visit to Tokyo, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot.  —  ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, exchanged bows with the president before demonstrating that it could kick a soccer ball.
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CNN:
Obama: Japanese robots ‘a little scary’
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Obama administration prepares to take over Oregon's broken health insurance exchange  —  The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon's broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials' conclusion …
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Nick Budnick / Oregonian:
Cover Oregon health insurance exchange recommendation: move to federal exchange
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Dorm storming at NYU targets Jewish students (Updates)  —  “Dorm Storming” is a tactic used by anti-Israel activists at many campuses to slide mock eviction notices under student bedroom doors in the middle of the night, allegedly to let students know how Palestinians feel when served …
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Eyder Peralta / NPR:
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens: Marijuana Should Be Legal  —  Retired Justice John Paul Stevens made some news in an interview with NPR's Scott Simon on Thursday.  —  Scott asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana.  —  “Yes,” Stevens replied.
Sheila McLaughlin / Cincinnati.com:
Boehner mocks colleagues on Congress over immigration reform  —  House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club.  —  CONNECT
Ali Weinberg / ABC News:
John Kerry Threatens Russia But No New Sanctions  —  Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia today of dragging its feet on de-escalating the situation in eastern Ukraine, one week after the two countries reached an agreement in Geneva, Switzerland, to reduce tensions.
Discussion: Politico
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CNN:
A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list  —  (CNN) — At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.  —  The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed …
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.
 
 
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