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ThinkProgress:
Cliven Bundy Says If People Thought His Comments Were Racist, It's MLK's Fault  —  Cliven Bundy, the embattled rancher who revealed himself this week to be not just a critic of the government, but also a blatant racist, dug himself further into a hole Friday morning by saying that Martin Luther King …
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Bundy's Black Bodyguard: ‘I Would Take A Bullet For That Man’ (VIDEO)  —  One of the supporters serving as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal authorities — and who also happens to be black — said he would still “take a bullet for” Bundy after the rancher made racially inflammatory comments.
Discussion: Mediaite
Paul Begala / CNN:
Conservative hero is racist rancher? Didn't see that one coming
John Boel / WAVE-TV:
EXCLUSIVE: Politicians at cockfighting rally caught on video  —  LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's part of Kentucky's landscape, even when it's not readily visible.  This part is hidden in a Henry County valley behind the trees by Lake Jericho.  —  It features sprawling farms that raise chickens, but not the kind you eat.
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Mitch McConnell: Matt Bevin lied on cockfighting  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused his primary challenger Friday of lying about his participation at a cockfighting rally, citing a local news report that shows Bevin being asked directly about cockfighting.
Bill Ruthhart / Chicago Tribune:
Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN ‘Chicagoland’ scenes  —  If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN's documentary series “Chicagoland” were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Hall and the show's producers, that's because they were.
The Hill:
Issa questions role of Holder's DOJ in targeting of Tea Party groups  —  House Republicans on Thursday broadened their investigation into the IRS's improper targeting of conservative groups, questioning whether the Justice Department might have played a role.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:   Republicans Are Racists? No, It's Just All a Big Coincidence
Salon:
Republican monsters duke it out: The coming “Plutocrats vs. Tea Party” cage match
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president  —  BARACK OBAMA JOE BIDEN HILLARY CLINTON 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS ELIZABETH WARREN  —  Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is starting a publicity tour for her new campaign-style book, A Fighting Chance.  As she talks to the press …
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
How a Kids Program Hillary Brought to Arkansas Could Unite Democrats
Discussion: Yahoo! News
ThinkProgress:
Boehner Acknowledges That Repealing Obamacare 'Isn't The Answer'  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted on Thursday that repealing President Obama's signature health reform law “isn't the answer” because it's too late to roll back all of the changes it's had on the insurance industry over the past several years.
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Sheila McLaughlin / Cincinnati.com:
Boehner mocks colleagues on Congress over immigration reform
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Piketty Panic  —  “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the new book by the French economist Thomas Piketty, is a bona fide phenomenon.  Other books on economics have been best sellers, but Mr. Piketty's contribution is serious, discourse-changing scholarship in a way most best sellers aren't.
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Eric Alterman / The Nation:   A brilliant book has named the problem of our time. But will anything change?
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Al Gore is not giving up  —  A rare, frank conversation with the former vice president and climate-change activist.  —  Al Gore is richer and skinnier than ever, 14 years out of the White House, a tech titan with elder statesman clout, whose disdain for politics in the capital where he lived …
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed:
Bloomberg Group Foots Bill To Send Hundreds Of Gun Reform Activists To NRA Convention  —  When Michael Bloomberg announced he would spend $50 million on gun control this year, he said he hoped to make the National Rifle Association “afraid.”  This weekend, the Bloomberg-backed group Everytown …
Discussion: USA Today and National Review
Associated Press:
Rand Paul seeks new allies among Romney team  —  BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul is seeking new alliances with the Republican Party's establishment wing during a Northeast tour that begins Friday in Boston.  —  The 51-year-old Kentucky Republican headlined an afternoon luncheon hosted …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Rand Paul and Wealthy Libertarians Connect as He Weighs Running  —  Frayda Levin, a New Jersey libertarian activist and former small-business owner, is a woman of many passions: promoting liberty, ending marijuana prohibition and opposing her state's recent minimum-wage increase.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century  —  “To see what is in front of one's nose,” George Orwell famously wrote, “needs a constant struggle.”  In front of my nose as I write this is a copy of last Sunday's New York Times.  I have opened it to the business section.
Robert Nolin / Sun-Sentinel:
Dumb bank robber leaves note with his name  —  FBI agents say Felipe Cruz tried ¿ but failed ¿ to rob the Chase Bank in Pompano Beach on April 10.  —  As bank robbers go, this guy was no pro.  —  Felipe Cruz was doubly doomed, FBI agents said, when he tried — but failed …
 
 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
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Fox News:
Clinton calls Benghazi terror attack ‘biggest regret’ on her watch
Discussion: American Spectator
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Wretched Reid  —  It seems to me that with Senate Majority …
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New York Times:
Ukraine Says It Will ‘Blockade’ Pro-Russian Militants
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Washington Post:
Low-level federal judges balking at law enforcement requests for electronic evidence
Heather Haddon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Attorney Issues Subpoena to Committee Probing George Washington Bridge Scandal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Manu Raju / Politico:
Lindsey Graham foe: Children-loving women cause divorces
Discussion: The Raw Story
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Steyer's Glass House
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jerusalem Post:
Report: Netanyahu agreed to talk borders, settlement freeze prior to Hamas-Fatah deal
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit