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10:45 AM ET, April 23, 2014


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New York Times:
Racial Equality Loses at the Court  —  A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education.  —  In 2003, the court upheld such a policy …
Ron Christie / The Daily Beast:
A Lack of Affirmative Action Isn't Why Minority Students Are Suffering  —  The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions.  That's a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems.  —  Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
An Orwellian dissent from a muddled ruling.  —  You might have heard that the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 today that states have the right to ban racial preferences, euphemistically known as “affirmative action,” in public-university admission, but that's not quite right.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Sotomayor Attacks John Roberts' Views On Race As ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’
Discussion: and Mediaite
New York Times:
Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in Four Southern States  —  Four Senate races in the South that will most likely determine control of Congress appear very close, with Republicans benefiting from more partisan intensity but a Democratic incumbent, once seen as highly vulnerable, holding a surprising edge …
Richard Kirsch / Politico:
Ted Cruz's Worst Nightmare Is Coming True  —  Obamacare is working.  —  Last August, as conservatives barnstormed the country seeking to build support for a cockamamie plan to shut down the U.S. federal government unless Congress voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Liberaland
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Hannity Unloads on ‘Hack’ Jon Stewart: 'He's Kind of Obsessed' with Me  —  Sean Hannity went after Jon Stewart Tuesday night for mocking him over his support of Cliven Bundy and hypocrisy therewith.  Hannity mused that Stewart is “kind of obsessed” with him, and called the late night comic the …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Landrieu: I'll put GOP foe on defensive on health care  —  Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare.  —  But in an interview today …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Red States Hatch Plans To Block Obamacare Even If Dems Take Over
EXCLUSIVE—TEXAS AG ABBOTT TO BLM: ‘COME AND TAKE IT’  —  After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM's authority to take such action.
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
The Revolt of the Cities  —  During the past 20 years, immigrants and young people have transformed the demographics of urban America.  Now, they're transforming its politics and mapping the future of liberalism.  —  Pittsburgh is the perfect urban laboratory," says Bill Peduto, the city's new mayor. "
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted Away From Kin  —  BOSTON — After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment.  There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn't ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report  — Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants who opposed Muammar Gaddafi
Associated Press:
US troops arrive in Poland for exercises across Eastern Europe amid Ukraine crisis  —  April 13, 2014: Pro-Russian protesters escort a man detained in eastern Ukraine.REUTERS  —  WASHINGTON - U.S. Army paratroopers are arriving in Poland to begin a series of military exercises …
Philip Ewing / Politico:
U.S. sending troops to Eastern Europe
Rebecca Klein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Candidate Says Christians Must Pull Their Kids Out Of ‘Godless’ Public Schools  —  Home Schooling South Carolina E Ray Moore Home Schooling Ray Moore South Carolina Ray Moore Public Schools Hillary Clinton Ray Moore Lieutenant Governor Separation of Church and State Ray More Godless Public Schools
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama drug clemency guidelines issued  —  The Justice Department issued guidelines Wednesday adding new detail to President Barack Obama's plan to offer commutations to drug convicts serving prison terms longer than they would have received today.  —  “We are launching this clemency initiative …
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Walsh / U.S. News:
Elizabeth Warren Glosses Over Native American Controversy in New Book  —  The senator's new memoir glosses over the controversy regarding her Native American minority status.  —  Ducking and dodging.  —  In a new book released today, Massachusetts Democratic senator and potential presidential …
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Elites' Sacrificial Victims
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Associated Press:
Call of Duty loser calls in SWAT team hoax on kid who beat him  —  Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday.  —  They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and The Raw Story
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Tom Steyer: I'm not the Koch brothers  —  Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer insisted Tuesday that he's not the left's version of the Koch brothers.  —  “That is not something I embrace.  I think there are real distinctions between the Koch brothers and us,” Steyer said in an interview …
Thomas Tracy / NY Daily News:
myNYPD Twitter campaign backfires, promotes photos of police brutality instead of positive encounters with public  —  On Tuesday the NYPD's Twitter page, @NYPDnews, asked users to tweet pictures of positive interactions between the public and city cops, and to use the hashtag #myNYPD.
Discussion: Guardian, New York Times and Hullabaloo
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
GOP poll defies tide on gay marriage  —  Two conservative groups are pushing back on moves by the GOP to drop opposition to same-sex marriage from party platforms, releasing a poll of base voters taken last month that found in favor of defining marriage “only” as between a man and a woman.
A Public Statement / Real Clear Politics:
Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Toss out abusive college administrators: Column
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Sen. Rand Paul says lack of experience not always bad
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bob Dole is back in Kansas, running for nothing, but running hard
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
Rick Perry Wants New York Jobs — And Debate With Andrew Cuomo
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run:
Four Great Myths of the McCarthy Era
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABC News:
Ex-CEO Wins Republican Primary for Radel's Seat
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Plumer / Vox:
How the world failed on climate change
Discussion: The Verge, Eschaton and Balloon Juice
Joel Kotkin:
The Spread of ‘Debate is Over’ Syndrome
Discussion: Power Line and The Other McCain
New York Times:
The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World's Richest