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10:20 AM ET, April 30, 2014

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Marcus Thompson II:
Warriors Had the Blueprint For a Dramatic Boycott Ready to Go  —  The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.  The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions.
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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.”
ESPN:
Donald Sterling receives lifetime ban
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’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Congressman Steven Horsford:
Horsford Urges Sheriff Gillespie To Investigate Armed Militia Presence In Bunkerville
Discussion: The Mahablog
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 …
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Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Senator: E-mails show how Benghazi story shaped  —  Republicans say e-mails released Tuesday on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, include “the smoking gun” that shows a White House official urged that the assault on the U.S. consulate be blamed on a protest that never happened.
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: Benghazi Documents Point to White House on Misleading Talking Points
Los Angeles Times:
Oklahoma halts double execution after one is botched  —  Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.  (Associated Press)  —  A controversial double execution in Oklahoma was scrubbed Tuesday night after the first inmate to receive an experimental three-drug cocktail writhed and grimaced on the gurney …
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Oklahoma Stays Second Execution After First Is Botched
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law  —  By Patrick Marley, Jason Stein and Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel  —  In a decision that could have implications nationally and in Wisconsin's November elections, a federal judge on Tuesday struck down the state's voter ID law …
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
Dinesh Ramde / Associated Press:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Voter ID Law
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Justices Back Rule Limiting Coal Pollution  —  WASHINGTON — In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the smog from coal plants that drifts across state lines from 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states to the East Coast.
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Court upholds cross-state air pollution rule
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Orin Kerr / Washington Post:
Initial impressions from the oral argument in the Supreme Court cell phone search cases
Tampa Bay Times:
Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man  —  Orlando Sentinel:  —  When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman's lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Alan Grayson asks for annulment, accuses wife of bigamy in new court documents
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The “apartheid” slur has a long history.  —  “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone,” John Kerry pronounced in a press statement yesterday.  Far be it from us to defy an order from the secretary of state.  It is clear to us, however, that there is something to which Kerry's commitment is far deeper.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Koch Brothers Still Unknown to Many Americans - WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Most Americans don't know who the Koch brothers are, and yet they continue to be the focus of Democrats' attacks.  —  Wednesday's Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found a full half of Americans didn't recognize the names of Charles and David Koch.
Anthony Man / Sun-Sentinel:
Looking for complaints, Rick Scott instead finds praise for Obamacare  —  Scott meet with seniors looking for Obamacare horror stories, but found little complaints.  —  Sun Sentinel  —  BOCA RATON— Gov. Rick Scott visited a senior center Tuesday to warn about cuts he said Obamacare …
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 …
Jonathan Rauch / Washington Monthly:
It's All in the Implementation  —  Why cannabis legalization is less like marriage equality and more like health care reform.  —  Is marijuana legalization on the gay marriage track toward decisive and irrevocable public acceptance?  The liberals and libertarians who support it …
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
How Barack Obama Sold Out The Kale Crowd  —  It was seven years ago this July that Barack Obama brought his presidential campaign to the Van Fossen Farm in Adel, Iowa.  There, standing between corn and soybean fields, he held forth on agricultural issues.  Obama didn't have a lot in common with Iowa farmers.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Developer Scales Back Plans for Muslim Center Near Ground Zero  —  The developer whose proposal to build a Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center failed amid a national controversy three years ago said Tuesday that he now plans to construct a museum devoted to Islam in the same location.
Discussion: ABC News and American Power
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 …
 
 
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Is Barry Whiffing?  —  WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.
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Richard N. Haass / Wall Street Journal:
A Foreign Policy Flirting With Chaos
Bloomberg:
China's Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty
New York Times:
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Polls show Tillis poised to avoid N.C. GOP primary runoff
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Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money
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