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5:50 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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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 …
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.
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 and New York Times
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
How will Hannity respond to Bundy?  —  By now you've probably seen Jon Stewart's masterful/brutal/devastating takedown of Sean Hannity, the latest in the two media personalities' ongoing feud over Hannity's sympathetic coverage of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy Tries To Clarify His Slavery Remarks: 'I'm Not Racist'  —  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made the rounds on conservative radio shows Thursday, trying to explain his musings about whether blacks had been “better off as slaves.”  —  In an interview with conspiracy extraordinaire Alex Jones …
Discussion: Mediaite and BobCesca.com
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy's remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
What Cliven Bundy Knows About “The Negro”
Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Rep. Pat Garofalo / The Atlantic Online:
Cliven Bundy Wants to Tell You All About ‘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 …
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  —  Alex Pettit, the state's top information-technology official, recommended Cover Oregon move to the federal exchange at an advisory committee meeting Thursday. … Alex Pettit, the state's top information-technology official …
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.
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 …
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’
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Dorm storming at NYU targets Jewish students  —  “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 with eviction notices prior to demolition of their homes.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Laura Adkins / Ops & Blogs:
NYU Jewish Students the Target of Latest SJP Propaganda Attacks
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, ThinkProgress and The Week
Chris Christie / TIME:
THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE  —  Scott Walker
Discussion: Watchdog.org, JSOnline and Althouse
Kboi Web / KBOI 2:
Gay veteran: 'Ashes of a couple old lesbians isn't going to hurt'  —  BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Madelynn Taylor wants to spend eternity next to the love of her life.  —  The 74-year-old U.S. Navy veteran from Boise instantly fell in love with her partner back in 1995.  They were inseparable and married soon after.
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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Chris Bragg / Crain's New York Business:
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There's Even A Gender Gap In Children's Allowances
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
22 Senate GOPers: ‘Grave concern’ on deportations
Discussion: Washington Post
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Defending ObamaCare, Sen. Shaheen gets defensive.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
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Camille Paglia / TIME:
The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime
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Christopher Moraff / The Daily Beast:
Preppy Drug Bust High on Hype
Wall Street Journal:
Telling Students to Earn Less
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Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was ‘courageous’
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