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4:30 PM ET, April 28, 2014

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Mother Jones:
Donald Sterling Is a Registered Republican  —  Does it really matter whether racist LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a registered Democrat?  Or a Republican?  Or a member of the Pirate Party of Russia?  —  Well, according to multiple conservative media outlets, yes, it does matter.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Donald Sterling and the Neverending Fantasy of ‘Democrat’ Racism  —  Oh, how eager the conservative press is to call Donald Sterling a Democrat!  It's all part of their larger fantasy narrative about conservatism and race.  —  My Twitter feed yesterday was full of clucking conservatives challenging …
Dave Zirin / thenation.com/blogs/163256:
Donald Sterling: Slumlord Billionaire
Rod Dreher / The American Conservative:
The Sacrilegious Sarah Palin  —  Man, the 12 minute speech Sarah Palin gave to the NRA convention is awful.  It's just witless, red-meat blathering, delivered in that nasal whine of hers that makes it sound like she's chewing wads of tinfoil.  For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like.
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin soldiers on as a diminished figure in the Republican Party  —  Republican Sarah Palin isn't running for office, but the former Alaska governor is running around the country campaigning for the midterms.  How powerful are her political endorsements?  PostTV takes a look.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Taylor Marsh and The Week
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
No, Sarah Palin, Baptism Isn't A Good Punchline For A Terrorist Joke
Zoe Szathmary / Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin tells NRA conference waterboarding is ‘baptism for terrorists’
Washington Post:
Rep. Michael Grimm, facing federal charges, surrenders to FBI  —  NEW YORK — Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) surrendered Monday morning to federal authorities in New York as he faces multiple charges connected to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011 …
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Politico:
Michael Grimm: 'I'm a moral man'  —  NEW YORK — Rep. Michael Grimm was hit with a 20-count federal indictment on Monday, including allegations that he skimmed more than $1 million from a restaurant he owned before he came to Congress.  —  But in a defiant, nine-minute press conference afterwards …
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
FBI Arrests and Rips Rep. Michael Grimm, an Ex-FBI Agent
Discussion: Politico
Colin Campbell / The New York Observer:
‘I Have an Election to Win’: Michael Grimm to Continue Campaign Despite Indictment
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Kerry Warns Israel Could Become ‘An Apartheid State’  —  The secretary of state said that if Israel doesn't make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa.  Jewish leaders are fuming over the comparison.  —  If there's no two-state solution …
Politico:
Wall Street Republicans' dark secret: Hillary Clinton 2016  —  NEW YORK — The biggest parlor game on Wall Street and in corporate boardrooms these days is guessing whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for president and save the GOP's old establishment base from its rising populist wing.
Sasha Issenberg / The New Republic:
How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November  —  The new science of Democratic survival  —  Voter data by TargetSmart Communications.  —  In late February, Barack Obama stood before a room of his party's governors at a Washington fund-raiser and offered a new explanation …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Issenberg on the The Two Electorates and the Democratic Challenge For the Midterms
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why the Democrats' Turnout Problem Is Worst in North Carolina
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Reuters:
U.S. sanctions more Russians over Ukraine
Discussion: Forbes, VodkaPundit and The Dish
The News Star:
32 a.m.: Fifth District U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister won't seek re-election this fall but will complete his term.  —  As first reported at thenewsstar.com, McAllister, R-Swartz, said he and his wife Kelly made the final decision Monday morning.  The couple is flying to Washington, D.C. together today as Congress goes back into session.
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Vance McAllister / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Vance McAllister won't seek reelection, The News-Star reports
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Politics don't belong in science fiction: Column  —  A writer shouldn't be punished for his political beliefs.  —  There was a time when science fiction was a place to explore new ideas, free of the conventional wisdom of staid, “mundane” society, a place where speculation replaced group think …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Joshua Fisher / NCAdvertiser.com:
Paul Simon, Edie Brickell charged with domestic violence  —  12:57 PM — No protective order was issued against Paul Simon or Edie Brickell Monday afternoon in court.  Typically after a domestic violence incident an order is issued by the court.  But Judge William Wenzel agreed with Simon and Brickell …
Los Angeles Times:
Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas  —  Toyota's move to suburban Dallas would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for the American market.  —  About 5,300 people work at Toyota's North American sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan's Inner City Education  —  The men begin filing into the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis around 5:30 a.m. They are ex-convicts and reformed drug dealers, recovering addicts and at-risk youth: a proud brotherhood of the city's undesirables.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
The real gap isn't about wealth  —  We often hear these days, from President Obama and his chorus on the left, that there is massive income inequality in America and that he and his minions are committed to correcting this situation.  —  It is an interesting observation.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
 
 
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Climate Inquisitor  —  'Everyone is in favor of free speech …
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
Doonesbury website moves to The Washington Post
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Poynter
Chris Lehane / Politico:
Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo
Discussion: Althouse
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Howie Kurtz Turns On His Network Fox News For Its Silence On Bundy's Racist Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
Charles Lane / City Journal:
Baltimore Behind Bars
 Earlier Items: 
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Paul Stevens to testify on ‘dark money’
Robert D. Popper / Wall Street Journal:
Political Fraud About Voter Fraud
Suzi Parker / Reuters:
At least 16 killed by tornadoes in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare's Poll Numbers Improve In Republican Districts
Fox News:
Straight talk about gay Republican Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Heartland Institute Edits George Carlin's Words For Cheap Facebook Hits
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The GOP has a demographic problem, and it looks like it could get even worse