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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 …
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.
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.
Houston Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines Clippers owner $2.5 million
Discussion: ABC News, TIME and The PJ Tatler
Lauren / CBS Los Angeles:
NBA Suspends Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling For Life, Imposes $2.5 Million Fine
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 …
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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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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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 …
Fox News:
Benghazi emails suggest White House aide involved in prepping Rice for ‘video’ explanation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Court upholds cross-state air pollution rule  —  The Supreme Court in a 6-2 decision Tuesday upheld a rule that allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate air pollution from power plants that crosses state lines, handing a major victory to President Obama.
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Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Initial impressions from the oral argument in the Supreme Court cell phone search cases
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
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.
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,” …
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
 
 
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