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2:50 PM ET, April 29, 2014

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Washington Post:
Post-ABC News poll shows Democrats at risk in November as Obama's approval rating falls  —  Democrats face serious obstacles as they look to the November elections, with President Obama's approval rating at a new low and a majority of voters saying they prefer a Congress in Republican hands …
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kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: April 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Overall opinion remains unchanged from March  —  Despite the announcement that at least 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the ACA's new marketplace, overall favorability …
Donald Sterling / TMZ.com:
Donald Sterling Suspended From NBA INDEFINITELY After Racist Comments  —  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has tentatively decided to suspend Clippers owner Donald Sterling INDEFINITELY and impose a multi-million-dollar fine — but Sterling will NOT be forced to sell the team — sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports.
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Brad Townsend / Dallas Mavericks Blog:
Mark Cuban calls Donald Sterling's comments “abhorrent,” endorses maximum league punishment
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Chief Justice Roberts, Meet Bundy and Sterling
ThinkProgress:
Shooter Injures Six In Georgia Town Where Everyone Is Required To Own A Gun  —  A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Six were shot, with their injuries ranging from minor to two in critical condition.  Authorities report that the gunman is dead.
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WSB-TV:
Cobb Co. police say suspect in Kennesaw FedEx shooting is dead  —  KENNESAW, Ga. —  Cobb County police say the person suspected of a shooting at a Kennesaw FedEx facility is dead.  The body is on FedEx property, police said.  —  Police said the suspected gunman died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
WXIA-TV:
Kennesaw FedEx shooting suspect dead
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and The Week
Star Wars:
STAR WARS: EPISODE VII CAST ANNOUNCED  —  The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.  —  Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford …
Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:
John F. Kerry's Israeli gaffe a diplomatic nightmare  —  Photo by:  —  MAKING A MESS: Secretary of State John F. Kerry's latest verbal faux pas, telling international officials that Israel risks becoming ‘an apartheid state’ was blasted by former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton as being ‘outrageous and defamatory.’
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Expresses Regret After Apartheid Remark
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
John Kerry backpedals on Israel ‘apartheid state’ comment
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner: No ‘secret conspiracy’ to jam through immigration overhaul  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday told a private Republican Party meeting that there is no “secret conspiracy” to jam through an immigration overhaul, according to one member in the room.
Discussion: Fox News and Daily Kos
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:   John Boehner clarifies immigration joke
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Candidates won't commit to McConnell
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ThinkProgress:
Meet The Woman Who Did Everything In Her Power To Hide Her Pregnancy From Google  —  They see you when you're sleeping, they know when you're awake...  CREDIT: Flickr/Robert Scoble  —  Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, had an idea: would it be possible to hide her pregnancy from big data?
Discussion: Unfogged
The Daily Beast:
Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow's Calls to Its Ukraine Spies  —  The secretary of state claimed in a private meeting that the U.S. intelligence community has recordings of pro-Russian forces being managed by government handlers in Moscow.  —  The United States has proof that the Russian government …
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Agence France-Presse:   Russia says US astronauts could be hurt by Ukraine sanctions
David Brooks / New York Times:
Saving the System  —  All around, the fabric of peace and order is fraying.  The leaders of Russia and Ukraine escalate their apocalyptic rhetoric.  The Sunni-Shiite split worsens as Syria and Iraq slide into chaos.  China pushes its weight around in the Pacific.
Discussion: The Week, Vox Popoli and Balloon Juice
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Why Democrats Should Avoid the ‘R’ Word  —  From time to time, we all read something where suddenly words jump out from the page, grabbing our attention.  This happened to me the other day while reading a memo from Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and strategist James Carville …
Discussion: Power Line
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
How to Really Rein In the Super Rich  —  Thomas Piketty is right—inequality is on the rise.  But until Wall Street gets out of Washington, neither the French economist nor regular Americans will be able to shift the status quo.  —  Thomas Piketty, meet Bobby Tolbert.
Discussion: LewRockwell
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Benjamin Domenech / Wall Street Journal:
What the Right Should Learn About Inequality
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
The New Paul Ryan Is All About Heart  —  The most impressive thing about Paul Ryan's political career is how successfully he has evaded any interrogation of his motives.  Reporters are a famously cynical lot, prone to analyzing politicians' words or deeds as maneuvers for self-advancement.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Ratings Slip at MSNBC as Jet Coverage Lifts CNN  —  April proved a cruel month for MSNBC, with the news channel hitting some of its lowest ratings in seven years, and its prominent morning show, “Morning Joe,” falling to third place in the cable news competition.
New York Times:
Snowden Retained Expert in Espionage Act Defense  —  WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who provided journalists a trove of classified documents, retained a well-known Washington defense lawyer last summer in hopes of reaching a plea deal …
Yahoo! News:
Ralph Nader's America: Impeach Obama, decriminalize drugs, libertarians & progressives unite!  —  What if Washington politics were no longer defined by partisan gridlock but instead by a cross-party alliance that forged solutions?  The alliance would be unstoppable.
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Republican replacement for Obamacare is Fauxbamacare
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Everyday Economics: A Low-Wage Recovery? The Evidence Isn't There
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse
Ali Meyer / CNSNews:
BLS: In 20% of American Families, No One Works
Discussion: protein wisdom and Doug Ross
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAKE HATE: Montclair State Muslim Charged After Bogus Hate Crime Report
Discussion: The Jawa Report and ABC News
Bloomberg View:
Egyptian Democracy's Death Sentence
Discussion: The Dish
Associated Press:
OK to sell widow's home over $6 bill, judge rules
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Conor P. Williams / Talking Points Memo:
The Vast Network Of Common Core Conspiracy Theories
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
When Piketty Came to America
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Big Texas Utility Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: Eschaton
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Ending Asia Trip, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and News Desk
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
DOJ's ‘Operation Choke Point’ May Be Root of Porn Star Bank Account Closings
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
Erica Pearson / NY Daily News:
Charles Schumer promises immigration reform: ‘We are going to pass that bill and sign it into law this year’
Discussion: Washington Post
Jason Meisner / Chicago Tribune:
Child porn charges filed against ex-state Rep. Farnham
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
EPA chief slams ‘secret science’ claims
Discussion: Fox News
 

 
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