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7:55 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.”
Houston Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
NBA bans Donald Sterling for life, fines Clippers owner $2.5 million
Discussion: ABC News, KTLA 5 and The PJ Tatler
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Pundit: ‘Race-Baiters’ Struck Gold With Sterling
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Discussion: Politico
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Associated Press:
Oklahoma Inmate Dies After Botched Execution, Second Execution Delayed
Discussion: Liberaland and Talking Points Memo
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
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  —  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
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Benghazi Emails Show White House Effort to Protect Obama
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Juan Williams / Wall Street Journal:
Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty  —  Rep. Paul Ryan is meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus.  Let's hope they give his ideas a fair hearing.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans …
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:
Discussion: Mashable and ABC News
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New York Times:
Two Giant Banks, Seen as Immune, Become Targets  —  Federal prosecutors are nearing criminal charges against some of the world's biggest banks, according to lawyers briefed on the matter, a development that could produce the first guilty plea from a major bank in more than two decades.
Discussion: Bloomberg View and The Week
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Polls show Tillis poised to avoid N.C. GOP primary runoff  —  North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis is holding a steady and substantial lead over his nearest challengers in two new surveys of the Republican Senate primary race there, and finally clears the 40-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff in one survey.
 
 
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