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11:20 PM ET, April 29, 2014

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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Donald Sterling's Personal Foul, Ctd … Many readers are asking along these lines: … To respond to each question in turn: yes, of course, if an owner of a business makes baldly racist remarks urging public dissociation from an entire racial group, private sector sanctions - from the NBA or fans or sponsors - are “permissible.”
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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 …
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.
Houston Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines Clippers owner $2.5 million
Discussion: ABC News, KTLA 5, The PJ Tatler and TIME
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Pundit: ‘Race-Baiters’ Struck Gold With Sterling
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
NBA Suspends Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling For Life, Imposes $2.5 Million Fine
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Congressman: Bundy Militia Has Set Up Road ‘Checkpoints’ In Nevada  —  A Democratic congressman from Nevada said in a letter this week that his constituents have reported the armed militia supporting rancher Cliven Bundy have set up checkpoints to verify the residency of anybody passing through.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Dean Heller: I never called Cliven Bundy ‘patriot’  —  Nevada Sen. Dean Heller wants to be clear: Cliven Bundy is no patriot.  —  As criticism has mounted over the controversial Nevada rancher's comments and tactics, the GOP senator is distancing himself from Bundy and his supporters …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Congressman Steven Horsford:
Horsford Urges Sheriff Gillespie To Investigate Armed Militia Presence In Bunkerville
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.”
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Fox News:
Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation  —  Newly released emails on the Benghazi terror attack suggest a senior White House aide played a central role in preparing former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice for her controversial Sunday show appearances …
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 …
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 …
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
Discussion: Washington Post and Alas, a Blog
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New York Times:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Photo ID at Polls  —  A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin's law requiring voters to produce state-approved photo identification cards at polling places, advancing a new legal basis — the Voting Rights Act — for similar challenges playing out around the nation.
Dinesh Ramde / Associated Press:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
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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Washington Post:
Obama approval weak as Democrats face midterm challenge
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Initial impressions from the oral argument in the Supreme Court cell phone search cases  —  This morning, I attended the Supreme Court arguments in the cell phone search cases, United States v. Wurie and Riley v. California.  Here are some initial impressions of the argument, with more blogging to come:
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:   Court upholds cross-state air pollution rule
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Oklahoma Stays Second Execution After First Is Botched  —  McALESTER, Okla. — Developing: What was supposed to be the first of two executions here tonight was halted when the prisoner, Clayton D. Lockett, began to twitch and gasp after he had already been declared unconscious and called out …
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Associated Press:
Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution, Second Execution Delayed
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman Makes Shocking Racial Comments About Republicans, Clarence Thomas, Mitch McConnell  —  He calls Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and Mitch McConnell a “racist.”  —  youtube.com  —  A Mississippi Democratic Congressman says Clarence Thomas is an …
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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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner admits immigration comments went too far  —  Washington (CNN) - After mocking his fellow GOP members last week for complaining immigration reform was “too hard,” House Speaker John Boehner reminded House Republicans at a closed-door meeting “you tease the ones you love” but admitted he shouldn't have made fun of them publicly.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Conservative lawmaker predicts Boehner won't run for Speaker again
Discussion: Politico
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: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Eric Cantor to Vance McAllister: ‘Resign’  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told troubled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) that he should resign from office immediately.  —  McAllister, who only took office in November but has since become known as the “kissing congressman,” …
 
 
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