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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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Houston Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines Clippers owner $2.5 million  —  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has wrapped a news conference in which he announced the NBA's punishment of Donald Sterling for controversial comments Sterling allegedly made about blacks.  The Clippers owner was banned for life and fined $2.5 million.
Discussion: ABC News, TalkLeft and The PJ Tatler
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Chief Justice Roberts, Meet Bundy and Sterling  —  It's challenging to keep up with the latest in racist tirades, so let's attempt a brief review.  Last week, Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for his refusal to pay his debts to the federal government …
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Pundit: ‘Race-Baiters’ Struck Gold With Sterling  —  Since they were posted on the internet on Friday, racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have been met with almost universal condemnation.  But only almost.  —  Over the weekend …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lynn Zinser / New York Times:
N.B.A. Bars Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for Life  —  Donald Sterling, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was barred from the N.B.A. for life and fined $2.5 million by the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, on Tuesday for making racist remarks.
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
NBA Suspends Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling For Life, Imposes $2.5 Million Fine
Brad Townsend / Dallas Mavericks Blog:
Mark Cuban calls Donald Sterling's comments “abhorrent,” endorses maximum league punishment
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 …
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative lawmaker predicts Boehner won't run for Speaker again  —  A House Republican who supported Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2013 is predicting Boehner won't run for the job again and says he would be surprised if he could win re-election by the House.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner admits immigration comments went too far
Discussion: Washington Post
Seung Min Kim / Politico:   John Boehner clarifies immigration joke
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
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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Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points  —  (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that on April 18, 2014, it obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents.  They include a newly declassified email showing …
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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?
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.
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
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 …
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Yahoo! News:   Violence flares in Ukraine, deepening ‘Iron Curtain’ crisis
Ralph Steadman / BuzzFeed:
21 Splendid Illustrations From Ralph Steadman's “Animal Farm”  —  1. Ralph Steadman is a British illustrator perhaps best known for his work with Hunter S. Thompson.  —  2. In 1995, Steadman illustrated a special 50th Anniversary edition of George Orwell's Animal Farm.  —  Ralph Steadman / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Oklahoma Set for Double Execution Amid Storm Over Lethal-Drug Secrecy  —  McAlester, Okla. — Attempts by two condemned Oklahoma men to delay their lethal injections over the state's refusal to disclose the source of the drugs were set to end Tuesday evening in the first double execution in Oklahoma in eight decades.
 
 
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman Makes Shocking Racial Comments About Republicans, Clarence Thomas, Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Ezra Klein / Vox:
The Republican replacement for Obamacare is Fauxbamacare
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
FAKE HATE: Montclair State Muslim Charged After Bogus Hate Crime Report
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New York Times:
Big Texas Utility Files for Bankruptcy
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Ending Asia Trip, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy
Sally Kohn / The Daily Beast:
How to Really Rein In the Super Rich
Discussion: Mashable
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Hit & Run:
DOJ's ‘Operation Choke Point’ May Be Root of Porn Star Bank Account Closings
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Guardian
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Why Democrats Should Avoid the ‘R’ Word
Discussion: Power Line
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate
 

 
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