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5:25 PM ET, April 29, 2014

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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, TIME 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
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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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg View:
Is Israel an Apartheid State?  —  So, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a mistake by thinking that a meeting of the Trilateral Commission was off-the-record.  Is there anything holy in this world?  What next?  Will the Illuminati be giving TED talks?  Are the Elders of Zion going to take questions on C-Span?
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Adriana Cohen / Boston Herald:
John F. Kerry's Israeli gaffe a diplomatic nightmare
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.
Discussion: Guardian
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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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money  —  A homeless man in Louisiana huddles to stay warm during a cold spell.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert  —  If you are poor, live in Louisiana, and have the audacity ask someone else for help, be prepared to spend up to six months in jail.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Liberaland
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Chris Christie taps John Degnan for Port Authority chief  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday nominated a new chairman to lead the troubled Port Authority, an agency tied to the “Bridgegate” scandal that has embroiled his administration this year.  —  The Republican governor …
Discussion: CNN
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
 
 
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Eric Cantor to Vance McAllister: ‘Resign’
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Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Initial impressions from the oral argument in the Supreme Court cell phone search cases
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman Makes Shocking Racial Comments About Republicans, Clarence Thomas, Mitch McConnell
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Oklahoma Set for Double Execution Amid Storm Over Lethal-Drug Secrecy
Ezra Klein / Vox:
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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:
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Ending Asia Trip, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy
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