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6:45 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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics  —  It's time to look at ourselves — and our collective moral outrage — in the mirror, says former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  —  Moral outrage is exhausting.  And dangerous.  The whole country has gotten a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Called Him A Democrat, But Sterling Is Registered Republican  —  Over the weekend, while nation-wide attention was focused on the racist comments reportedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, some conservative commentators were focused on something else: Sterling's party affiliation.
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
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 …
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Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
US State Department does not deny Kerry's Israel ‘apartheid’ warning
Discussion: Politico and Israel Matzav
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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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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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
FBI Arrests and Rips Rep. Michael Grimm, an Ex-FBI Agent
Discussion: Politico
Politico:
Michael Grimm: 'I'm a moral man'
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Tries And Fails To Get Any Details About The GOP's Obamacare Replacement  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) struggled to articulate a credible GOP alternative to the Affordable Care Act during an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, promising only to replace President Obama's health care reform with …
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
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U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities  —  Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership's Inner Circle, and 17 Entities  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated …
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Reuters:
U.S. sanctions more Russians over Ukraine
Discussion: Forbes, VodkaPundit and The Dish
Manu Raju / Politico:
Police investigating Cliven Bundy-related threats to Harry Reid  —  Federal law enforcement officials are investigating threats made against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the aftermath of his sharp-edged attacks against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, sources said Monday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Howie Kurtz Turns On His Network Fox News For Its Silence On Bundy's Racist Comments (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Issenberg on the The Two Electorates and the Democratic Challenge For the Midterms
Discussion: New York Times
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
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 …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Google removes “deceptive” pregnancy center ads  —  Google is removing Web search ads for some “crisis pregnancy centers,” after an investigation by NARAL Pro-Choice America found evidence that the ads violate Google's policy against deceptive advertising.  —  “We have no problem …
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.
 
 
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Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo
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The real gap isn't about wealth
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