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2:30 PM ET, April 28, 2014

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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: The Week, PoliticusUSA and Taylor Marsh
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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.
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
No, Sarah Palin, Baptism Isn't A Good Punchline For A Terrorist Joke  —  Sarah Palin gave a speech to members of the National Rifle Association, gathered in Indianapolis this weekend.  She said something that struck me as sacrilegious.  I've long defended Palin against the offensive treatment she's received …
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 …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Donald Trump on Donald Sterling comments: ‘The girlfriend from hell’  —  Donald Trump on Monday called the racist remarks allegedly made by the L.A. Clippers owner “despicable,” but added the woman also recorded in the conversation is the “girlfriend from hell.”
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.
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'
Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
FBI Arrests and Rips Rep. Michael Grimm, an Ex-FBI Agent
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Dienst / nbcnewyork.com:
Rep. Michael Grimm Expected to Surrender to FBI on Monday: Sources
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
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.
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Reuters:
U.S. sanctions more Russians over Ukraine
Discussion: Forbes, VodkaPundit and The Dish
New York Times:
U.S. Announces More Sanctions Against Russia
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 …
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.
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 Monthly
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Howie Kurtz Turns On His Network Fox News For Its Silence On Bundy's Racist Comments (VIDEO)  —  Media critic and Fox News host Howard Kurtz blasted his own network on Sunday for its silence on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's widely condemned comments about blacks and slavery.
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obamacare's Poll Numbers Improve In Republican Districts  —  WASHINGTON — Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act continue to shift in the law's favor, even in Republican-held congressional districts, a new poll set to be released Monday by a Democratic firm will show.
Politico:
After the midterms: Democrats fear President Obama could give in  —  Democrats have something else to fear after the November midterms besides just an all Republican-controlled Congress: President Barack Obama.  —  With Obama's political career winding down and poll numbers continuing to languish …
Discussion: Firedoglake and RedState
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
High Plains Moochers  —  It is, in a way, too bad that Cliven Bundy — the rancher who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on federal land, and bringing in armed men to support his defiance — has turned out to be a crude racist.  Why?
Burgess Everett / Politico:
John Paul Stevens to testify on ‘dark money’  —  Conservative legal scholars beware: The John Paul Stevens show is coming to the Senate.  —  The former Supreme Court justice will appear as the star witness at a Senate Democrats' hearing on “dark money” Wednesday, congressional aides said Sunday.
 
 
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Baltimore Behind Bars
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Rand Paul to propose halting aid to Palestine
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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
CNN:
Majority in Colorado say legal marijuana good
Examiner:
Women-only self-defense classes are challenged as discriminatory against men
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan's Inner City Education
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Poll Shows Problems for Obama, Peril for Senate Democrats
Valerie Strauss / Washington Post:
Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hit & Run
Fox News:
Straight talk about gay Republican Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why the Democrats' Turnout Problem Is Worst in North Carolina
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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
 

 
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