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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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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 …
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
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
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
NBA Suspends Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling For Life, Imposes $2.5 Million Fine
Lynn Zinser / New York Times:
N.B.A. Bars Clippers Owner Donald Sterling for Life
Discussion: News Desk and Outside the Beltway
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:
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.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:   John Boehner clarifies immigration joke
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner admits immigration comments went too far
Discussion: Washington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Candidates won't commit to McConnell
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
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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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Benghazi Emails Show White House Effort to Protect Obama  —  Previously unreleased internal Obama administration emails show that a coordinated effort was made in the days following the Benghazi terror attacks to portray the incident as “rooted in [an] Internet video, and not [in] a broader failure or policy.”
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:
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?
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
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
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
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
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money
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Ralph Steadman / BuzzFeed:
21 Splendid Illustrations From Ralph Steadman's “Animal Farm”
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
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
Discussion: The Jawa Report and ABC News
Associated Press:
OK to sell widow's home over $6 bill, judge rules
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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Yahoo! News:
Ralph Nader's America: Impeach Obama, decriminalize drugs, libertarians & progressives unite!
Politico:
When Piketty Came to America
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Big Texas Utility Files for Bankruptcy
Discussion: NPR and Eschaton
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Ending Asia Trip, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy
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
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems' hopes rise to keep Senate
 

 
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