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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:
National Review Writer On Bundy: Heroes Of The Alamo Probably Had ‘Repugnant’ Views, Too
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Rand Paul slams Cliven Bundy's racist rant
Danaradio / The Dana Show:
On Cliven Bundy's Remark *UPDATED: Video Link
Los Angeles Times:
The U.S. can't let Cliven Bundy win his range war
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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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Laura Adkins / Ops & Blogs:
NYU Jewish Students the Target of Latest SJP Propaganda Attacks
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Holder cancels appearance in OKC amid angry protests  —  Attorney General Eric Holder canceled his appearance before the Oklahoma City Police Department's graduating cadet class Thursday amid angry protests over his scheduled visit.  —  Mr. Holder was scheduled to deliver remarks …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Son: George H.W. Bush wants Jeb to run  —  Barbara Bush may believe her son Jeb should pass on a 2016 bid because there have been enough Bushes in the White House already.  But her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, disagrees and thinks Jeb should go for it.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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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Salon:
Republican monsters duke it out: The coming “Plutocrats vs. Tea Party” cage match  —  Suddenly, suburban GOP donors are coming to a realization: Their party's base is the heartland.  Where've they been?  —  Stop the presses!  Breaking news!  The Republican Party is no longer the party of Nelson Rockefeller.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Republicans Have a Good Map.  That Doesn't Mean Obamacare's a Winning Issue.  —  A theory of the 2014 elections  —  Imagine a future midterm election in which Republicans were defending seats not just in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida but in Washington, California and Connecticut as well.
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg View:
Why Neither Party Has a Political Edge  —  What Jonathan Chait says seems to be becoming conventional wisdom.  That doesn't make it true: … There's no solid evidence for this.  At best, it's the other way around: There may be a very mild Democratic edge in presidential elections …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
 
 
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