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11:55 AM ET, April 26, 2014

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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.
CNN:
Feds close to filing charges against Rep. Michael Grimm, officials say
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Spokesman Is Furious The GOP Has Been Lumped With Bundy (VIDEO)  —  A top spokesman for the Republican National Committee got heated during an interview Friday on CNN, saying Republicans have been unfairly linked to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his racist remarks.
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 …
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
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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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
Discussion: Bloomberg View
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 …
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Cover Oregon officially admits enrollment site is broken beyond repair  —  The Oregon board overseeing the state's deeply flawed health insurance exchange unanimously approved the Obama administration's plan Friday to take over the marketplace, making Oregon the first state to drop its enrollment Web site for HealthCare.gov.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Piketty Phenomenon  —  Many people join the political left driven by a concern for the poor.  But, over the past several years, the Democratic Party has talked much more about the middle class than the poor.  Meanwhile, progressive political movements like Occupy Wall Street directed their fervor at the top 1 percent.
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists hold European military observers captive  —  Monitors held in Slavyansk by Vyacheslav Ponomarev's militants, who captured Vice journalist Simon Ostrovsky  —  Julian Borger and Luke Harding in Donetsk  —  Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine were holding …
 
 
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul on being ‘libertarian-ish’
Tim Cavanaugh / National Review:
Chris Hayes Wants to Kill About 5.7 Billion People
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Tea party eats its own in Oklahoma
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