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2:05 PM ET, April 26, 2014

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TMZ.com:
Clippers Owner Donald Sterling to GF — Don't Bring Black People to My Games ... Including Magic Johnson  —  L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his GF he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games ... including Magic Johnson ... and it's ALL on tape.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
What if the tea party decides to walk away from the GOP in 2016?  It could happen.  —  The relationship (or lack thereof) between the mainstream of the Republican party and the tea party has long been pooh-poohed by GOP strategists as standard operating procedure for a party out of the White House.
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on being ‘libertarian-ish’  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul hopes to infuse the Republican Party with some of his libertarian views, but the Kentucky Republican said Friday he'd still support the GOP presidential nominee in 2016 even if he didn't entirely agree with that person.
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Indictment Expected for Grimm, Staten Island Congressman  —  Representative Michael G. Grimm, a former F.B.I. agent and Marine who capitalized on his straight-arrow image to win a seat in Congress, is expected to be indicted on federal fraud charges as early as next week after a lengthy …
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Politico:
Michael Grimm expected to be indicted  —  Rep. Michael Grimm is expected to be indicted by the U.S. attorney in New York, according to the New York Republican's lawyer.  —  Grimm has been under investigation by federal authorities for alleged campaign finance violations.
Charlie LeDuff / New York Times:
A Beating in Detroit  —  DETROIT — AS Detroit burned to the ground on a hot summer night in July 1967, my grandparents stood on their front lawn listening to the sounds of our civic suicide.  —  “Pa,” my grandmother is said to have said.  “We've got to get out of this neighborhood.”
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Avril Lavigne picked a bad week to go all racist.  —  She's in big trouble for this:  —  Do you not see what's so cliven about it?  Well, then, you might want to submit to Vox, the website that explains everything to the point needed by an adequately intelligent but generally pretty busy person:
Discussion: RedState and Vox
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Texas Republican Spent Over $30,000 In Campaign Cash On Chocolates And Ham  —  Hams!  —  Ham.  —  Tom Wallace/Minneapolis Star Tribune / MCT  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Rep. Ralph Hall, the oldest serving member of Congress, spent more than $33,000 in campaign funds on orders from Honey Baked Foods …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Daily Meme: Embrace the Discomfort  —  Try to relax; today's meme is all about discomfort.  And there's no one feeling more of it than Republicans, who were hit yesterday with the rhetorical stylings of their erstwhile hero Cliven Bundy—Nevada rancher, defier of laws, and racial philosopher.
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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Google+ Is Walking Dead  —  Today, Google's Vic Gundotra announced that he would be leaving the company after eight years.  The first obvious question is where this leaves Google+, Gundotra's baby and primary project for the past several of those years.  —  What we're hearing from multiple sources …
Jason Morris / CNN:
Texas family plagued with ailments gets $3M in 1st-of-its-kind fracking judgment  —  Fracking in the U.S.  —  Dallas (CNN) — When the Parr family started having serious health problems late in 2008, they had no idea it was associated with what they call “a multitude” of drilling operations …
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House  —  As new U.S. sanctions against Russia loom, the Kremlin has shut down—at least for now—intensive high level communications between top U.S. and Russian officials.  —  Since the invasion of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin …
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RT:
‘Propaganda bullhorn’: John Kerry attacks RT during Ukraine address
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Gov. Tom Ridge Resigns From Bloomberg's New Gun Control Group  —  Former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge is stepping down from his position with Michael Bloomberg's new anti-gun organization, The Daily Caller has learned.  —  “When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown …
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CNN:
NRA cites eroding freedoms, warns of Hillary candidacy
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
Drought Now Covers Every Last Inch Of California  —  For the first time in at least 15 years, all of California is officially in drought.  —  According to the April 22 release of the U.S. Drought Monitor, every last inch of California is in a state of “moderate” to “exceptional” drought …
 
 
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Luke Harding / Guardian:
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Tim Cavanaugh / National Review:
Chris Hayes Wants to Kill About 5.7 Billion People
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