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10:45 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 …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Places Blame On Sterling's Girlfriend For ‘Cajoling’ Him Into Racist Comments  —  Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar suggested on Monday that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist rant is at least partially his girlfriend's fault.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Donald Trump on Donald Sterling comments: ‘The girlfriend from hell’
Dylan Byers / Politico:
John Kerry's private remarks allegedly taped by Daily Beast reporter  —  Secretary of State John Kerry's private remarks to a meeting of influential world leaders last week were allegedly taped by a reporter from The Daily Beast, a fact that led to a personal apology from Trilateral Commission chairman Joseph S. Nye on Monday.
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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 …
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Barbara Boxer: John Kerry apartheid critique ‘ridiculous’  —  Sen. Barbara Boxer took an apparent swipe at Secretary of State John Kerry, saying on Twitter that any statement comparing Israel to apartheid “is nonsensical and ridiculous.”  —  While Boxer didn't mention Kerry by name …
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
US State Department does not deny Kerry's Israel ‘apartheid’ warning
Discussion: The Daily Beast 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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Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Sarah Palin's Barbarism  —  It's been no secret for a while that Sarah Palin, erstwhile vice-president candidate, is no longer a serious political contender — for evidence of that transition, note that even among her faithful, at CPAC this year, she got just 2 percent of the vote in the straw poll, tied with Condoleezza Rice.
Discussion: The Dish and Washington Post
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: Daily Kos and New York Times
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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: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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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
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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Aaron Katersky / ABC News:
FBI Arrests and Rips Rep. Michael Grimm, an Ex-FBI Agent  —  The FBI arrested New York Congressman Michael Grimm — a former FBI agent — on fraud and perjury charges today and then ripped into him for dishonoring the FBI code.  —  Grimm, a Republican from New York City's borough of Staten Island, surrendered to the FBI this morning.
Discussion: Politico
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Politico:
Michael Grimm: 'I'm a moral man'
Colin Campbell / The New York Observer:
‘I Have an Election to Win’: Michael Grimm to Continue Campaign Despite Indictment
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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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.
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 …
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Boehner Tea Party Challenger Fired Over Anti-Boehner Ad  —  House Speaker John Boehner's tea party primary challenger J.D. Winteregg has been fired from his position as adjunct professor at Cedarville University in Ohio due to his recent viral web ad accusing Boehner of “Electile Dysfunction,” The Daily Caller has learned exclusively.
 
 
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The White House:
Remarks by President Obama and President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines in Joint Press Conference
Debbie Elliott / NPR:
Mississippi's Lone Abortion Clinic Fights To Remain Open
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
How A Public Corruption Scandal Became A Fight Over Free Speech
Discussion: Firedoglake and Bloomberg View
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Theme Music Greets Obama in Manila
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Climate Inquisitor  —  'Everyone is in favor of free speech …
Chris Lehane / Politico:
Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
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Charles Lane / City Journal:
Baltimore Behind Bars
Joshua Fisher / NCAdvertiser.com:
Paul Simon, Edie Brickell charged with domestic violence
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
The real gap isn't about wealth
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sasha Issenberg / The New Republic:
How the Democrats Can Avoid Going Down This November
Robert D. Popper / Wall Street Journal:
Political Fraud About Voter Fraud
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin soldiers on as a diminished figure in the Republican Party
Discussion: The Week, PoliticusUSA and Taylor Marsh
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Paul Ryan's Inner City Education
 

 
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